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Dr. Judith Winston, Curator of Marine Biology

Contact Dr. Winston at judith.winston@vmnh.virginia.gov.

Professional Titles

  • Curator of Marine Biology, Virginia Museum of Natural History
  • Adjunct Professor, Biology Department, Appalachian State University, University of Louisiana, Lafayette, George Mason University 
  • Research Associate, National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution, Museum of Comparative Zoology, Harvard University


  • Ph.D. in Geophysical Sciences, University of Chicago, 1974 
  • MS in Zoology, University of New Hampshire, 1970 
  • AB in Geology and Biology, Brown University, 1966

Research Interests

  • Bryozoan systematics 
  • Ecology and evolution of colonial organisms 
  • Marine biodiversity and conservation 
  • Taxonomic procedure and nomenclature 

Recent Professional Service

  • Editorial Board, Journal of Natural History, 2002-
  • International Bryozoology Association, Councilor 1998-2004, President 2007-10.
  • Member at Large, American Microscopical Society, 1997-99, President, 2007.  
  • Virginia Natural History Society, Councilor, 1997-99, President, 2006.
  • Commissioner, International Commission on Zoological Nomenclature, 2009- 

Selected Publications

  • Winston, J. E. (1999) Describing Species:  Practical Taxonomic Procedure for Biologists.  New York:  Columbia University Press.
  • Winston, J. E. And Migotto, A. E. (2005).  A new encrusting interstitial marine fauna from Brazil.Invertebrate Biology. 124(1):79-87.
  • Winston, J. E. (2005). Re-description and revision of Smitt’s “Floridan Bryozoa” in the collection of the Museum of Comparative Zoology, Harvard University. VMNH Memoir 7:1-152.
  • Winston, J.  E. and Woollacott, R. M. 2009. Scientific results of the Hassler Expedition, Bryozoa, no. 1. Barbados. Bulletin of the Museum of Comparative Zoology 159(5): 239-300.
  • Winston, J. E. 2010. Life in the colonies: learning the alien ways of colonial organisms.  Integrative and Comparative Biology, 50 (6): 919-933.
  • Hayward, P. J. and Winston, J. E. 2011. Bryozoa collected by the United States AntarcticResearch Program: new taxa and new records. Journal of Natural History, 45 (37-38): 2259-2338.