John Starmer

About me

I study how biodiversity is accumulated and maintained, primarily in tropical pacific systems. I am currently focused on echinoderm systematics, but also have interests in and work on land snails, octocorals, and octocoral symbionts. I seek to integrate phylogenetic (taxonomic) and ecological approaches to answering evolutionary questions.

My info

Full name
John Starmer
I am
a student, a professional scientist
Curator level
Full Curator


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Curator qualifications

PhD Candidate at the University of Florida/Florida Museum of Natural History. Avila, C., M. Ballesteros, M.Slattery, J. Starmer, and V.J.Paul. 1998. Phyllodesmium guamensis (Nudibranchia: Aeolidoidea), a new species from Guam (Micronesia) J. Moll. Stud. 64:215-222. Williams, G.C. and J. Starmer. 2000. A new genus and species of soft coral (Octocorallia: Alcyoniidae) from South Africa. Proc. Cal. Acad. Sci. 52(8): 87-96. Starmer, J.A. 2003. An annotated checklist of ophiuroids (Echinodermata) from Guam. Micronesica 35-36:547-562. Paulay, G, M.P. Puglisi and J.A. Starmer. 2003. The non-scleractinian Anthozoa (Cnidaria) of the Mariana Islands. Micronesica. 35-36: 138-155. Paulay, G. and Starmer, J. 2011. Evolution, Insular Restriction, and Extinction of Oceanic Land Crabs, Exemplified by the Loss of an Endemic Geograpsus in the Hawaiian Islands. PLoS ONE 6(5): e19916. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0019916 Houk, P. and J. Starmer 2010. Constraints on the diversity and distribution of coral-reef assemblages in the volcanic Northern Mariana Islands. Coral Reefs. 29(1): 59-70.
Curation scope
Tropical Pacific Marine Biodiversity, Echinoderms and Octocorals, Pacific Island Land Snails