Matthew Neilson, Ph.D.

My interests lie in the ecology, biology, systematics, population genetics, and zoogeography of fishes. I currently work with the USGS Nonindigenous Aquatic Species Database program helping to refine our understanding of nonnative fish distributions and impacts in the United States.

Biography

Publications:

Lapointe, N.W.R., P.L. Fuller, M. Neilson, B.R. Murphy, and P.L. Angermeier. 2016. Pathways of fish invasions in the Mid-Atlantic region of the United States. Management of Biological Invasions 7(3): 221-233. DOI: 10.3391/mbi.2016.7.3.02

Fuller. P.L., and M.E. Neilson. 2015. The U.S. Geological Survey’s Nonindigenous Aquatic Species Database: over thirty years of tracking introduced aquatic species in the United States (and counting). Management of Biological Invasions 6(2): 159-170. DOI: 10.3391/mbi.2015.6.2.06

Stepien, C.A., and M.E. Neilson. 2013. What’s in a name? Taxonomy and nomenclature of invasive gobies in the Great Lakes and beyond. Journal of Great Lakes Research 39: 555-559. DOI: 10.1016/j.jglr.2013.09.020

Fuller, P.L., M.E. Neilson, and D.H. Huge. 2013. The NAS alert system: a look at the first eight years. Fisheries 38: 128-138.

Neilson, M.E., and C.A. Stepien. 2011. Historic speciation and recent colonization of Eurasian monkey gobies (Neogobius fluviatilis and N. pallasi) revealed by DNA sequences, microsatellites, and morphology.Diversity and Distributions 17: 688-702. DOI: 10.1111/j.1472-4642.2011.00762.x

Neilson, M.E., and C.A. Stepien. 2009. Escape from the Ponto-Caspian: evolution and biogeography of an endemic goby species flock (Benthophilinae: Gobiidae: Teleostei). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution54: 84-102.

Feldheim, K.A., P. Willink, J.E. Brown, D.J. Murphy, M.E. Neilson, and C.A. Stepien. 2009. Eight polymorphic microsatellite loci for the exotic round goby Neogobius melanostomus (Teleostei: Gobiidae) with cross-species amplification. Molecular Ecology Resources 9: 639-644.

Neilson, M.E., and C.A. Stepien. 2009. Evolution and phylogeography of the tubenose goby genus Proterorhinus (Gobiidae: Teleostei): evidence for new cryptic species. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society96: 664-684.

Stepien, C.A., J.E. Brown, M.E. Neilson, and M.A. Tumeo. 2005. Genetic diversity of invasive species in the Great Lakes versus their Eurasian source populations: insights for risk analysis. Risk Analysis 25: 1043-1060.

Neilson, M.E., and R.R. Wilson, Jr. 2005. mtDNA singletons as evidence of a post-invasion genetic bottleneck in yellowfin goby Acanthogobius flavimanus from San Francisco Bay, California. Marine Ecology Progress Series 296: 197-208.