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Dr. Gordon Hendler, Curator, Echinoderms

Dr. Hendler is author of a popular book on “Sea Stars, Sea Urchins and Allies: Echinoderms of Florida and the Caribbean,” published by the Smithsonian Institution Press. He has been Curator of Echinoderms since 1985, and served as head of the museum’s Department of Invertebrate Zoology. In addition, he is a Research Associate at the Smithsonian Institution, and Adjunct Professor at the University of Southern California. Gordon received a B.A. from Rutgers University in 1968, and a Ph.D. from the University of Connecticut in 1973. After completing postdoctoral fellowships at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, he directed the Smithsonian’s Galeta Marine Laboratory, and was a supervisor at the Smithsonian Oceanographic Sorting Center. Gordon has conducted field work around the world, from the Aleutian Islands to the Antarctic, extensively in the tropics, and off both coasts of the United States, using scuba, submersibles, and ROVs. His research, primarily on brittle stars, has resulted in many publications on their morphology, ecology, systematics, behavior, reproduction and larval development.