Early Life History

research expedition for deepwater horizon oil spill

Why larval fish?

Most species produce large numbers of eggs and larvae that spend days, weeks, months, or even years at sea drifting with 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.

Research Projects in Early Life History

Current Projects (updated 5 Sept 2014)

  1. Bluefin Tuna and HMS (Highly Migratory Species) Larval Monitoring in the Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean
  1. Natural Resource Damage Assessment Plankton Processing (DWH Oil Spill)
  1. Deep Water Horizon Oil Spill – Loop Current and Far-field Effects Study
  1. Connectivity in Mesoamerica

Previous projects:


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