Fish movement patterns
A thorough understanding of the spatial and temporal scales of fish movement patterns is essential to fully understand the structure and function of food webs in coastal ecosystems. We have conducted numerous acoustic-telemetry based studies both in South Florida (bull sharks, snook, gray snapper) and The Bahamas (gray and schoolmaster snapper, bonefish). We have discovered some fasinating movement patterns, for example bonefish traveling as much as 40 miles to spawning aggregation sites. This has also been a core tool in our study of intraspecific niche variation. The Adopt a Fish, Adopt a School Program was one way we used these data for outreach and education.
We are currently working a large interdiscpinary team headed by Joel Fodrie (University of North Carolina) on studying red drum and sheepshead movements in temeprate salt marshes.