Frank Hernandez Jr., Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Coastal Sciences
My research focuses on fisheries oceanography, with an emphasis on the early life stages (fish eggs, larvae and juveniles). Specific interests include biological and physical processes that influence recruitment dynamics (e.g., vertical distribution behaviors, cross- and along-shelf transport), biological-physical coupling in marine environments, larval fish ecology, and ichthyoplankton identification and taxonomy. Within this framework I am also interested in how larval fish behaviors, physical transport and vital rates are affected by climate variability and natural and anthropogenic disturbances.
Recent publications include: