Fish Ecology

Fish Community Ecology

Reef Fish

Reef Fish

In the Bahamas and U. S. Virgin Islands and to a lesser extent the rest of the Caribbean, I have ongoing research examining: (1) the role of mangrove creeks as nursery habitats for coral reef fish and (2) connectivity of coral reef fish populations.  We use a combination of field surveys, experiments, and molecular techniques to examine these issues.  Our results have identified the expansive mangrove creek system of Andros Island, Bahamas as a key nursery ground for juvenile fish that inhabit near-by barrier reefs and suggest that self-recruitment of reef fish may affect the genetic connectivity of relatively proximate populations in the U.S.V.I. (i.e., windward vs. leeward fish assemblages).


  • Overview
    Overview
  • Salt Marshes
    Salt Marshes
  • Top-down Control
    Top-down Control
  • Rocky Shore Communities
    Rocky Shore Communities
  • Fish Ecology
    Fish Ecology