Research And Publications

The Halmos College of Arts and Sciences Department of Biological Sciences encourages learning and collaboration between students and faculty 

Faculty and students have been published in multiple journals including Nature Ecology and Evolution, Nature Scientific Reports, and Forensic Science International.  They have also had the opportunity to present their work at a number of national and international conferences.  

Research interests of our faculty

Paul Arena, Ph.D

  • Ecology of Fish Assemblages
  • Age and Growth of Reef Fishes
  • Spider Ecology
Paul Arena, Ph.D

Christopher Blanar, Ph.D

  • Parasitism in coastal habitats
  • Parasites and migratory behavior in Everglades fishes
  • Parasite community ecology
Christopher Blanar, Ph.D

Matthew Johnston, Ph.D.

  • Computer modeling and simulation
  • Invasive species ecology
  • Population connectivity
Matthew Johnston, Ph.D.

Jose Lopez, Ph.D.

  • Molecular biology
  • Microbiology
  • Systematics
Jose Lopez, Ph.D.

Stephen James O'Brien, Ph.D.

  • Comparative genomics/bioinformatics
  • Conservation genetics/biodiversity
  • Genetic epidemiology
Stephen James O'Brien, Ph.D.

Aarti Raja, Ph.D.

  • Microbiology
  • Science education
  • Infectious disease
Aarti Raja, Ph.D.

Deanne Roopnarine, D.P.M.

  • Metaplasia of shellfish
  • Effects of toxins on shellfish
  • Oil spill effects
Deanne Roopnarine, D.P.M.

Emily Schmitt Lavin, Ph.D.

  • Genetics and genealogy
  • Gene expression in yeast exposed to toxins
  • Coral reef ecology and conservation
Emily Schmitt Lavin, Ph.D.

Mahmood S. Shivji, Ph.D.

  • Conservation Biology
  • Genetics/Genomics
  • Movement Ecology (sharks and billfishes)
Mahmood S. Shivji, Ph.D.

Julie Torruellas Garcia, Ph.D.

  • Microbial pathogenesis
  • Efficacy of electrostatic sprayers for the delivery of disinfectants
  • Identification of environmental bacteria
Julie Torruellas Garcia, Ph.D.

Omar Tonsi Eldakar, Ph.D.

  • Multilevel selection
  • Cooperation and conflict
  • Sexual Conflict
Omar Tonsi Eldakar, Ph.D.

Santanu De, Ph.D.

  • STEM education
  • Pedagogy
  • Animal reproduction and development

Eben Gering, Ph.D.

  • Behavioral ecology
  • Invasion biology
  • Wildlife disease
Eben Gering, Ph.D.

Andrew Ozga, Ph.D.

  • Human and non-human primate genomics and genetics
  • Oral and gut microbiomes
  • Ancient DNA
Andrew Ozga, Ph.D.

Aurelien Tartar, Ph.D.

  • Invertebrate Pathology
  • Protist Genomics and Evolution
  • Host Pathogen Relationships

Recent Publications

De, S. 2020. The 14-3-3 (YWHA) Proteins in Signaling and Development of the Fruit Fly, Drosophila melanogaster. International Annals of Science 9(1): 80-85. 

Ålund, M., Emery, N., Jarrett, B.J., MacLeod, K.J., McCreery, H.F., Mamoozadeh, N., Phillips, J.G., Schossau, J., Thompson, A.W., Warwick, A.R., Yule, K.M., Zylstra E.R., and E. Gering. 2020. Academic ecosystems must evolve to support a sustainable postdoc workforce. Nature Ecology & Evolution pp. 1-5. 

Gering, E., *Laubach, Z., Weber, P., Hussey, G., Turner, J., *Lehmann, K., *Montgomery, T., Holekamp, K., and T. Getty. 2020. Time Makes You Older, Parasites Make You Bolder — Toxoplasma Gondii Infections Predict Hyena Boldness toward Definitive Lion Hosts. In: Banzhaf W. et al. (eds) Evolution in Action: Past, Present and Future. Genetic and Evolutionary Computation. Springer, Cham. 

*Hampton, J., Larsen, PT., Anton, T., Cralle, L., Sangwan, N., Lax, S., N Gottell, Solas-Garcia , M, Young, C. Duncan, G., Lopez, JV., Gilbert, J. 2020. Detecting Personal Microbiota Signatures at Artificial Crime Scenes. Forensic Science International. 

C. Thacker, R.W. , Chaves-Fonnegra, A. Lopez JV. 2020. Host population genetics and biogeography structure the microbiome of the sponge Cliona delitrix. Ecology and Evolution ;

Easson, CG., Boswell, KM, Tucker, N, Warren, JD, D.P. Sutton, TT, Lopez, JV. Combined Acoustics and E-DNA Analysis Reflects Diel Vertical Migration of Mixed Consortia in the Gulf of Mexico. Frontiers in Marine Science. In Press

Milligan, RJ, A.M. Bernard, K.M. Boswell, H.D. Bracken-Grissom, M.A. D’Elia, S. DeRada, C.G. Easson, D. English, R.I. Eytan, C. Hu, C. Lembke, J.V. Lopez, B. Penta, T. Richards, I.C. Romero, M. Shivji, L. Timm, J.D. Warren, M. Weber, R.J.D. Wells, T.T. Sutton. 2019. The application of novel research technologies by the Deep Pelagic Nekton Dynamics of the Gulf of Mexico (DEEPEND) Consortium. Marine Technology. 52 (6): 81-86.

Lopez JV. 2019. After the Taxonomic Identification Phase: Addressing the Functions of Symbiotic Communities within Marine Invertebrates. In Symbionts of Marine Sponges and Corals. Z. Li (ed.), Springer- Verlag. Dordrecht, The Netherlands. Pp 105-144. 

Lopez, JV, Kamel, B., Medina, M., Collins, T, Baums, IB. Multiple Facets of Marine Invertebrate Conservation Genomics. 2019. Annual Review of Animal Biosciences.

Leoro-Garzon, P.*, A.J. Gonedes*, I.E. Olivera*, and A.Tartar. 2019. Oomycete metabarcoding reveals the presence of Lagenidium spp. in phytotelmata. PeerJ 7:e7903

A. Eisa*, S. De, A. Detwiler*, E. Gilker*, A. Ignatious*, S. Vijayaraghavan and D. Kline. 2019. YWHA (14-3-3) protein isoforms and their interactions with CDC25B phosphatase in mouse oogenesis and oocyte maturation. BMC Developmental Biology 19: 20.

V. Nethi and S. De. 2019. The potential of socio-biologically relevant mobile applications to attract girls to STEM. Florida Distance Learning Association (FDLA) Journal 4:1.

Gering E., D. Incorvaia*, R. Henrickson, J. Conner, T. Getty, and D. Wright. 2019. Getting Back to Nature: Feralization in Animals and Plants. Trends in Ecology and Evolution 34: 1137-1151.

Gering E., D. Incorvaia*, R. Henrickson, T. Getty, and D. Wright. 2019. Maladaptation in feral and domestic animals. Evolutionary Applications 12: 1274-1286.https:/

Easson, C.G., and J.V. Lopez. 2019. Environmental drivers of bacterioplankton community structure in the northern Gulf of Mexico.  Frontiers in Microbiology 9: 3175

Urakawa, H., J. Skutas* and  J.V. Lopez, JV. 2019. Draft Genome of Nitrosomonas sp. Strain APG5, a Betaproteobacterial Ammonia-Oxidizing Bacterium Isolated from Supralittoral Beach Sand. Microbiology Resource Announcements. 8(21), e01573-18.

Baker, L.J.,  L.L.Freed*, C.G. Easson, J.V. Lopez, D. Fenolio, T.T. Sutton, S.V. Nyholm and T.A. Hendry. 2019. Diverse deep-sea anglerfishes share a genetically reduced luminous symbiont that is acquired from the environment. eLife 2019; 8:e47606  DOI: 10.7554/eLife.47606.

Freed, L.*, C. Easson, L.J. Baker, D. Fenolio, P. Blackwelder, Y. Khan*, T.T. Sutton, T.A. Hendry and J.V. Lopez. 2019. Characterization of the Microbiome and Bioluminescent Symbionts Across Life Stages of Ceratioid Anglerfishes of the Gulf of Mexico. FEMS-Microbiology Ecology. 95 (10)

Lopez, J.V., R. Peixoto and A.S. Rosado. 2019. Inevitable Future: Space Colonization Beyond Earth with Microbes First. FEMS-Microbiology Ecology. 95 (10) : fiz127,;

Smith R.P.,  A. Doiron,*  R. Muzquiz,*  M.C. Fortoul,* M. Haas,* T. Abraham,* R. Quinn,*  I. Barraza,*   K. Chowdhury, * and L.R. Nemzer. 2019 The public and private benefit of an impure public good determines the sensitivity of bacteria to population collapse in a snowdrift game. Environmental Microbiology. 21 (11) 4330-4342.

Smith, R.P., C. Easson, S.M. Lyle,* R. Kapoor,* C.P. Donnelly,* E. Parikh,* J.V. Lopez, J. Tartar. 2019. Gut microbiome diversity is associated with sleep physiology in humans. PLoS One 14 (10).

Ramirez, V., Ryan, C.P., Eldakar, O.T., and A. C. Gallup. 2019. Temperature manipulation of the neck alters contagious yawning in humans. Physiology and Behavior 207: 86-89.

Dressler, M.D., *Conde, J., Eldakar, O.T., and R. P. Smith. 2019. Timing between successive introduction events determines establishment success in bacteria with an Allee effect. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 286 (1902): 20190598.

Gallup, A.C., *Pietruch, K. and O. T. Eldakar. 2019. Plasticity of mating duration in response to slightly biased operational sex ratios in the water strider (Aquarius remigis): the effect of cohabitation under standard laboratory conditions. Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution 7: Article 75.

Riegl, B., Johnston, M.W., Glynn, P.W., Keith, I., Rivera, F., Vera-Zambrano, M., Banks, S. and P.J. Glynn. 2019. Some environmental and biological determinants of coral richness, resilience and reef building in Galápagos (Ecuador). Nature Scientific Reports 9(1), 10322

Johnston, M.W., Milligan, R.J., Eassonm C.G., de Radam S,, English, D., Penta, B., and T.T. Sutton. 2019. An Empirically-validated Method for Characterizing Pelagic Habitats in the Gulf of Mexico Using Ocean Model Data. Limnology and Oceanography Methods 17(6), 363-375.

Johnston, M.W. and A.I. Larsson. 2019. 40 Perspectives of Biophysical Modelling with Implications on Biological Connectivity of Mediterranean Cold-Water Corals. In: Orejas C., Jiménez C. (eds) Mediterranean Cold-Water Corals: Past, Present and Future. Coral Reefs of the World, vol 9. Springer, Cham

Bernard, A.M., M.W. Johnston, R. Pérez-Portela, M.F. Oleksiak, F.C. Coleman and M.S. Shivji. 2019. Genetic and biophysical modeling evidence of generational connectivity in the intensively exploited, western North Atlantic red grouper (Epinephelus morio). ICES Journal of Marine Science

Gorman, J., N. Marra, M.S. Shivji and M.J. Stanhope. 2019. The complete mitochondrial genome of an Atlantic Ocean shortfin mako shark, Isurus oxyrinchus. Mitochondrial DNA B.

Queiroz, N., N.E. Humphries, ……… M. Shivji, (150 alphabetically listed co-authors on paper).…….and Sims, D.W. 2019. Global spatial risk assessment of sharks under the footprint of fisheries. Nature  doi: 10.1038/s41586-019-1444-4

Byrne, M., J. Vaudo, G. Harvey, M. Johnston, B. Wetherbee and M. Shivji.  2019. Behavioral response of a mobile marine predator to environmental variables differs across ecoregions. Ecography 42: 1569–1578.

Barkley, A.N., M. Gollock, M. Samoilys, F. Llewellyn, M. Shivji, B. Wetherbee and N.E. Hussey. 2019. Complex transboundary movements of marine megafauna in the Western Indian Ocean. Animal Conservation 22(5): 420-431.

Marra, N.J., M.J. Stanhope, N. Jue, M.Wang, Q. Sun, P.P. Bitar, V.P. Richards, A. Komissarov, M. Rayko, S. Kliver, B.J. Stanhope, C. Winkler, S.J. O’Brien, A. Antunes, S. Jorgensen and M.S. Shivji. 2019. White shark genome: ancient elasmobranch adaptations associated with wound healing and the maintenance of genome stability.  Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA 116(10): 4446-4455.

Francis, M.P., M.S. Shivji, C.A.J. Duffy, P.J. Rogers, M.E. Byrne, B.M. Wetherbee, S.C. Tindale, W.S. Lyon and M.M. Meyers. 2019. Oceanic nomad or coastal resident? Behavioural switching in the shortfin mako shark (Isurus oxyrinchus). Marine Biology 166: 5

 Ozga AT, R Nockerts, M Wilson, IC Gilby, A Pusey, AC Stone. 2019. Oral microbiome variation in chimpanzees from Gombe National Park. Scientific Reports 17354

Aronsen GP, L Fehren-Schmitz, J Krigbaum, G Kamenov, G Conlogue, C Warinner, AT Ozga, K Sankaranarayanan, A Griego, D DeLuca, H Eckels, R Bycieweicz, T Grurich, N Pellatier, S Brownlee, A Marichal, K Williamson, Y Tonoike, NI Bellantoni. 2019. The Dead Shall Be Raised: Multidisciplinary Analysis of 19th Century Human Skeletons Reveals Complex New England Immigrant Socioeconomic History and Identity. PLOS One 14(9): e0219279.

Howe, K.L.*, C.W. Dean*, J. Kluge*, A,V. Soloviev, A. Tartar, M. Shivji, S. Lehner and W. Perrie. 2018. Relative abundance of Bacillus spp., surfactant-associated bacterium present in a natural sea slick observed by satellite SAR imagery over the Gulf of Mexico. Elem Sci Anth, 6: 8.

Hill, L.D*, M.S. Lorenzetti*, S.M. Lyle, A.I. Fins, A. Tartar and J.L. Tartar. 2018. Catechol‐O‐methyltransferase Val158Met polymorphism associates with affect and cortisol levels in women. Brain Behav. 8:e00883.

Llanos-Almeida, M. McDermott, R. Sims, M. Scanlon, S. Hicks, M. Ballester, T. Shuster, K. Lopez-Moreno, M. Dore, R. Anderson, S. Fabius, and J. Torruellas Garcia. 2018. The E-STEAM (Exploring Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) Project for Girls Mentoring Program. 11th annual mentoring conference proceedings: Mentoring, coaching, and leadership for innovation and entrepreneurship (11th ed.): [Special Issue 11]. The Chronicle of Mentoring and Coaching, 2(1):667-8.

Torruellas Garcia. 2018. Communicating Discovery-Based Research Results to the News: A Real World Lesson in Science Communication for Undergraduate Students. J Microbiol Biol Educ. (1):doi:0.1128/jmbe.v19i1.1516

 de Azevedo Souza, K. Richards, J. Torruellas Garcia, Y.S. Park, M. Schwartz, S. Schesser Bartra and G.V. Plano. 2018. The YscE/YscG chaperone and YscF N-terminal sequences target YscF to the Yersinia pestis type III secretion apparatus Microbiol. 164(3):338-348.

Henriksen R., E. Gering, and D. Wright (2018) Feralisation—The Understudied Counterpoint to Domestication. In: Pontarotti P. (eds) Origin and Evolution of Biodiversity. Springer, Cham

Hendry, T. L. Freed*, D. Fader, D. Fenolio and J.V. Lopez. 2018. Recently evolved host dependence in the luminous symbionts of deep sea anglerfish.  mBio 9:e01033-

Hughes, G.M.,  J.M. Leech, S.J. Puechmaille, J.V. Lopez and E.C. Teeling. 2018. Is there a link between aging and microbiome diversity in exceptional mammalian longevity?   Peer J 6:e4174.

O’Connell, L., S. Gao, J. Fleischer and J.V. Lopez.  2018. Fine Grained Compositional Analysis of Port Everglades Inlet Microbiome Using High Throughput DNA Sequencing. Peer J 6:e4671; DOI 10.7717/peerj.4671.

Widmer, C. J. Skutas*, C. Easson, M. Flax, J.V. Lopez and T.C. Sayin. 2018. Culture-independent Characterization of the Microbiome of Healthy Pulp. Journal of Endodontics 44 (7): 1132-1139.e2

Milligan, R.J., A.M. Bernard, K.M. Boswell, H.D. Bracken-Grissom, M.A. D’Elia, S. DeRada, C.G. Easson, D. English, R.I. Eytan, C. Hu, C. Lembke, J.V. Lopez, B. Penta, T. Richards, I.C. Romero, M. Shivji, L. Timm, J.D. Warren, M. Weber, R.J.D. Wells and T.T. Sutton. 2018. The application of novel research technologies by the Deep Pelagic Nekton Dynamics of the Gulf of Mexico (DEEPEND) Consortium. Marine Technology Soc J. 52 (6): 81-86.

*Ripp, J., Eldakar, O.T., Gallup, A. C., and P. Arena. 2018. The successful exploitation of urban environments by the golden silk spider, Nephila clavipes (Araneae, Nephilidae). Journal of Urban Ecology 4: 1-6.

Eldakar, O.T., *Kammeyer, J.O., *Nagabandi, N., and A.C. Gallup. 2018. Hypocrisy and Corruption: How disparities in power shape the evolution of social control. Evolutionary Psychology 16(2): 1-12.

Gallup, A.C., Eldakar, O.T. *Schonning, M. and *M. Yanchus. 2018. Winner and loser effects in collegiate baseball and softball doubleheaders. Adaptive Human Behavior and Physiology 4(1): 108-120.

Riegl, B., Johnston, M.W., Bauman, A., Howells, E., Burt, J., Purkis, S., and CRC Sheppard. 2018. Population collapse dynamics in Acropora downingi, an Arabian/Persian Gulf ecosystem-engineering coral, linked to rising temperature. Global Change Biology 24(6): 2447-2462

Bernard, A.M., V.P. Richards, M.J. Stanhope and M.S. Shivji. 2018. Transcriptome derived microsatellites demonstrate strong genetic differentiation in Pacific white sharks. Journal of Heredity 109(7): 771–779 

Domingues, R.R.*, C.C. Bruel*, O.B.F. Gadig, D.D. Chapman, A.W.S. Hilsdorf and M.S. Shivji. 2018. Genetic connectivity and phylogeography of the night shark (Carcharhinus signatus) in the western Atlantic Ocean: implications for conservation management. Aquatic Conservation: Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems 

Perry, C.*, J. Figueiredo, J.J. Vaudo, J. Hancock, R. Rees and M. Shivji. 2018. Comparing length measurement methods and estimating growth parameters of free - swimming whale sharks (Rhincodon typus) near the South Ari Atoll, Maldives. Marine & Freshwater Research

Daly, R., M.J. Smale, S. Singh, D. Anders, M. Shivji, C.A. Keating Daly, J.S.E. Lea, L.L. Sousa, B.M. Wetherbee, R. Fitzpatrick, C.R. Clarke, M. Sheaves and A. Barnett. 2018. Refuges and risks: Evaluating the benefits of an expanded MPA network for mobile apex predators. Diversity and Distributions

Sequeira, A.M. et al. (and 57 co-authors, including M. Shivji). 2018. Convergence of marine megafauna movement patterns in coastal and open ocean. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA 115 (12): 3072–3077

Salinas-de-León, P., B. Philips, D. Ebert, M. Shivji, F. Cerutti-Pereyra, C. Ruck, C. Fisher and L. Marsh. 2018. Deep-sea hydrothermal vents as natural egg-case incubators at the Galapagos Rift. Scientific Reports 8: 1788

Lea, J., B. Wetherbee, L. Sousa, C. Aming, N. Burnie, N. Humphries, N. Queiroz, G. Harvey, D. Sims and M.S. Shivji. 2018. Ontogenetic partial migration is associated with environmental drivers and influences fisheries interactions in a marine predator. ICES Journal of Marine Science DOI:10.1093/icesjms/fsx238.

Ziesemer KA, J Ramos-Madrigal, AE Mann, BW Brandt, K Sankaranarayanan, AT Ozga, M Hoogland, DCS Garcia, B Frohlich, G Milner, AC Stone, M Aldernderfer, CM Lewis, CL Hofman, C Warinner, H Schroeder. 2018. The efficacy of whole genome capture on ancient dental calculus and dentin. American Journal of Physical Anthropology 168:496-509.

Mann AE, S Sabin, K Ziesemer, A Vågene, H Schroeder, AT Ozga, K Sankaranarayanan, CA Hofman, JF Yates, DS Garcia, B Frohlich, M Aldenderfer, M Hoogland, C Read, J Krause, C Hofman, K Bos, C Warinner. 2018. Differential preservation of endogenous human and microbial DNA in dental calculus and dentin. Scientific Reports 8:9822.

Nieves-Colon MA, AT Ozga, WJ Pestle, A Cucina, V Tiesler, T Stanton, AC Stone. 2018. Comparison of two ancient DNA extraction protocols for skeletal remains from tropical environments. American Journal of Physical Anthropology 166: 824-836.

Gering E. 2017. Male-mimicking females increase male-male interactions, and decrease male survival and condition in a female-polymorphic damselfly. Evolution 71: 1390–1396.

Kuczynski, M.*, T. Getty, and E. Gering. 2017. Larger females are choosier in the gray treefrog (Hyla versicolor). Behavioural Processes 135: 29-35.

Ferrario, C., G. Alessandri, L. Mancabelli, E. Gering, (+10 other authors), and M. Ventura 2017. Untangling the cecal microbiota of feral chickens by culturomic and metagenomic analyses. Environmental Microbiology 19: 4771-4783.

Schuster, A. J.V. Lopez, L.E. Becking, M. Kelly, S.A. Pomponi, G. Wörheide, D. Erpenbeck and P. Cárdenas.  2017. Evolution of group I introns in Porifera: implications for intron mobility, systematics and molecular taxonomy. BMC Evolutionary Biology 17:82 DOI 10.1186/s12862-017-0928-9.

GIGA Community of Scientists (Voolstra, C., et al.). 2017. Advancing Genomics through the Global Invertebrate Genomics Alliance (GIGA) Invertebrate Systematics 31(1): 1-7.

Hampton-Marcell, J.T., J.V. Lopez and J.A. Gilbert.  2017. The Human Microbiome: An Emerging Tool in Forensics. Microb Biotechnol 10(2):228-230. doi: 10.1111/1751-7915.12699.

Chaves-Fonnegra, A*., B. Riegl, Z. Zea, J.V. Lopez and D.S. Giliam. 2017. Bleaching events regulate shifts from corals to excavating sponges in algae dominated reefs. Global Change Biology 24(2), 773-785.

Argibay, N.,* E. Vasquez,* C.E. Wilson*, T. Craddock and R.P. Smith. 2017. Engineering gene circuit: foundations and applications. Nanotechnology in Biology and Medicine.

Dressler, M.,* C.J. Clark,* C.A. Thachettu, * Y. Zakaria,* O.T. Eldakar, R.P. Smith. 2017. Synthetically engineered microbes as a tool to study cooperation. Frontiers of Chemical Science and Engineering. 11:3-14

Gallup, A.C. and O. T. Eldakar. 2017. Yawns are cool. Frontiers for Young Minds 5:52. doi: 10.3389/frym.2017.00052.

*Wilson, C. E., Lopatkin, A. J., Craddock, T. C., Driscoll, W. W., Eldakar, O. T., Lopez, J. and R. Smith. 2017. Cooperation and competition shape ecological resistance during periodic spatial disturbance of engineered bacteria. Scientific Reports 7: article 440.

Eldakar, O.T., Tartar, J., *Garcia, D., *Ramirez, V., *Dauzonne, M., *Armani, Y., and A. C. Gallup. 2017. Acute physical stress modulates the temporal expression of self-reported contagious yawning in humans. Adaptive Human Behavior and Physiology 3(2): 156-170.

Sylvain, P., Johnston, M.W.,  Vaissièrec, A.C., Bergerd, F., Jacoba, C., and R. Dodge. 2017. An update of the Visual_HEA software to improve the implementation of the Habitat Equivalency Analysis method. Ecological Engineering 105, 276-283.

O’Brien, C.M.*, Johnston, M.W., Kerstetter, D. 2017. Ports and Pests: Assessing the Threat of Aquatic Invasive Species Introduced by Maritime Shipping Activity in Cuba. Marine Pollution Bulletin 125(1-2), 92-102. 10.1016/j.marpolbul.2017.07.071

Johnston, M.W., Bernard, A.M. 2017. A bank divided: quantifying a spatial and temporal connectivity break between the Campeche Bank and the north-eastern Gulf of Mexico. Marine Biology 164(1), 1-15. doi: 10.1007/s00227-016-3038-0

Johnston, M.W., Bernard, A.M., Shivji, M.S. 2017. Forecasting lionfish sources and sinks in the Atlantic: Are Gulf of Mexico reef fisheries at risk? Coral Reefs 36, 169-181. doi: 10.1007/s00338-016-1511-3

Guy, D.S*, C.L. Ruck,* J.V. Lopez and M.S. Shivji. 2017. Complete mitogenome sequences of smooth hammerhead sharks, Sphyrna zygaena, from the eastern and western Atlantic. Mitochondrial DNA B

Domingues, R.R.*, A.W.S. Hilsdorf, M.S. Shivji, F.V.H. Hazin and O.B.F. Gadig. 2017. Effects of the Pleistocene on the mitochondrial population genetic structure and demographic history of the silky shark (Carcharhinus falciformis) in the western Atlantic Ocean. Reviews in Fish Biology and Fisheries.

Vaudo, J., B.M. Wetherbee, G. Harvey, J. Harvey, A. Prebble, M. Corcoran* M., Potenski*, K. Bruni, R. Leaf, J. Collie, A. Henningsen and M. Shivji. 2017. Characterization and monitoring of one of the world's most valuable ecotourism animals, the southern stingray at Stingray City, Grand Cayman: lessons for management of marine wildlife. Marine and Freshwater Research.

Vaudo, J.J., M.E. Byrne, B.M. Wetherbee, G.M. Harvey, A. Mendillo Jr., and M.S. Shivji. 2017. Horizontal and vertical movements of white marlin, Kajikia albida, tagged off the Yucatan Peninsula. ICES Journal of Marine Science

Steinke, D., A.M. Bernard, R.L Horn*, P. Hilton, R. Hanner and M.S. Shivji. 2017. DNA analysis of traded shark fins and mobulid gill plates reveals a high proportion of species of conservation concern. Scientific Reports 7: 9505. DOI:10.1038/s41598-017-10123-5

Byrne. M.E., E. Cortés, J.J. Vaudo, G.C.M. Harvey, M. Sampson, B.M. Wetherbee and M. Shivji. 2017. Satellite telemetry reveals higher fishing mortality rates than previously estimated, suggesting overfishing of an apex marine predator. Proceedings Royal Society B284: 20170658.

Bernard, A.M., R.L. Horn, D.D. Chapman, K.A. Feldheim, R.C. Garla, E.J. Brooks, M.A. Gore and M.S. Shivji. 2017. Genetic connectivity of a coral reef ecosystem predator: the population genetic structure and evolutionary history of the Caribbean reef shark (Carcharhinus perezi). J. Biogeography. 44: 2488 -2500

Howey, L.A.*, B.M. Wetherbee, E.R. Tolentino and M.S. Shivji. 2017. Biogeophysical and physiological processes drive movement patterns in a marine predator. Movement Ecology. 5:16

Rodriguez-Ferrer, G., B.M. Wetherbee, M. Schärer, C. Lilyestrom, J.P. Zegarra and M. Shivji. 2017. First Record of the Megamouth Shark, Megachasma pelagios, (Family Megachasmidae) in the Tropical Western North Atlantic Ocean. Marine Biodiversity Records. 10:20 DOI 10.1186/s41200-017-0117-y

Ruck, C.L.*, N. Marra, M. Shivji and M. Stanhope. 2017. The complete mitochondrial genome of the endangered great hammerhead shark, Sphyrna mokarran. Mitochondrial DNA Part B.

Fitzpatrick, C.K.*, K.A. Finnegan, F. Osaer, K. Narváez and M.S. Shivji. 2017. The complete mitochondrial genome of the critically endangered angelshark, Squatina squatina. Mitochondrial DNA Part B.

Marra, N.J., V.P. Richards, A. Early, S.M. Bogdanowicz, P.P. Bitar, M.J. Stanhope and M.S. Shivji. 2017. Comparative transcriptomics of elasmobranchs and teleosts highlight important processes in adaptive immunity and regional endothermy. BMC Genomics DOI: 10.1186/s12864-016-3411-x

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De, S., and Cavanaugh, G. 2020. Navigating Healthcare Science Student Learning and Engagement Through Implementation of a Virtual Classroom. HPD Research Day, Nova Southeastern University. 

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