education

1989 Ph.D., Department of Zoology and Ohio Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit,
The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH
1985 M.S., Department of Zoology, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH
1982 B.S., Department of Biological Sciences, Purdue University, Fort Wayne, Indiana – (Minor in Mathematical Sciences)

professional experience

Assistant Director for Research Programs, School of Fisheries, Aquaculture & Aquatic Sciences, Auburn University (March 2015-present)
Professor, School of Fisheries, Aquaculture & Aquatic Sciences, Auburn University (October 1999-present)
Editor, Transactions of the American Fisheries Society (October 1999-present)
Associate Professor, Department of Fisheries and Allied Aquacultures, Auburn University (October 1994-September 1999)
Assistant Professor, Department of Fisheries and Allied Aquacultures, Auburn University (January 1990-September 1994)

honors and awards

2015 American Fisheries Society Fellow, inaugural class
2015 Auburn University Spirit of Auburn Sustainability Award (for my teaching in the Sustainability minor)
2014 Alabama Agricultural Experiment Station Director’s Senior Research Award
2014 Alabama Agricultural Experiment Station Director’s Grantsmanship Award
2011 Alabama Agricultural Experiment Station Director’s Grantsmanship Award
2008 Distinguished Service Award from the American Fisheries Society
      ***  In addition, my graduate students have won more than 20 awards and honors.

Professional affiliations

American Fisheries Society
Alabama Chapter of the American Fisheries Society
Auburn University Chapter of the American Fisheries Society

Research Activities

My professional interests have been focused in merging research and education in an academic setting with the ultimate goal of addressing applied management issues. My broad research interests lie at the interface between the basic fields of ecology (e.g., population, community, behavioral) and the applied fields of fisheries and aquatic natural resource management. Toward this end, I use concepts and approaches from ecology to address management problems. More specifically I am interested in 1) the roles of species interactions (including direct and indirect effects, ontogenetic niche shifts, complex interactions) in determining the eventual community structure of aquatic systems (including both managed and natural systems), and 2) how ecological principles can be used in the study and eventual restoration of rare and endangered species. I have worked in all forms of aquatic systems, including ponds, reservoirs, streams, rivers, estuaries, and the northern Gulf of Mexico with a diverse array of taxa including fishes, snails, mussels, and crayfishes. Both graduate students and undergraduate students are integrated in these activities to provide them with an overall mentoring experience.

Recent courses taught

–FISH 7340: Fish Ecology

–FISH 6970/7960: various topics (I have taught a graduate discussion oriented seminar with Dr. Jack Feminella in the Biological Sciences Department numerous times over the past 20 years, offering topics such as Classic Papers in Ecology, Ethics in Science, Disturbance, Introduced Species, Global Climate Change, Ecological Conservation and Restoration)

–HONR 1027: Sustainability and the Modern World

–SUST 2000: Introduction to Sustainability

–SUST 5000: Senior Capstone in Sustainability

Select Publications

  • Nelson, T.R., D.R. DeVries, R.A. Wright, and J.E. Gagnon. 2015. Fundulus grandis otolith microchemistry as a metric of estuarine discrimination and oil exposure. Estuaries and Coasts 38:2044-2058.
  • Adams, S.B., C. Roghair, C. Krause, M.L. Warren, Jr., J.A. Cochran, A. Dolloff, J. Moran, S.W. McGregor, G.A. Schuster, M. Gangloff, D.R. DeVries, M.R. Kendrick, G.L. Grove, and R.A. Wright. 2015. New crayfish species records from the Sipsey Fork drainage, including Lewis Smith Reservoir (Alabama, USA): native or introduced species? Freshwater Crayfish 21(1): 17-32.
  • Wedge, M., C.J. Anderson, and D.R. DeVries. 2015. Evaluating the effect of urban residential land-use on the condition of resident salt marsh fish. Estuaries and Coasts 38: 2355-2365.
  • Handley, G., C.M. Frantz, P.M. Kocovsky, D.R. DeVries, S.J. Cooke, and J. Claussen. 2015. An examination of gender differences in the American fisheries Society peer-review process. Fisheries 40:442-451.
  • Simcox, B.L., D.R. DeVries, and R.A. Wright. 2015. Migratory characteristics and passage of paddlefish at two Southeastern U.S. lock-and-dam systems. Transactions of the American Fisheries Society 143:456-466.
  • Bullard, A., D. DeVries, A. Wilson, H. Kinnucan, P. Clement, G. Lockaby, C. Newland, M. Sidler. 2015. Scholarship in the cyber age. Auburn Speaks: On Cyber, pp. 203-211.
  • DeVries, D.R., R.A. Wright, D.C. Glover, T.M. Farmer, M R. Lowe, A.J. Norris, and A.C. Peer. 2015. Largemouth Bass in coastal estuaries: A comprehensive study from the Mobile-Tensaw River Delta, Alabama. In Black Bass Diversity: Multidisciplinary Science for Conservation. American Fisheries Society Symposium 82: 297-309.
  • Nelson, T.R., D. Sutton, and D.R. DeVries. 2014. Summer movements of the Gulf killifish (Fundulus grandis) in a northern Gulf of Mexico salt marsh. Estuaries and Coasts 37:1295-1300.
  • Penaskovic, R., D.R. DeVries, and N.E. Chadwick. 2014. Teaching about sustainability: raising consciousness and taking action. Pages 384-398 in K.D. Thomas and H.E. Muga, editors. Cases on Pedagogical Innovations for Sustainable Development. IGI Global.
  • Purcell, T.R., D.R. DeVries, and R.A. Wright. 2013. The relationship between shoreline development and resident fish communities in a Southeastern U.S. reservoir. Lake and Reservoir Management 29:270-278.
  • Farmer, T.M, D.R. DeVries, R.A. Wright, and J.E. Gagnon. 2013. Using seasonal variation in otolith microchemical composition to indicate Largemouth Bass and Southern Flounder residency patterns across an estuarine salinity gradient. Transactions of the American Fisheries Society 142: 1415-1429.
  • Glover, D.G., D.R. DeVries, and R.A. Wright. 2013. Growth of largemouth bass in a dynamic estuarine environment: an evaluation of the relative effects of salinity, diet, and temperature. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 70:485-501.
  • Woodard, S.R., R.A. Wright, and D.R. DeVries. 2013. Growth and survival of largemouth bass following supplemental feeding of bluegill in small impoundments. North American Journal of Fisheries Management 33:170-177.
  • Glover, D.G., D.R. DeVries, and R.A. Wright. 2012. Effects of temperature, salinity, and body size on routine metabolism of coastal largemouth bass Micropterus salmoides. Journal of Fish Biology 81:1463-1478.
  • Quist, M.C., M.A. Pegg, and D.R. DeVries. 2012. Age and Growth. Pages 677-731 in A.V. Zale, D.L. Parrish, and T.M. Sutton, editors. Fisheries Techniques, 3rd Edition. American Fisheries Society, Bethesda, Maryland.
  • Pangle, K.L., T.D. Malinich, D.B. Bunnell, D.R.DeVries, and S.A. Ludsin. 2012. Context-dependent planktivory: interacting effects of turbidity and predation risk on adaptive foraging. Ecosphere 3(12):114.
  • Haley, N.V., III, R.A. Wright, D.R. DeVries, and M.S. Allen. 2012. Privately-owned small impoundments in central Alabama: a survey and evaluation of management techniques for largemouth bass and bluegill. North American Journal of Fisheries Management 32:180-190.
  • Banna, K.M., D. DeVries, and M.C. Newland. 2011. Choice in the bluegill (Lepomis macrochirus). Behaviourial Processes 88:33-43.