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
Interests : Fish population dynamics, habitat, fish movement, fish ecology; fishery-independent surveys

  • 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 (Particularly striped bass, summer flounder, American eel, and Atlantic croaker)
  • Spatial ecology of estuarine fishes
  • Sampling designs for fishery-independent surveys
Current Projects
  • Virginia trawl survey for juvenile fishes (with T. Tuckey)
  • Juvenile striped bass seine survey (with T. Tuckey)
  • Recruitment of American eel to Virginia tributaries
  • Physiological impacts of hypoxia on healthy and Mycobacterium-infected striped bass. Collaboration with D. Lapointe (St. Lawrence River Institute for Environmental Studies), W. K. Vogelbein (VIMS- Aquatic Animal Health Sciences), R. W. Brill (NOAA-Fisheries Service), and D. Gauthier (Old Dominion University-Biology Department).
  • 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).
  • Individual-based, dynamic-landscape models of marine fishes incorporating ecophysiological constraints.  B. Marcek dissertation research (NOAA-Sea Grant Population and Ecosystem Dynamics Fellowship) and collaboration with R. W. Brill (NOAA-Fisheries Service) and R. Humston (Washington and Lee University).
  • Recruitment dynamics of striped bass  in Chesapeake Bay. O. Phillips thesis research.
  • Invasive blue catfish in Chesapeake Bay tributaries. Multiple projects aimed at estimating abundance (using mark-recapture studies), reproduction, and salinity tolerance. V. Nepal dissertation research; and collaboration with T. Tuckey and R. Latour.
  • Gear calibration study for trawl and seine surveys.
Selected Publications
  • Schloesser, R. W., M. C. Fabrizio, R. J. Latour, G. C. Garman, R. Greenlee, M. Groves, J. Gartland. 2011.  Ecological role of blue catfish (Ictalurus furcatus) in Chesapeake Bay communities and implications for management.  In P. Michaletz and V. Travnichek, eds., Conservation, ecology, and management of worldwide catfish populations and habitats.  American Fisheries Society, symosium 77: 369-382, Bethesda, MD.
  • Hubert, W. and M. C. Fabrizio.2007. Relative abundance and catch/effort relationships. Chapter 7 in Analysis and Interpretation of Freshwater Fisheries Data. Edited by M. Brown and C. Guy. American Fisheries Society.
  • Fabrizio, M. C. 2004. Experimental design and sampling strategies for mixed-stock analysis. Chapter 23 in Stock Identification Methods. Edited by S. Cadrin, K. Friedland, and J. Waldman. Academic Press.
Current Students
Former Students
Former Post-Docs
  • Dominique Lapointe, 2010-2013. Physiological impacts of hypoxia on healthy and diseased striped bass. Currently at St. Lawrence River Institute of Environmental Sciences, Cornwall, Ontario, Canada. 
Student Awards
  • NMFS-Sea Grant Population and Ecosystem Dynamics Fellowship
    • Mark Henderson, 2009-2012
    • Benjamin Marcek, 2014-2017
  • Virginia Sea Grant Fellowship
    • Ryan Schloesser, 2012-2014
  • Hall-Bonner Fellowship
    • Branson Williams, 2006-2009
  • Robert D. Ross Graduate Scholarship (AFS Virginia Chapter)
    • Ryan Schloesser, 2011
  • Oceanside Conservation Corporation Research Scholarship
    • Karen Capossela, 2007 and 2008
    • Lauren Nys, 2012
  • Eastern Shore Laboratory Research Fund
    • Ryan Schloesser, 2011
    • Lauren Nys, 2011
  • Best Student Presentation, AFS Tidewater Chapter Meeting
    • Karen Capossela, 2009
    • Lauren Nys, 2014
  • AFS Marine Fisheries Section Travel Award
    • Justine Woodward, 2007
    • Karen Capossela, 2009
  • AFS Estuaries Section Travel Award
    • Justine Woodward, 2008
  • AFS Equal Opportunities Section Travel Award
    • Branson Williams, 2009
  • Student Travel Award, International Tagging Symposium
    • Mark Henderson, 2008
  • Reves Graduate Student International Travel Grant
    • Mark Henderson, 2009 
Courses Taught
  • 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)
  • Fellow, American Fisheries Society, 2015
  • O. E. Sette Award for Outstanding Marine Fisheries Biologist, American Fisheries Society, 2014
  • 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.