Florida Rivers Research Lab


Welcome to the Florida Rivers Research Lab!   

The primary purpose of the lab is to help resource managers develop effective  policies for managing riverine and near-shore aquatic resources. 

We are a multi-department lab in the Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences at the University of Florida affiliated with:

Department of Wildlife Ecology and Conservation,

Program in Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences, and the

School of Forest Resources and Conservation



Announcements and News:

We have completed the Nearshore Ecology Project! See what we have been up to the last 4 years on the Colorado River...summary article from BOR Newsletter

Our colleague Karin Limburg wrote a very nice piece on humpback chub for Boatman's Quarterly Review

Questions about our work as part of the UF Apalachicola Bay oyster task force?  See the report we co-authored here (summary and full report)

Congratulations to Krystan Wilkinson for completing her MS degree during summer 2014!  Krystan was co-advised with Dr. Randy Wells from the Chicago Zoological Society.  Krystan will be continuing on to a PhD program in our group

Moving on....

Dr. Jennifer Seavey, former post-doc, is now the Director of the Shoals Marine Lab, congrats.

New papers

Ahrens, R.N.M., and W. E. Pine, III. 2014.  Informing recovery goals based on historical population size and extant habitat: A case study of the Gulf Sturgeon.  Marine and Coastal Fisheries: Dynamics, Management, and Ecosystem Science 6:274-286.

Dodrill, M. J. C. B. Yackulic, B. S. Gerig, W. E. Pine, III, J. Korman and C. Finch. 2014. Do management actions to restore rare habitat benefit native fish conservation? Distribution of juvenile native fish among shoreline habitats of the Colorado River.  River Research and Applications.  DOI 10.1002/rra/2842.

Rudd, M. B., R. N. M. Ahrens, W. E. Pine, III, and S. K. Bolden. 2014. Empirical, spatially explicit natural mortality and movement rate estimates for the threatened Gulf sturgeon (Acipenser oxyrinchus desotoi). Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences.

Finch, C., W. E. Pine, III, K. E. Limburg. 2014. Do hydropeaking flows alter juvenile fish growth rates? A test with juvenile humpback chub in the Colorado River. River Research and Applications. DOI 10.1002/rra.2725

Gerig, B. S., W. E. Pine, III, and M. J. Dodrill. 2014. Habitat selection and movement of humpback chub in the Colorado River in Grand Canyon, AZ during an experimental flow. North American Journal of Fisheries Management 34:39-48.

Camp, E. V., C. L. Staudhammer W. E. Pine, III, J. C. Tetzlaff, and T. K. Frazer. 2014. Relationships between small-bodied fishes and macroinvertebrates and submersed aquatic vegetation: Implications of the effects of habitat change on faunal communities. Hydrobiologia 722:159-170.

K. E. Limburg, T. A Hayden, W. E. Pine, III, M. D.Yard, R. Kozdon, and J. W. Valley. 2013. Of Travertine and Time: Otolith chemistry and microstructure detect provenance and demography of endangered humpback chub in Grand Canyon USA. PLoS One 8(12), E84235 http://dx.plos.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0084235.

New classes

We are teaching "Riverine Ecology" during spring 2015.

We are teaching "Decision Making in Wildlife and Fisheries Management" with our USGS colleagues in spring 2015.

Time for Quantitative Wildlife Ecology WIS 4601 during fall

Summer@Seahorse - New courses @ Seahorse Key Marine Lab and partnership with UF Biology and Santa Fe College!

We co-taught a course with Dr. Fred Johnson (USGS) on Decision Making in Natural Resources during spring 2012 you can watch recordings of the lecture files on this site.  We will likely teach this course in spring 2015...


Current Projects

Big Bend Oyster Resources project

NSE project update for cooperators  

Gulf sturgeon stock assessment

Gulf sturgeon working group 2009 annual meeting

Adult snook mortality estimation, movement, and habitat use in Sarasota Bay

Nearshore ecology of native fish in Grand Canyon

Floodplain connectivity in the Apalachicola River, Florida

Gulf sturgeon movement and spawning patterns in the Apalachicola River, Florida

Long term monitoring of fish communities in Florida Gulf coast rivers

Video on Seahorse Key Marine Lab

Photos from field programs!!!



Dr. Bill Pine, Associate Professor, Wildlife Ecology and Conservation Department and Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences Program

Jake Tetzlaff, Graduate Student (PhD), Gag grouper harvest policy analyses

Krystan Wilkinson, Co-advised Graduate Student (MS, with Randy Wells, CZS and MML)

Rachel Bouchillon, Graduate Student (MS), Oyster population dynamics in the Big Bend of Florida

Katie Glodzik, Graduate Student (PhD), Sea-level rise and salt water intrusion impacts on low gradient coastal marshes (supported by a UF Water Institute Graduate Fellowship)


Recent lab alums, degree/position, current position

Carlos Canas, Long time collaborator (MS and PhD, UF Geography),  Research Biologist, Wildlife Conservation Society, Lima Peru

Mary Gryzbek, Graduate student (MS)

Linda Lombardi-Carlson, Graduate student (PhD), NOAA-Fisheries, Panama City, Florida

Mike Dodrill, Graduate Student (MS), Fish Biologist, UF/USGS-GCMRC, Flagstaff, Arizona

Brandon Gerig, Graduate Student (MS), PhD student, Notre Dame

Colton Finch, Graduate Student (MS), PhD Student, Utah State

Matt Lauretta, Graduate Student (PhD), Stock Assessment Scientist, NOAA-Fisheries, Miami, Florida

Drew Dutterer, Biologist and Project Leader, Biologist with Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission

Ed Camp, (MS), Post-doc, University of Florida

Morgan Edwards, lab technician extraordinaire, currently MS Student, University of Florida

Jared Flowers, (MS), PhD student, NC State University, NC Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit

Lew Coggins, (PhD), Fishery biologist,  Yukon Delta National Wildlife Refuge

Jason Bennett, (MS), Fish Biologist working for the Florida LAKEWATCH program

Towns Burgess, (MS), Biologist, USACOE, Walla Walla, Washington

Lauren Marcinkiewicz, (MS), currently working for NOAA Fisheries-NEFSC, Woods Hole, MA

Elissa Buttermore, (BS), currently biologist with the US Fish and Wildlife Service, St. Paul, MN



Information on Graduate Student Opportunities is available here

Employment, Internship, and Volunteer Opportunities in our lab are listed at this link.


Lab Information

Lab meeting schedule

Lab meeting material

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WIS 4601 Quantitative Wildlife Ecology, Fall semester

WIS 4932 Riverine Ecology, Spring 2015


WIS 6932 Decision Making in Natural Resources, Spring 2015

WIS 6934/FAS 6932 Ecological Stats and Design, Summer A 2011 2 credits

WIS 6934/FAS 6932 Riverine Ecology, Spring 2015 3 credits

FAS 5276C Field Ecology of Aquatic Organisms, Summer A 2011

ALS 5932 Ecological Stats and Design, (earlier version, may no longer be taught)

FAS 6932 Fisheries Assessment, Dr. Carl Walters, Spring 2011 4 credits

FAS 6932 Fisheries Ecology and Management, Spring 2010 4 credits

FAS 6932 Fisheries Ecology and Management II, Fall 2007 3 credits

PES course list






Recent Basic Population Modeling Workshop

Ecopath Workshop



Mote Marine Laboratory

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

Florida Wildlife Research Lab

USFWS- Panama City Office

NC State Zoology Department

Fisheries Centre University of British Columbia

USGS Grand Canyon Monitoring and Research Center

USGS Florida Integrated Science Center

Florida Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit