Ecology & Management of Biological Diversity in Texas and the World
The Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences aspires to preeminence among academic programs dealing with ecology, management, and conservation biology. Our faculty is dedicated to the discovery and dissemination of knowledge in conservation of biodiversity, natural resource management, and the sustainable use of natural resources. An overarching goal of the department is to facilitate the sustainability of the earth’s biota and the ecosystems on which they depend while accommodating for human health and welfare.
The Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences discovers and communicates knowledge relevant to the conservation and management of wildlife and fishery resources and the ecosystems that sustain them through integrated academic instruction, research, and extension programs. We subscribe to a multidisciplinary approach that fosters interdepartmental collaboration and outreach to agencies, nonprofit organizations, and public and private interests over a wide range of natural resource topics, including environmental quality, sustainable management of natural resources, bioinformatics, biocomplexity and environmental quality. We intertwine innovative research and extension endeavors with high-level teaching of undergraduate and graduate students, who represent the next generation land stewards and conservation professionals. We also extend the university to the general public to relate research results in a meaningful way that can be understood and implemented to make positive impacts on natural systems.
The faculty, staff, and students of the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences value scholarship in all its forms – discovery, integration, application, and teaching. We value understanding for its own sake, for the betterment of people, and for the conservation of the natural world. The department encourages, appreciates and rewards various forms of scholarly activity in teaching, research, extension, and public service, including integration of these activities. Diverse viewpoints, ethical consideration, and approaches to pursuing and manifesting scholarship, including constructive criticism, are accepted and nurtured.
WFSC faculty, staff, and students all support and adhere to the Aggie Code of Conduct.
Andrew P. Anderson, Jessica E. Light, Oona M. Takano and Michael L. Morrison. (2018) Population structure of the Townsend’s big-eared bat (Corynorhinus townsendii townsendii) in California, Journal of Mammalogy, 99(3):646-658, DOI: 10.1093/jmammal/gyy037.
Jerry Huntley, Johanna A. Harvey, Marco Pavia, Giovanni Boano and Gary Voelker. (2018) The systematics and biogeography of the Bearded Greenbuls (Aves: Criniger) reveals the impact of Plio-Pleistocene forest fragmentation in Afro-tropical avian diversity, Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society, 183.
Roelke, D. L. 2018. Grazers, pathogens and shelf-shading enhance phytoplankton species richness more and reduce productivity less when environments are less dynamic: A theoretical study. Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science. 211C: 14 pages. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0272771417304808.
Bhattacharyya, J., D. L. Roelke, R. M. W. Muhl, F. G. Withrow. 2018. Exploitative competition of invaders differentially influences the diversity of neutral, lumpy and intransitive phytoplankton assemblages in spatially heterogeneous environments. Ecological Modelling. 370:59-66.
Muhl, R. M. W., D. L. Roelke, T. Zohary, M. Moustaka-Gouni, U. Sommer, G. Borics, U. Gaedke, F. G. Withrow, J. Bhattacharyya. 2018. Resisting annihilation: Relationships between functional trait dissimilarity, assemblage competitive power and allelopathy. Ecology Letters. 11 pages. https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1111/ele.13109.
Papanikolopoulou, L. A., E. Smeti, D. L. Roelke, P. G. Dimitrakopoulos, G. D. Kokkoris, D. Danielidis, S. Spatharis. 2018. Interplay between r- and K-strategists leads to phytoplankton underyielding under pulsed resource supply. Oecologia. 186: 755-764.
Sakavara, A., G. Tsirtsis, D. L. Roelke, R. Mancy, S. Spatharis. 2018. Lumpy species coexistence arises robustly in fluctuating resource environments. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, USA. 115: 738-743.
Withrow, F. G., D. L. Roelke, R. M. W. Muhl, J. Bhattacharyya. 2018 Water column processes differentially influence richness and diversity of neutral, lumpy and intransitive phytoplankton assemblages. Ecological Modelling. 370: pp. 22-32.
Catherine S. Jarnevich, Mark A. Hays, Lee A. Fitzgerald, Amy A. Yackel Adams, Bryan G. Falk, Michelle A. M. Collier, Lea’ R. Bonewell, Page E. Klug, Sergio Naretto and Robert N. Reed. (2018) Modeling the distributions of tengu lizards in native and potential invasive ranges, Scientific Reports 8, Article number: 10193.
William J. Curtis, Amy E. Gebhard and Joshuah S. Perkin. (2018) The river continuum concept predicts prey assemblage structure for an insectivorous fish along a temperate riverscape, Freshwater Science, DOI: 10.1086/699013
Helen T. Davis, Ashley M. Long, Tyler A. Campbell and Michael L. Morrison. (2018) Nest defense behavior of Greater Roadrunners (Geococcyx californianus) in south Texas, The Wilson Journal of Ornithology In-Press, https://doi.org/10.1676/17-060.1.
Rachel R. Fern, Elliott A. Foxley, Andrea Bruno and Michael L. Morrison. (2018) Suitability of NDVI and OSAVI as estimators of green biomass and coverage in a semi-arid rangeland, Ecological Indicators, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ecolind.2018.06.029.
Violet M. Ndeda, Mariana Mateos and Luis A. Hurtado. (2018) Evolution of African barbs from the Lake Victoria drainage system, Kenya, PeerJ Preprints, 10.7287/peerj.preprints.27008v1.
Pedro L.P.F. Carvalho, Fernando Y. Yamamoto, Margarida M. Barros and Delbert M. Gatlin III. (2018) L-glutamin in vitro supplementation enhances Nile tilapia Oreochromis niloticus (Linnaeus, 1758) leukocyte function, Fish & Shellfish Immunology, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.fsi.2018.06.043.
Jennifer P. Leo, Thomas J. Minello and William E. Grant. (2018) Assessing Variability in Juvenile Brown Shrimp Growth Rates in Small Marsh Ponds: An Exercise in Model Evaluation and Improvement, Marine and Coastal Fisheries, DOI: 10.1002/mcf2.10028.
Kevin W. Conway, Olivier Perrin and Ralf Britz. (2018) Notes on egg structure and larval development in the highly miniaturised and progenetic Paedocypris (Teleostei: Cyprinidae), Raffles Bulletin of Zoology, 66: 394-401.
Tamyris de Souza e Silva Pegado, Kurt Schmid, Kirk O. Winemiller, David Chelazzi, Alessandra Cincinelli, Luigi Dei and Tommaso Giarrizzo. (2018) First evidence of microplastic ingestion by fishes from the Amazon River estuary, Marine Pollution Bulletin, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.marpolbul.2018.06.035.
Evangelia Smeti, Daniel L. Roelke, George Tsirtsis and Sofie Spatharis. (2018) Species extinctions strengthen the relationship between biodiversity and resource use efficiency, Ecological Modelling, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ecolmodel.2018.06.006.
Kaymak, Nahir, Kirk O. Winemiller, Senol Akin, Zekeriya Altuner, Fatih Polat and Tarik Dal. (2018) Spatial and temporal variation in food web structure of an impounded river in Anatolia, Marine and Freshwater Research, https://doi.org/10.1071/MF17270.
Cembella, Allan D., Urban Tillmann, Christopher J. Gobler, Steve L. Morton, Carmelo R. Tomas, Daniel L. Roelke et al. (2018) Harmful Algal Species Fact Sheets, Harmful Algal Blooms: A Compendium Desk Reference, Chapter 16, https://doi.org/10.1002/9781118994672.ch16.
DeWitt, Thomas J., Thomas M. McCarthy, Denise L. Washick, Anne B. Clark, R. Brian Langerhans. (2018) Predator avoidance behavior in response to turtles and its adaptive value in the freshwater snail Planorbella campanulata, Journal of Molluscan Studies, eyy025, https://doi.org/10.1093/mollus/eyy025.
Gonzalez-Felix, Mayra L., Delbert M. Gatlin III, Martin Perez-Velazquez, Ken Webb, Armando Garcia-Ortega and Michael Hume. (2018) Red drum Sciaenops ocellatus growth and expression of bile salt-dependent lipase in response to increasing dietary lipid supplementation, Fish Physiology and Biochemistry, https://doi.org/10.1007/s10695-018-0523-z.
Hodo, Carolyn L., Matthew R. Mauldin, Jessica E. Light, Kimberly Wilkins, Shiyuyun Tang, Yoshinori Nakazawa, Ginny L. Emerson, Jana M. Ritter, Joanne L. Mansell and Sarah A. Hamer. (2018) Novel Poxvirus in Proliferative Lesions of Wild Rodents in East Central Texas, USA. Emerging Infectious Diseases, 24(6):1069-1072.
Conway, Kevin W. (2018) On Psilorhynchus sucatio and P. nudithoracicus’, the sequel: Unnecessary and unscientific names lead to rapid synonymization and taxonomic time wasting – A response to Arunachalam et al. Zootaxia, 4418(6):594.
de Cruz, Clement R., Alexander Lubrano and Delbert M. Gatlin III. (2018) Evaluation of microalgae concentrates as partial fishmeal replacements for hybrid striped bass Morone sp. Aquaculture, 493:130-136.
Yamamoto, Fernando Y., Fei Yin, Waldemar Rossi Jr., Michael Hume and Delbert M. Gatlin III. (2018) β-1,3 glucan derived from Euglena gracilis and Algamune (TM) enhances innate immune responses of red drum (Sciaenops ocellatus L.). Fish & Shellfish Immunology, 77:273-279.
Peachey, Brittany L., Erin M. Scott and Delbert M. Gatlin III. (2018) Dietary histidine requirement and physiological effects of dietary histidine deficiency in juvenile red drum Sciaenop ocellatus. Aquaculture, 483:244-251.
Xu, Q. and D. M. Gatlin III (2018) Effects of alpha-ketoglutarate (AKG) on growth performance and non-specific immunity of juvenile red drum fed diets with low or adequate phosphorus levels. Fish Physiol. Biochem., 44: 573 – 582. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10695-017-0454-0.
Michelato, M., W. Furuya and D. M. Gatlin III (2018) Metabolic responses of Nile tilapia Oreochromis niloticus to methionine and taurine supplementation. Aquaculture, 485; 66-72.
Perez-Velazquez, M., D. M. Gatlin III, M. L. González-Félix and A. García-Ortega (2018) Partial replacement of fishmeal and fish oil by microalgae meals in diets of red drum Sciaenops ocellatus. Aquaculture 487:41-50.
González-Félix, M. L., D. Gatlin, P. Urquidez-Bejarano, C. de la Reé-Rodríguez, L. Duarte-Rodríguez, F. Sánchez, A. Casas-Reyes, F. Y. Yamamoto, A. Ochoa-Leyva, M. Perez-Velazquez (2018) Effects of commercial dietary prebiotic and probiotic supplements on growth, innate immune responses, and intestinal microbiota and histology of Totoaba macdonaldi. Aquaculture 491:239-251.
Daniel B. Fitzgerald, Mark H Sabaj Perez, Leandro M. Sousa, Alany P. Goncalves, Lucia Rapp Py-Daniel, Nathan K. Lujan, Jansen Zuanon, Kirk O. Winemiller, John G. Lundbert, Diversity and community structure of rapids-dwelling fishes of the Xingu River: Implications for conservation amid large-scale hydroelectric development, Biological Conservation, Volume 222, June 2018, Pages 104-112, ISN 0006-3207, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.biocon.2018.04.002.
K. W. Oster*, P. S. Barboza, D. D. Gustine, K. Joly andR. D. Shively. (2018) Mineral constraints on arctic caribou (Rangifer tarandus): a spatial and phenological perspective, Ecosphere, Volume 9, March 2018.