• 2002 - B.Sc. Hons. - Linfield College, Business Information Systems
• 2011 - M.S. Nova Southeastern University, Marine Biology
I am responsible for maintenance of custom software packages currently in use by researchers and staff at the OC including CPCe (Coral Point Count with Excel Extensions). I also develop and maintain several websites including the shark tracking web portal for the Guy Harvey Research Institute (http://www.nova.edu/ocean/ghri/tracking/) and the Global Invertebrate Genomics Alliance (http://giga.nova.edu/) website .
Area(s) of Research
I am particularly interested in invasive species and their patterns of invasion in their introduced environments. I have developed and am currently enhancing a predictive model based on the lionfish invasion in the western Atlantic and Caribbean region.
GIGA Scientists. Global Invertebrate Genome Alliance (GIGA): Developing Community Resources to Study Diverse Invertebrates. Submitted. Journal of Heredity.
Johnston, M.W., Purkis, S.J. (2013) Modeling the potential spread of the recently identified non-native panther grouper (Chromileptes altivelis) in the Atlantic using a cellular automaton approach. PLoS ONE. In Press
Johnston, M.W., Purkis, S.J. (2012) Invasionsoft: A web - enabled tool for invasive species colonizationpredictions.Aquatic Invasions 7(3), 405–417.
Johnston, M.W., Purkis, S.J. (2011) Spatial analysis of the invasion of lionfish in the western Atlantic and Caribbean. Marine Pollution Bulletin 62 (6), 1218-1226.
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