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:

Carassou, L., B. Dzwonkowski, F. Hernandez, S. Powers, K. Park, W. Graham and J. Mareska. 2011. Environmental influences on juvenile fish abundances in a river-dominated coastal system. Marine and Coastal Fisheries 3(1): 411-427.DOI

Hernandez, F.J., Jr., S.P. Powers and W.M. Graham. 2010. Detailed examination of ichthyoplankton seasonality from a high resolution time series in the northern Gulf of Mexico during 2004-2006. Transactions of the American Fisheries Society 139: 1511-1525.

Hernandez, F.J., Jr., J.A. Hare and D.P. Fey. 2009. Evaluating diel, ontogenetic and environmental effects on larval fish vertical distribution using generalized additive models for location, scale and shape. Fisheries Oceanography 18(4): 224-236.