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James Wilder Orr, Ph.D.

James Wilder Orr, Ph.D.

Affiliate Curator



Tel: 206-526-6318

Curriculum Vitae



Ph. D., Fisheries

University of Washington, Seattle, Washington, 1995.

M. S., Fisheries Management
Auburn University, Auburn, Alabama, 1987.

B. S., Biology
Wheaton College, Wheaton, Illinois, 1980.


Orr, J. W. 1987. Comparative life history of the greenbreast darter, Etheostoma jordani Gilbert, in two physiographic districts. M.S. thesis, Auburn University, Alabama.

Orr, J. W. 1989. Feeding behavior of the greenbreast darter, Etheostoma jordani, (Percidae: Etheostomatini). Copeia1989(1):202-206.

Cusimano, R. F., R. S. Nemeth, P. Dinnell, D. A. Armstrong, J. W. Orr, T. W. Pietsch, M. L. Landolt, P. Wardrup, K. Larsen, J. Armstrong, and C. M. Eaton. 1989. The Exxon Valdez oil spill study in Prince William Sound, Alaska. Crustacean and marine fish resources survey. Cruise Report 2 (24 July-13 August 1989). School of Fisheries, University of Washington, Seattle.

Orr, J. W., and J. S. Ramsey. 1990. Reproduction in the greenbreast darter, Etheostoma jordani (Teleostei: Percidae). Copeia 1990(1):100-107.

Erickson, D. L., E. K. Pikitch, and J. W. Orr. 1991. Northern range extension for the squarespot rockfish, Sebastes hopkinsiCalifornia Fish and Game 77:51-52.

Orr, J. W. 1991. A new species of the ceratioid anglerfish genus Oneirodes (Oneirodidae) from the western North Atlantic, with a revised key to the genus. Copeia 1991(4):1024-1031.

Orr, J. W., and R. A. Fritzsche. 1993. Revision of the ghost pipefishes, family Solenostomidae (Teleostei: Syngnathoidei). Copeia 1993(1):168-182.

Orr, J. W., and T. W. Pietsch. 1994. Pipefishes and their allies, pages 168-172. In: J. R. Paxton (ed.), Encyclopedia of Animals: Fishes. Weldon Owen Publishing, San Francisco.

Orr, J. W. 1995. Phylogenetic relationships of gasterosteiform fishes (Teleostei: Acanthomorpha). Ph.D. dissertation, University of Washington, Seattle, 811 pp.

Orr, J. W. 1995. Taxonomic index for 1995. Copeia 1995(4):1050-1076.

Orr, J. W. 1996. Taxonomic index for 1996. Copeia 1996(4):1105-1134.

Orr, J. W., and D. C. Baker. 1996. Southern range extension of the harlequin rockfish, Sebastes variegatus(Scorpaenidae). California Fish and Game 82(3):133-136.

Orr, J. W., and D. C. Baker. 1996. New North American records of the North Pacific scorpaenids Adelosebastes latensand Sebastes glaucusAlaska Fishery Research Bulletin 3(2):94-102.

Orr, J. W. 1997. Taxonomic index for 1997. Copeia 1997(4):952-976.

Orr, J. W., and R. A. Fritzsche. 1997. Solenostomus tuticoriensis Venkataramanujam, Venkataramani, and Devaraj, 1993, a junior synonym of Macrorhamphosodes platycheilus Fowler, 1934 (Tetraodontiformes: Triacanthodidae).Copeia 1997(4):888-889.

Orr, J. W. 1998. Taxonomic index for 1998. Copeia 1998(4):1129-1151.

Orr, J. W., M. A. Brown, and D. C. Baker. 1998. Guide to rockfishes (Scorpaenidae) of the genera Sebastes, Sebastolobus, and Adelosebastes of the northeast Pacific Ocean. U.S. Department of Commerce, NOAA Technical Memorandum NMFS-AFSC-95. 46 pp.

Orr, J. W., and T. W. Pietsch. 1998. Pipefishes and their allies, pages 168-172. In: J. R. Paxton (ed.), Encyclopedia of Animals: Fishes, 2d Ed. Weldon Owen Publishing, San Francisco.

Orr, J. W. 1999. Fishes. In: Microsoft Encarta Encyclopedia, CD and on-line editions until present. Microsoft Corp., Redmond, Washington.

Orr, J. W. 1999. Taxonomic index for 1999. Copeia 1999(4):1153-1171.

Busby, M. S., and J. W. Orr. 2000. A pelagic basslet Howella sherborni (family Acropomatidae) off of the Aleutian Islands. Alaska Fishery Research Bulletin 6(1):49-53.

Orr, J. W. 2000. Taxonomic index for 2000. Copeia 2000(4):1169-1186.

Orr, J. W., M. A. Brown, and D. C. Baker. 2000. Guide to rockfishes (Scorpaenidae) of the genera Sebastes, Sebastolobus, and Adelosebastes of the northeast Pacific Ocean, second edition. U.S. Department of Commerce, NOAA Technical Memorandum NMFS-AFSC-658. 48 pp.

Orr, J. W., and A. C. Matarese. 2000. Revision of the genus Lepidopsetta Gill, 1862 (Teleostei: Pleuronectidae) based on larval and adult morphology, with a description of a new species from the North Pacific Ocean and Bering Sea.Fishery Bulletin 98(3):539-582.

Saruwatari, T., I. Oohara, J. W. Orr, R. M. McDowall, and T. Kobayashi. 2000. Phylogeny of lower euteleosts reconstructed from mtDNA analysis. DNA Research 8:96-101.

Simpson, A. J., A. W. Kendall Jr., and J. W. Orr. 2000. Translations of the original descriptions of Sebastes by Georges Cuvier. NMFS/Alaska Fisheries Science Center Processed Report 2000-09. 24 pp.

Orr, J. W. 2001. Taxonomic index for 2001. Copeia 2001(4):1194-1213.

Orr, J. W., and M. S. Busby. 2001. Prognatholiparis ptychomandibularis, a new genus and species of the fish family Liparidae (Teleostei: Scorpaeniformes) from the Aleutian Islands, Alaska. Proceedings of the Biological Society of Washington 114(1):51-57.

Kendall, A. W., Jr., and J. W. Orr. 2001. Identification and systematics of rockfishes (Sebastes) in the northeast Pacific Ocean. Alaska Fisheries Science Center Quarterly Report Jan-Feb-Mar 2001, Feature Article, pp. 1-8.

Orr, J. W. 2002. Taxonomic index for 2002. Copeia 2002(4):1197-1222.

Mace, P. M., A. W. Bruckner, N. K. Daves, J. R. Hunter, N. E. Kohler, R. G. Kope, R. A. MacIntosh, M. W. Miller, J. W. Orr, R. S. Otto, T. D. Smith, N. B. Thompson. 2002. NMFS/Interagency Working Group Evaluation of CITES Criteria and Guidelines. U.S. Department of Commerce, NOAA Technical Memorandum NMFS-F/SPO-58, 70 p.

Orr, J. W., R. A. Fritzsche, and J. E. Randall. 2002. Solenostomus halimeda, a new species of ghost pipefish (Teleostei: Gasterosteiformes) from the Indo Pacific, with a revised key to known species of the family Solenostomidae. Aqua, Journal of Ichthyology and Aquatic Biology 5(3):99-108.

Orr, J. W., and R. Reuter. 2002. Sebastes ciliatus, p. 151-153. In: M. Love, M. Yoklavich, and L. Thorsteinson, Rockfishes of the Northeast Pacific Ocean. University of California Press, Los Angeles.

Orr, J. W. 2003. Taxonomic index for 2003. Copeia 2003(4):941-956.

Orr, J. W. 2004. Taxonomic index for 2004. Copeia 2004(4):992-1008.

Orr, J. W. 2004. Lopholiparis flerxi, a new genus and species of snailfish (Scorpaeniformes: Liparidae) from the Aleutian Islands, Alaska. Copeia 2004:551-555.

Orr, J. W., and J. E. Blackburn. 2004. The dusky rockfishes (Teleostei: Scorpaeniformes) of the North Pacific Ocean: resurrection of Sebastes variabilis (Pallas, 1814) and a redescription of Sebastes ciliatus (Tilesius, 1813). Fishery Bulletin 102:328-348.

Stevenson, D. E., J. W. Orr, G. R. Hoff, and J. D. McEachran. 2004. Bathyraja mariposa, a new species of skate (Rajidae: Arhynchobatinae) from the Aleutian Islands. Copeia 2004:305-314.

Orr, J. W. 2005. Taxonomic index for 2005. Copeia 2005(4):958-978.

Stevenson, D. E., and J. W. Orr. 2005. Recent contributions to the knowledge of the skates of Alaska. Alaska Fisheries Science Center Quarterly Report Jan-Feb-Mar 2005, Feature Article, pp. 1-7.

Orr, J. W., E. H. Sinclair, and W. W. Walker. 2005. Bassozetus zenkevitchi (Ophidiidae: Teleostei) and Paraliparis paucidens (Liparidae: Teleostei): new records for Alaska from the Bering Sea. Northwestern Naturalist 86:65-71.

Logerwell, E. A., K. Aydin, S. Barbeaux, E. Brown, M. E. Conners, S. Lowe, J. W. Orr, I. Ortiz, R. Reuter, L. Schaufler, and P. Spencer. 2005. Geographic patterns in the demersal ichthyofauna of the Aleutian Islands shelf. Fisheries Oceanography 14(Suppl. 1):1-20.

Stevenson, D. E., and J. W. Orr. 2005. New records of two deepwater skate species from the eastern Bering Sea.Northwestern Naturalist 86:71-81.

Orr, J. W. 2006. Taxonomic index for 2006. Copeia 2006(4):851-874.

Stevenson, D. E., and J. W. Orr. 2006. Lycodes akuugun, a new species of eelpout (Perciformes: Zoarcidae) from the Aleutian Islands. Copeia 2006(1):77-82.

Orr, J. W., and M. S. Busby. 2006. Revision of the snailfish genus Allocareproctus Pitruk and Federov (Teleostei: Liparidae), with the description of four new species from the Aleutian Islands. Zootaxa 1173:1-37.

Pietsch, T. W., and J. W. Orr. 2006. Triglops dorothy, a new species of sculpin (Teleostei: Scorpaeniformes: Cottidae) from the southern Sea of Okhotsk. Fishery Bulletin 104(2):238-246.

Kenaley, C. P., and J. W. Orr. 2006. Rouleina attrita (Teleostei: Osmeriformes: Alepocephalidae): new records for the eastern North Pacific and Bering Sea. Ichthyological Research 53:200-202.

Busby, M. S., J. W. Orr, and D. M. Blood. 2006. Eggs and late-stage embryos of Allocareproctus unangas (family Liparidae) from the Aleutian Islands. Ichthyological Research 53:423-426.

Spies, I. B., S. Gaichas, D. E. Stevenson, J. W. Orr, and M. F. Canino. 2006. DNA-based identification of Alaska skates (Amblyraja, Bathyraja and Raja: Rajidae) using cytochrome c oxidase subunit 1 (COI) variation. Journal of Fish Biology69(Supplement B):283-292.

Orr, J. W. 2007. Taxonomic index for 2007. Copeia 2007(4):1089-1112.

Orr, J. W., and K. P. Maslenikov. 2007. Two new variegated snailfishes of the genus Careproctus (Teleostei: Scorpaeniformes: Liparidae) from the Aleutian Islands, Alaska. Copeia 2007(3):699-710.

Pietsch, T. W., and J. W. Orr. 2007. Phylogenetic relationships of deep-sea anglerfishes (Teleostei: Lophiiformes) based on morphology. Copeia 2007(1):1-34.

Stevenson, D. E., J. W. Orr, G. R. Hoff, and J. D. McEachran. 2007. A field guide to sharks, skates, and ratfish of Alaska. Alaska Sea Grant, 77 pp.

Stevenson, D. E., J. W. Orr, G. R. Hoff, and J. D. McEachran. 2008. Emerging patterns of species richness, diversity, density, and distribution in the skates (Rajidae) of Alaska. Fishery Bulletin 106(1):24-39.

Orr, J. W., and S. Hawkins. 2008. Species of the rougheye rockfish complex: resurrection of Sebastes melanostictus(Matsubara, 1934) and a redescription of Sebastes aleutianus (Jordan and Evermann, 1898) (Teleostei: Scorpaeniformes). Fishery Bulletin 106(2):111-134.

Orr, J. W. 2008. Taxonomic index for 2008. Copeia 2008(4):965-980.

Orr, J. W. In Press. Pleuronectiformes, flatfishes, soles, and hogchokers, 80 ms pp. In: North American Freshwater Fishes: Evolution, Ecology, and Behavior. R.L. Mayden (ed.). Academic Press.

Courtenay, W. R., Jr., B. B. Collette, T. E. Essington, R. Hilborn, J. W. Orr, D. Pauly, J. E. Randall, and W. F. Smith-Vaniz. 2009. Risks of introductions of marine fishes: reply to Briggs. Fisheries 34(4):181-186.

Lannoo, M. J., J. T. Eastman, and J. W. Orr. In press. Nervous and sensory systems in sub-Arctic and Antarctic snailfishes in the genus Paraliparis (Teleosei: Scorpaeniformes: Liparidae): reduction, specialization and evolutionary success. Copeia, 30 ms pp.

Baldwin, Z. H., and J. W. Orr. In review. Two new species of Paraliparis (Scorpaeniformes: Liparidae) from the eastern Bering Sea. Copeia, 18 ms pp.

Orr, J. W., D. E. Stevenson, G. R. Hoff, I. Spies, and J. D. McEachran. In review. A new species of skate (Rajidae: Arhynchobatinae) from the western Aleutian Islands and a revision of the subgenus Arctoraja Ishiyama. NOAA Professional Papers NMFS, 60 ms pp.

Spies, I., D. E. Stevenson, J. W. Orr, G. R. Hoff, and M. Canino. In review. Molecular systematics of the skate subgenus Arctoraja (Bathyraja: Rajidae): monophyly, cryptic speciation, and genetic support for a newly described species. Fishery Bulletin, 25 ms pp.

Miya, M., T. W. Pietsch, J. W. Orr, T. P. Satoh, H.-C. Ho, R. Arnold, A. M. Shedlock, M. Shimazaki, M. Yabe, and M. Nishida. In review. Evolutionary history of anglerfishes (Teleostei: Lophiiformes): A new perspective based on 77 whole mitogenome sequences. BMC Evolutionary Biology, 60 ms pp.