Iliffe, Thomas individual record
Professor
overview

For the past 40 years, Iliffe has conducted studies of biodiversity, ecology, evolution, and conservation of animals inhabiting saltwater caves. In addition to his extensive cave investigations in Bermuda, he has led biospeleological research expeditions to the Bahamas, Belize, Mexico, Jamaica, Dominican Republic, Canary Islands, Iceland, Mallorca, Romania, former Czechoslovakia, Gal?pagos, Hawaii, and numerous locations in the Indo-Pacific. This research has resulted in the discovery of more than 300 new species of marine animals, mostly crustaceans, inhabiting caves in the Atlantic, Caribbean, and Indo-Pacific. Iliffe's research has been funded by grants from the National Science Foundation, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and the National Geographic Society, among others. He has published 250 papers, including 30 invited book chapters. TV documentaries featuring his cave diving research expeditions can be seen on the National Geographic Channel, BBC, PBS, History Channel, Discovery Channel, and others.

selected publications
Academic Articles195
  • Keith, D. A., Ferrer-Paris, J. R., Nicholson, E., Bishop, M. J., Polidoro, B. A., Ramirez-Llodra, E., ... Kingsford, R. T. (2022). A function-based typology for Earth's ecosystems.. Nature. (7932), 513-518.
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  • Ballou, L., Brankovits, D., Chvez-Sols, E. M., Chvez Daz, J. M., Gonzalez, B. C., Rohret, S., ... Borda, E. (2022). An integrative re-evaluation of Typhlatya shrimp within the karst aquifer of the Yucatn Peninsula, Mexico.. Sci Rep. (1), 5302.
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  • De Grave, S., Iliffe, T. M., & Christodoulou, M. (2022). FURTHER RECORDS OF THE ANCHIALINE SHRIMP CARIDINA RUBELLA FUJINO & SHOKITA, 1975 (DECAPODA, ATYIDAE). CRUSTACEANA. (5-6), 709-716.
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  • Iliffe, T. M., & Calderon-Gutierrez, F. (2021). Bermuda's Walsingham Caves: A Global Hotspot for Anchialine Stygobionts. DIVERSITY-BASEL. (8), 352-352.
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Books3
  • Martinez, A., Gonzalez, B. C., Nunez, J., Wilkens, H., Oromi, P., Iliffe, T. M., & Woraae, K. (2016). Gua interpretativa de los ecosistemas anquialinos de Los Jameos del Agua y Tnel de la Atlntida. Cabildo de Lanzarote.
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  • Martinez, A., Gonzalez, B. C., Nunez, J., Wilkens, H., Oromi, P., Iliffe, T. M., & Woraae, K. (2016). Guide to the anchialine ecosystems of Los Jameos del Agua and Tnel de la Atlntida. Cabildo de Lanzarote.
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  • Surez, E., Reid, J. W., Iliffe, T. M., & Fiers, F. (1996). Catlogo de los coppodos (Crustacea) continentales de la Pennsula de Yucatn, Mxico.
Chapters9
  • Iliffe, T. M., & Alvarez, F.. (2018). Research in Anchialine Caves. Cave Ecology. 383-397. Springer International Publishing.
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  • Olesen, J., Martinsen, S. V., Iliffe, T. M., & Koenemann, S. (2014). Remipedia. ATLAS OF CRUSTACEAN LARVAE. 84-89.
  • Olesen, J., Boesgaard, T., Iliffe, T. M., & Watling, L. (2014). Thermosbaenacea, Spelaeogriphacea, and "Mictacea". ATLAS OF CRUSTACEAN LARVAE. 195-198.
  • Koenemann, S., & Iliffe, T. M. (2013). CLASS REMIPEDIA YAGER, 1981. TREATISE ON ZOOLOGY - ANATOMY, TAXONOMY, BIOLOGY: THE CRUSTACEA, VOL 4, PT A. 125-177.
  • Fosshagen, A., & Iliffe, T. M. (1994). A new species of Erebonectes (Copepoda, Calanoida) from marine caves on Caicos Islands, West Indies. Ecology and Morphology of Copepods. 17-22. Springer Nature.
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Conference Papers9
  • van Hengstum, P. J., Cresswell, J. N., & Iliffe, T. M. (2017). STRATIGRAPHIC EVIDENCE FOR HOLOCENE ENVIRONMENTAL CHANGE IN A BERMUDIAN COASTAL UNDERWATER CAVE (PALM CAVE SYSTEM): IMPLICATIONS FOR BERMUDAS SEA LEVEL HISTORY. Abstracts with programs (Geological Society of America), GSA Annual Meeting in Seattle, Washington, USA - 2017.
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  • Pakes, M. J., Wrighton, K. C., Thrash, J. C., Santis, T. D., Anderson, G. L., Iliffe, T. M., ... Caldwell, R. L. (2010). Anchialine Cave Ecology: A Multi-Disciplinary Approach. INTEGRATIVE AND COMPARATIVE BIOLOGY. 50, E132-E132.
  • Weslawski, J. M., Snelgrove, P., Levin, L. A., Austen, M. C., Kneib, R. T., Iliffe, T. M., ... Whitlatch, R. B. (2004). Marine sedimentary biota as providers of ecosystem goods and services. SUSTAINING BIODIVERSITY AND ECOSYSTEM SERVICES IN SOILS AND SEDIMENTS. 64, 73-98.
  • Snelgrove, P., Austen, M. C., Hawkins, S. J., Iliffe, T. M., Kneib, R. T., Levin, L. A., ... Garey, J. R. (2004). Vulnerability of marine sedimentary ecosystem services to human activities. SUSTAINING BIODIVERSITY AND ECOSYSTEM SERVICES IN SOILS AND SEDIMENTS. 64, 161-189.
  • Fosshagen, A., & Iliffe, T. M. (1998). A new genus of the Ridgewayiidae (Copepoda, Calanoida) from an anchialine cave in the Bahamas. JOURNAL OF MARINE SYSTEMS. 15(1-4), 373-380.
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Repository Documents / Preprints1
  • Ballou, L., Brankovits, D., Chvez-Sols, E. M., Gonzalez, B. C., Rohret, S., Salinas, A., ... Borda, E. (2021). Identity Crisis: An Integrative Re-Evaluation of Typhlatya Shrimp within the Karst Aquifer of the Yucatn Peninsula, Mexico..
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Internet Publications1
  • Iliffe, T. (2018). Scientist at work: Ive dived in hundreds of underwater caves hunting for new forms of life. - An article submitted to The Conversation
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chaired theses and dissertations
Email
iliffet@tamu.edu
First Name
Thomas
Last Name
Iliffe