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Robert J. Latour

Professor of Marine Science

Email : [[latour]]
Phone : (804) 684-7312
Office : Fisheries Science Lab 127
Department : Fisheries Science

Curriculum Vitae
Robert Latour's CV
  • B.A., Mathematics, Western New England College

  • M.BMA, Biomathematics, North Carolina State University

  • Ph.D., Biomathematics, North Carolina State University

Research Interests

Quantitative fisheries ecology with particular emphasis on predator-prey interactions and ecosystem-based approaches to fisheries management. Population dynamics modeling and stock assessment of exploited marine resources.

Current Projects
Selected Publications

(2008 – present; *Indicates my graduate student; †Indicates graduate student collaboration)

  • †Balazik, M.T., B.B. Langford, G.C. Garman, M.L. Fine, J.K. Stewart, R.J. Latour, and S.P. McIninch. In press. Comparison of MS222 and electronarcosis as anesthetics on cortisol levels in juvenile Atlantic sturgeon. Transactions of the American Fisheries Society.

  • Gauthier, D.T., R.J. Latour, H.D. Gaff, W.K. Vogelbein.  In press.  Mycobacteriosis in striped bass (Morone saxatilis).  For: Northeast Atlantic Coast Striped Bass Fisheries Management.  M. Armstrong and P. Perra, eds.

  • *Sweetman, C.J., T.T. Sutton, M. Vecchione, and R.J. Latour. 2013. Distribution of the biomass dominant pelagic fish, Bathylagus euryops (Argentiniformes: Microstomatidae), along the northern Mid-Atlantic Ridge. Deep-Sea Research I 78:16-23.

  • *Buchheister, A, C.F. Bonzek, J. Gartland, and R.J. Latour. 2013. Patterns and drivers of the demersal fish community of Chesapeake Bay. Marine Ecological Progress Series 481:161-180.

  •  *Sobocinski, K.L., J.J. Orth, M.C. Fabrizio, and R.J. Latour. 2013. Historical comparison of fish community structure in lower Chesapeake Bay seagrass habitats. Estuaries & Coasts 36:775-794.

Current Students
Former Students
    Student Awards
    • 2013. Cassidy Peterson, Harry & Barbara Hager Fellowship, VIMS Foundation

    • 2013. Andre Buchheister, Eileen Setzler-Hamilton Memorial Scholarship, AFS Tidewater Chapter

    • 2013. Kathryn Sobocinski, The Matthew Fontaine Maury Society Student Fellowship Award, VIMS Foundation

    • 2012. Andre Buchheister, Deans Fellowship, VIMS Foundation 

    • 2012. Carissa Gervasi, Grey Allison & H. Renwick Dunlap Fellowship, VIMS Foundation

    • 2012. Patrick Lynch, Best paper by a Ph.D. student, VIMS

    • 2011-2012. Mark Stratton, Edward Holland Fellowship, VIMS Foundation

    • 2011. Mark Stratton, William J. Hargis, Jr. Fellowship Award, VIMS Foundation

    • 2011. Catarina Wor, Perry Travel Award, VIMS Foundation

    • 2011. Patrick Lynch, Beazley Fellowship, VIMS Foundation

    • 2008-2011. Kathryn Sobocinski, Hunter B. Andrews, Jr. Fellowship, VIMS Foundation

    • 2010.  Kathryn Sobocinski, QEA Anchor Scholarship

    • 2010.  Patrick Lynch, Best paper by an M.S. student, VIMS

    • 2007.  Andrij Horodysky, The Matthew Fontaine Maury Society Student Fellowship Award, VIMS Foundation

    • 2006. Andre Buchheister, William J. Hargis, Jr. Fellowship Award, VIMS Foundation

    Courses Taught/Teaching
    • MSCI 504 Fundamentals of Statistical Methods and Data Analysis (Instructor)

    • MSCI 528 Marine Fisheries Science (co-Instructor)

    • MSCI 548 Marine Fisheries Science and Management (Lecturer, Summer course for high school teachers)

    • MSCI 649 Modeling Biological and Ecological Systems (co-Instructor)

    • MSCI 671 Fisheries Population Dynamics (Instructor)

    Professional Memberships
    • Coast and Estuarine Research Federation (2003-present)

    -Associate Editor, Estuaries & Coasts (2012-present)

    •  American Fisheries Society (1999-present)

    Professional / Advisory Service
    • Invited Expert, Panel discussion of management of forage fishes, MAFMC, Apr 2013

    • Member, NMFS Advisory Panel for Atlantic Highly Migratory Species (SEDAR Pool), 2012 - present

    • Member, ASMFC Analytical Committee for NEAMAP, 2012 - present

    • Member, MAFMC, Scientific and Statistical Committee, 2008 - present -Scientific Uncertainty Subcommittee, 2009 - present

    • Member, ASMFC Atlantic Menhaden Technical Committee, 2006 - present

    -Stock Assessment Subcommittee May 2007 - present

    -Chairman, May 2009 - May 2011

    -Vice-chairman, May 2008 - May 2009

    • Chairman, 49th Northeast Regional Stock Assessment Review Committee (SARC 49), Dec 2009, NEFSC

    • Member, external panel to review the NEFSC Foodweb Dynamics Program, Jul 2009, NEFSC

    • Member, ASMFC Multispecies Technical Committee, 2002 - present

    • MSVPA Subcommittee, 2005 - present

    • Invited Expert, ASMFC American Shad Technical Committee, Jun 2006

    • Invited Expert, Meeting of the Virginia Senate Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources, Nov 2006

    • Member, VIMS panel to advise Virginia Marine Resources Commission on permitting for King William Reservoir, 2004

    • Member, ASMFC Assessment Science Committee, 2003 - 2008

    • Member, Chesapeake Bay Ecosystem Modeling Advisory Panel, 2001 - 2007

    • Invited Expert, ASMFC Striped Bass Tagging Subcommittee, 2000 - 2004, 2012