Michael Reuscher, Ph.D.

Assistant Research Scientist
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Diploma in Biology, Ruprecht Karls University, Heidelberg, Germany (2008)
Ph.D. Marine Biology, Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi (2013)

Michael Reuscher is Assistant Research Scientist at HRI. For his dissertation he studied community ecology, biodiversity and zoology of benthic polychaetes in the Gulf of Mexico and received his Ph.D. in Marine Biology from Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi in 2013. Prior to arriving at the Island University, Michael graduated from Heidelberg University in Germany with a Diploma (combined B.S. and M.S. degree) in Biology, where his research focused on the polychaete fauna from deep-sea hydrothermal vents and cold seeps around the world. Currently, Michael is working on a project that aims to characterize marine benthic macrofauna communities by means of genetic markers. He is also analyzing the 2010 BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill and its effects on the species composition in the Gulf of Mexico. Dr. Reuscher has an extensive publication record in polychaete taxonomy and biology. He has described more than 30 new species and three new genera of polychaetes from around the world while working at HRI.