Stephen T. Ross

Professor Emeritus

Research Interests

My research interests include ecological and systematic relationships of fishes, with emphasis on the resource ecology of fishes as it relates to the control of community structure. Studies of fish assemblages from a variety of marine and freshwater habitats show distinct patterns in how cohabiting species use resources. These studies also raise questions, including 1) the importance of environmental perturbation on resource use, 2) the temporal dynamics of resource use and its impact on community function, 3) the overall persistence of fish assemblages, and 4) the interplay of historical and contemporary ecological processes in community structure and function. 

Representative Publications

Ross, S. T. 2015. Fish Out of Water: Evolutionary and Ecological Issues in the Conservation of Fishes in Water-Altered Environments: Introduction to the Symposium: Eco-Evolutionary Change and the Conundrum of Darwinian Debt. Copeia 103: 125-131.

Ross, S. T. and W. J. Matthews 2014. Chapter 1. Evolution and ecology of North American freshwater fish assemblages. In: Freshwater Fishes of North America, volume 1. M. L. Warren, Jr. and B. M. Burr (eds.). Johns Hopkins University Press.

Ross, S. T. 2013. Ecology of North American Freshwater Fishes. University of California Press, Berkeley, CA. 480 p.

Ross, S. T. 2001. The Inland Fishes of Mississippi. University Press of Mississippi, Jackson. 624 p.

Ross, S. T., W. T. Slack, R. J. Heise, M. A. Dugo, H. Rogillio, B. R. Bowen, P. Mickle, and R. W. Heard. 2009. Estuarine and coastal habitat use of Gulf sturgeon (Acipenser oxyrinchus desotoi) in the north-central Gulf of Mexico. Estuaries and Coasts 32:360-374.

Heise R. J., R. B. Bringolf, R. Patterson, W. G. Cope, and S. T. Ross. 2009. Plasma vitellogenin and estradiol concentrations in adult Gulf sturgeon from the Pascagoula River drainage, Mississippi. Transactions of the American Fisheries Society 138: 1028-1035.