Bivalve ecology and physiology
 The 4th annual Fisheries Student...
 Introducing our faculty

Group Title: Waterworks
Title: Waterworks. September, 2005.
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Title: Waterworks. September, 2005.
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Creator: Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences
Publisher: Florida Cooperative Extension Service, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, University of Florida
Publication Date: 2005
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Table of Contents
        Page 1
    Bivalve ecology and physiology
        Page 2
    The 4th annual Fisheries Student Colloquium
        Page 3
    Introducing our faculty
        Page 4
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Newsletter of the UF/IFAS Department of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences September 2005

wAJ2 Qalumni and
by: Dr. Karl Havens, Dept. Chair friends! We
are excited
to launch this new and enhanced version of WaterWorks,
a newsletter of the UF/IFAS Department of Fisheries
and Aquatic Sciences. WaterWorks will be produced
approximately quarterly, and it will include feature articles
about faculty and graduate student projects; news about
faculty, students, alumni and friends; and a schedule of
upcoming events. Our aim is to supply you with a regular
source of enlightening, interesting and timely information
that reflects our mission of providing innovative and
excellent teaching, research and public service in support
of improved management of the nation's diverse aquatic
resources. In this issue, Dr. Shirley Baker writes about her
research with exotic species and sustainable development
of open-water clam farming, and doctoral student Paul
Anderson writes about the 2004 American Fisheries
Society Southern Division Student Colloquium, which
was hosted by the UF Students United in the Research of
Fisheries (SURF). We also welcome some new students

to the program and congratulate our recent graduates.
The Department is particularly excited about this year's
addition of two new faculty members. Dr. Bill Pine
(Ph.D. Zoology, North Carolina State) came to us from
Mote Marine Laboratory. Bill studies fish communities
in riverine and estuarine ecosystems, and he will be
working closely with scientists at the Florida Fish and
Wildlife Conservation Commission to provide objective
science supporting establishment of Minimum Flows and
Levels (MFLs) in the state's rivers and coastal waters.
Dr. Cortney Ohs (Ph.D. Wildlife and Fisheries Science,
Mississippi State University) came to us from Southern
Illinois University. Cortney is an aquaculture specialist
who focuses on new management practices that increase
productivity and profitability of existing operations
and the development of new aquaculture operations
in the State. He will be working closely with scientists
from State and Federal agencies to provide science and
outreach materials related to aquaculture in Florida. If
you have any questions or comments about WaterWorks,
information that we might post as news items, or ideas
about future feature articles, please contact us by email:

FAS faculty and graduate students at our annual student research colloquium

Faculty Focus

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Staff Ncews

Bill Pine recently
participated in
a review panel
trends in populations of
endangeredfishes in the
Grand Canyon reach of the
Colorado River.

Roy Yanong was
featured in the
Summer 2005
issue of "The
Science Teacher", and he
was also appointed to both
the Animal A.. i ,i iIi,,.'
Liaison Committee and the
Aquatic Veterinary Medicine
Committee of the AVMA.

Tom Frazer was
invited to give a
presentation at the
2005 International
Ocean Research Conference
held in Paris, France.

Sky Notestein was
invited to address
the Kings Bay
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and present recentfindings
from project ,. ,li-d,..
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SKarl Havens was
appointed to the
Florida Oceans
Council, which will
advise the Legislature about
future research needs for
coastal and ocean systems.

Bob Swett received
the 2005 Wachovia
D ,i, it. ,i, %,1,,..I
Professional Enhancement
Award in i..... -. i t,,ii, of
his outstanding extension
program in coastal
waterway planning.

Shirley Baker's research
program focuses on the
physiology and ecology of
cultured, invasive and native bivalve populations.
One of her long-term research goals is to enhance
the sustainable development of open-water clam
farming. She is also interested in the consequences
of biological invasions and anthropogenic
disturbances on the ecology and physiology of
invertebrates. Her methods bridge and integrate
several levels of research from comparative
physiology and biochemistry at the level of the
organism, to remote sensing at the level of the

Bivalves are probably most familiar as pretty
shells found on beaches or on plates in seafood
restaurants. They also play important roles in the
economy and ecology of Florida. The culture of
hard clams (Mercenaria mercenaria), relatively
new in Florida,
represents the fastest
growing segment of
the state's aquaculture
industry. Approximately
400 active shellfish
growers farm over 1800
acres of submerged
lands off of nine coastal
counties, producing a crop worth $18.2 million
with an economic impact of about $55 million
(2001 data). To maintain its impressive growth
and to meet increasing national and global demand
for aquaculture products, the Florida hard clam
industry must increase survival, growth and yield
while consistently producing a high quality crop.

The CLAMMRS project (Clam Lease
Assessment, Management and Modeling using
Remote Sensing), on which Dr. Baker is lead
investigator, spans several disciplines and
addresses needs of the hard clam aquaculture
industry through a series of interrelated research
and extension activities. In association with the
Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer
Services, Division of Aquaculture, water quality
and weather monitoring stations have been
installed at ten aquaculture areas around the state.

in aUUiion Lt creating a water quaniy uata uasc
to document events associated with crop loss,
the CLAMMRS team is also determining the
impact of food availability and quality on clam
productivity, filling gaps in knowledge of Florida
clam physiology and response to stressors, and
developing a computer simulation model of Florida
clam production. A better understanding of clams
and their environment will increase production,
farm efficiency and profitability, and thereby,
enhance sustainable development of open-water
clam farming in Florida.

Recently, the need for a hardier clam strain has
become evident as clam culturists in south Florida
report below average survivals or total losses
during the hot summers. While strain development
through basic breeding is a long
and costly process, a quicker
method to capitalize on genetics
is through triploid induction. Dr.
S Baker and colleagues from the
Harbor Branch Oceanographic
Institute and UF/IFAS Food and
Resource Economics Department
are examining the hypothesis
that triploid clams will have higher survival when
stressed by the heat, reduced dissolved oxygen and
reduced food availability found in the subtropical
waters of Florida during summers.

PrC Shirley baker
earned her PhD from
the Virginia Institute
of Marine Science, in
1994. She has been an
assistant professor at
University of Florida
since 1999. She has also
served on the Editorial
Board of Journal of
Shellfish Research since

Student Spotlight
The fascinating diversity of//////////////////////////////

P resenting at a professional meeting in front of
mentors, idols, and future advisors or employers
is an intimidating proposition for a graduate
student new to their field. Graduate students in
fisheries science from throughout the Southeastern
United States have long recognized this, and, in
response, envisioned the Annual Fisheries Student
Colloquium, an annual meeting put on by and for
graduate students. The purpose of the Colloquium
is to allow students to share their research, at
any stage of completion, with their peers. The
Colloquium provides a supportive environment
in which to practice presentation techniques and
an opportunity to build networks among fisheries
students regionwide.

The Department of Fisheries andAquatic Science's
graduate student organization, SURF (Students
United in the Research of Fisheries), was privileged
to host the 2004 meeting. SURF members stepped
up to the plate and worked diligently all year long
to fundraise, secure venues, advertise, organize
and cater the event! What came of all of this? A
beautiful weekend in St. Augustine where over
75 students from 11 schools convened to talk
fish! The conference was held at the Whitney
Laboratory for Marine Bioscience, overlooking
the intracoastal waterway of the Atlantic Ocean.
Students enjoyed a Friday night meet-and-greet,
Luau-style, at the Whitney Lab, followed by a
day of fascinating presentations and posters and
an evening reception in the beautiful gardens of
The Oldest House, quite literally the oldest house
in the State of Florida, located in downtown St.
Augustine. Sunday gave participants a chance to
wrap up and head home, with an optional trip to
the St. Augustine Alligator Farm along the way.

study that makes up fisheries
science was reflected in our
guests' presentations: Exotic
species impacts, acoustical
monitoring of populations, life
history characterizations, stock
assessments, anthropogenic impacts, aquaculture,
management implications, ecological interactions
and fish physiology, were just a few of the topics
that were covered. Fishes spanning Florida's
famous red drum, grouper and snapper, to popular
freshwater fishes such as bass and curious oddities
such as burrfish and bull sharks were discussed.
Other highlights of the colloquium included a
panel discussion featuring accomplished fisheries
scientists from academic, industrial, non-profit
and government organizations and our keynote
address given by veteran fisheries scientist, Dr.
Larry Olmsted. He gave us the inside track on
"How to get really smart, secure a job, and be
exceptionally successful" in fisheries science.

For more information about the
Colloquium, the graduate students, and
their research, visit:

http://surf ifas. ufl. edu.

Future issues of WaterWorks
will be posted on the Department's
website at:
http://fishweb. ifas. uf. edu
To receive notification when those
issues are available, please send
your email address to :




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The Department
welcomes the
following new
graduate students:
Jennifer Bernatis
Matthew Catalano
Tina Crosby
Jason Dotson
Emalee Heidt
Lauren Marcinkiewicz
Kathryn O'Donnell
Vincent Politano
Caleb Purtlebaugh

Graduate students
s Chanda Jones
and Christian
Barrientos were selected
as executive finalists for
the Knauss Marine Policy
Fellowship, administered
by the National Sea
Grant College Program,
which gives students an
opportunity to spend a year
in Washington i ilii,,i. with
the federal government.

Sto the following
students who
graduated during the year:
Christian Barrientos (MS)
Carla Beals (MS)
Elizabeth Berens (MS)
Jacklyn Debicella (MS)
Linda Dunsmore (Ph.D)
Kevin Johnson (MS)
Chanda Jones (MS)
Richard Kline (MS)
Ayana McCoy (MS)
Ricardo Russo (Ph.D)
Will Strong (MS)

Dr. Mike Allen Associate Professor Carlos Martinez Assistant in Extension, Ornamental Aquacultur
Sportfish management in freshwater lakes and reservoirs Ornamentalfish aquaculture
msal@ifas.ufl.edu carlosvm@ufl.edu

Dr. Roger Bachmann Research Professor Dr. Debra J. Murie Assistant Professor
Limnology, lake eutrophication, Florida LAKEWATCH Coastal marinefish ecology
rbach@ufl.edu dmurie@ufl.edu

Dr. Patrick Baker Research Assistant Professor Dr. Cortney L. Ohs Assistant Professor
Invertebrate zoology and malacology Aquaculture
pbaker@ifas.ufl.edu cohs@ifas.ufl.edu

Dr. Shirley Baker Assistant Professor Dr. Daryl C. Parkyn Courtesy Assistant Professor
Macro-invertebrate eco-phsiology Eco-physiology and behavior offishes
smbaker@ifas.ufl.edu dparkyn@ufl.edu

Dr. Daniel E. Canfield, Jr. Professor Dr. Denise Petty Joint Assistant Professor (Vet. Med)
Limnology, eutrophication of lakes and streams Aquatic animal health
decan@ufl.edu pettyd@ufl.edu

Dr. Frank A. Chapman Associate Professor Dr. William Pine Assistant Professor
Fish reproduction, aquaculture River and estuarine ecology
fchapman@ufl.edu billpine@ufl.edu

Dr. Charles E. Cichra Professor Dr. Edward J. Phlips Professor
Fisheries and pond management,fish ecology, extension education Phycology, algal physiology, biochemistry, ecology
fish@ifas.ufl.edu ejph@ufl.edu

Dr. Ruth Francis-Floyd Joint Professor (Vet Med) Dr. William Seaman, Jr. Professor
Fish health management, aquaculture, ornamentalfish Associate Director/ FL Sea Grant, marinefisheries, artificial reefs
francis-floydr@mail.vetmed.ufl.edu seaman@ifas.ufl.edu

Dr. Thomas K. Frazer Associate Professor Leslie N. Sturmer Multi-county Extension Faculty IFAS/Co-op
Ecology of oceanic and coastal marine systems Shellfish aquaculture
frazer@ufl.edu levy@ifas.ufl.edu

Dr. Karl E. Havens Professor and Chair Dr. Robert A. Swett Joint Assistant Professor (Sea Grant)
Limnology, plankton ecology, lake management Waterway management, coastal planning
khavens@ifas.ufl.edu raswett@ifas.ufl.edu

Dr. Charles Jacoby Assistant Professor Craig A. Watson Director, Tropical Aquaculture Lab, Ruskin
Coastal ecosystems, marine and estuarine science Ornamentalfish aquaculture
cajacoby@ufl.edu caw@ifas.ufl.edu
Dr. William J. Lindberg Associate Professor Dr. Roy Yanong Associate Professor (Tropical Aquaculture Lab, Ruskin)
Marine and behavioral ecology, crustacean biology, artificial reefs Fish health management, aquaculture, ornamentalfish
wil@ufl.edu rpy@ifas.ufl.edu

October 21
F J l S e m in a r S e rie s Chris Horton, B.A.S.S.: Bass fisheries and habitat restoration
St 23October 28
Lew Coggins, USGS Abundance trends and status of the Little Colorado William Hernkind, FSU : New lobster on the block: how artificial shelter
Lew Coggins, USGS : Abundance trends and status of the Little Colorado
River population of humpback chubs experiments revealed key processes of Caribbean spiny lobster recruitment
Se 30 NoveLber 4
Felicia Coleman, FSU: effects f rereationafishing in the Gulf of Mexco Jim Gelsleichter, Mote Marine Lab : Ecoestrogen exposure and effects in
October 14 sharks and their relatives: implications for fishery science
Novmber 18
Ron Taylor, FWRI : Biology and management of an estuarine dependent NoveL-be 18
apex predator, common snook Carl Waters, University of British Columbia : The cyclic dominance debate
apex predator, common snook
and historical management of Pacific salmon

Seminars are @ 3PM held in the conference room of the main Fisheries building, 7922 N.W. 71st Street, Gainesville (off Millhopper Road) (352) 392-9617

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