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bar Charles Potter
    Charles W. Potter
    Research Associate

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B.S. (Zoology): SUNY College of Forestry and Environmental Science, Syracuse University, 1972

Collection Management Responsibilities

Responsible for supervision of collection management activities relating to marine mammals, including accessions, specimen preparation, cataloging, specimen installations, curation, loans, information requests, and assisting visitors. Interests in staff supervision and collections management issues.

Recent Publications

Keenan-Bateman, Tiffany F., McLellan, William A., Costidis, Alex M., Harms, Craig A., Gay, D. Mark, Rotstein, David S., Rommel, Sentiel A., Potter, Charles W. and Pabst, D. Ann 2018. Habitat use pattern of the giant parasitic nematode Crassicauda magna within the pygmy sperm whale Kogia breviceps. Diseases of aquatic organisms, 127(3): 163-175. doi:10.3354/dao03205

Morin, Phillip A., Baker, C. S., Brewer, Reid S., Burdin, Alexander M., Dalebout, Merel L., Dines, James P., Fedutin, Ivan, Filatova, Olga, Hoyt, Erich, Jung, Jean-Luc, Lauf, Morgane, Potter, Charles W., Richard, Gaetan, Ridgway, Michelle, Robertson, Kelly M. and Wade, Paul R. 2017. Genetic structure of the beaked whale genus Berardius in the North Pacific, with genetic evidence for a new species. Marine Mammal Science, 33(1): 96-111. doi:10.1111/mms.12345

Solazzo, Caroline, Fitzhugh, William W., Kaplan, Susan, Potter, Charles and Dyer, Jolon M. 2017. Molecular markers in keratins from Mysticeti whales for species identification of baleen in museum and archaeological collections. PLOS ONE, 12(8): 1-24. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0183053

Keenan-Bateman, Tiffany, McLellan, William A., Harms, Craig A., Piscitelli, Marina A., Barco, Susan G., Thayer, Victoria G., Lovewell, Gretchen N., Clark, Karen L., Doshkov, Paul K., Rotstein, David S., Potter, Charles W. and Pabst, D. A. 2016. Prevalence and anatomic site of Crassicauda sp. infection, and its use in species identification, in kogiid whales from the mid-Atlantic United States. Marine Mammal Science, 32(3): 868-883. doi:10.1111/mms.12300

Arthur, Logan H., Mclellan, William A., Piscitelli, Marina A., Rommel, Sentiel A., Woodward, Becky L., Winn, Jeremy P., Potter, Charles W. and Ann Pabst, D. 2015. Estimating maximal force output of cetaceans using axial locomotor muscle morphology. Marine Mammal Science, 31(4): 1401-1426. doi:10.1111/mms.12230

Dalebout, Merel L., Baker, C. Scott, Steel, Debbie, Thompson, Kirsten, Robertson, Kelly M., Chivers, Susan J., Perrin, William F., Goonatilake, Manori, Anderson, R. Charles, Mead, James G., Potter, Charles W., Thompson, Lisa, Jupiter, Danielle and Yamada, Tadasu K. 2014. Resurrection of Mesoplodon hotaula Deraniyagala 1963: A new species of beaked whale in the tropical Indo-Pacific. Marine Mammal Science, 30(3): 1081-1108. doi:10.1111/mms.12113

Nweeia, Martin T., Eichmiller, Frederick C., Hauschka, Peter V., Donahue, Gretchen A., Orr, Jack R., Ferguson, Steven H., Watt, Cortney A., Mead, James G., Potter, Charles W., Dietz, Rune, Giuseppetti, Anthony A., Black, Sandie R., Trachtenberg, Alexander J. and Kuo, Winston P. 2014. Sensory ability in the narwhal tooth organ system. Anatomical Record : Advances in Integrative Anatomy and Evolutionary Biology, 297(4): 599-617. doi:10.1002/ar.22886

Eisert, Regina, Potter, Charles W. and Oftedal, Olav T. 2014. Brain size in neonatal and adult Weddell seals: Costs and consequences of having a large brain. Marine Mammal Science, 30(1): 184-205. doi:10.1111/mms.12033

Scheel, Dirk-Martin, Slater, Graham J., Kolokotronis, Sergios-Orestis, Potter, Charles W., Rotstein, David, Tsangaras, Kyriakos, Greenwood, Alex and Helgen, Kristofer M. 2014. Biogeography and taxonomy of extinct and endangered monk seals illuminated by ancient DNA and skull morphology. ZooKeys, 409: 1-33. doi:10.3897/zookeys.409.6244

West, Kristi L., Sanchez, Susan, Rotstein, David, Robertson, Kelly M., Dennison, Sophie, Levine, Gregg, Davis, Nicole, Schofield, David, Potter, Charles W. and Jensen, Brenda 2013. A Longman's beaked whale (Indopacetus pacificus) strands in Maui, Hawaii, with first case of morbillivirus in the central Pacific. Marine Mammal Science, 29(4): 767-776. doi:10.1111/j.1748-7692.2012.00616.x

Trumble, Stephen J., Robinson, Eleanor M., Berman-Kowalewski, Michelle, Potter, Charles W. and Usenko, Sascha 2013. Blue whale earplug reveals lifetime contaminant exposure and hormone profiles. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 110(42): 16922-16926. doi:10.1073/pnas.1311418110

Nweeia, Martin T., Eichmiller, Frederick C., Hauschka, Peter V., Tyler, Ethan, Mead, James G., Potter, Charles W., Angnatsiak, David P., Richard, Pierre R., Orr, Jack R. and Black, Sandie R. 2012. Vestigial Tooth Anatomy and Tusk Nomenclature for Monodon Monoceros. Anatomical Record : Advances in Integrative Anatomy and Evolutionary Biology, 295(6): 1006-1016. doi:10.1002/ar.22449

Nweeia, Martin T., Nutarak, Cornelius, Eichmiller, Frederick C., Eidelman, Naomi, Giuseppetti, Anthony A., Quinn, Janet, Mead, James G., K'issuk, Kaviqanguak, Hauschka, Peter V., Tyler, Ethan M., Potter, Charles W., Orr, Jack R., Avike, Rasmus, Nielsen, Pavia and Angnatsiak, David 2009. Considerations Of Anatomy, Morphology, Evolution, and Function for Narwhal Dentition. In: Krupnik, Igor, Lang, Michael A. and Miller, Scott E., Smithsonian at the Poles: Contributions to International Polar Year Science.(IPY) pp.223-240.

Oremland, Mollie Sue, Allen, Bernadette M., Clapham, Phil J., Moore, Michael J., Potter, Charles W. and Mead, James G. 2009. Mandibular fractures in short-finned pilot whales, Globicephala macrorhynchus. Marine Mammal Science, 26(1): 1-16. doi:10.1111/j.1748-7692.2009.00334.x

Kuehl, Douglas, Haebler, Romona, Potter, Charles W., Lahvis, Garet, Donahue, Michael and Regal, Ronald 2009. PFOS and PFOSA in bottlenose dolphins: An investigation into two unusually high mortality epizootics. Reproductive Toxicology, 27(3-4): 421 doi:10.1016/j.reprotox.2008.11.070

McLellan, W. A., Koopman, H. N., Rommel, S. A., Read, A. J., Potter, Charles W., Nicolas, J. R., Westgate, A. J. and Pabst, D. A. 2002. Ontogenetic allometry and body composition of harbour porpoises (Phocoena phocoena, L.) from the western North Atlantic. Journal of zoology, 257: 457-471. doi:10.1017/S0952836902001061

McLellan, W., Friedlander, A., Mead, James G., Potter, Charles W. and Pabst, D. A. 2002. Analyzing 25 Years of Bottlenose Dolphin (Tursiops truncatus) Strandings along the Atlantic coast of the USA: Do Historic Recods Support the Coastal Migratory Stock Hypothesis. Journal of Cetacean Research and Management, 4: 297-304.

Morgan, L., Musick, J. and Potter, Charles W. 2002. Temporal and Geographic Occurrences of Cetacean Strandings and Manatee Sightings in Virginia, with Notes on Adverse Human-cetacean Interactions, from 1983-1989. Journal of the North Carolina Academy of Science, 118: 12-26.

Walker, J. L., Potter, Charles W. and Macko, S. A. 1999. The diets of modern and historic bottlenose dolphin populations reflected through stable isotopes. Marine Mammal Science, 15(2): 335-350.

Cox, T. M., Read, A. J., Barco, S., Evans, J., Gannon, D. P., Koopman, H. N., McLellan, W. A., Murray, K., Nicolas, J., Pabst, D. A., Potter, Charles W., Swingle, W. M., Thayer, V. G., Touhey, K. M. and Westgate, A. J. 1998. Documenting the bycatch of harbor porpoises, Phocoena phocoena, in coastal gillnet fisheries from stranded carcasses. Fishery Bulletin, 96(4): 727-734.

Hoelzel, A. R., Potter, Charles W. and Best, P. B. 1998. Genetic differentiation between parapatric 'nearshore' and 'offshore' populations of the bottlenose dolphin. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 265(1402): 1177-1183.

Laerm, J., Wenzel, F., Craddock, J. E., Weinand, D., McGurk, J., Harris, M. J., Early, G. A., Mead, James G., Potter, Charles W. and Barros, N. B. 1997. New prey species for northwestern Atlantic humpback whales. Marine Mammal Science, 13(4): 705-711.

Mead, James G. and Potter, Charles W. 1995. Recognizing Two Populations off the Bottlenose Dolphin (Tursiops truncatus) of the Atlantic Coast of North America - Morphologic and Ecologic Considerations. International Marine Biology Research Institute: IBI Reports, 5: 31-44.

Rommel, S. A., Pabst, D. A., Mclellan, W. A., Mead, James G. and Potter, Charles W. 1992. Anatomical Evidence for a Countercurrent Heat-Exchanger Associated with Dolphin Testes. Anatomical Record : Advances in Integrative Anatomy and Evolutionary Biology, 232(1): 150-156.

Mead, James G. and Potter, Charles W. 1988. Seldom Seen Species. In: The World's Whales -- A Closer Look. Monterey, California: American Cetacean Society, Third Biennial Conference and Symposium, pp.103-109.

Frazier, John G., Margaritoulis, D., Muldoon, K., Potter, Charles W., Rosewater, Joseph, Ruckdeschel, C. and Salas, S. 1985. Epizoan Communities on Marine Turtles .1. Bivalve and Gastropod Mollusks. Marine Ecology-Pubblicazioni Della Stazione Zoologica Di Napoli i, 6(2): 127-140.

Potter, Charles W. 1984. Marine Mammals of Maryland. In: Norden, A. W., Forester, D. C. and Fenwick, G. H., Threatened and Endangered Plants and Animals of Maryland. pp.442-453.

Leatherwood, Stephen, Deerman, Michael W. and Potter, Charles W. 1978. Food and reproductive status of nine Tursiops truncatus from the northeastern United States coast. Cetology, 28: 1-6.

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