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A new paper – led by UNCW PhD student Verena Wang and in collaboration with Fred Scharf (UNCW) and Steve Arnott (SCDNR) – uses otolith chemistry analysis to show that southern flounder do not return to their natal estuary after spawning migrations. This is additional evidence that the stock is well mixed across the US South Atlantic, and should not be managed as single-state unit stocks.

Wang VH, White JW, Arnott SA, Scharf FS. 2018. Population connectivity of southern flounder in the U.S. South Atlantic revealed by otolith chemical analysis. Marine Ecology Progress Series 569: 165-179

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New student!

Posted by: | May 7, 2018 | No Comment |

Excited to announce that Victoria Quennessen will join the lab as a MS student in Fall 2018! You should probably follow her on Twitter.

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A new paper – in collaboration with David Kimbro (Northeastern) and Chris Stallings (USF) and led by former USF postdoc Tim Pusack (Williams/Mystic) – shows that the southern oyster drill, an important predator on Gulf of Mexico oyster reefs, has lower per capita predation rates in larger groups. This means that oyster mortality during drill outbreaks may be slightly lower than otherwise expected.

Pusack TJ, White JW, Tillotson H, Kimbro DL, Stallings CD. 2018. Size-dependent feeding and intraspecific inhibition of an estuarine snail on oysters. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology 501: 74-82

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White Lab at the Supreme Court

Posted by: | January 20, 2018 | No Comment |

Will’s research on the relationship between salinity and oyster population dynamics  in Apalachicola Bay, Florida (including Kimbro et al. and Pusack et al.) was brought up during oral arguments in the matter of Florida vs. Georgia before the U.S. Supreme Court. Long story short, more water from Georgia would have mitigated the 2012 oyster fishery collapse, and Florida did not overharvest oysters prior to 2012.

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Will presented work on the adaptive management of sex-changing fish populations at the 98th Annual Meeting of the Western Society of Naturalists in Pasadena, CA. PDF of talk

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A new paper – in collaboration with David Kimbro (Northeastern) and Chris Stallings (USF) examines the factors contributing to the collapse of the Apalachicola Bay oyster fishery in 2011-2012.

Kimbro DL, White JW, Tillotson H, Cox N, Christopher M, Stokes-Cawley O, Yuan S, Pusack T, Stallings CD. 2017. Local and regional stressors interact to drive a salinization-induced outbreak of predators on Florida oyster reefs. Ecosphere 8: e01992

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