Virginia Institute of Marine Science
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John E. Graves

Chancellor Professor of Marine Science

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

  • 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 school size bluefin tuna
  • Movements and habitat utilization of roundscale spearfish and white marlin
Selected Publications

2006 - Present

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