Jeffrey G. Baguley

Teaching Professor
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Dr. Baguley earned a Bachelor's degree in Biology from Linfield College in 2000. Upon completion of undergraduate studies he matriculated into the Marine Science doctoral program at the University of Texas at Austin. Under the guidance of Dr. Paul Montagna, Dr. Baguley's Ph.D dissertation focused on meiobenthic community structure and function in the northern Gulf of Mexico deep sea.

After completion of his graduate studies in 2004, Dr. Baguley was hired as a research assistant professor at the Baruch Institute for Marine and Coastal Sciences at the University of South Carolina. Under the guidance of Dr. Bruce Coull and Dr. Tom Chandler, Dr. Baguley's post-doctoral studies focused on the population genetics of the harpacticoid copepod Nannopus palustris, and ecotoxicology of emerging contaminants.

In 2006, Dr. Baguley was hired as a faculty member in the Department of Biology at The University of Nevada where he continues his studies of marine benthic ecology, but also has expanded his interests into the Lake Tahoe basin.

Research interests

Dr. Baguley's research program focuses on marine meiobenthic ecology. Current research programs are based on three focal areas: deep-sea ecology, polar ecology, and ecotoxicology. Dr. Baguley's deep-sea research interests include large-scale biotic/abiotic interactions, biodiversity, and broadening our understanding of both community structure and function.

Our polar meiobenthic research seeks to elucidate spatial and temporal dynamics of meiobenthic communities in these extreme environments. Our ecotoxicology research includes both field-based environmental impact studies as well as mesocosm experiments to understand the effects of contaminants on meiobenthic community structure and function.

Selected publications

  • Baguley JG, Montagna PA, Cooksey C, Hyland JL, Bang HW, Kamikawa A, Bennetts P, Morrison C, Saiyo G, Parsons E, Herdener M, Ricci M (2015) Community response of deep-sea soft-sediment metazoan meiofauna to the Deepwater Horizon blow out and oil spill. Marine Ecology Progress Series 528: 127-140.
  • Bang HW, Baguley JG, Moon H (2015) First record of harpacticoid copepods from Lake Tahoe, United States: two new species of Attheyella (Harpacticoida: Canthocamptidae) ZooKeys 479: 1-24.
  • Bang HW, Baguley JG, Moon H (2014) A new genus of Cletopsyllidae (Copepoda, Harpacticoida) from the Gulf of Mexico. Zookeys 391:37-53.
  • Chariton A, Ho K, Proestou D, Bik H, Simpson S, Portis L, Cantwell M, Baguley JG, Burgess R, Pelletier M, Perron M, Gunsch C (2014) A molecular-based approach for examining responses of microcosm-contained eukaryotes to contaminant-spiked estuarine sediments. Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry 33: 359-369.
  • Montagna PA, Baguley JG, Cooksey C, Hartwell I, Hyde LJ, Hyland JL, Kalke RD, Kracker LM, Reuscher M, Rhodes ACE. (2013) Deep-Sea Benthic Footprint of the Deepwater Horizon Blowout. PLoS One 8(8): e70540.
  • Ho KT, Chariton A, Portis LM, Proestou D, Cantwell MG, Baguley JG, Burgess RM, Simpson S, Pelletier MC, Perron MM, Gunsch C, Bik HM, Kamikawa A. (2013) Using a novel sediment exposure to determine the effects of triclosan on estuarine benthic communities. Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry 32: 384-392.
  • Garlitska L, Neretina T, Schepetov D, Mugue N, De Troch M, Baguley JG, Azovsky A (2012) Cryptic diversity of the “cosmopolitan” harpacticoid copepod Nannopus palustris: genetic and morphological evidences. Molecular Ecology 21: 5336-5347.
  • Denton ME, Chandra S, Wittman ME, Reuter J, Baguley JG. (2012) Reproduction and population structure of Corbicula fluminea in an oligotrophic, subalpine lake. Journal of Shellfish Research 31: 145-152.
  • Sharma J, Baguley JG, Bluhm BA, Rowe G. (2011) Do Meio- and Macrobenthic nematodes differ in community composition and body weight trends with depth? PLoS One 6(1) e14491.
  • Wei C, Rowe GT, Escobar-Briones E, Boetius A, Soltwedel T, Caley MJ, Soliman Y, Huettmann F, Qu F, Yu Z, Pitcher CR, Haedrich RL, Wicksten MK, Rex MA, Baguley JG, Sharma J, Danovaro R, MacDonald IR, Nunnally CC, Deming JW, Montagna PA, Lévesque M, Weslawski JM, Wlodarska-Kowalczuk M, Ingole BS, Bett BJ, Yool A, Bluhm BA, Iken K, Narayanaswamy BE. (2010) Global Patterns and Predictions of Seafloor Biomass Using Random Forests. PLoS One 5(12): e15323.
  • Baguley JG, Montagna PA, Rowe GT, Hyde LJ. (2008) Metazoan meiofauna biomass, grazing, and weight dependent respiration in the northern Gulf of Mexico deep sea. Deep-Sea Research II 55: 2607-2616.
  • Bernhard JM, Sen Gupta BK, Baguley JG. (2008) Benthic foraminifera living in Gulf of Mexico bathyal and abyssal sediments: Community analysis and comparison to metazoan meiofaunal biomass and density. Deep-Sea Research II 55: 2617-2626.
  • Baguley JG, Montagna PA, Hyde LJ, Kalke RD, Rowe, GT. (2006) Metazoan meiofauna abundance in relation to environmental variables in the northern Gulf of Mexico deep sea. Deep-Sea Research I 53: 1344-1362.
  • Baguley JG, Montagna PA, Lee W, Hyde LJ, Rowe GT. (2006) Spatial and bathymetric trends in Harpacticoida (Copepoda) community structure in the northern Gulf of Mexico deep-sea. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology 330: 327-341.
  • Baguley JG, Hyde LJ, Montagna PA. (2004) A semi-automated digital microphotographic approach to measure meiofaunal biomass. Limnology & Oceanography: Methods 2:181-190.


  • Ph.D. Marine Science, The University of Texas at Austin, 2004
  • B.A., Biology, Linfield College, 2000

Postdoctoral research

  • Postdoctoral Research, Baruch Institute for Marine and Coastal Science, University of South Carolina, 2004-2006