Dr. Ann Bucklin is a professor and head of the Department of Marine Sciences and Director of the Marine Sciences and Technology Center at UConn’s Avery Point campus on the shores of Long Island Sound.
She was a Fulbright Senior Scholar in Norway (1992-1993) and was elected Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement for Science in 1995. The theme underlying her research interest – spatial and temporal patterns of molecular genetic variation in marine organisms – developed from her earlier studies of sea anemones.
Her current focus is the population genetics, phylogeography, environmental transcriptomics, and phylogenetics of marine zooplankton. During 2004-2010, Dr. Bucklin was the lead scientist for a Census of Marine Life ocean realm field project, the Census of Marine Zooplankton, which sought to produce a global assessment of holozooplankton species diversity, distribution, and genetic diversity. Biodiversity of marine zooplankton – from the coastal ocean to the deep sea – remains her primary research focus. She now chairs an Expert Group for the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea focused on using integrated morphological and molecular (DNA sequencing) approaches to analysis and assessment of marine biodiversity.