Ann Bucklin

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Ann Bucklin
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CitizenshipUnited States of America
Alma materUniversity of California, Berkeley
Scientific career
InstitutionsUniversity of Connecticut
ThesisThe reproduction and population biology of Metridium (Coelenterata, Actiniaria) (1980)

Ann Bucklin is a professor at the University of Connecticut known for her work using molecular tools to study zooplankton. Bucklin was elected a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 1995.

Education and career

Bucklin has an A.B. in biology from Oberlin College and earned her Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley in 1980.[1] Following her Ph.D., she was a NATA postdoctoral fellow at the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom and a postdoctoral scholar at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution from 1981 until 1983.[2] Bucklin worked at the University of New Hampshire, first as a research professor and then as professor starting in 1998. She served as director of the New Hampshire National Sea Grant College Program|Sea Grant Program from 1992 until 2005 when she moved to the University of Connecticut in Groton, CT where she was the head of the Department of Marine Sciences until 2014.[1] From 2004 until 2010, Bucklin was the lead scientist for the Census of Marine Zooplankton, a field project connected to the Census of Marine Life project.[3]


Bucklin is known for her research using molecular tools to characterize the evolution and ecology of marine organisms. Starting with her graduate research on the sea anemone, Metridium, Bucklin worked on pattern of reproduction[4] and genetic differentiation of novel species.[5] She has used genetic tools to track a variety of marine species including tube worms from Hydrothermal vent|hydrothermal vents,[6] Amphipoda|amphipods,[7] Krill|euphausiids,[8] and Copepod|copepods.[9] Through her research, she can differentiate closely-related copepods[10][11] and euphausiids,[12] examine spatial patterns in zooplankton,[13][14] and define the phylogeny of different zooplankton using multi-gene datasets.[15][16] Bucklin uses DNA barcoding to identify marine zooplankton, and the resulting data has implications for ocean health.[17]

Selected publications

Awards and honors

  • Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science (1995)[18]
  • Member, Connecticut Academy of Science and Engineering (2006)[19]
  • International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES) Outstanding Achievement Award (2019)[3]
  • University of Connecticut Faculty Excellence in Research and Creativity-Sciences Award (2020)[20]


  1. 1.0 1.1 "ORCID". Retrieved 2021-09-25.
  2. "CPR Survey | Prof. Ann Bucklin". Retrieved 2021-09-25.
  3. 3.0 3.1 "An outstanding role model Ann Bucklin presented with Outstanding Achievement Award". September 9, 2019. Retrieved 2021-09-24.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  4. Bucklin, A.; Hedgecock, D. (1982). "Biochemical genetic evidence for a third species of Metridium (Coelenterata: Actiniaria)". Marine Biology. 66 (1): 1–7. doi:10.1007/BF00397248. ISSN 0025-3162.
  5. Bucklin, Ann (1982-12-01). "The annual cycle of sexual reproduction in the sea anemone Metridium senile". Canadian Journal of Zoology. 60 (12): 3241–3248. doi:10.1139/z82-412. ISSN 0008-4301.
  6. Bucklin, Ann (1988-10-01). "Allozymic variability of Riftia pachyptila populations from the Galapagos Rift and 21°N hydrothermal vents". Deep Sea Research Part A. Oceanographic Research Papers. 35 (10): 1759–1768. doi:10.1016/0198-0149(88)90048-9. ISSN 0198-0149.
  7. Bucklin, Ann; Wilson, Raymond R.; Smith, Kenneth L. (1987-11-01). "Genetic differentiation of seamount and basin populations of the deep-sea amphipod Eurythenes gryllus". Deep Sea Research Part A. Oceanographic Research Papers. 34 (11): 1795–1810. doi:10.1016/0198-0149(87)90054-9. ISSN 0198-0149.
  8. Bucklin, Ann; Wiebe, Peter H. (1986). "Genetic heterogeneity in euphausiid populations: Euphausia krohnii and Nematoscelis megalops in North Atlantic Slope Water1". Limnology and Oceanography. 31 (6): 1346–1352. doi:10.4319/lo.1986.31.6.1346. ISSN 1939-5590.
  9. Bucklin, A.; Frost, B. W.; Kocher, T. D. (1995-02-01). "Molecular systematics of six Calanus and three Metridia species (Calanoida: Copepoda)". Marine Biology. 121 (4): 655–664. doi:10.1007/BF00349301. ISSN 1432-1793.
  10. Bucklin, A.; Guarnieri, M.; Hill, R. S.; Bentley, A. M.; Kaartvedt, S. (1999), Zehr, J. P.; Voytek, M. A. (eds.), "Taxonomic and systematic assessment of planktonic copepods using mitochondrial COI sequence variation and competitive, species-specific PCR", Molecular Ecology of Aquatic Communities, Dordrecht: Springer Netherlands, pp. 239–254, doi:10.1007/978-94-011-4201-4_18, ISBN 978-94-010-5827-8, retrieved 2021-09-25
  11. Bucklin, A.; Frost, B.; Bradford-Grieve, J.; Allen, L.; Copley, N. (2003-02-01). "Molecular systematic and phylogenetic assessment of 34 calanoid copepod species of the Calanidae and Clausocalanidae". Marine Biology. 142 (2): 333–343. doi:10.1007/s00227-002-0943-1. ISSN 1432-1793.
  12. Bucklin, Ann; Wiebe, Peter H.; Smolenack, Sara B.; Copley, Nancy J.; Beaudet, Jason G.; Bonner, Kaitlin G.; Färber-Lorda, Jaime; Pierson, James J. (2007-01-01). "DNA barcodes for species identification of euphausiids (Euphausiacea, Crustacea)". Journal of Plankton Research. 29 (6): 483–493. doi:10.1093/plankt/fbm031. ISSN 1464-3774.
  13. Bucklin, A. (2000-07-01). "Population genetics of drifting (Calanus spp.) and resident (Acartia clausi) plankton in Norwegian fjords". Journal of Plankton Research. 22 (7): 1237–1251. doi:10.1093/plankt/22.7.1237. ISSN 1464-3774.
  14. Bucklin, Ann; Rienecker, Michele M.; Mooers, Christopher N. K. (1989). "Genetic tracers of zooplankton transport in coastal filaments off northern California". Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans. 94 (C6): 8277–8288. doi:10.1029/JC094iC06p08277. ISSN 2156-2202.
  15. Blanco-Bercial, Leocadio; Bradford-Grieve, Janet; Bucklin, Ann (2011-04-01). "Molecular phylogeny of the Calanoida (Crustacea: Copepoda)". Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution. 59 (1): 103–113. doi:10.1016/j.ympev.2011.01.008. ISSN 1055-7903.
  16. Aarbakke, Ole Nicolai Staurland; Bucklin, Ann; Halsband, Claudia; Norrbin, Fredrika (2014-12-01). "Comparative phylogeography and demographic history of five sibling species of Pseudocalanus (Copepoda: Calanoida) in the North Atlantic Ocean". Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology. 461: 479–488. doi:10.1016/j.jembe.2014.10.006. ISSN 0022-0981.
  17. "How DNA Sequencing Is Revealing New Insights About Ocean Health". Oceans. Retrieved 2021-09-25.
  18. "Historic Fellows | American Association for the Advancement of Science". Retrieved 2021-09-24.
  19. "Connecticut Academy of Science and Engineering Elects Twenty-Six New Members in 2007". Connecticut Academy of Science and Engineering. 2007-05-19. Retrieved 2021-09-24.
  20. "2020 Faculty Excellence Honorees". UConn Foundation. Retrieved 2021-09-24.

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