Frank J. Hernandez, Ph.D.
Department of Coastal Sciences
Gulf Coast Research Laboratory
703 East Beach Drive
Ocean Springs, MS 39564
- Ph.D., Oceanography and Coastal Sciences, Louisiana State University, 2001
- M.S., Marine Biology, University of North Carolina at Wilmington, 1996
- B.S., Zoology, Louisiana State University, 1993
- Aug 2012 - present: Assistant Professor, Department of Coastal Sciences, University of Southern Mississippi, Gulf Coast Research Laboratory
- Jun 2007 - Aug 2012: Research Assistant Professor, Department of Marine Sciences, University of South Alabama
- Nov 2006 - August 2012: Research Senior Marine Scientist, Dauphin Island Sea Lab
- Aug 2004- Nov 2006: Postdoctoral Research Associate, Dauphin Island Sea Lab
- Jan 2002- Aug 2004: Postdoctoral Fellow, NOAA Beaufort Laboratory
- American Fisheries Society (AFS)
- AFS Early Life History Section (Secretary)
- American Society of Limnology and Oceanography
- The Oceanography Society
- Life history of the invasive lionfish (Pterois spp.) in the Gulf of Mexico: management implications. NOAA MARFIN. Principal investigators: F. Hernandez (lead), M. Peterson, and N. Brown-Peterson. $199,716. September 2013 - August 2015. Pending.
- Developing ecosystem-based management metrics for forage fish using jellyfish. Lenfest Ocean Program. Principal Investigators: M. Graham (lead), K. Robinson, J. Ruzicka, F. Hernandez, and M.B. Decker. $443,797.October 2012 - September 2015.Pending.
- Second addendum to assessment plan for Sargassum communities and associated fauna in the northern Gulf of Mexico: Sargassum sample processing plan for Remotely Operated Underwater Vehicle (ROV) data, bongo net samples and neuston net samples. Principal Investigators: F. Hernandez (lead), J. Franks, and R. Hendon. NOAA/Industrial Economics, Inc. $543,335. September 2012 - February 2014. Pending.
- Resolving Deepwater Horizon impacts on highly variable ichthyoplankton and zooplankton dynamics in the northern Gulf of Mexico. Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative. Principal Investigator: F. Hernandez .$455,812. January 2013 - December 2015. Funded.
- Spatial and temporal abundance and distribution of red snapper eggs across the northern Gulf of Mexico. NOAA MARFIN. Principal Investigators: F. Hernandez (lead), M. Graham, and K. Bayha. $211,258. August 2009 - July 2013. Funded.
- Floating Sargassum communities of the Gulf of Mexico: a continued assessment ofassociated faunal assemblages, trophic interactions and habitat function in the wake of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative. Principal Investigators: F. Hernandez (lead), S. Powers, and M. Drymon. $203,776. July 2011 - November 2011. Funded.
- An examination of pre- and post-spill ichthyoplankton assemblage dynamics. Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative Alabama Rapid Response Grant. Principal Investigators: F. Hernandez (lead) and K. Bayha. $115,490. January 2011 - May 2012. Funded.
- Trophic interactions in floating Sargassum communities of the Gulf of Mexico: potential consequences of habitat degradation related to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. NSF RAPID. Principal Investigators: S. Powers (lead), F. Hernandez, and M. Drymon. $150,056. May 2010 - April 2011. Funded.
- Connecting the Dots: Identifying linkages between zooplankton dynamics and fisheries resources based on the analysis of SEAMAP Plankton Surveys of the Northern Gulf of Mexico. NOAA Northern Gulf Institute. Principal Investigators: J. Lyczkowski-Shultz (lead), F. Hernandez, M. Graham, M. Sutor, M. Benfield, H. Perry, and S. LeCroy. $600,000. January 2009 - May 2012. Funded.
- Sources and fate of snapper (Lutjanidae) early life stages in Alabama shelf waters:temporal and spatial occurrence of red snapper (Lutjanus campechanus) and vermilion snapper (Rhomboplites aurorubens). NOAA MARFIN. Principal Investigators: F. Hernandez (lead), S. Powers, M. Graham, and K. Bayha. $287,650. August 2007 - July 2010. Funded.
Graduate Students (chair or co-chair)
- Lindsey Kramer (University of South Alabama, MS, 2011-present), "Trophic dynamics of larval and juvenile fishes and invertebrates associated with floating Sargassum in the northern Gulf of Mexico"
- Marshall Johnson (University of South Alabama, MS, 2009-present), "Early life history dynamics of forage fishes in the northern Gulf of Mexico"
- Lanora Lang (University of South Alabama, MS, 2006-2012), "The effects of hypoxia and other environmental factors on the vertical distribution of larval fishes in the northern Gulf of Mexico"
- Renee Collini (University of South Alabama, MS, 2009-2012), "Quantification of hydromedusae predation on fish eggs in the northern Gulf of Mexico"
Graduate Students (committee member)
- Breanna Korsman (University of North Florida, MS, 2012-present), "Assessing the ichthyoplankton communities of a northeast Florida estuary: a study of larval fish ingress to the Guana-Tolomato-Matanzas estuary"
- Lanaya Fitzgerald (University of South Alabama, MS, 2010-present), "Determining the trophic and spatial overlap of zooplankton, fish larvae and scyphozoans in the surface waters of the northern Gulf of Mexico using stable isotopes"
- Isabella D'Ambra (University of South Alabama, Ph.D., 2008-2012), "Application of stable isotopes in the analysis of trophic interactions between gelatinous zooplankton and fish"
- Randi Shiplett (University of South Alabama, MS, 2008-2011), "Prey selectivity and ichthyoplankton predation by scyphomedusae in the northern Gulf of Mexico"
- Andrew Millet (University of South Alabama, MS, 2008-2010), "Zooplankton community structure in the northern Gulf of Mexico: implications for ecosystem management"
- Martha Perry (Troy State University, Summer 2011), Northern Gulf Institute Diversity Internship Program
- Lindsey Kramer (Coastal Carolina University, Summer 2010), NSF REU Program
- Rebecca Doss (Auburn University, Summer 2009, 2010), Fisheries Oceanography of Coastal Alabama Internship, Northern Gulf Institute Diversity Internship Program
- Lori Price (Messiah College, Summer 2008, 2009), Fisheries Oceanography of Coastal Alabama Internship