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Marine Science Institute
750 Channel View Drive
Port Aransas, TX 78373

Phone: 361-749-6711
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Fuiman, Lee

Lee A Fuiman

Associate Director, FAML, Professor
Marine Science Institute

Perry R. Bass Chair in Fisheries and Mariculture

Behavior, sensory ecology, morphology, and physiology of fish larvae and marine mammals; Larval fish culture, broodstock management.

lee.fuiman@utexas.edu

Phone: 361-749-6795

Office Location
MSP L217

Postal Address
The University of Texas at Austin
Marine Science Institute
750 Channel View Dr
Port Aransas, TX 78373

Ph.D., University of Michigan (1983)
M.S., Cornell University (1978)
B.S., Southampton College of Long Island University (1974

Research Interests

The past few decades have seen the biology of fish larvae blossom into an exciting field of research. These tiny, usually transparent early life stages had been neglected because of the difficulties in collecting, identifying, and maintaining them. With many of these problems solved, research is directed toward understanding how processes affecting larval fishes have serious consequences for populations of adults. Survival of larvae is a prerequisite for sustained populations, and like adults, larvae must find food and avoid predators. However, unlike adults, they must do so while their abilities vary due to dramatic morphological, physiological, and behavioral changes caused by development.

Our research includes both laboratory and field experiments on the behavioral and sensory capabilities of fish larvae. Much of it involves frame-by-frame motion analysis of video taped experiments. This approach has led to important insights into the change in vulnerability of larvae to predators during early life. We combine the behavioral approach with detailed studies of changing sensory and locomotor morphology to understand how behavior may be constrained. We also study the effects of environmental variables (e.g., temperature and salinity) on a larva's capabilities. We incorporate field experiments to form ecological interpretations for the laboratory results. Our research has now expanded to include assessment of sublethal effects of pollutants and their ecological interpretation.

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Upcoming publications

   

Mohanty, S., A.F. Ojanguren, and L.A. Fuiman. In press. Aggressive male mating behavior depends on female maturity in Octopus bimaculoides. Marine Biology.

   

Madden, K.M., L.A. Fuiman, L.A., T.M. Williams, and R.W. Davis.  In press.  Weddell seal foraging dives:  Comparison of free-ranging and isolated-hole paradigms.  Antarctic Science.

           
Published papers 

  Number Citation
  119 Fuiman, L.A. and C.K. Faulk. 2013. Batch spawning facilitates transfer of an essential nutrient from diet to eggs in a marine fish. Biology Letters 9:20130593 (doi:10.1098/rsbl.2013.0593).
  118 Davis, R.W., L.A. Fuiman, K.M. Madden, T.M. Williams. 2013. Classification and behavior of free-ranging Weddell seal dives based on three-dimensional movements and video recorded observations. Deep-Sea Research II 88-89:65-77.
  117 Haberer, J., M.E. DeHart, and L.A. Fuiman. 2011. The University of Texas Marine Science Institute: “Granddaddy” of Texas marine laboratories. Gulf of Mexico Science 2010:71-81.
  116 Nakayama, S., K.A. Rose, and L.A. Fuiman.  2011.  Batch spawning decreases competition among early life stages in coastal fishes: a simulation study using red drum (Sciaenops ocellatus). Marine Ecology Progress Series 441:213-223.
  115 Nakayama, S., A.F. Ojanguren, and L.A. Fuiman.  2011. Process-based approach reveals directional effects of environmental factors on movement between habitats.  Journal of Animal Ecology 80: 1299-1304. (doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2656.2011.01859.x)
  114 Fuiman, L.A., and A.F. Ojanguren. 2011. Fatty acid content of eggs determines antipredator performance of fish larvae. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology 407:155-165. (doi: 10.1016/j.jembe.2011.06.004)
 
113
McCarthy, I.D., and L.A. Fuiman. 2011. Post-prandial changes in protein synthesis in red drum (Sciaenops ocellatus) larvae. Journal of Experimental Biology 214:1821-1828. (doi: 10.1242/​jeb.059436)
 
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Ojanguren, A.F. and L.A. Fuiman. 2010. Seasonal variability in antipredator performance of red drum larvae. Marine Ecology Progress Series 413:117-123.
  111 Fuiman, L.A., M.G. Meekan, and M.I. McCormick. 2010. Maladaptive behavior reinforces a recruitment bottleneck in newly settled fishes. Oecologia 164:99-108.
  110 Nakayama, S. and L.A. Fuiman.  2010. Body size and vigilance mediate asymmetric interference competition for food in fish larvae. Behavioral Ecology 21:708-713. (doi: 10.1093/beheco/arq043)
  109 Foster, C.R., A.F. Amos, L.A. Fuiman. 2010. Phenology of six migratory coastal birds in relation to climate change. Wilson Journal of Ornithology 122:116-125.
  108 Foster, C.R., A.F. Amos, and L.A. Fuiman.  2009.  Trends in abundance of coastal birds and human activity on a Texas barrier island over three decades.  Estuaries and Coasts 32:1079-1089. (doi: 10.1007/s12237-009-9224-2) 
  107 Faria, A.M., A.F. Ojanguren, L.A. Fuiman, and E.J. Gonçalves.  2009.  Ontogeny of critical swimming speed of wild-caught and laboratory-reared red drum larvae (Sciaenops ocellatus).  Marine Ecology Progress Series. 384:221-230.
  106 Nakayama, S., A.F. Ojanguren, L.A. Fuiman.  2009. To fight, or not to fight: Determinants and consequences of social behaviour in young red drum (Sciaenops ocellatus).  Behaviour 146:815-830.
  105 Madden, K.M., L.A. Fuiman, T.M. Williams, and R.W. Davis.  2008.  Identification of foraging dives in free-ranging Weddell seals (Leptonychotes weddellii): Confirmation using video records.  Marine Ecology Progress Series 365:263-275. 
  104 McCarthy, I.D., and L.A. Fuiman.  2008.  Growth and protein metabolism in red drum (Sciaenops ocellatus) larvae exposed to environmental levels of atrazine and malathion.  Aquatic Toxicology 88:220–229.
  103 Lychakov, D.V., Y.T. Rebane, A. Lombarte, M. Demestre, and L.A. Fuiman.  2008.  Saccular otolith mass asymmetry in adult flatfishes.  Journal of Fish Biology 72:2579-2594.
  102 Murphy, C.A., K.A. Rose, M.C. Alvarez, and L.A. Fuiman.  2008.  Modeling larval fish behavior: Scaling the sublethal effects of methylmercury to population-relevant endpoints.  Aquatic Toxicology 86:470-484.
  101 Fuiman, L.A., K.M. Madden, T.M. Williams, and R.W. Davis.  2007.  Structure of foraging dives by Weddell seals at an offshore isolated hole in the Antarctic fast-ice environment.  Deep-Sea Research II 54:270-289.
  100 Alvarez, M.C., C.A. Murphy, K.A. Rose, I.D. McCarthy, and L.A. Fuiman. 2006. Maternal body burdens of methylmercury impair survival skills of offspring in Atlantic croaker (Micropogonias undulatus). Aquatic Toxicology 80:329-337.
  99 Lychakov, D.V., Y.T. Rebane, A. Lombarte, L.A. Fuiman, and A. Takabayashi.  2006.  Fish otolith asymmetry: Morphometry and modeling.  Hearing Research 219:1-11.  (doi:10.1016/j.heares.2006.03.019)
  98 Fuiman, L.A., K.A. Rose, J.H. Cowan, Jr., and E.P. Smith.  2006.  Survival skills required for predator evasion by fish larvae and their relationship to laboratory measures of performance.  Animal Behaviour 71:1389-1399. (doi:10.1016/j.physletb.2003.10.071)
  97 Alvarez, M.C., and L.A. Fuiman.  2006.  Ecological performance of red drum (Sciaenops ocellatus) larvae exposed to environmental levels of the insecticide malathion.  Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry 25:1426-1432.
  96 Alvarez, M.C., and L.A. Fuiman.  2005.  Environmental levels of atrazine and its degradation products impair survival skills and growth of red drum larvae.  Aquatic Toxicology 74:229-241.
  95 Fuiman, L.A., J.H. Cowan, Jr., M.E. Smith, and J.P. O'Neal.  2005.  Behavior and recruitment success in fish larvae: Variation with growth rate and the batch effect.  Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 62:1337-1349.
  94 Ditty, J.G., Shaw, R.F., and Fuiman, L.A.  2005.  Larval development of five species of blenny (Teleostei: Blenniidae) from the western central North Atlantic, with a synopsis of blennioid family characters.  Journal of Fish Biology 66:1261–1284.
  93 Smith, M.E., and L.A. Fuiman.  2004.  Behavioral performance of wild-caught and laboratory-reared red drum Sciaenops ocellatus (Linnaeus) larvae.  Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology 302:17-33.
  92 Fuiman, L.A., D.M. Higgs, and K.R. Poling.  2004.  Changing structure and function of the ear and lateral line system of fishes during development.  American Fisheries Society Symposium 40:117-144.
  91 Williams, T.M., L.A. Fuiman, M. Horning, and R.W. Davis.  2004.  The cost of foraging by a marine predator, the Weddell seal (Leptonychotes weddellii): Pricing by the stroke.  Journal of Experimental Biology 207:973-982.
  90 Davis, R.W., L.A. Fuiman, T.M. Williams, M. Horning, and W. Hagey.  2003.  Classification of Weddell seal dives based on three-dimensional movements and video recorded observations.  Marine Ecology Progress Series 264:109-122.
 

89

Ditty, J.G., L.A. Fuiman, and R.F. Shaw.  2003.  Characterizing natural intervals of development in fishes: An example using blennies (Teleostei: Blenniidae).  Pages 405-418.  In: H.I. Browman and A.B. Skiftesvik, eds.  The Big Fish Bang: Proceedings of the 26th Annual Larval Fish Conference.  Institute of Marine Research, Bergen, Norway.
 

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McCarthy, I.D., L.A. Fuiman, and M.C. Alvarez.  2003.  Aroclor 1254 affects growth and survival skills of Atlantic croaker (Micropogonias undulatus) larvae.  Marine Ecology Progress Series 252:295–301.
 

87

Smith, M.E., and L.A. Fuiman.  2003.  Causes of growth depensation in red drum, Sciaenops ocellatus, larvae.  Environmental Biology of Fishes 66:49-60.
 

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Rose, K.A., C.A. Murphy, S.L. Diamond, L.A. Fuiman, and P. Thomas.  2003.  Using nested models and laboratory data for predicting population effects of contaminants on fish: A step toward a bottom-up approach for establishing causality in field studies.  Human and Ecological Risk Assessment 9:231-257.
 

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Fuiman, L.A., and J.H. Cowan, Jr.  2003.  Behavior and recruitment success in fish larvae: Repeatability and covariation of survival skills.  Ecology 84:53-67.
 

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Werner, R.G., and L.A. Fuiman.  2002.  Methodological resources.  Pages 289-300.  In: L.A. Fuiman and R.G. Werner, editors. Fishery Science: The Unique Contributions of Early Life Stages.  Blackwell Science, Oxford. (more information)
 

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Fuiman, L.A.  2002.  Special considerations of fish eggs and larvae.  Pages 1-32.  In: L.A. Fuiman and R.G. Werner, editors. Fishery Science: The Unique Contributions of Early Life Stages.  Blackwell Science, Oxford. (more information)
 

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Fuiman, L.A., and R.G. Werner, eds.  2002.  Fishery Science: The Unique Contributions of Early Life Stages.  Blackwell Science, Oxford. (more information)
  81 Myrberg, A.A., Jr., and L.A. Fuiman. 2002.  The sensory world of coral reef fishes.  Pages 123-148.  In: P.F. Sale, editor. Coral Reef Fishes: Dynamics and Diversity in a Complex Ecosystem.  Academic Press, San Diego. 
 

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Fuiman, L. A., R. W. Davis, and T. M. Williams.  2002.  Behavior of midwater fishes under the Antarctic ice: Observations by a predator. Marine Biology 140:815-822.
 

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Williams, T.M., J. Haun, R.W. Davis, L.A. Fuiman, and S. Kohin.  2001.  A killer appetite: Metabolic consequences of carnivory in marine mammals.   Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology A 129:785-796.
 

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Davis, R.A., L.A. Fuiman, T.M. Williams, and B.J. Le Beouf. 2001. Three-dimensional movements and swimming activity of a northern elephant seal.  Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology A 129:759-770.
 

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Williams, T.M., R.W. Davis, L.A. Fuiman, J. Francis, B.J. LeBoeuf, M. Horning, J. Calambokidis, and D.A. Croll.  2000.  Sink or swim: Strategies for cost-efficient diving by marine mammals.  Science 288:133-136.
 

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Fuiman, L.A. 1999. Book Review: Fishes of Antarctica: a biological overview. Reviews in Fish Biology and Fisheries 9:272-273
 

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Fuiman, L.A., M.E. Smith, and V. N. Malley. 1999. Ontogeny of routine swimming speed and startle responses in red drum, with a comparison of responses to acoustic and visual stimuli. Journal of Fish Biology. 55(supplement A):215-226.
 

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Rooker, J.R., S.A. Holt, G.J. Holt, and L.A. Fuiman. 1999.   Spatial and temporal variability in growth, mortality, and recruitment potential of postsettlement red drum, Sciaenops ocellatus, in a subtropical estuary. Fishery Bulletin 97:581-590.
 

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Fuiman, L.A., J.D. Gage, and P.A. Lamont. 1999.  Shell morphometry in the deep sea protobranch bivalve Ledella pustulosa in the Rockall Trough, North-east Atlantic. Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom 79:661-671. 
 

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Poling, K.R., and L.A. Fuiman.  1999.   Behavioral specialization in developing sciaenids and its relationship to morphology and habitat. Environmental Biology of Fishes 54:119-133. 
 

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Davis, R.W., L.A. Fuiman, T.M. Williams, S.O. Collier, W.P. Hagey, S.B. Kanatous, S. Kohin, and M. Horning. 1999. Hunting behavior of a marine mammal beneath the antarctic fast-ice. Science 283:993-996.
 

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Faulk, C.K., L.A. Fuiman, and P. Thomas. 1999. Parental exposure to ortho, para-dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane impairs survival skills of Atlantic croaker (Micropogonias undulatus) larvae. Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry 18:254-262.
 

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Fuiman, L.A., and B.C. Delbos. 1998.  Developmental changes in visual sensitivity of red drum, Sciaenops ocellatus. Copeia 1998:936-943.
 

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Poling, K.R., and L.A. Fuiman.  1998. Sensory development and its relation to habitat change in three species of sciaenids. Brain, Behavior and Evolution 52:270-284. 
 

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Higgs, D.M., and L.A. Fuiman. 1998. Associations between behavioral ontogeny and habitat change in clupeoid larvae. Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom  78:1281-1294.
 

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Fuiman, L.A., K.R. Poling, and D.M. Higgs.  1998.  Quantifying developmental progress for comparative studies of larval fishes. Copeia 1998:602-611.
 

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Higgs, D.M., and L.A. Fuiman. 1998. Associations between sensory development and ecology in three species of clupeoid fish. Copeia 1998:133-144.
 

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Fuiman, L.A. 1997. What can flatfish ontogenies tell us about pelagic and benthic lifestyles? Journal of Sea Research 37:257-267. 
 

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Fuiman, L.A., and D.M. Higgs. 1997. Ontogeny, growth, and the recruitment process. Pages 225-249, in: R.C. Chambers and E.A. Trippel, editors. Early Life History and Recruitment in Fish Populations. Chapman and Hall. 
 

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Poling, K.R., and L.A. Fuiman. 1997. Sensory development and concurrent behavioural changes in Atlantic croaker larvae. Journal of Fish Biology 51:402-421. 
 

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Duffy, J.T., C.E. Epifanio, and L.A. Fuiman. 1997. Mortality rates imposed by three scyphozoans on red drum (Sciaenops ocellatus) larvae in field enclosures. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology 212:123-131. 
 

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Fuiman, L.A., and R.S. Batty. 1997. What a drag it is getting cold: partitioning the physical and physiological effects of temperature on fish swimming. Journal of Experimental Biology 200:1745­1755.
 

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Fuiman, L.A., editor. 1996. Dynamic morphology, physiology and behaviour of fish larvae. Marine and Freshwater Behaviour and Physiology 28:1-148. (reprints are not available, but see details
 

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Higgs, D.M. and L.A. Fuiman. 1996. Ontogeny of visual and mechanosensory structure and function in Atlantic menhaden Brevoortia tyrannus. Journal of Experimental Biology 199:2619-2629.
 

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Higgs, D.M., and L.A. Fuiman. 1996. Light intensity and schooling behaviour in larval gulf menhaden. Journal of Fish Biology 48:979-991.
 

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Fuiman, L.A., and G.R. Hoff. 1995. Natural variation in elemental composition of sagittae from red drum. Journal of Fish Biology 47:940-955.
 

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Fuiman, L.A. 1995. Book review: Early life history of fish: an energetics apporach. Copeia 1995(3):747-748.
 

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Hoff, G.R., and L.A. Fuiman. 1995. Environmentally induced variation in elemental composition of red drum (Sciaenops ocellatus) otoliths. Bulletin of Marine Science 56(2):578-591. 
 

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Fuiman, L.A. 1994. The interplay of ontogeny and scaling in the interactions of fish larvae and their predators. Journal of Fish Biology 45(supplement A):55-79.
 

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Fuiman, L.A., and A.E. Magurran. 1994. Development of predator defences in fishes. Reviews in Fish Biology and Fisheries 4:145-183.
 

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Fuiman, L.A., and R.S. Batty. 1994. Susceptibility of Atlantic herring and plaice larvae to predation by juvenile cod and herring at two constant temperatures. Journal of Fish Biology 44:23-34.
 

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Fuiman, L.A., editor. 1993. Water Quality and the Early Life Stages of Fishes. American Fisheries Society Symposium 14. 172pp.  (reprints are not available; get the lowest price)
 

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Hunter, J.R., N.C.-H. Lo, and L.A. Fuiman, editors. 1993. Advances in the early life history of fishes. Part 2. Ichthyoplankton methods for estimating fish biomass. Bulletin of Marine Science 53:723-935.  (sorry, reprints are not available from me)
 

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Moser, H.G., P.E. Smith, and L.A. Fuiman, editors. 1993. Advances in the early life history of fishes. Part 1. Larval fish assemblages and ocean boundaries. Bulletin of Marine Science 53:283-722.  (sorry, reprints are not available from me)

 

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Hoff, G.R., and L.A. Fuiman. 1993. Morphometry and composition of red drum otoliths: changes associated with temperature, somatic growth rate, and age. Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology 106A:209-219.
 

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Fuiman, L.A. 1993. Development of predator evasion in Atlantic herring, Clupea harengus L. Animal Behaviour 45:1101-1116. 
 

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Fuiman, L.A., and D.R. Ottey. 1993. Temperature effects on spontaneous behavior of larval and juvenile red drum Sciaenops ocellatus, and implications for foraging. Fishery Bulletin 91:23-35. 
 

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Fuiman, L.A. 1991. Book review: Description and Identification of Razorback, Flannelmouth, White, Utah, Bluehead, and Mountain Sucker Larvae and Early Juveniles. Copeia 1991:860-861.
 

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Fuiman, L.A. 1991. Influence of temperature on evasive responses of Atlantic herring larvae attacked by yearling herring. Journal of Fish Biology 39(1):93-102.
 

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Blaxter, J.H.S., and L.A. Fuiman. 1990. The role of the sensory systems of herring larvae in evading predatory fishes. Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom 70:413-427.
 

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Fuiman, L.A., and J.C. Gamble. 1989. Influence of experimental manipulations on predation of herring larvae by juvenile herring in large enclosures. Rapports et Proces-Verbeaux des Reunions, Conseil International pour L'Exploration de la Mer 191:359-365.
 

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Fuiman, L.A., and P. Thomas. 1989. Book review: Fish physiology, Volume XI. The physiology of developing fish. Part A. Eggs and Larvae. Part B. Viviparity and posthatching juveniles. Transactions of the American Fisheries Society 118:455-458.
 

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Blaxter, J.H.S., and L.A. Fuiman. 1989. Function of the free neuromasts of marine teleost larvae. Pages 481-499. In: S. Coombs, P. Goerner, and H. Muenz, editors. The Mechanosensory Lateral Line: Neurobiology and Evolution. Springer-Verlag, New York.
 

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Fuiman, L.A. 1989. Vulnerability of Atlantic herring larvae to predation by yearling herring. Marine Ecology Progress Series 51:291-299.
 

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Fuiman, L.A., and J.C. Gamble. 1988. Predation by Atlantic herring, sprat, and sandeels on herring larvae in large enclosures. Marine Ecology Progress Series 44:1-6.
 

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Fuiman, L.A., and P.W. Webb. 1988. Ontogeny of routine swimming activity and performance in zebra danios (Teleostei: Cyprinidae). Animal Behaviour 36:250-261.
 

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Gamble, J.C., and L.A. Fuiman. 1987. Evaluation of in situ enclosures during a study of the importance of starvation to the vulnerability of herring larvae to a piscine predator. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology 113:91-103.
 

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Foster, N.R., and L.A. Fuiman. 1987. Notes on the behavior and early life history of captive lyre gobies, Evorthodus lyricus. Bulletin of Marine Science 41:27-35. 
 

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Miller, R.R., and L.A. Fuiman. 1987. Description and conservation status of Cyprinodon macularius eremus, a new subspecies of pupfish from Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, Arizona. Copeia 1987:593-609. 
 

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Fuiman, L.A. 1987. [Book review:] Early life histories of fishes: new developmental, ecological and evolutionary perspectives. Copeia 1987:534-537.
 

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Fuiman, L.A. 1986. Swimming mechanics and the environmental biology of fishes. Environmental Biology of Fishes 17:235-237. (Book Review).
 

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Fuiman, L.A. 1986. Burst-swimming performance of larval zebra danios and the effects of diel temperature fluctuations. Transactions of the American Fisheries Society 115:143-148.
 

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Fuiman, L.A. 1985. Contributions of developmental characters to a phylogeny of catostomid fishes, with comments on heterochrony. Copeia 1985:833-846.
 

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Strauss, R.E., and L.A. Fuiman. 1985. Quantitative comparisons of body form and allometry in larval and adult Pacific sculpins (Teleostei: Cottidae). Canadian Journal of Zoology 63:1582-1589.
 

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Fuiman, L.A. 1984. Ostariophysi: development and relationships. Pages 126-137, in: H.G. Moser, D.M. Cohen, M.P. Fahay, A.W. Kendall, Jr., W.J. Richards, and S.L. Richardson, editors. Ontogeny and Systematics of Fishes. Special Publication No. 1, American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists. Lawrence, Kansas.
 

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Fuiman, L.A. 1984. [Book review:] Guide to the early stages of marine fishes occurring in the western North Atlantic Ocean, Cape Hatteras to the southern Scotian Shelf. Copeia 1984(2):556-557.
 

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Fuiman, L.A. 1983. Analysis of egg and larval characters for their use in the systematics of ostariophysan fishes. Doctoral dissertation. University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan. 186pp.
 

24

Fuiman, L.A. 1983. Growth gradients in fish larvae. Journal of Fish Biology 23:117-123.
 

23

Fuiman, L.A., J.V. Conner, B.F. Lathrop, G.L. Buynak, D.E. Snyder, and J.J. Loos. 1983. State of the art of identification for cyprinid fish larvae from eastern North America. Transactions of the American Fisheries Society 112(2B):319-332.
 

22

Fuiman, L.A. 1982. Family Sciaenidae, drums. Pages 649-655. In: N. A. Auer, editor. Identification of Larval Fishes of the Great Lakes Basin with Emphasis on the Lake Michigan Drainage. Great Lakes Fishery Commission, Ann Arbor, Michigan. Special Publication 82-3. 744pp.  (available from the Great Lakes Fishery Commission, see http://www.glfc.org/pubs/pub.htm)
 

21

Fuiman, L.A. 1982. Family Percichthyidae, temperate basses. Pages 510-523. In: N. A. Auer, editor. Identification of Larval Fishes of the Great Lakes Basin with Emphasis on the Lake Michigan Drainage. Great Lakes Fishery Commission, Ann Arbor, Michigan. Special Publication 82-3. 744pp.  (available from the Great Lakes Fishery Commission, see http://www.glfc.org/pubs/pub.htm)
 

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Fuiman, L.A. 1982. Family Catostomidae, suckers. Pages 345-435. In: N. A. Auer, editor. Identification of Larval Fishes of the Great Lakes Basin with Emphasis on the Lake Michigan Drainage. Great Lakes Fishery Commission, Ann Arbor, Michigan. Special Publication 82-3. 744pp.  (available from the Great Lakes Fishery Commission, see http://www.glfc.org/pubs/pub.htm)
 

19

Heufelder, G.R., and L.A. Fuiman. 1982. Family Cyprinidae, carps and minnows. Pages 174-344. In: N. A. Auer, editor. Identification of Larval Fishes of the Great Lakes Basin with Emphasis on the Lake Michigan Drainage. Great Lakes Fishery Commission, Ann Arbor, Michigan. Special Publication 82-3. 744pp.   (available from the Great Lakes Fishery Commission, see http://www.glfc.org/pubs/pub.htm)
 

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Fuiman, L.A. 1982. Family Esocidae, pikes. Pages 155-173. In: N. A. Auer, editor. Identification of Larval Fishes of the Great Lakes Basin with Emphasis on the Lake Michigan Drainage. Great Lakes Fishery Commission, Ann Arbor, Michigan. Special Publication 82-3. 744pp.  (available from the Great Lakes Fishery Commission, see http://www.glfc.org/pubs/pub.htm)
 

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Fuiman, L.A. 1982. Family Petromyzontidae, lampreys. Pages 23-37. In: N. A. Auer, editor. Identification of Larval Fishes of the Great Lakes Basin with Emphasis on the Lake Michigan Drainage. Great Lakes Fishery Commission, Ann Arbor, Michigan. Special Publication 82-3. 744pp. (available from the Great Lakes Fishery Commission, see http://www.glfc.org/pubs/pub.htm)
 

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Fuiman, L.A. 1982. Correspondence of myomeres and vertebrae and their natural variability during the first year of life in yellow perch. Pages 56-59, in: C.F. Bryan, J.V. Conner, and F.M. Truesdale, editors. Proceedings of the Fifth Annual Larval Fish Conference. Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
 

15

Fritzsche, R.A., and L.A. Fuiman. 1982. Osteichthyes. Pages 858-944. In: S. P. Parker, editor. Synopsis and Classification of Living Organisms. 2 volumes. McGraw-Hill Book Company, New York. 2398pp.
 

14

Fritzsche, R.A., and L.A. Fuiman. 1982. Agnatha. Pages 830-831. In: S. P. Parker, editor. Synopsis and Classification of Living Organisms. 2 volumes. McGraw-Hill Book Company, New York. 2398pp.
 

13

Fuiman, L.A. and J.P. Baker. 1981. Larval stages of the lake chub, Couesius plumbeus. Canadian Journal of Zoology 59:218-224. 
 

12

Fuiman, L.A. and J.R. Trojnar. 1980. Factors affecting egg diameter of white suckers (Catostomus commersoni). Copeia 1980:699-704. 
 

11

Fuiman, L.A., editor. 1980. Proceedings of the Fourth Annual Larval Fish Conference. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Biological Services Program, National Power Plant Team, FWS/OBS-80/43. 179pp.
 

10

Fuiman, L.A. and D.C. Witman. 1979. Descriptions and comparisons of catostomid fish larvae: Catostomus catostomus and Moxostoma erythrurum. Transactions of the American Fisheries Society 108:604-619. 
 

9

Fuiman, L.A. 1979. Descriptions and comparisons of catostomid fish larvae: northern Atlantic drainage species. Transactions of the American Fisheries Society 108:560-603.
 

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Loos, J.J., L.A. Fuiman, E.K. Jankowski, and N.R. Foster. 1979. Notes on early life histories of cyprinoid fishes of the upper Potomac River. Pages 93-139, in, R. Wallus and C.W. Voigtlander, editors. Proceedings of a Workshop on Freshwater Larval Fishes. Tennessee Valley Authority. Norris, Tennessee. 241 pp.
 

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Fuiman, L.A. and L. Corazza. 1979. Morphometry and allometry: implications for larval fish taxonomy. Pages 1-19, in: R. Wallus and C.W. Voigtlander, editors. Proceedings of a Workshop on Freshwater Larval Fishes. Tennessee Valley Authority. Norris, Tennessee. 241 pp.
 

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Fuiman, L.A. 1979. Materials for a description of lake chubsucker (Erimyzon sucetta) larvae. Pages 92-99, in: R.D. Hoyt, editor. Proceedings of the Third Symposium on Larval Fish. Western Kentucky University. 236pp.
 

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Loos, J.J. and L.A. Fuiman. 1978. Subordinate taxa of the genus Notropis: a preliminary comparative survey of their developmental traits. Pages 1-50, in: L.L. Olmsted, editor. Proceedings of the First Symposium on Freshwater Larval Fish. Southeastern Electric Exchange. 251 pp. 
 

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Fuiman, L.A. and J.J. Loos. 1978. Morphological changes during the larval development of the cutlips minnow, Exoglossum maxillingua. Transactions of the American Fisheries Society 107:605-612.
 

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Fuiman, L.A. 1978. Descriptions and comparisons of northeastern catostomid fish larvae. Master's thesis. Cornell University, Ithaca, New York. 110pp. 
 

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Fuiman, L.A. and J.J. Loos. 1977. Identifying characters of the early development of the daces, Rhinichthys atratulus and R. cataractae (Osteichthyes: Cyprinidae). Proceedings of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia 129:23-32.
 

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Fuiman, L.A. 1976. Notes on the early development of the sea raven, Hemitripterus americanus. Fishery Bulletin 74:467-470. 
  • Conservation and Environmental Stewardship Award for Public Awareness from the Coastal Bend Bays Foundation - October 2009

Courses Taught

Undergraduate

MNS 354C: Biology of Fishes

Graduate

MNS 483C: Adaptations to the Marine Environment

MNS 383: Marine Populations and Fisheries

Current Personnel:

 

Researchers and Assistants Graduate Students
   
Cynthia Faulk, M.A., Research Scientist Associate I Lisa N. Havel, B.S. - Ph.D. candidate
Jeffrey Kaiser, M.S., Research Scientist Associate I Erik Oberg, B.S. - M.S. student
Rene Lopez, B.S., Research Scientist Assistant  

Former Students:

 

Gerald R. Hoff, M.A. (1992) 

Thesis: Environmental and Biological Factors Affecting Incorporation of Organic and Inorganic Constituents into Otoliths of Red Drum Sciaenops ocellatus

Current address: NOAA Fisheries, RACE-REFM Division C15700, Building 4, 7600 Sand Point Way N.E., Seattle, Washington 98115; E-mail:  Jerry_Hoff@racesmtp.afsc.noaa.gov

Team Publications:
Fuiman, L.A., and G.R. Hoff. 1995. Natural variation in elemental composition of sagittae from red drum. Journal of Fish Biology 47:940-955. 

Hoff, G.R., and L.A. Fuiman. 1995. Environmentally induced variation in elemental composition of red drum (Sciaenops ocellatus) otoliths. Bulletin of Marine Science 56:578-591. 

Hoff, G.R., and L.A. Fuiman. 1993. Morphometry and composition of red drum otoliths: changes associated with temperature, somatic growth rate, and age. Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology 106A:209-219. 


Dennis M. Higgs, Ph.D. (1996) 

Dissertation: Interrelations Between Sensory Development and Habitat Change in Clupeoid Larvae

Current address: Department of Biology, University of Windsor, Windsor, Ontario, Canada N9B 3P4; E-mail:  dhiggs@uwindsor.ca

Team Publications: 
Higgs, D.M., and L.A. Fuiman.  1998. Associations between behavioral ontogeny and habitat change in clupeoid larvae. Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom 78:1281-1294. 

Fuiman, L.A., K.R. Poling, and D.M. Higgs.  1998.  Quantifying developmental progress for comparative studies of larval fishes. Copeia 1998:602-611. 

Higgs, D.M., and L.A. Fuiman. 1998. Associations between sensory development and ecology in three species of clupeoid fish. Copeia 1998:133-144. 

Fuiman, L.A., and D.M. Higgs. 1997. Ontogeny, growth, and the recruitment process. Pages 225-249, in: R.C. Chambers and E.A. Trippel, editors. Early life history and recruitment in fish populations. Chapman and Hall.   

Higgs, D.M. and L.A. Fuiman. 1996. Ontogeny of visual and mechanosensory structure and function in Atlantic menhaden Brevoortia tyrannus. Journal of Experimental Biology 199:2619-2629.   

Higgs, D.M., and L.A. Fuiman. 1996. Light intensity and schooling behaviour in larval gulf menhaden. Journal of Fish Biology 48:979-991. 


Kirsten R. Poling, Ph.D. (1997) 

Dissertation: Sensory and Behavioral Ontogeny of Three Species of Sciaenids and the Importance of Habitat

Current address: Department of Biology, University of Windsor, Windsor, Ontario, Canada N9B 3P4; E-mail: kpoling@uwindsor.ca

Team Publications:
Poling, K.R., and L.A. Fuiman. 1999. Behavioral specialization in developing sciaenids and its relationship to morphology and habitat. Environmental Biology of Fishes 54:119-133. 

Poling, K.R., and L.A. Fuiman.  1998.  Sensory development and its relation to habitat change in three species of sciaenids. Brain, Behavior and Evolution 52:270-284.

Fuiman, L.A., K.R. Poling, and D.M. Higgs.  1998.  Quantifying developmental progress for comparative studies of larval fishes. Copeia 1998:602-611.

Poling, K.R., and L.A. Fuiman. 1997. Sensory development and concurrent behavioural changes in Atlantic croaker larvae. Journal of Fish Biology 51:402-421.


Cynthia K. Faulk, M.A. (1997) 

Thesis: Effect of Parental Exposure to o,p'-DDT on the Behavior of Atlantic Croaker, Micropogonias undulatus, Larvae

Current address: Marine Science Institute, University of Texas at Austin, 750 Channel View Drive, Port Aransas, TX  78373; E-mail:  cfaulk@mail.utexas.edu

Publications:
Faulk, C.K., L.A. Fuiman, and P. Thomas. 1999. Parental exposure to ortho, para-dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane impairs survival skills of Atlantic croaker (Micropogonias undulatus) larvae. Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry 18:254-262.


Daniel R. Sabath, M.S. (2001) 

Thesis: Sublethal Effects of Maternal Exposure to p,p’-DDE on Developing Atlantic Croaker Larvae (Micropogonias undulatus) at Environmental Concentrations


Michael E. Smith, Ph.D. (2001) 

Dissertation: Causes and Consequences of Individual Growth Rate Variability in Red Drum (Sciaenops ocellatus) Larvae

Current address: Department of Biology, Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green, Kentucky 42101; E-mail:  michael.smith1@wku.edu

Team Publications:
Fuiman, L.A., J.H. Cowan, Jr., M.E. Smith, and J.P. O'Neal.  2005.  Behavior and recruitment success in fish larvae: Variation with growth rate and the batch effect.  Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 62:1337-1349.

Smith, M.E., and L.A. Fuiman.  2004.  Behavioral performance of wild-caught and laboratory-reared red drum Sciaenops ocellatus (Linnaeus) larvae.  Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology 302:17-33.

Smith, M.E., and L.A. Fuiman.  2003.  Causes of growth depensation in red drum, Sciaenops ocellatus, larvae.  Environmental Biology of Fishes 66:49-60.

Smith, M.E. 2000. The alarm response of Arius felis to chemical stimuli from injured conspecifics. Journal of Chemical Ecology 26:1635-1647. 

Fuiman, L.A., M.E. Smith, and V. Malley. 1999. Ontogeny of routine swimming speed and startle responses in red drum, with a comparison of responses to acoustic and visual stimuli. Journal of Fish Biology 55(supplement A):215-226.


James G. Ditty, Ph.D. (2002)  [Louisiana State University] 

Dissertation: Ontogeny and Intervals of Development in Five Reef-Associated Species of Blenny from the Northern Gulf of Mexico (Teleostei: Blenniidae)

Current address: NOAA, National Marine Fisheries Service, Southeast Fisheries Science Center, Galveston Laboratory, Galveston, Texas  77551; E-mail:  Jim.Ditty@noaa.gov

Team Publications:
Ditty, J.G., L.A. Fuiman, and R.F. Shaw.  In press.  Characterizing natural intervals of development in fishes: An example using blennies (Teleostei: Blenniidae).  In: H. Browman and A.B. Skiftesvik, eds.  The Big Fish Bang: Proceedings of the 26th Annual Larval Fish Conference.


Maria del Carmen Alvarez, Ph.D. (2005)  

Dissertation: Significance of Environmentally Realistic Levels of Selected Contaminants to Ecological Performance of Fish Larvae: Effects of Atrazine, Malathion, and Methylmercury

Current Address: Institute of Estuarine and Coastal Studies, University of Hull, Hull, United Kingdom  HU6 7RX; E-mail: mdcalvarez@yahoo.com

Team Publications:
Murphy, C.A., K.A. Rose, M.C. Alvarez, and L.A. Fuiman.  2008.  Modeling larval fish behavior: Scaling the sublethal effects of methylmercury to population-relevant endpoints.  Aquatic Toxicology 86:470-484.

Alvarez, M.C., C.A. Murphy, K.A. Rose, I.D. McCarthy, and L.A. Fuiman. 2006. Maternal body burdens of methylmercury impair survival skills of offspring in Atlantic croaker (Micropogonias undulatus). Aquatic Toxicology 80:329-337.

Alvarez, M.C., and L.A. Fuiman.  2006.  Ecological performance of red drum (Sciaenops ocellatus) larvae exposed to environmental levels of the insecticide malathion.  Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry 25:1426-1432.

Alvarez, M.C., and L.A. Fuiman.  2005.  Environmental levels of atrazine and its degradation products impair survival skills and growth of red drum larvae.  Aquatic Toxicology 74:229-241.

McCarthy, I.D., L.A. Fuiman, and M.C. Alvarez.  2003.  Aroclor 1254 affects growth and survival skills of Atlantic croaker (Micropogonias undulatus) larvae.  Marine Ecology Progress Series 252:295–301.


Brie L. Sarkisian, M.S. (2005)  

Thesis: From Viscous to Inertial Forces: Defining the Limits of Hydrodynamic Regimes for Larval Fishes


Kiersten M. Madden, Ph.D. (2007)  

Dissertation: Foraging behavior of free-ranging Weddell seals (Leptonychotes weddellii) in the Antarctic fast-ice environment

Current Address: Mission-Aransas National Estuarine Research Reserve, University of Texas Marine Science Institute, 750 Channel View Drive, Port Aransas, Texas  78373; E-mail:  kiersten.madden@mail.utexas.edu

Team Publications:
Madden, K.M., L.A. Fuiman, T.M. Williams, and R.W. Davis.  2008.  Identification of foraging dives in free-ranging Weddell seals (Leptonychotes weddellii): Confirmation using video records.  Marine Ecology Progress Series 365:263-275.

Fuiman, L.A., K.M. Madden, T.M. Williams, and R.W. Davis.  2007.  Structure of foraging dives by Weddell seals at an offshore isolated hole in the Antarctic fast-ice environment.  Deep-Sea Research II 54:270-289.


Charles R. Foster, M.S. (2007)  

Thesis: Population and Migration Trends of Coastal Birds on Mustang Island, Texas

Current Address: Education Specialist, North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission, Outer Banks Center for Wildlife Education, P.O. Box 502, Corolla, NC 27927; E-mail: charles.foster@usm.edu

Team Publications:
Foster, C.R., A.F. Amos, and L.A. Fuiman.  2009.  Trends in abundance of coastal birds and human activity on a Texas barrier island over three decades.  Estuaries and Coasts 32:1079-1089.

Foster, C.R., A.F. Amos, L.A. Fuiman. 2010. Phenology of six migratory coastal birds in relation to climate change. Wilson Journal of Ornithology 122:116-125.


Somabha Mohanty, M.S. (2008)  

Thesis: Female Maturity and the Outcome of Mating Encounters in Octopus bimaculoides

Current Address: Department of Public & Environmental Affairs, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN 47405; E-mail:  somamoha@indiana.edu


Shinnosuke Nakayama, Ph.D. (2009)  

Dissertation: Intraspecific competition among early life stages and the optimal spawning strategy of red drum (Sciaenops ocellatus)

Current Address: Postdoctoral fellow, University of Cambridge, Department of Zoology, Evolutionary Ecology Group; E-mail: sn407@cam.ac.uk

Team Publications:
Nakayama, S., A.F. Ojanguren, L.A. Fuiman.  2009. To fight, or not to fight: Determinants and consequences of social behaviour in young red drum (Sciaenops ocellatus).  Behaviour 146:815-830.

Nakayama, S. and L.A. Fuiman.  in press. Body size and vigilance mediate asymmetric interference competition for food in fish larvae. Behavioral Ecology.