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Early Life History
We are a multi-disciplinary team of scientists dedicated to excellence in early life history research to support applied fisheries management and habitat conservation in the ecosystems of the:
- Gulf of Mexico & Southeast Atlantic
- Caribbean & Mesoamerica
Why larval fish?
Most species produce large numbers of eggs and larvae that spend days, weeks, months, or even years at sea drifting with ocean currents. Eventually the larvae settle into nursery areas and enter the juvenile stage. Juveniles mature into adults and reproduce to continue the life cycle of fishes.
The entire life cycle process is very dynamic and complex with various factors influencing each stage of development.
We study the ecology and the influence of oceanographic processes on the early life history of fishes in the Atlantic Ocean, Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean Sea.
Our team is made up of research scientists, graduate students, undergraduate students, and interns:
- John Lamkin, PhD (John.Lamkin@noaa.gov)
Unit Leader/PI, NOAA- National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS)
- Trika Gerard, PhD (Trika.Gerard@noaa.gov)
- Barbara Muhling, PhD (Barbara.Muhling@noaa.gov)
Associate Scientist, University of Miami-CIMAS
- Research Associates:
- Estrella Malca (Estrella.Malca@noaa.gov)
- Sarah Privoznik (Sarah.Privoznik@noaa.gov)
- Alexandra Ender (Alexandra.Ender@noaa.gov)
- Aras Zygas, NOAA Corps Officer (Aras.j.Zygas@noaa.gov)
- Research Assistants, University of Miami-CIMAS:
- Kathryn Doering
- Emma Jugovich
- Eric Fortman
- Heidi Krakoski
- Laura Rock
- Eric Fortman
- Elise Keister
- Thomas Morrell
- Undergraduate Interns from the University of Miami/RSMAS:
- Katherine Dale
- Gavin Dehnert
- Justin Suca
- Volunteers (University of Miami):
- Lisa Diaz
How Do I...?
- Distinguish a white marlin from a spearfish
- How do I report a stranded/ beached whale, dolphin, or turtle?
- How do I report a lionfish sighting?
- Access SouthEast Data, Assessment, and Review (SEDAR)
- How do I report for my fishing/dealer permit requirements?
- How do I report a retrieved tag?
- How do I find current fishery closures?
- How do I adopt a billfish?
- How do I register my billfish tournament?
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