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.



Mangiante, M.J., A.J.S. Davis, S. Panlasigui, M.E. Neilson, I. Pfingsten, P.L. Fuller, and J.A. Darling. 2018. Trends in nonindigenous aquatic species richness in the United States reveal shifting spatial and temporal patterns of species introductions. Aquatic Invasions 13(3):323-338. DOI: 10.3391/ai.2018.13.3.02

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.