Susan Thornton-DeVictor

Susan Thornton-DeVictor
Wildlife Biologist II (2002-2010)
Southeastern Regional Taxonomic Center

Research interests:
Octocoral taxonomy, marine specimen photography, benthic ecology and mapping, coral reef ecology, coral growth, coral reef restoration

B.S. Biological Sciences
State University of New York at Stony Brook, 1989
M.S. Marine Biology
Nova Southeastern University, Oceanographic Center 2000


DeVictor, S. T. & Morton, S.L. (2010) An identification guide to the shallow water (0-200 m) octocorals of the South Atlantic Bight. Zootaxa 2599 (view pdf)

Heard, R.W., King, R.A., Knott, D. M., Thoma, B.P., and Thornton-DeVictor, S. (2007). A guide to the Thalassinidea (Crustacea: Malacostraca: Decapoda) of the South Atlantic Bight. NOAA Professional Papers NMFS. (view pdf)

Thornton, S.L., Dodge, R.E., Gilliam, D.S., DeVictor, R., Cooke, P. 2002. Success and growth of corals transplanted to cement armor mat tiles in southeast Florida: Implications for coral reef restoration. Proceedings of the 9th International Coral Reef Symposium.

Feingold, J.S., S.L. Thornton, K.W. Banks, N.J. Gasman, D. Gilliam, P. Fletcher, and C. Avila. 2003. A rapid assessment of coral reefs near Hopetown, Abaco Islands, Bahamas (stony corals and algae). Pp. 58-75 in J.C. Lang (ed.), Status of Coral Reefs in the western Atlantic: Results of initial surveys, Atlantic and Gulf Rapid Reef Assessment (AGRRA) Program. Atoll Research Bulletin 496.

Thornton, S.L. 1999. Depth distribution, growth rates and photoacclimation of the green and brown color morphotypes of the scleractinian coral Porites astreoides. Master’s Thesis, Nova Southeastern Oceanographic Center, Nova Southeastern University, Dania, FL.


Poster, 2010. Images of Echinoderms from 200 meters, off South Carolina, USA: Some Sidelights on Seasonal Cidaroid Sex in the Sea. Pawson, D.L., Sedberry, G.R., Devictor, S.T., Pawson, D.J. 7th European Conference on Echinoderms: Echinoderm Research 2010. University of Göttingen, Germany, October 2-9, 2010.

Poster, 2005. Comparison of the megalopa stage of the genus Portunus Weber, 1795
(Decapoda, Portunoidea) from the southeastern Atlantic coast of USA.
Negreiros-Fransozo, M. L.; N. Meyers ; V. Fransozo & S. T. De Victor
II Brazilian Oceanography Congress, Vitoria, Espirito Santo, Brazil 9-12 October, 2005

Oral Presentation, 1999 International Conference on Scientific Aspects of Coral Reef Assessment, Monitoring and Restoration, Ft. Lauderdale, FL. A comparison of growth rate of two color morphotypes of the scleractinian coral Porites astreoides.

Poster, 1998 International Society for Reef Studies European Meeting, Perpignan, France. S.L. Thornton, J.S. Feingold, and E.M. Mueller. A comparison of growth rate and photoacclimation of two color morphotypes of the scleractinian coral Porites astreoides.