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Virginia Institute of Marine Science

Romuald N. Lipcius

Professor of Marine Science

Email : [[rom]]
Phone : (804) 684-7330
Office : Andrews Hall 427
Department : Fisheries Science

Education
  • B.S., University of Rhode Island
  • Ph.D., Florida State University
Research Interests

Ecology and conservation of the blue crab, Caribbean spiny lobster, queen conch, and marine bivalves. Ecosystem-based restoration and management of the blue crab and Eastern oyster. Metapopulation and source-sink dynamics. Marine reserves and dispersal corridors. Habitat fragmentation in marine invertebrates. Recruitment processes. Predator-prey interactions.

Current Projects
  • Blue Crab Winter Dredge Survey
  • Metapopulation source-sink dynamics in the blue crab, Eastern oyster and Baltic clam.
  • Metapopulation dynamics and the utility of marine protected areas for marine invertebrates, such as the blue crab, Eastern oyster, Caribbean spiny lobster and queen conch.
  • Predator-prey and food-web dynamics involving marine crustaceans and mollusks.
  • Ecosystem-based restoration and management.
  • Natural catastrophes, exploitation, and historical abundance patterns of the blue crab and soft-shell clam in Chesapeake Bay.
  • Quantitative valuation of nursery habitats for the blue crab.
  • Utility of artificial reefs to enhance production of recreational fish and oyster.
Selected Publications (2001-2007)
  • Lipcius, R.N., D.B. Eggleston, S.J. Schreiber, R.D. Seitz, J. Shen, M. Sisson, W.T. Stockhausen and H.V. Wang. Metapopulation connectivity and stock enhancement of marine species. Reviews in Fishery Science submitted.
  • Seitz, R.D., R.N. Lipcius, K. Knick, M.S. Seebo, W.C. Long, B. Brylawski and A. Smith. Stock enhancement and ecosystem carrying capacity in blue crab nursery habitats of Chesapeake Bay. Reviews in Fishery Science submitted.
  • Hewitt, D.A., D.M. Lambert, J.M. Hoenig, R.N. Lipcius, D.B. Bunnell and T.J. Miller. 2007. Direct and indirect estimates of natural mortality for blue crab in Chesapeake Bay. Transactions of the American Fisheries Society in press.
  • Lipcius, R.N., D.B. Eggleston, K.L. Heck, Jr., R.D. Seitz and J. van Montfrans. 2007. Ecology of postlarval and young juvenile blue crabs. In The Blue Crab, Callinectes sapidus (Eds. Victor S. Kennedy and L. Eugene Cronin), pp. 535-564. University of Maryland Sea Grant Press, 800 pp.
  • Fogarty, M.J. and R.N. Lipcius. 2007. Population dynamics and fisheries. In The Blue Crab, Callinectes sapidus (Eds. Victor S. Kennedy and L. Eugene Cronin), pp. 711-755. University of Maryland Sea Grant Press, 800 pp.
  • Seitz, R.D., R.N. Lipcius, N.H. Olmstead, M.S. Seebo and D.M. Lambert. 2006. Influence of shallow-water habitats and shoreline development on abundance, biomass, and diversity of benthic prey and predators in Chesapeake Bay. Marine Ecology Progress Series 326: 11-27.
  • Lambert, D.M., J.M. Hoenig and R.N. Lipcius. 2006. Tag-return estimation of annual and semi-annual survival rates of adult female blue crabs. Transactions of the American Fisheries Society 135: 1592-1603.
  • Lipcius, R.N. and R. Latour. 2006. Food web interactions and modeling. Pp. 91-128, In Fisheries Ecosystem Planning for the Chesapeake Bay. American Fisheries Society, Trends in Fisheries Science and Management 3, Bethesda, Maryland.
  • Schreiber, S.J., R.N. Lipcius, R.D. Seitz and W.C. Long. 2006. Dancing between the devil and deep blue sea: the stabilizing effect of enemy-free sinks and victimless sinks. Oikos 113: 67-81.
  • Lambert, D.M., R.N. Lipcius and J.M. Hoenig. 2006. Assessing effectiveness of the blue crab spawning stock sanctuary in Chesapeake Bay using tag-return methodology. Marine Ecology Progress Series 321: 215-225.
  • Lipcius, R.N., R.D. Seitz, M.S. Seebo and D. Col´ón-Carrión. 2005. Density, abundance and survival of the blue crab in seagrass and unstructured salt marsh nurseries of Chesapeake Bay. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology 319: 69-80.
  • Seitz, R.D., R.N. Lipcius and M.S. Seebo. 2005. Food availability and growth of the blue crab in seagrass and unvegetated nurseries of Chesapeake Bay. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology 319: 57-68.
  • Aguilar, R., A.H. Hines, M.A. Kramer, D.L. Wolcott, T.G. Wolcott and R.N. Lipcius. 2005. The timing and route of movement and migration of post-copulatory female blue crabs, Callinectes sapidus Rathbun, from the upper Chesapeake Bay. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology 319: 117-128.
  • Gascoigne, J. and R.N. Lipcius. 2005. Periodic dynamics in a two-stage Allee effect model are driven by tension between stage equilibria. Theoretical Population Biology 68: 237-241.
  • Lipcius, R.N., L.B. Crowder and L.E. Morgan. 2005. Metapopulation structure and marine reserves. Pp. 328-345, In Marine Conservation Biology (Eds. E. Norse and L.B. Crowder). Island Press.
  • Gascoigne, J. and R.N. Lipcius. 2004. Conserving populations at low abundance: delayed functional maturity and Allee effects in reproductive behaviour of the queen conch Strombus gigas. Marine Ecology Progress Series 284: 185-194.
  • Gascoigne, J.C. and R.N. Lipcius. 2004. Allee effects driven by predation. Journal of Applied Ecology 41: 801-810.
  • Gascoigne, J. and R.N. Lipcius. 2004. Allee effects in marine systems. Marine Ecology Progress Series 269: 49-59.
  • Peterson, C.E. and R.N. Lipcius. 2003. Conceptual progress towards predicting quantitative ecosystem benefits of ecological restorations. Marine Ecology Progress Series 264: 297-307.
  • Lipcius, R.N., W.T. Stockhausen, R.D. Seitz and P.J. Geer. 2003. Spatial dynamics and value of a marine protected area and corridor for the blue crab spawning stock in Chesapeake Bay. Bulletin of Marine Science 72: 453-470.
  • Seitz, R.D., R.N. Lipcius, W.T. Stockhausen, K.A. Delano, M.S. Seebo and P.D. Gerdes. 2003. Potential bottom-up control of blue crab distribution at various spatial scales. Bulletin of Marine Science 72: 471-490.
  • Stockhausen, W.T. and R.N. Lipcius. 2003. Simulated effects of seagrass loss and restoration on settlement and recruitment of blue crab postlarvae and juveniles in the York River, Chesapeake Bay. Bulletin of Marine Science 72: 409-422.
  • Sharov, A., J.H. Volstad, G.R. Davis, B.K. Davis, R.N. Lipcius and M.M. Montane. 2003. Abundance and exploitation rate of the blue crab (Callinectes sapidus) in Chesapeake Bay. Bulletin of Marine Science 72: 543-566.
  • Lipcius, R.N. 2003. Summary of session: Ecology of early benthic juveniles. Bulletin of Marine Science 72: 367-370.
  • Turnipseed, M., K.E. Knick, R.N. Lipcius, J. Dreyer and C.L. Van Dover. 2003. Diversity in mussel beds at deep-sea hydrothermal vents and cold seeps. Ecology Letters 6: 518-523.
  • Lipcius, R.N., W.T. Stockhausen and D.B. Eggleston. 2003. Metapopulation dynamics and marine reserves: Caribbean spiny lobster in Exuma Sound, Bahamas. In (Chapter 7 The Bahamas: Tropical Island Nation) Coastal-Marine Conservation: Science and Policy (Eds. Ray, G.C. and J. McCormick-Ray). Blackwell Scientific, Oxford, UK.
  • Hovel, K.A. and R.N. Lipcius. 2002. Effect of seagrass habitat fragmentation on juvenile blue crab survival and abundance. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology 271: 75-98.
  • Lipcius, R.N. and W.T. Stockhausen. 2002. Concurrent decline of the spawning stock, recruitment, larval abundance, and size of the blue crab Callinectes sapidus in Chesapeake Bay. Marine Ecology Progress Series 226: 45-61.
  • Lipcius, R.N., W.T. Stockhausen and D.B. Eggleston. 2001. Marine reserves for Caribbean spiny lobster: empirical evaluation and theoretical metapopulation dynamics. Marine and Freshwater Research 52: 1589-1598.
  • Stockhausen, W.T. and R.N. Lipcius. 2001. Single large or several small marine reserves for the Caribbean spiny lobster? Marine and Freshwater Research 52: 1605-1614.
  • Lipcius, R.N., R.D. Seitz, W.J. Goldsborough, M.M. Montane and W.T. Stockhausen. 2001. A deep-water dispersal corridor for adult female blue crabs in Chesapeake Bay. Spatial Processes and Management of Marine Populations (Eds. Gordon H. Kruse, Nicolas Bez, Anthony Booth, Martin W. Dorn, Sue Hills, Romuald N. Lipcius, Dominique Pelletier, Claude Roy, Stephen J. Smith, and David Witherell), pp. 643-666. University of Alaska Sea Grant, AK-SG-01-02, Fairbanks.
  • Kruse, G., N. Bez, A. Booth, M. Dorn, S. Hills, R. Lipcius, D. Pelletier, C. Roy, S. Smith and D. Witherell (Eds.). 2001. Spatial Processes and Management of Marine Populations. University of Alaska Sea Grant, AK-SG-01-02, Fairbanks.
  • Seitz, R.D., R.N. Lipcius, W.T. Stockhausen and M.M. Montane. 2001. Efficacy of blue crab spawning sanctuaries in Chesapeake Bay. Spatial Processes and Management of Marine Populations (Eds. Gordon H. Kruse, Nicolas Bez, Anthony Booth, Martin W. Dorn, Sue Hills, Romuald N. Lipcius, Dominique Pelletier, Claude Roy, Stephen J. Smith, and David Witherell), pp. 607-626. University of Alaska Sea Grant, AK-SG-01-02, Fairbanks.
  • Seitz, R.D., R.N. Lipcius, A.H. Hines and D.B. Eggleston. 2001. Density-dependent predation, habitat variation, and the persistence of marine bivalve prey. Ecology 82: 2435-2451.
  • Hovel, K.A. and R.N. Lipcius. 2001. Habitat fragmentation in a seagrass landscape: patch size and complexity control blue crab survival. Ecology 82: 1814-1829.
  • Seitz, R.D. and R.N. Lipcius. 2001. Variation in top-down and bottom-up control of marine bivalves at differing spatial scales. ICES Journal of Marine Science 58: 689-699.
  • Hovel, K.A., A. Bartholomew and R.N. Lipcius. 2001. Rapidly entrainable tidal vertical migrations in the salt marsh snail Littoraria irrorata. Estuaries 24: 808-816.
Current Students
  • Russ Burke (Ph.D.) Habitat quality in restoration: survival and growth of Eastern oyster on alternative reef structures.
  • Dave Hewitt (Ph.D.) Natural mortality in the blue crab: estimation, field tests, and application to enhancement of the Chesapeake Bay population.
  • Dave Schulte (Ph.D.) Ecosystem-based restoration of the Eastern oyster in Chesapeake Bay.
  • Justin Falls (M.S.) Alternative nursery habitats of the blue crab in Chesapeake Bay.
  • Melanie Harris (M.S.) Is the blue crab a keystone predator in seagrass beds of Chesapeake Bay?