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  • Graham, P. M., Franks, J. S., Anderson, E. J., Leaf, R. T., & Tilley, J. D. 2021. Age and growth of early-life-stage Atlantic tarpon (Megalops atlanticus) from the northcentral Gulf of Mexico. Journal of Fish Biology. 1–11.

  • Perry, H. M., L. Collins, G. Crochet, K. Halstead, C. Nicholson, G. Ryan and T. Vandevender. 2021. A Three-Phase Approach to Production of Shedding Crabs (Callinectes sapidus) in Low Salinity Ponds in Mississippi. Journal of Shellfish Research 40(2):415-419.

  • Leontiou, A.J., W. Wu and N. J. Brown-Peterson. 2021. The role of maturity in artificial habitat selection by female Red Snapper. Marine and Coastal Fisheries 13:332-344.

  • Brown-Peterson, N. J., Leaf R. T., and Leontiou A. J.  2021.  Importance of depth and artificial structure on female Red Snapper reproductive parameters. Transactions of the American Fisheries Society. 150:115-129 http://DOI: 10.1002/tafs.10277
  • Higgs, J. M., E. R. Hoffmayer,  J. A. Sulikowski, W. B. Driggers, D. A. Stiller,  and J. M. Hendon, 2021. Reproductive biology of the finetooth shark (Carcharhinus isodon) in the northern Gulf of Mexico, with evidence of both annual and biennial reproduction. Marine and Freshwater Research. http://DOI: 10.1071/MF20120
  • Hoffmayer, E. R., McKinney, J. A., Franks, J. S., Hendon, J. M. Driggers III, W. B., Falterman, B., Galuardi, B., and Byrne, M. 2020. Seasonal occurrence, horizontal movements, and habitat use patterns of whale sharks (Rhincodon typus) in the Gulf of Mexico. Frontiers in Marine Science. 7:598515.
  • Nash, C. S., P. C. Darby, B. S. Frazier, J. M. Hendon, J. M. Higgs, E. R. Hoffmayer, and T. S. Daly-Engel. (2021). Multiple paternity in two populations of Finetooth sharks, Carcharhinus isodon, with varying reproductive periodicity. Ecology and Evolution 00, 1-9.
  • Pensinger, L. G., Brown-Peterson N. J., Green C. C., and Midway S. 2021. Reproductive biology of hardhead catfish Ariopsis felis: Evidence for overwintering oocytes. Journal of Fish Biology. 1-13.
  • Weber, H. K., Jones, C. M., Ajemian, M. J., McCallister, M. P., Winner, B. L., Poulakis, G. R., Bethea, D. M, Hollensead, L. D., Zapf, D., Swenson, J. D., Hendon, J. M., Daly-Engel, T. S., and Phillips, N. M. 2021. Genetic evidence supports a range extension for the Brazilian cownose ray Rhinoptera brasiliensis in the western North Atlantic. Journal of Fish Biology


  • Johnson, D. R., J. S. Franks, H. A. Oxenford, and S. L. Cox. 2020. Pelagic Sargassum prediction and marine connectivity in the tropical Atlantic. Gulf and Caribbean Research 31(1):20-30. 
  • Johnson, D. R. and H. M. Perry. 2020. Red snapper, Lutjanus campechanus, larval dispersal in the Gulf of Mexico. Pages 7-25 in S. Szedlmayer and S. Bortone (editors), Red Snapper Biology in a Changing World, CRC Press. 
  • Lehman, R. N., G. R. Poulakis, R. M. Scharer, K. E. Schweiss, J. M. Hendon, and N. M. Phillips. 2020. An environmental DNA tool for monitoring the status of the Critically Endangered Smalltooth Sawfish, Pristis pectinata, in the western Atlantic. Conservation Genetics Resources.
  • Millender, A. K., J. M. Higgs, N. J. Brown-Peterson, and J. S. Franks 2020. A first look at age, growth, and reproduction in Gulf of Mexico Swordfish. Proceedings of the Gulf and Caribbean Fisheries Institute 72:30-32.
  • Mohan, J. A., E. R. Jones, J. M. Hendon, B. Falterman, K. M. Boswell, E. R. Hoffmayer, and R. J. D. Wells. 2020. Capture stress and post-release mortality of blacktip sharks in recreational charter fisheries of the Gulf of Mexico. Conservation Physiology. 8: 1.
  • Nemeth, R. S., E. Kadison, N. J. Brown-Peterson and J. Blondeau. 2019. Pascagoula River, MS, USA, Reproductive biology and behavior associated with an emphasis on thosea spawning aggregation of the Yellowfin Grouper Mycteroperca venenosa in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Bulletin of Marine Science 96: in press.
  • Perry, H., C. Rakocinski, and  L. Collins. 2020. Decline in survival of cultured larvae from wild-caught blue crabs following the Deepwater Horizon oil disaster. Journal of Shellfish Research 39(3):715-722.
  • Reed, E.M, N. Brown-Peterson, E. DeMartini, A. Andrews. 2020. NMFS Administrative Report: Preliminary female reproduction characteristics of Main Hawaiian Islands flame-tail snapper, Onaga (Etelis coruscans).
  • Vanderkooy, S., J. S. Franks, P. O. Grammer, C. M. Lapniewski, and J. L. Green. 2020. Collaborative Studies on Atlantic Tripletail Lobotes surinamensis. iTag Science Article.


  • Andres, M. J., J. M. Higgs, P. O. Grammar, and M.S. Peterson. 2019. Argulus from the Pascagoula River, MS, USA, with an emphasis on those of the threatened Gulf Sturgeon, Acipenser oxyrinchus desotoi. Diversity 11(12): 232.
  • G. A. Delgado, R. A. Glazer and N. J. Brown-Peterson. 2019. Arrested sexual development in Queen Conch (Lobatus gigas) linked to abnormalities in the cerebral ganglia. The Biological Bulletin 237: 3. 241-249.
  • Fogg, A. Q., J. T. Evans, M. J. Peterson, N. J. Brown-Peterson, E. R. Hoffmayer and G. W. Ingram, Jr.  2019. Comparison of age and growth parameters of invasive red lionfish (Pterois volitans) across the northern Gulf of Mexico. Fishery Bulletin 117(3):1-15.
  • Bennetts, C. F., R. T. Leaf and N. J. Brown-Peterson.  2019. Sturgeon, Acipenser oxyrinchus desotoi. Sex-specific growth and reproductive dynamics of Red Drum in the northern Gulf of Mexico. Marine and Coastal Fisheries 11(12): 232.:213-220.
  • Brown-Peterson, N. J., C. R. Peterson and G. R. Fitzhugh. 2019. Multidecadal meta-analysis of reproductive parameters of Red Snapper (Lutjanus campechanus) in the northern Gulf of Mexico.  Fishery Bulletin 117:37-49.
  • Drescher, B. D., N. J. Brown-Peterson and J. M. Walker. 2019. A reproductive histological analysis of Rangia cuneata (Venerida: Mactridae): Effects of abiotic factors. American Malacological Bulletin 37(1):12-20.
  • Jefferson A. E., R. I. Allman, A. E. Pacicco, J. S. Franks, F. J. Hernandez, M. A. Albins, S. P. Powers, R. L. Shipp, and J. M. Drymon. 2019. Distribution, abundance, age, and growth of gray triggerfish (Balistes capriscus) from a north-central Gulf of Mexico artificial reef zone. Bulletin of Marine Science 95(2):177–195.
  • O'Connell, M. T., M. S. Peterson, S. P. Powers, A. M. Uzee-O'Connell, E. J. Anderson and J. R. Hendon. 2019. Assessing nearshore nekton abundance, substrate, and environmental conditions in the northern Gulf of Mexico: Are there differences among three adjacent coastal areas and have there been changes over three decades (1986–2015)? Estuaries and Coasts.
  • Rodríguez-Ezpeleta, N, N. Díaz-Arce, J. F. Walter III, D. E. Richardson, J. R. Rooker, L. N. Nøttestad, A. R. Hanke, J. S. Franks, S. Deguara, M. V. Lauretta, P. Addis, J. L. Varela, I. Fraile, N. Goñi, N. Abid, F. Alemany, I. K. Oray, J. M. Quattro, F. N. Sow, T. Itoh, F. S. Karakulak, P. J. Pascual-alayón, M. N. Santos, Y. Tsukahara, M. Lutcavage, J. Fromentin, and H. Arrizabalaga. 2019. Determining natal origin for improved management of Atlantic Bluefin Tuna. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment. 
  • Perkinson, M., T. Darden, M. Jamison, M. J. Walker, M. R. Denson, J. S. Franks, R. Hendon, S. Musick, and E.S. Orbesen. 2019. Evaluation of the stock structure of cobia (Rachycentron canadum) in the southeastern United States by using dart-tag and genetics data. Fishery Bulletin 117(3):220-233.
  • Rooker J. R., M. A. Dance, R. D. J. Wells, M. J. Ajemian, B. A. Block, M. R. Castleton, J. M. Drymon, B. J. Falterman, J. S. Franks, N. Hammerschlag, J. M. Hendon, E. R. Hoffmayer R. T. Kraus, J. A. McKinney, D. H. Secor, G. W. Stunz, and J. F. Walter. 2019. Population connectivity of pelagic megafauna in the Cuba-Mexico-United States triangle. Scientific Reports 9:1-13.


  • Clark, S., B. Kreiser, J. Schaefer, and L. Stewart. In Review. Scale dependence of sex- specific movement in a small-bodied stream fish. Freshwater Biology. 
  • Gruss, A., H. Perryman, E. Babcock, S. Sagarese, J. Thorson, J. Anderson, J. M. Hendon, C. C. Koenig, M. Love, F. Martinez-Andrade, J. Morris, B.T. Noble, M. A. Nuttall, J. Osborne, C. Pattengill-Semmens, A. G. Pollak, T. T. Sutton, and T. S. Switzer. 2018. Monitoring programs of the U.S. Gulf of Mexico: inventory, development and use of a large monitoring database to map fish and invertebrate spatial distributions. Reviews in Fish Biology and Fisheries. 28(4):667-691.
  • Leaf, R. T., J. Trushenski, N. J. Brown-Peterson, and M. J. Andres. 2018. Temporal dynamics of lipid and fatty acid characteristics of Gulf Menhaden, Brevoortia patronus, in the northern Gulf of Mexico. Regional Studies in Marine Science, 24:1-9.
  • Maggio, T., A. Allegra, F. Andaloro, J. P. Barreiros, P. Battaglia, C. M. Butler, A. Cuttitta, M. R. J. Fontes, R. Freitas, M. Gatt, F. S. Karakulak, D. Macias, A. Nicosia, H. A. Oxenford, S. Saber, N. V. Rodrigues, T. Yildiz, and M. Sinopoli. 2018. Historical separation and present-day structure of common dolphinfish (Coryphaena hippurus) populations in the Atlantic Ocean and Mediterranean Sea. ICES Journal of Marine Science.
  • Moncrief, T., N. J. Brown-Peterson, and M. S. Peterson. 2018. Age, growth and reproduction of Vermillion Snapper in the north-central Gulf of Mexico. Transactions of the American Fisheries Society, 147:996-1010.
  • Peterson, M.S., W.T. Slack, P.O. Grammer, and J.M. Havrylkoff. 2018. Use of non- island, shallow nearshore beach environments by Gulf Sturgeon (Acipenser oxyrinchus desotoi) within the Mississippi Sound, USA. Journal of Applied Ichthyology, 34(1):3-11. 
  • Sanchez-Rubio, G., H. Perry, J. S. Franks, and D. R. Johnson. 2018. Occurrence of pelagic Sargassum in waters of the U.S. Gulf of Mexico in response to weather-related hydrographic regimes associated with decadal and interannual variability in global climate. Fishery Bulletin. 116:93-106.
  • Stout, S. A., E. Litman, G. Baker, and J. S. Franks. 2018. Novel biological exposures following the Deepwater Horizon oil spill revealed by chemical Fingerprinting. In Elsevier Ireland Ltd. Oil Spill Environmental Forensic Case Studies. Eds. S. Stout and Z. Wang. p. 757-784. 
  • Vick, P. E., M. S. Peterson, W. T. Slack, and P. O. Grammer. 2018. Occupancy patterns of Gulf Sturgeon, Acipenser oxyrinchus desotoi, associated with Ship Island, Mississippi, Journal of Coastal Research, 34(3):640-650.


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