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John S. Sparks

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Curator-in-Charge, Department of Ichthyology, Division of Vertebrate Zoology
Principal Investigator, Sackler Institute for Comparative Genomics
Professor, Richard Gilder Graduate School

Phone:
212-313-7791
Fax:
212-769-5642

Education

  • University of Michigan, Ph.D., 2001
  • University of Michigan, M.Sc., 1997
  • University of Michigan, B.A., 1987

Research Interests

Dr. Sparks’s researchfocuses on the systematics, evolution, and biogeography of freshwater and both nearshore and deep-sea marine fishes. Current projects include the evolution and function of sexually-dimorphic bioluminescent signaling systems in ponyfishes (Leiognathidae) and other bioluminescent marine fish clades, the origin(s) and biogeography of Madagascar’s freshwater and nearshore marine fishes, and synthetic studies investigating the evolution of biofluorescence and biogeographic history of the Western Indian Ocean. Dr. Sparks is also conducting phylogenetic studies, combining both morphological and molecular evidence, of cichlids, atheriniforms (silversides), and cave gobies. He is collaborating with microbiologists to investigate host-symbiont coevolution in ponyfishes in which light is produced by symbiotic luminescent bacteria housed in a complex circumesophageal light organ. Recent fieldwork includes biotic surveys and inventories of both freshwater and marine fishes in Madagascar, the Indo-Pacific region, South America, and the Caribbean.  

Sparks Website

Publications

List of Publications

Teaching Experience

Teaching Experience

Faculty Appointments

  • Adjunct Professor, Columbia University

Courses Taught

  • Richard Gilder Graduate School, AMNH 2012 Grantsmanship and Ethics course (Fall 2012)
  • Fish Biodiversity: Systematics and Evolution, Graduate level, Columbia University, Winter 2004, 2007

Graduate Advisees

  • Dawn Roje, AMNH/RGGS
  • John Denton, AMNH/RGGS
  • Jairo Arroyave, AMNH/CUNY
  • Molly McCargar, Columbia
  • William Leo Smith, AMNH/Columbia University
  • Robert Schelly, AMNH/Columbia University 

 

Graduate Committees

  • Dawn Roje, AMNH/RGGS
  • John Denton, AMNH/RGGS
  • Jairo Arroyave, AMNH/CUNY
  • Molly McCargar, Columbia
  • William Leo Smith, AMNH/Columbia University
  • Robert Schelly, AMNH/Columbia University

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