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Virginia Institute of Marine Science

John E. Graves

Chancellor Professor of Marine Science

Email : [[graves]]
Phone : (804) 684-7352
Office : Chesapeake Bay Hall N207
Department : Fisheries Science

Education
  • B.A., University of California, San Diego
  • Ph.D., Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UCSD
Research Interests

Fisheries Genetics and Pelagic Fishes Program

My research interests are broadly focused on the processes of molecular evolution in the marine environment. In particular, my research program is directed toward 1) the use of molecular techniques to elucidate the population structure of marine organisms, with an emphasis on pelagic fishes; 2) the application of techniques in molecular genetics to help resolve problems in fishery science; and 3) the use of molecular genetic data to infer the evolutionary relationships. In addition, we have recently focused our research efforts to estimate the survival of billfish released from recreational and commercial fishing gear, and to devise means of reducing incidental bycatch in the pelagic longline fishery.

Current Projects
  • Population structure of Atlantic bluefin tuna
  • Phylogeny of istiophorid billfishes
  • Population structure of istiophorid billfishes
  • Post-release survival and habitat utilization of istiophorid billfishes
  • Post-release survival, seasonal movements, and habitat utilization of red drum
  • Post-release survival of  bluefin tuna
  • Movements and habitat utilization of roundscale spearfish and white marlin
Selected Publications

2006 - Present

(**Undergraduate Student; *Graduate Student, Postdoctoral Fellow)     

Current Students
Past Students

Post-Doctoral Fellows

  • David Kerstetter, 2005
  • Pindaro Diaz-Jaimes, 2000 - 2001
  • David Carlini, 1998 - 1999
  • Kimberly Reece, 1994 - 1998

Ph.D. Students

  • Ana Verissimo, 2011
  • Dave Portnoy, 2008
  • David Kerstetter, 2005
  • Jan McDowell, 2002
  • Tom Orrell, 2000
  • Jan Cordes, 2000
  • Vince Buonaccorsi, 1998
  • David Carlini, 1998
  • Daniel Scoles, 1994
  • Ed Heist, 1994

M.S. Students

  • Emily Loose, 2014
  • Michele (Tony) Nalovic, 2014
  • Lela Schlenker, 2014
  • Ben Marcek, 2013
  • Jeanna Hudson, 2012
  • Catarina Wor, 2012
  • Laurie Sorenson, 2011
  • Dan Dutton, 2010
  • Abigail Lynch, 2008
  • Emily Chandler, 2007
  • Kirsten Brendtro, 2006
  • Melissa Paine, 2006
  • Kurtis Gray, 2005
  • Andrij Horodysky, 2004
  • Kelly Johnson, 2003
  • David Kerstetter, 2001
  • Arminda Gensler, 2001
  • Felipe Arzayus, 2000
  • Meredith Bostrom, 2000
  • Brett Falterman, 1999
  • Jeff Norrgard, 1995
  • Catherine O’Neil Goodbred, 1995
  • Sandra Blake Boles, 1994
  • Lee Morgan, 1992
Courses Taught
  • MSCI 501F  Fundamentals of Marine Fisheries Science
  • MSCI 528    Marine Fisheries Science
  • MSCI 515    Fisheries Science Seminar
  • MSCI 673    Marine Molecular Genetics
  • MSCI 674    Marine Molecular Genetics Laboratory
Awards
  • 2013 - Plumeri Award for Faculty Excellence
  • 2011 - Sport Fishing Magazine's "Making a Difference" Award
  • 2007 - International Game Fish Association, Individual Conservation Award
  • 2006 - NOAA Fisheries Service Special Recognition Award
  • 2004 - Virginia Outstanding Faculty Award
  • 2001 - NOAA Team Member of the Month
  • 1995 - The Thomas Jefferson Teaching Award, College of William & Mary
  • 1992 - The Outstanding Teacher Award, School of Marine Science, College of William & Mary
Advisory Service
  • Chairman, U.S. Advisory Committee to the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas
  • Member National Marine Fisheries Service Highly Migratory Species Advisory Panel
  • Member International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Tuna and Billfish Specialist Group, 2009-present