- Assistant Professor of Marine Science, VIMS / College of W&M
- Affiliate Assistant Professor, Florida Atlantic University
- Adjunct Scientist, Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute at Florida Atlantic University
- Affiliate Scientist, Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institution
- Adjunct Scientist, Ocean Research and Conservation Association (ORCA)
- B.S., University of South Florida, Tampa
- Ph.D., University of South Florida, College of Marine Science, St. Petersburg
- Postdoctoral Scholar, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
My research focuses on the quantitative ecology and structure of marine ecosystems. I am interested in the biotic (e.g., trophic interactions, resource partitioning) and abiotic (environmental) processes that shape marine community structure, and how these phenomena vary over space and time. I apply a combination of organismal and theoretical biology to further our ecosystem-based understanding of marine communities.
Major projects in my lab include:
- The vertical ecology of the deep ocean: a new synthesis
- Quantitative pelagic ecology and biodiversity of two large marine ecosystems (North Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico)
- Multimode exploration of poorly known marine habitats
- Food-web model of the Mid-North Atlantic
- Coastal-oceanic and pelagic-benthic connectivity and coupling in the Gulf of Mexico
- Taxonomy and systematics of meso- and bathypelagic fishes
- High-resolution mapping of zooplankton/phytoplankton interactions
I am currently working on a number of projects supported by The National Science Foundation, The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, The Sloan Foundation/Census of Marine Life, and The Lenfest Foundation/Global Ocean Biodiversity Initiative.
The image below courtesy of Danté Fenolio
Sutton, T.T. (in prep.) Vertical ecology of the pelagic ocean: new perspectives blur classical patterns. Journal of Fish Biology.
Sutton, T.T., T. Letessier, B. Bardarson and A. Brierley (in press) Midwater fishes collected in the vicinity of the Sub-Polar Front, mid-North Atlantic Ocean, during ECOMAR sampling. Deep-Sea Research II. Topical Studies in Oceanography.
Cook. A.B., T.T. Sutton, J.K. Galbraith and M. Vecchione (in press) Deep-pelagic (0-3000 m) fish assemblage structure over the Mid-Atlantic Ridge in the area of the Charlie-Gibbs Fracture Zone. Deep-Sea Research II. Topical Studies in Oceanography.
Choy, A., P. Davison, J.C. Drazen, A. Flynn, E. Gier, J. Joffman, J. McClain, T.O.Miller, B.N.Popp, S. Ross and T.T. Sutton (2012) Global trophic position comparison of two dominant mesopelagic fish families (Myctophidae, Stomiidae) using amino acid nitrogen isotopic analysis. PLoS ONE. http://dx.plos.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0050133.
Putland, J. and T.T. Sutton (2011) Survey of larval Euphausia superb lipid content along the Western Antarctic Peninsula during late autumn 2006. Polar Science 5: 383-389.
Heino, M, F.M. Porteiro, T.T. Sutton, T. Falkenhaug, O.R. Godø, and U. Piatkowski (2011) Catchability of pelagic trawls for sampling deep-living nekton in the mid-North Atlantic. ICES Journal of Marine Science 68(2): 377-389.
Bucklin, A., Ortman, B.D., Jennings, R.M., Nigro, L.M., Sweetman, C.J., Copley, N.J., Sutton, T.T., and Wiebe, P.H. (2010) A "Rosetta Stone" for metazoan zooplankton: DNA barcode analysis of species diversity of the Sargasso sea (Northwest Atlantic Ocean). Deep-Sea Research II. Topical Studies in Oceanography. 57: 2234-2247.
Hoffman, J.C. and T.T. Sutton (2010) Lipid-correction for stable isotope analyses of deep-sea fishes. Deep-Sea Research I 57: 956-964.
Klimpel, S., M.W. Busch, T.T. Sutton, and H.W. Palm (2010) Meso- and bathypelagic fish parasites at the Mid-Atlantic Ridge (MAR): low host specificity and restricted parasite diversity. Deep-Sea Research I 57: 596-603.
*Putland, J., L. Edminston, and T.T. Sutton (2010) Microzooplankton grazing and productivity in the central and southern sector of the Indian River Lagoon, Florida. Florida Scientist 73(4): 236-246.
Sutton, T.T., F.M. Porteiro, C.I.H. Anderson, J. Horne, I. Byrkjedal, M. Heino, T. Falkenhaug, O.R. Godø, and O.A. Bergstad (2010) Deep- pelagic fish interactions with seamounts and mid-ocean ridges. In: K. Sato (ed.) Proceddings of an International Smyposium - Into the Unknown, researching Mysterious Deep-Sea Animals. Feb. 23-24, 2007, Okinawa, Japan. Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium, Japan.
Sutton, T.T., P.H. Wiebe, L.P. Madin, and A. Bcklin (2010) Diversity and community structure of pelagic fishes to 5000 m depth in the Sargasso Sea. Deep-Sea Research II. Topical Studies in Oceanography 57: 2220-2233.
Wiebe, P.H., Bucklin, L.P. Madin, M.V. Angel, T.T. Sutton, F. Pagés, R.R. Hopcroft and D. Lindsay (2010) Deep-sea sampling on CMarZ cruises in the Atlantic Ocean - an introduction. Deep-Sea Research II. Topical Studies in Oceanography 57: 2157-2166.
Vecchione, M. O.A. Bergstad, I. Byrkjedal, T. Falkenhaug, A.V. Gebruk, O. Godø, A. Gislasson, M. Heino, ÅHøines, G. Menezes, U. Piatkowski, I.G. Priede, H. Skov, H. Søiland, T.T. Sutton, and T. de Lange Wenneck (2010) Biodiversity Patterns and Processes on the mid-Atlantic Ridge. In: A. McIntyre (ed.) Life in the World's Oceans: Diversity, Distribution, and Abundance. Wiley Blackwell, Oxford, pp. 103-121.
Johnson, G.D., J.R. Paxton, T.T. Sutton, T.P. Sato, T. Sado, M. Nishida, and M. Miya (200( Deep-sea mystery solved: Astonishing larval transformations and extreme sexual dimorphism unite three fish families. Biology Letters. doi: 10.1098 / rsbl.2008.0722
Bartow, K.A. and T.T. Sutton (2008) Ecology of the midwater fish family Melamphaidae over the Mid-Atlantic Ridge. ICES CM 2008 / C: 17: 1-10. Online: http://www.ices.dk/products/CMdocs/CM-2008/C/C1708.pdf
Busch, M., S. Klempel, T.T. Sutton, and U. Piatkowski (2008) Parasites of the deep-sea smelt Bathylagus euryops (Microstomatidae, Argentinidae) from hte Charlie-Gibbs Fracture Zone (CGFZ). Marine Biology Research. 4(4): 313-317.
Hartel, K.E., C.P. Kenaley, J.K. Galbraith and T.T. Sutton (2008) Additional records of deep-sea fishes off greater New England. Northeast Naturalist. 15 (3): 317-334.
Heino, M., D.S. Boukal, T. Falkenhaug, U. Piatkowski, and T.T. Sutton (2008) Length structure of deep-pelagic fish sheds new light on their life histories. ICES CM 2008/C:14: 1-6.
Heino, M., D.S. Boukal, T. Falkenhaug, U. Piatkowski, F.M. Porteiro and T. T. Sutton (2008) Size structure , age-size dynamics and life history variation. ICES CM 2008/ F13: 1-7.
Lester, K.M., C. Heil, M.B. Neely, D. Spence, S. Murasko, S. Milroy, T. Hopkins, T.T. Sutton, S. Burghart, R. Bohrer, A. Remsen, G. Vargo, and J. Walsh (2008) Zooplankton and Karenia brevis in the Gulf of Mexico. Continental Shelf Research 29 (1): 99-111.
Suntsov, A.V., E.A. Widder and T.T. Sutton, (2008) Chapter 3: Bioluminescence. pp. 51-90. In: R.N. Finn (ed.) Fish Larval Physiology. University of Bergen Press, Bergen, Norway.
Sutton, T.T., F.M. Porteiro, M. Heino, I. Byrkjedal, G. Langhelle, C.I.H. Anderson, J. Horne, H. Søiland, T. Falkenhaug, O.R. Godø, and O.A. Bergstad (2008) Vertical structure, biomass and topographic association of deep-pelagic fishes in relation to a mid-ocean ridge system. Deep-Sea Research II. Topical Studies in Oceanography 55 (2008): 161-184.
Sutton, T.T. and T. Sigurðsson (2008) Vertical and horizontal distribution of mesopelagic fishes along a transect across the northern Mid- Atlantic Ridge. ICES CM 2008 / C:16: 1-12.
Porteiro, F.M. and T.T. Sutton (2007). Midwater Fish Assemblages and Seamounts. In: T.J. Pitcher, T. Morato, P.J. B. Hart, M.R. Clark, N. Haggan and R. S. Santos (eds) Seamounts: Ecology, Conservation and Management. Fish and Aquatic Resources Series, Blackwell, Oxford, UK. pp. 101-116.