Ph.D 2012 Oregon State University
B.A. 2003 University of Hawaii at Hilo
Mark is studying the early post-settlement ecology of important fisheries species in the Northeastern Gulf of Mexico, with the ultimate goal of providing information that can improve accuracy of fisheries models and the effectiveness of management decisions. He is currently investigating the early post-settlement ecology of Red Snapper (Lutjanus campechanus) in order to understand how habitat availability, predation, and other non-consumptive interactions with older red snapper and other species may affect survival rates of juveniles.
Mark is also working with colleagues at the University of South Florida conducting research to determine the effort necessary to control local populations of invasive lionfish and mitigate their effects on native reef fishes in Southeastern Florida.
Former Postdoctoral Researchers
SZEDLMAYER LAB: WINTER 2012 TO SPRING 2014
Research: Jessica preformed fishery independent studies on red snapper, which included Scuba surveys, hydroacoustics surveys, and multiple catch methods from a 13m research vessel 15-30 miles offshore. She used standardized methods to gain quantitative information in order to study habitat use of red snapper and to determine if the BP oil spill affected population levels of this important fish species.
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