Danna Staaf

e-mail: dannajoy at gmail dot com

In the field
Squid costume
A childhood love for cephalopods propelled me into the world of academic marine science. I earned a B.A. in Biology from the College of Creative Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara, in 2004, and a Ph.D. from William Gilly's lab at Stanford University in 2010. My dissertation title was "Reproduction and early life of Humboldt squid," or, in casual company, "Squid sex and babies." If you're not at Stanford and you'd like to read the whole thing, you can contact me at the above address.

Currently, I'm a freelance science writer, educator, and artist. I continue to collaborate with the Gilly Lab on Humboldt squid research and outreach, especially the Squids 4 Kids program. We bring Humboldt squid to students and teachers, using this charismatic species to explore questions of anatomy, ecology, oceanography, evolution, and more.

As of 2011, I also work as a part-time press officer for Hopkins Marine Station. I write, illustrate, and produce the Station's annual newsletter, which you can receive by becoming a Friend of Hopkins.

My home page is The Cephalopodiatrist and I blog at Squid A Day.

Scientific Publications

Staaf, D.J., Zeidberg, L.D., Gilly, W.F., Effects of temperature on embryonic development of the Humboldt squid, Dosidicus gigas. Marine Ecology Progress Series.

Mazzillo, F.F.M., Staaf, D.J., Field, J.C., Carter, M.L., Ohman, M.D., 2011. A note on the detection of the neurotoxin domoic acid in beach-stranded Dosidicus gigas in the Southern California Bight. CalCOFI Reports 52, pages XXX.

Staaf, D.J., Ruiz-Cooley, R.I., Elliger, C., Lebaric, Z., Campos, B., Markaida, U., Gilly, W.F., 2010. Ommastrephid squids in the Central and Eastern Pacific show a convergent biogeographic break but divergent population structures. Marine Ecology Progress Series 418: 165-178.

Staaf, D.J., Camarillo-Coop, S., Haddock, S.H.D., Nyack, A.C., Payne, J., Salinas-Zavala, C.A., Seibel, B.A., Trueblood, L., Widmer, C., Gilly, W.F., 2008. Natural egg mass deposition by the Humboldt squid (Dosidicus gigas) in the Gulf of California and characteristics of paralarvae. Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom 88: 759-770.

Shulman, D.J. and F.G. Hochberg. 2007. Dicyemida. In: The Light and Smith Manual: Intertidal Invertebrates from Central California to Oregon, 4th edition (ed. James Carlton). University of California Press.

Hochberg, F.G. and D.J. Shulman. 2007. Cephalopoda. In: The Light and Smith Manual: Intertidal Invertebrates from Central California to Oregon, 4th edition (ed. James Carlton). University of California Press.

Moltschaniwskyj, N.A., K. Hall, M.R. Lipinski, J.E.A.R. Marian, M. Nishiguchi, M. Sakai, D.J. Shulman, B. Sinclair, D.L. Sinn, M. Staudinger, R. Van Gelderen, R. Villanueva, K. Warnke. 2007. Ethical considerations when using cephalopods as experimental animals. Reviews in Fish Biology and Fisheries 17: 455-476.
Paralarval squid In the field