Mark C. Benfield
Mailing and Contact Information:
2271 Energy, Coast and Environment Building
Department of Oceanography and Coastal Sciences
Baton Rouge, LA 70803
Phone: (225) 578-6372
Fax: (225) 578-6513
Ph.D. Texas A&M University, 1991
M.S. University of Natal, 1985
B.S. University of Toronto, 1980
Zooplankton ecology, optical and acoustic sensing of zooplankton, computer-based classification of zooplankton, acoustical telemetry studies of fish and invertebrates, application of industrial remotely operated vehicles (ROV) in biological observatories.
2008-2011 National Marine Fisheries Service, MARFIN – Digital archiving and processing of the surviving SEAMAP zooplankton samples: preservation of a historical record of zooplankton composition and abundance in the Gulf of Mexico. (PI M. Sutor; Co-PI M.C. Benfield).
2003-2008 National Science Foundation – Collaborative research: ITR: interactive software systems for expert-assisted image analysis and classification of aquatic particles (PI M.C. Benfield).
2007-2010 Mineral Management Service – GULF SERPENT: establishing a deepwater plankton observation system using industrial ROVs (PI M.C. Benfield).
2003-2008 Mineral Management Service – Assessing tropic linkages between platform and pelagic fishes using ultrasonic telemetry and active acoustics (PI M.C. Benfield)
2006-2008 Oregon State University – An ROV-based system for sampling planktonic thin layers (PI M.C. Benfield; Collaborative proposal with T.J. Cowles and K. Benoit-Bird, OSU)
2005-2006 National Science Foundation – SGER Katrina: responses of fish and crabs to nearshore habitat degradation in Lake Pontchartrain caused by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita (PI M.C. Benfield)
Benfield, M.C., B.A. Thompson, and J.H. Caruso. 2008. The second report of a sleeper shark (Somniosus (Somniosus) sp.) from the bathypelagic waters of the northern Gulf of Mexico. Bulletin of Marine Science 82(2):195-198.
Lavery, A., P.H. Wiebe, T. Stanton, G. Lawson, M.C. Benfield, and N. Copley. 2007. Determining dominant scatterers of sound in mixed zooplankton populations. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America 122:3304-3326.
Benfield, M.C., P. Grosjean, P.G. Culverhouse, X. Irigoien, M.E. Sieracki, A. Lopez- Urrutia, G. Dam, Q. Hu, C.S. Davis, A. Hansen, C.H. Pilskaln, E. Riseman, H. Schultz, P.E. Utgoff, and G. Gorsky. 2007. RAPID: research on automated plankton identification. Oceanography 20(2):172-187.
Keenan, S.F., M.C. Benfield, and J.K. Blackburn. 2007. Potential importance of the artificial light field around offshore petroleum platforms for the associated fish community. Marine Ecology Progress Series 331:219-231.
Bi, H. and M.C. Benfield. 2006. Egg production rates and stage-specific development times of Clausocalanus furcatus (Copepoda, Calanoida) in the northern Gulf of Mexico. Journal of Plankton Research 331:219-231.
Culverhouse, P.F., R. Williams, M. Benfield, P.R. Flood, A.F. Sell, M.G. Mazzocchi, I. Buttino, and M. Sieracki. 2006. Automatic image analysis of plankton: future perspectives. Marine Ecology Progress Series 312:297-309.
Trevorrow, M.V., D.L. Mackas, and M.C. Benfield. 2005. Comparison of multifrequency acoustic and in situ measurements of zooplankton abundances in Knight Inlet, British Columbia. The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America 117:3574-3588.
Benfield, M.C., C.J. Schwehm, R.G. Fredericks, G. Squyres, S.F. Keenan, and M.V. Trevorrow. 2004. Measurement of zooplankton distributions with a high- resolution digital camera system. in. P. Strutton and L. Seuront. Eds. Scales in aquatic ecology: measurement, analysis and simulation. CRC Press. Pp. 17-30.
Greene, C.H., A.J. Pershing, A. Conversi, B. Planque, C. Hannah, D. Sameoto, E. Head,P.C. Smith, P.C. Reid, J. Jossi, D. Mountain, M.C. Benfield, P.H. Wiebe, and T. Durbin. 2003. Trans-Atlantic responses of Calanus finmarchicus populations to basin-scale forcing associated with the North Atlantic oscillation. Progress in Oceanography 58:301-312.
Benfield, M.C., A. Lavery, P.H. Wiebe, C.H. Greene, T.K. Stanton, and N. Copley. 2003. Distributions of physonect siphonulae in the Gulf of Maine and their potential as important sources of acoustic scattering. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 60(7):759-772.
OCS 2008. Introduction to Marine Like Processes (every Spring)
OCS 7001. Introduction to Matlab (every Fall)