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Daniel Wagner

NOAA National Centers of Coastal Ocean Science

Address: Hollings Marine Lab, 331 Fort Johnson Road, Charleston, SC 29412
Phone: 843.998.6935


Ph.D., 2011, University of Hawaii at Manoa
M.S., 2008, University of Hawaii at Manoa
B.S., 2005, Hawaii Pacific University

Research Interests

  • deep-sea benthic biology, systematics and taxonomy
  • coral reproduction
  • management and conservation of marine ecosystems

Current and planned research projects

  • Taxonomy and systematics of black corals
  • Spatial distribution of deep-sea benthic invertebrates


  • Lewis N, Day JC, Wilhelm A, Wagner D, Gaymer C, Friedlander A, Parks J, White S, Sheppard C, Spalding M, San Martin G, Skeat A, Taei S, Teroroko T & Evans J (2017). Large-scale marine protected areas: guidelines for design and management. Best Practice Protected Area Guidelines Series, No. 26, Gland, Switzerland: IUCN. xxviii + 120pp. 
  • Wagner D & Kelley CD (2016). The largest sponge in the world? Marine Biodiversity 47(2): 367-368. 
  • Wagner D& Opresko DM (2015). Description of a new species of Leiopathes (Antipatharia: Leiopathidae)  from the Hawaiian Islands. Zootaxa 3974(2): 277-289. 
  • Wagner D (2015). A taxonomic survey of the shallow-water (<150 m) black corals (Cnidaria: Antipatharia) of the Hawaiian Islands. Frontiers in Marine Science 2: 24 (21pp.). 
  • Kane C, Kosaki RK & Wagner D (2014). High levels of mesophotic reef fish endemism in the Northwestern  Hawaiian Islands. Bulletin of Marine Science 90(2): 693-703. 
  • Wagner D, Kosaki RK, Spalding HS, Whitton R, Pyle RL, Sherwood AR, Tsuda RT & Calcinai B (2014).  Mesophotic surveys of the flora and fauna at Johnston Atoll, Central Pacific Ocean. Marine Biodiversity Records 7: e68 (10pp.). 
  • Wagner D, Luck D & Toonen RJ (2012). The biology and ecology of antipatharians (Cnidaria: Anthozoa:  Hexacorallia). Advances in Marine Biology 63: 67-132. 
  • Wagner D, Waller RG & Toonen RJ (2011). Sexual reproduction of Hawaiian black corals, with a review of reproduction of antipatharians (Cnidaria: Anthozoa: Hexacorallia). Invertebrate Biology 130: 211-225. 
  • Wagner D, Pochon X, Irwin L, Toonen RJ & Gates RD (2011). Azooxanthellate? Most Hawaiian black corals contain Symbiodinium. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 278: 1323-1328. 
  • Kahng SE, Garcia R, Spalding H, Brokovich E, Wagner D, Weil E, Hinderstein L & Toonen RJ (2010). Community ecology of mesophotic coral reef ecosystems. Coral Reefs 29: 255-275.