Early Life History


NOAA Ship RV Gordon Gunter
NOAA Ship R/V Gordon Gunter
Photo Credit: NOAA

photo of juvenile gray snapper
Juvenile Gray Snapper
(Lutjanus griseus)
Photo Credit: NOAA


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:

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:

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