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78. Collins, S. and Bracken-Grissom, H. 2024. The Language of Light: a review of bioluminescence in deep-sea decapod shrimps. Biological Reviews.

77. Iwanicki, T., Steck, M., Bracken-Grissom, H.D., Porter, M. 2024. Localization of multiple opsins in ocular and non-ocular tissues of deep-sea shrimps and the first evidence of co-localization in a rhabdomeric R8 cell (Caridea: Oplophoroidea). Vision Research.


76. Luque, J. Bracken-Grissom, H.D., Ortega-Hernández, J. and Wolfe, J. Accepted. Fossil calibrations for molecular analyses and divergence time estimation for true crabs (Decapoda: Brachyura. Palaeontologia Electronica (MS# PE-13310) Preprint



75. Wolfe, J.M., L. Ballou, J. Luque, V.M. Watson-Zink, S.T. Ahyong, J. Barido-Sottani, T.-Y. Chan, K.H. Chu, K.A. Crandall, S.R. Daniels, D.L. Felder, H. Mancke, J.W. Martin, P.K.L. Ng, J. Ortega-Hernández, E. Palacios Theil, N.D. Pentcheff, R. Robles, B.P. Thoma, L.M. Tsang, R. Wetzer, A.M. Windsor and H.D. Bracken-Grissom. 2023. Convergent adaptation of true crabs (Decapoda: Brachyura) to a gradient of terrestrial environments. Systematic Biology.


74. Frank, T.M., Sickles, J., DeLeo, D.M., Blackwater, P. and Bracken-Grissom, H.D. 2023. Evidence for putative photosensitivity in the internal light organs (Organs of Pesta) of deep-sea sergestid shrimps. Scientific Reports. Sep 26;13(1):16113. doi: 10.1038/s41598-023-43327-z. PMID: 37752240; PMCID: PMC10522685.

73. Schweikert, Lori*, Laura E. Bagge, Lydia F. Naughton, Jacob R. Bolin, Benjamin R. Wheeler, Michael S. Grace, Heather D. Bracken-Grissom, and Sönke Johnsen. 2023. Dynamic Light Filtering by Skin Pigment as a Sensory Feedback System in Fish Color Change. Nature Communications. 14, 4642 (2023).

72. Varela, C., Fenolio, D and Bracken-Grissom, H.D. 2023. First Finding of the Family Amathillopsidae (Amphipoda: Amphilochidea) in the Gulf of Mexico, with the description of a new species. Novitates Caribaea. Número 22, julio, 2023: 1–12 ISSN versión impresa: 2071–9841 ISSN versión en línea: 2079–0139

71. Peres, P. and Bracken-Grissom, H.D. 2023. Rare yet everywhere: Rare yet everywhere: Phylogenetic position of the enigmatic deep-sea shrimp Physetocaris microphthalma Chace, 1940 (Decapoda, Caridea). Invertebrate Systematics. 37(8) 529-537

70.Pérez-Moreno, J.L., Kozma, M.T., DeLeo, D. Bracken-Grissom, H., Durica, D. and Mykles, D. 2023. CrusTome: A transcriptome database resource for large-scale analyses across Crustacea. G3: Genes|Genomes|Genetics, 13(7), jkad098


69.Colín A, Galván-Tirado C, Carreón-Palau L, Bracken-Grissom HD, Baeza JA. 2023.

Mitochondrial genomes of the land hermit crab Coenobita clypeatus (Anomura: Paguroidea) and the mole crab Emerita talpoida (Anomura: Hippoidea) with insights into phylogenetic relationships in the Anomura (Crustacea: Decapoda). Gene. 2023 Jan 15;849:146896. doi: 10.1016/j.gene.2022.146896.  


68. Peres PA, Bracken-Grissom H, Timm LE, Mantelatto FL. 2022. Genomic Analyses Implicate the Amazon–Orinoco Plume as the Driver of Cryptic Speciation in a Swimming Crab. Genes



67. Schweikert, L.E., Thomas, K.N., Moreno, V., Casaubon, A., Golightly, C. and Bracken-Grissom, H.D.  2022. Ecological Predictors and Functional Implications of Eye Size in Deep-sea Shrimps. Frontiers in Marine Science. 10:787315. Invited. 


66. O'Brien, C. Bracken-Grissom, H and Baeza, A. 2022. The complete mitochondrial genome of the Atlantic ghost crab Ocypode quadrata (Fabricius, 1787) Brachyura: Ocypodidae: Ocypodinae).  Journal of Crustacean Biology. Volume 42, Issue 1, March 2022, ruac005 


65. Collins S., Bracken-Grissom H., Baeza J., The complete mitochondrial genome of the pink shrimp Penaeus duorarum (Burkenroad, 1939), Journal of Crustacean Biology, Volume 42, Issue 1, March 2022, ruac007.

64. Golightly, C.*, DeLeo, D.*, Perez, N.*, Chan, T.Y., Landeira, J.M. and Bracken-Grissom, H.D. 2022. Tracing the evolution of bioluminescent light organs across the deep-sea shrimp family Sergestidae using a genomic skimming and phylogenetic approach. Invertebrate Systematics. 36(1):22-35 (2022). 


63. Varela C, Bracken-Grissom H. 2021. A Mysterious World Revealed: Larval-Adult Matching of Deep-Sea Shrimps from the Gulf of Mexico. Diversity. 13(10):457. Invited 

62. Ditter, R.E.*, Mejia-Ortiz, L. and Bracken-Grissom, H.D. 2021. Diagnosis of a new subfamily
within Barbouriidae (Decapoda: Caridea). Journal of Crustacean Biology. 41(3): 1-2.

61. Varela, C. and Bracken-Grissom, H. 2021. First record of the genus Oediceroides (Amphipoda: Amphilochidea: Oedicerotidae) for the Gulf of Mexico, with the description of a new species. Novitates Caribaea. 18: 18-27.

60. Timm, L.E., Jackson, T.L., Browder, J.A., Bracken-Grissom, H.D. 2021. Population Genomics of the commercially important Gulf of Mexico pink shrimp Farfantepenaeus duorarum (Burkenroad, 1939) support models of juvenile transport around the Florida Peninsula. Frontiers on Ecology and Evolution

9:659134. doi: 10.3389/fevo.2021.659134. Invited.


59. Ballou*, L., Iliffe, T.M., Kakuk, B., Gonzalez, B., Broad, K., Bracken-Grissom, H., and  Olesen, J. 2021. Monsters in the Dark: A systematic and biogeographic assessment of the stygobitic genus Godzillius (Remipedia: Crustacea) from the Lucayan Archipelago. European Journal of Taxonomy. 751:115-139..


58. DeLeo D.M* and Bracken-Grissom, H.D. 2021. Lighting the way: Forces driving the diversification of bioluminescent signalling in sea fireflies. Molecular Ecology: Perspectives. 30: 1747–1750. DOI: 10.1111/mec.15880 (Invited).

57. Tan, M.H., Gan, H.M., Bracken-Grissom, H., Chan, T.Y, Grandjean, F., Austin, C. 2021. More from less: exploring the potential of genome skimming of nuclear markers for phylogenetics, a case study using decapod crustaceans. Journal of Crustacean Biology. 41(2): 1-7. doi:10.1093/jcbiol/ruab009 (Selected as Highlight Article)

56. Sutton, T., Boswell, K., Bracken-Grissom, H.D., Lopez, J., Vecchione, M., Youngbluth, M. 2021. Editorial: Deep Pelagic Ecosystem Dynamics, in a Highly Impacted Water Column: The Gulf of Mexico after the Deepwater Horizon. Frontiers of Marine Science – Deep-Sea Environments and Ecology. 8:653074. doi: 10.3389/fmars.2021.653074. (Invited).

55. Wolfe, J., Luque, J and Bracken-Grissom, H.D. 2021. How to become a crab: Phenotypic constraints on a recurring body plan. Bioessays. 43:2100020. (Invited).

54. Varela, C., Golightly, C., Timm, L., Wilkins, B., Frank, T., Fenolio, D., & Collins, S., & Bracken Grissom, H. 2021. DNA barcoding enhances large-scale biodiversity initiatives for deep-pelagic crustaceans within the Gulf of Mexico and adjacent waters. Journal of Crustacean Biology. 41(1): 1-18. (Selected as Highlight Article). 

53. Hurt, C., Hultgren, K., Anker, A., Lemmon, A. R., Lemmon, E. M., & Bracken-Grissom, H. 2021. First Worldwide Molecular Phylogeny of the Morphologically and Ecologically Hyperdiversified Snapping Shrimp Genus Alpheus (Malacostraca: Decapoda). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution. 158: 107080


52. Cook AB, Bernard AM, Boswell KM, Bracken-Grissom H, D’Elia M, deRada S, Easson CG,
English D, Eytan RI, Frank T, Hu C, Johnston MW, Judkins H, Lembke C, Lopez JV, Milligan RJ, Moore JA,Penta B, Pruzinsky NM, Quinlan JA,Richards TM, Romero IC, Shivji MS,Vecchione M, Weber MD, Wells RJD and Sutton TT.  2020. A Multidisciplinary Approach to Investigate Deep-Pelagic Ecosystem Dynamics in the Gulf of Mexico following Deepwater Horizon. Frontiers in Marine Science. 7:548880. doi: 10.3389/fmars.2020.548880

51. Feller, K.D., Sharkey, C., McDuffee-Altekruse, A., Bracken-Grissom, H.D., Lord, N., Porter, M., Schweikert, L.* 2020. Surf and Turf Vision: Patterns and predictors of visual acuity in compound eye evolution.  Arthropod Structure and Development. 60 (2021) 101002.

50. Bracken-Grissom, H. and Wolfe, J. 2020. The Pancrustacean Conundrum: A Conflicted Phylogeny with Emphasis on Crustacea. In: The Natural History of the Crustacea. Evolution and Biogeography. Volume 8. Editors: Thiel and Poore. 520 pages.

49. DeLeo, D.* and Bracken-Grissom, H.  2020. Illuminating the impact of diel vertical migration on visual systems in the deep sea. Molecular Ecology. 29: 3494-3510. IF: 6.1.

48. Schweikert, L.S.*, Davis, A.L., Johnsen, S. and Bracken-Grissom, H.D. 2020. Visual Perception of Bioluminescent Organ Variation in Deep-Sea Shrimps and Implications for Conspecific Recognition. Ecology and Evolution. 10: 9503-9513. IF: 2.4.

47. Papastamatiou, Y., Verbeck, D., Hutchinson, M., Bracken-Grissom, H. and Chapman, D.  2020. An encounter between a pelagic shark and a giant cephalopod. Journal of Fish Biology. 97:588–589. IF: 2.038

46. Ditter, R.E.*, Mejia-Ortiz, L. and Bracken-Grissom, H.D. 2020. Anchialine Adjustments: an updated phylogeny and classification for the family Barbouriidae Christoffersen, 1987 (Decapoda: Caridea). 1-11. Journal of Crustacean Biology. 1–11. http://doi:10.1093/jcbiol/ruaa037  IF: 1.06

45. Bracken-Grissom, H., DeLeo, D.*, Porter, M., Iwanicki, T., Sickles, J., Frank, T. 2020. Light organ photosensitivity may suggest a novel role in counterillumination. Scientific Reports. 10(1): 4485.  DOI: 10.1038/s41598-020-61284-9. IF=4.12

44. Timm, L. E.*, Bracken-Grissom, H.D., Sosnowski, A., Breitbart, M., Vecchione, M and Judkins, H. 2020. Population genomics of three deep-sea cephalopod species reveals connectivity between the Gulf of Mexico and northwestern Atlantic Ocean. Deep Sea Research I. 158 (2020) 103222. IF: 2.848. Cover Image.

43. Timm*, L.E., Isma, L#, Johnston, M.W, Bracken-Grissom, H.D. 2020.  Comparative Population Genomics and Biophysical Modeling of Shrimp Migration in the Gulf of Mexico Reveals Current-Mediated Connectivity. Frontiers in Marine Science. 7: 19. IF: 3.086


42. Ditter, R.*, Shulman, S.*, Synder, A.*, and Bracken-Grissom, H. 2019. First records of anchialine shrimp from Acklins, Bahamas with notes on behavior of Barbouria cubensis. Journal of Crustacean Biology. 1–5. doi:10.1093/jcbiol/ruz061. IF: 1.187.

41. Tan, M.H., Gan, H.M., Lee, Y.P., Bracken-Grissom, H.D., Chan, T.Y., Miller, A., Austin, C.M. 2019. The full circle: comparative mitogenomics of the Decapoda (Arthropoda: Crustacea) reveals significant evolutionary heterogeneity in architecture and genomic composition. Scientific Reports.

9:10756 | IF=4.12

40.Ditter, R.*, Erdman, R., Goebel, A., and Bracken-Grissom, H.D. 2019. Documenting Phenotypic Hypervariation in the enigmatic anchialine shrimp Barbouria cubensis (Decapoda: Caridea). Zootaxa.

4648(1): 001–026. IF=1.06.

39. Sanchez, J.*, Bracken-Grissom, H.D., Trexler, J. 2019 Freshwater-to-marine transitions may explain the evolution of herbivory in the subgenus Mollienesia (genus Poecilia).  Biological Journal of the Linnaean Society. 127(4): 742-761. IF: 2.532

38. Wolfe, J., Breinholt, J., Crandall, K., Lemmon, A., Lemmon, E., Timm, L.*, Siddall, M. and Bracken-Grissom, H. 2019. A phylogenomic framework, evolutionary timeline, and genomic resources for comparative studies of decapod crustaceans. Proceedings of the Royal Society B.

286: 20190079. IF: 4.8. image.

37. Timm, L.E*, Browder, J.A, Lear, S.#, Jackson, T.L., Zink, I.C., Bracken-Grissom, H.D2019.  A tree money grows on: the first comprehensive molecular phylogeny of pink shrimp (Decapoda: Farfantepenaeus) reveals cryptic diversity. Invertebrate Systematics. 33(2): 488-500. IF=2.264 

36. Parvulescu, L., Perez-Moreno, J.*, Panaiotu, C., Dragut, L., Schrimpf, A., Zaharia, C., Weiperth, A., Gal, B., Popovici, I-D., Schubart, C., and Bracken-Grissom, H.D. 2019. A journey on plate tectonics shed light on European crayfish phylogeography. Ecology and Evolution. 9: 1957-1971. IF =2.5.


35. R.J. Milligan, A. Bernhard, K.M. Boswell, H.D Bracken-Grissom, M.A. D’Elia, S. DeRada, D. English, R. Eytan, C. Hu, C. Lembke, B. Penta, T. Richards, I.C. Romero, M. Shivji, L. Timm, J.D. Warren, M. Weber, D. Wells, T.T. Sutton. 2018. The application of novel research technologies by the Deep Pelagic Nekton Dynamics of the Gulf of Mexico (DEEPEND) Consortium. Journal of Marine Science and Technology.

52(6): 81-86. IF: 1.119.

34. DeLeo, D.*, Vázquez-Miranda, H.*, Perez-Moreno, J.* and Bracken-Grissom, H. 2018. RNA profile diversity across Arthropoda: Guidelines, methodological artifacts, and expected outcomes. Biology Methods and Protocols. 3(1):  1-10. IF=pending (new journal).

33. Rotllant, G., Palero, F., Mather, P., Bracken-Grissom, H., Santos, B. 2018. Introduction- Crustacean Genomics Preface: Recent advances in Crustacean Genomics. Hydrobiologica.

825(1): 1-4. DOI 10.1007/s10750-018-3773-y. IF=2.06

32. Pérez-Moreno JL*, DeLeo D*, Palero F, Bracken-Grissom H.D. 2018. Phylogenetic annotation and genomic architecture of opsin genes in Crustacea. Hydrobiologia. 825(1): 159-175. IF=2.06

31. Bracken-Grissom, H.D., Johnsen, S., Widder, E., Messing, C.G., and Frank. T.M. 2018. Decapod diversity associated with deep-sea octocorals in the Gulf of Mexico. Crustaceana. 91(10):1267-1275.  IF=0.47.

30. Timm, L*., Moahamad, B.#, Churchill, D., & Bracken-Grissom, H.D. 2018. Bathynomus giganteus (Isopoda: Cirolanidae) and the canyon: a population genetics assessment of Desoto Canyon as a glacial refugium for the giant deep-sea isopod. Hydrobiologia. IF = 2.06.

29. Pérez-Moreno JL*, Balazas, G. and Bracken-Grissom H.D. 2018. Transcriptomic insights into the loss of vision in Molnár János Cave’s crustaceans. Integrative and Comparative Biology. 58(3): 452-464. DOI: 10.1093/icb/icy071. IF = 2.14.





17. Bracken-Grissom, H.D. and D.L. Felder. 2014. Taxonomic revisions of the American snapping shrimp allied to Alpheus floridanus (Crustacea: Decapoda: Alpheidae). Zootaxa. 3895 (4): 451-491. IF=1.06.


16. Bracken-Grissom, H.D., R. Robles and D.L. Felder. 2014. Molecular phylogenetics of snapping shrimp allied to Alpheus floridanus (Crustacea: Decapoda: Alpheidae). Zootaxa. 3895 (4): 492-502. IF=1.06.


15.  Speiser, D.I., Pankey, S., Zaharoff, A.K., Battelle, B.A., Bracken-Grissom, H.D., Brienholt, J.W., Bybee, S.M., Cronin, T.W., Garm, A., Patel, N.H., Porter, M.L., Protas, M.E., Rivera, A.S., Serb, J.M., Zigler, K.S., Crandall, K.A., Oakley, T.H. 2014. Using Phylogenetically Informed Annotation (PIA) to search for light interacting genes in transcriptomes from non-model organisms. BMC Bioinformatics. 15 (350): 1-12.  IF= 3.02.


14.  Poore, G.B., Ahyong, S., Bracken-Grissom, H.D., Chan, T.Y., Chu, K.H., Crandall, K.A., Dworschak, P.C., Felder, D.L., Feldman, R.M., Hynzy, M., Lemaitre, R., Karasawa, H., Komai, T., Li, X., Mantelatto, F., Martin, J., Robles, R., Schweitzer, C.E., Tamaki, A., Tsang, M., Tudge, C. 2014. On stabilising the names of the infrorders of thalassinidean shrimps, Axiidea and Gebiidea. Crustaceana. 87(10) 1258-1272. IF= 0.46


13. Felder, D.L., Thoma, B., Schmidt, W., Sauvage, F., Self-Kreyesky, S., Bracken-Grissom, H.D., Fredericq, S. 2014. Monitored Seaweeds and Decapod Crustaceans on Northwestern Gulf Deep Banks Following the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill. Bioscience. 64(9): 808-819. IF= 4.739


12. Bracken-Grissom, H.D., S. Ahyong, R. Wilkinson, Z. Yang, J. Brienholt, F. Palero, T-Y. Chan, M. Bendall#, R. Feldmann, C. Schweitzer, K.H. Chu, D.L. Felder, R. Robles, D. Kim#, M. Tsang, J. Martin, and K.A. Crandall. 2014. Emergence of the Lobsters: Phylogenetic Relationships, Morphological Evolution and Divergence Time Comparisons of an Ancient Group (Achelata, Astacidea, Glypheidea, Polychelida). Systematic Biology. 63(4): 457-479.  5-yr IF= 13.316


11. Lopez, J.V, Bracken-Grissom, H.D. et al. 2014. Global Invertebrate Genomics Alliance (GIGA): Developing Community Resources to Study Diverse Invertebrate Genomes. Journal of Heredity

105(1):1-18. IF=1.995

2013 - 2012

2011 - 2009

7. Bybee, S.M., Bracken-Grissom, H.D., B. Haynes#, R. Hermansen#, R. Byers, M. Clement, J. Udall and K.A. Crandall. 2011. A scalable next-gen approach to multilocus, multitaxa phylogenetics: An example of directed sequencing using Pancrustacea. Genome Biology and Evolution. 3, 1312–1323. 5-yr IF=4.859

6. Bracken-Grissom, H.D., T. Enders#, C. Jara, and K. Crandall. 2011. Molecular diversity of two freshwater anomuran crab species in Southern Chile (Decapoda: Anomura: Aeglidae) compared to associated morphometric differences. In: C. HELD, C. SCHUBART, S. KOENEMANN (eds.). Phylogeography and population genetics in Crustacea (Crustacean Issues 19), Taylor and Francis/CRC Press, Bocan Raton. 305-322.


5. Bybee, S.M., Bracken-Grissom,  H.D., R. Hermansen#, D.L. Felder and K.A. Crandall.  2011. Directed next generation sequencing for phylogenetics: An example using Decapoda. Zoologischer Anzeiger.  250, 497-506. IF=1.4


4. Bracken, H.D., S. De Grave, A. Toon, D.L. Felder, and K.A. Crandall. 2010. The Phylogenetic Position, Taxonomic Status, and Divergence Time of the Procarididea (Crustacea: Decapoda). Felgenhauer & Abele, 1983. Zoologica Scripta 39 (2) 198-212. IF=2.793


3. Felder, D. L., P. C. Dworschak, R. Robles, Bracken, H.D., A. M. Windsor, J. M. Felder, and R. Lemaitre. 2009. Obvious Invaders and Overlooked Infauna: Unexpected Constituents and New Discoveries of the Decapod Crustacean Assemblage at Twin Cays, Belize. Smithsonian Contributions to Marine Sciences 38, 181-188.


2. Bracken, H.D., A. Toon, D. Felder, J. Martin, M. Finley, J. Rasmussen#, F. Palero, and K.A. Crandall. 2009. The Decapod Tree of Life: Compiling the data and moving toward a consensus of decapod evolution.  Arthropod Phylogenetics and Systematics 67 (1) 99-116. IF=2.318


1. Bracken, H.D., S. De Grave and D.L. Felder. 2009. Phylogeny of the infraorder Caridea based on mitochondrial and nuclear genes (Crustacea: Decapoda). In: J. MARTIN, K.A. CRANDALL, D.L. FELDER (eds.). Decapod Crustacean Phylogenetics (Crustacean Issues), Taylor and Francis/CRC Press, Bocan Raton. Pp. 281-305.​​​

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