Virginia Institute of Marine Science

Mary C. Fabrizio

Moses D. Nunnally Distinguished Associate Professor of Marine Science

Email : [[mfabrizio]]
Phone : (804) 684-7308
Office : Fisheries Science Lab 135
Department : Fisheries Science

  • B.S., Summa Cum Laude, Biological Sciences, 1978, Fordham University, New York, NY
  • Ph.D., Biological Oceanography, 1985, Graduate School of Oceanography, University of Rhode Island, Kingston, RI
Research Interests
  • Recruitment dynamics of Chesapeake Bay fishes (especially striped bass, summer flounder, American eel, and Atlantic croaker)
  • Spatial ecology of estuarine fishes (summer flounder, striped bass)
  • Population dynamics of juvenile fishes
  • Sampling designs for fishery-independent surveys
Current Projects
  • Physiological effects of hypoxia and environmental contaminants on Atlantic croaker in the Chesapeake and coastal bays.  Collaboration with R. W. Brill (NOAA-Fisheries Service) and A. Johnson (University of Maryland-Eastern Shore, Center for the Integrated Study of Coastal Ecosystem Processes and Dynamics in the Mid-Atlantic Region).
  • Establishing field-based evidence for the effects of hypoxia on the reproductive capacity of Chesapeake Bay fishes.  Collaboration with T. Tuckey (VIMS-Fisheries Science).
  • The role of variation in condition of individual young-of-the-year fish: implications for recruitment dynamics of striped bass and summer flounder in Chesapeake Bay.  R. Schloesser dissertation research (VA Sea Grant Fellowship).
  • Invasive blue catfish in Chesapeake Bay tributaries. Multiple projects aimed at estimating abundance (using mark-recapture studies), historical biomass, contaminant concentrations, and trophic interactions. Collaborative work with VDGIF, VCU, MDDNR, and others at VIMS. (R. Hale, R. Latour, and T. Tuckey)
Selected Publications
  • Fabrizio, M. C., J. Uphoff, D. Secor, J. Kramer, S. Green, E. Martino, J. Cimino, D. Gauthier, J. Jacobs, M. Topolski, A. Sharov, W. Vogelbein, and K. Culzoni.  In Review.  Ecosystem considerations for management of Chesapeake Bay striped bass.  For: Northeast Atlantic Coast Striped Bass Fisheries Management.  M. Armstrong and P. Perra, eds. 
  • Fabrizio, M.C., J.P. Manderson and J.P. Pessutti. In Press. Home range and seasonal movements of black sea bass during their inshore residency at a mid-Atlantic Bight reef. Fishery Bulletin [submitted 21 Jan 2013; minor revisions 17 May 2013; accepted 9 Sep 2013]
  • Henderson, M. J.*, and M.C. Fabrizio. 2013. Detecting noncompliance in the summer flounder recreational fishery using a mark-recapture growth model. North American Journal of Fisheries Management 33:1039-1048.
  • Xu, X.*, M. C. Newman, M.C. Fabrizio, and L. Liang.  2013. An ecologically-framed mercury survey of finfish of the lower Chesapeake Bay. Archives of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology 64: xxx - xxx [published online 29 May 2013: DOI 10.1007/s00244-013-9917-1].
  • Fabrizio, M. C., J. P. Manderson and J. P. Pessutti.  2013.  Habitat associations and dispersal of black sea bass from a mid-Atlantic Bight reef.  Marine Ecology Progress Series 482: 241-253.
  • Tuckey, T. D., and M. C. Fabrizio.  2013.  Influence of survey design on fish assemblages:  implications from a study in Chesapeake Bay tributaries.  Transactions of the American Fisheries Society.
  • Sobocinski, K. L., R. J. Orth, M. C. Fabrizio, and R. J. Latour.  2013.  Historical comparison of fish community structure in lower Chesapeake Bay seagrass habitats.  Estuaries and Coasts.  
  • Capossela, K. M., M. C. Fabrizio, and R. W. Brill.  2013.  Migratory and within-estuary behaviors of adult summer flounder (Paralichthys dentatus) in a lagoon system of the southern mid-Atlantic Bight.  Fishery Bulletin 111: 189-201.
  • Trushenski, J. T., J. D. Bowker, S. J. Cooke, D. Erdahl, T. Bell, J. R. MacMillan, R. P. Yanong, J. E. Hill, M. C. Fabrizio, J. E. Garvey, and S. Sharon.  2013.Issues regarding the use of sedatives in fisheries and the need for immediate-release options.  Transactions of the American Fisheries Society 142: 156-170.
  • Capossela, K. M., R. W. Brill, M. C. Fabrizio, and P. G. Bushnell.  2012.  Metabolic and cardiorespiratory responses of summer flounder Paralichthys dentatus to hypoxia at two temperatures.  Journal of Fish Biology. 81: 1043-1058.
  • Woodland, R. J., D. H. Secor , M. C. Fabrizio and M. J. Wilberg.  2012.  Comparing the nursery role of inner continental shelf and estuarine habitats for temperate marine fishes.  Estuarine, Coastal, and Shelf Science. 99: 61-73.
  • Williams, B. D., and M. C. Fabrizio. 2011.  Detectability of estuarine fishes in a beach seine survey of tidal tributaries of lower Chesapeake Bay.  Transactions of the American Fisheries Society. 140: 1340-1350.
Current Students
Former Students
Former Post-Docs
  • Dominique Lapointe, 2010-2013. Physiological impacts of hypoxia on healthy and diseased striped bass. 
Student Awards


  • Branson Williams, Hall-Bonner Fellowship 2006-2009


  • Karen Capossela, Oceanside Conservation Corporation Scholarship
  • Justine Woodward, AFS Marine Fisheries Section Travel Award
  • Mark Henderson, Beazley Fellowship, VIMS Foundation
  • Mark Henderson, VIMS Graduate Fellowship, 2007-2010


  • Karen Capossela, Oceanside Conservation Corporation Scholarship
  • Justine Woodward, AFS Estuaries Section Travel Award
  • Mark Henderson, Beazley Fellowship, VIMS Foundation
  • Mark Henderson, Reves Graduate Student International Travel Grant


  • Karen Capossela, Best Student Presentation, AFS Tidewater Chapter Meeting
  • Karen Capossela, AFS Marine Fisheries Section Travel Award
  • Branson Williams, AFS Equal Opportunities Section Travel Award
  • Mark Henderson, NMFS-Sea Grant Population Dynamics Fellowship: 2009-2012
  • Mark Henderson, Beazley Fellowship, VIMS Foundation
  • Mark Henderson, Student Travel Award, International Tagging Symposium
  • Ryan Schloesser, Ziegler Fellowship, VIMS Foundation


  • Ryan Schloesser, AFS Virginia Chapter, Robert D. Ross Graduate Scholarship
  • Ryan Schloesser, Perry Grant
  • Ryan Schloesser, Eastern Shore Laboratory Research Fund
  • Lauren Nys, Eastern Shore Laboratory Research Fund


  • Lauren Nys, Beazley Fellowship, VIMS Foundation
  • Lauren Nys, Oceanside Conservation Co., Inc. Research Scholarship
  • Ryan Schloesser, Virginia Sea Grant Fellowship, 2012-2014
  • Ryan Schloesser, GSA Travel Award; William & Mary Student Activities Conference Fund
  • Lauren Nys, GSA Travel Award; William & Mary Student Activities Conference Fund
Courses Taught/Teaching
  • MSCI 528 / 501 F Marine Fisheries Science (with J. Graves)
  • MSCI 669 Linear & Generalized Linear Models in Ecology
  • MSCI 698 Fisheries Data Management and Analysis (with C. Bonzek)
  • MSCI 698 Linear Modeling for Fish Ecologists
  • MSCI 698 Got Data? Now what? (Applications & Generalized Linear Models - from Data Collection to Publication)
  • NOAA Bronze Medal Award, 2006
  • Distinguished Service Award, American Fisheries Society 1998
  • Most significant paper published in 1997 in the Transactions of the American Fisheries Society - August 1998 (Waldman et al. 1997)
  • James W. Moffett Award for outstanding scientific paper published in 1997, Great Lakes Science Center - August 1998 (Fabrizio, Adams, and Curtis 1997)
Professional Memberships
  • Board of Directors, Hudson River Foundation
  • American Fisheries Society (AFS)
    • President (2007-2008)
    • President AFS Marine Fisheries Section (2002-2004)
  • American Institute of Fishery Research Biologists - Fellow
  • The Biometric Society
  • Coastal and Estuarine Research Federation
  • Phi Beta Kappa
Other Works of Interest
  • Rose, K. A., M. C. Fabrizio, and B. A. Phelan.  2012. Determining authorship: why is something that seems so simple so difficult?  Scientific Communication for Natural Resource Professionals, Cecil A. Jennings, Thomas E. Lauer, and Bruce Vondracek (Editors) AFS, Bethesda, MD.
  • Simmonds, R., and M. C. Fabrizio. 2006. Fisheries employment in the US Federal Government. Pages 79-96 in D. A. Hewitt,    W. E. Pine III, and A. V. Zale, eds.  The AFS Guide to Fisheries Employment, 2nd edition. American Fisheries Society, Bethesda, MD.