Some of the Fisheries Biology Staff

Robert Allman

Robert Allman

Research Fishery Biologist

Education:

M.S. - 1999, Florida State University, Biology
B.S. - 1990, University of West Florida, Biology

Research Interests:

Age and growth of reef fish and tuna and the influence of fishing and environmental factors on life history parameters.

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Pam Colson

Pam Colson

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Michelle Duncan

Michelle Duncan

Education:

M.S. – 2003, Clemson University, Fisheries Biology
B.S. – 2001, Savannah State University, Marine Biology

Research Interests:

Histology, analyzing thinly sectioned tissue from the gonads of snapper, grouper and large pelagic species to determine maturity, spawning duration and season. Previous research involved working with endangered and threatened species of sturgeon in the southeastern United States.

Outreach Interests:

Provide touch tank exhibits, beach seines and lab tours to Bay county K-12 students to explain the importance of environmental stewardship of the diverse fishes and invertebrates inhabiting St. Andrews Bay.

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Gary Fitzhugh, Ph.D.

Gary Fitzhugh

Research Fishery Biologist

Education:

Ph.D..- 1993, North Carolina State University, Zoology
M.S.. - 1982, Louisiana State University, Zoology
B.S.. - 1979, Illinois State University, Biology

Research Interests:

Fishery Science, biology and life history of reef and coastal pelagic fishes.

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Laura Goetz

Laura Goetz

Biological Technician

Education:

B.S. - 2010, University of New England, Marine Biology and Environmental Science

Research Interests:

Use of acoustic telemetry to track spatial and temporal movement of fishes; Physiological ecology; Catch and bycatch in commercial fisheries; Diet and foraging ecology, including predator-prey relationships; Life history theory, especially reproduction and age and growth modeling.

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Erik Lang

Fisheries Biologist

Education:

MS - 2010, University of Southern Mississippi, Coastal Sciences
BS - 2007, Texas A&M University, Marine Biology

Research Interests:

Main research interests include life history (in particular reproduction) of fishes. Currently reworking how reproduction is viewed in fisheries management and what effects that may have on how we view the life history of the animal. In addition, how different reproductive strategies may influence juvenile recruitment. Lately these ideas apply to red snapper, triggerfish, and pigfish.

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Linda Lombardi

Research Fisheries Biologist

Education:

Ph.D.  2013, University of Florida, School for Forestry and Natural Resources, Fisheries
M.S. – 2001, University of Mississippi, Biological Sciences
B.S. – 1996, University of North Carolina at Wilmington, Marine Biology

Research Interests:

Ecology and life history of fishes; Quantitative fisheries.

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Ashley Pacicco

Ashley Pacicco

Fishery Biologist

Education:

B.S. - 2012, Richard Stockton College of New Jersey, Marine Science and Biology

Research Interests:

Age and growth of commercially important fish species, specifically bluefin tuna, gray triggerfish, and greater amberjack. Analyzing population structure of red snapper and other reef fish species using their otoliths as natural tags.

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Stephen Theberge

Stephen Theberge

Fishery Biologist

Education:

MS - University of West Florida    1980-84   Biology (Coastal Zone Studies)
BS - University of Massachusetts  1977-79 Fisheries Biology

Research Interests:

Reducing by-catch mortality especially in reef fish suffering from Barotruama by working collaboratively with fishers, researchers, and fishery managers. Marine and Fisheries Biology education and outreach programs.

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Bill Walling

Bill Walling

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