Theses and Dissertations

The following theses and dissertations (most recent first) were completed by graduate students who were part of the VIMS Juvenile Fish and Blue Crab Trawl Survey or who used data and/or data based on samples collected by the Survey.


Henderson, M.J. 2012. Movements, growth, and mortality of Chesapeake Bay summer flounder based on multiple tagging technologies. Ph. D. Dissertation. (Link to PDF)

McGrath, P.E. 2010.  The life history of longnose gar, Lepisosteum osseus, an apex predator in the tidal waters of Virginia. Ph. D. Dissertation. (Link to PDF) 

Capossela, K.M. 2010. Migration dynamics, within-estuary behaviors and cardiorespiratory responses of summer flounder to selected estuarine conditions. M.S. Thesis. (Link to PDF)

Williams, B.D. 2010. Estimating detection probabilities in beach seine surveys for estuarine fishes. M.S. Thesis. (Link to PDF)

Woodward, J.R. 2009. Investigating the relationships between recruitment indices and estimates of adult abundance for striped bass, weakfish, and Atlantic croaker. M.S. Thesis. (Link to PDF)

Buchheister, A. 2008. Stable isotope dynamics in summer flounder tissues, with application to dietary assessments in Chesapeake Bay. M.S. Thesis. (Link to PDF) 

Kerr, L.A. 2008. Cause, consequence, and prevalence of spatial structure of white perch (Morone americana) populations in the Chesapeake Bay. Ph. D. Dissertation. (Link to PDF)

Long, W.C. 2007. Hypoxia and Macoma balthica: Ecological effects on a key benthic infaunal species. PhD dissertation, College of William and Mary, School of Marine Science, Virginia, USA. (Link to PDF)

Muffelman, S.C. 2006. Diel and site-specific feeding of young striped bass in a heterogeneous nursery habitat. M.S. Thesis. (Link to PDF)

Lambert, D.M. 2005. Estimation of annual and semi-annual survival of adult female blue crabs and assessment of the effectiveness of the Virginia blue crab sanctuary using tag-return methodology. (Link to PDF) 

Gartland, J. 2002. Diet composition of young-of-the-year bluefish, Pomatomus saltatrix, in the lower Chesapeake Bay and Virginia's coastal ocean. M.S. Thesis.

Connelly, W.J. 2001. Growth patterns of three species of catfish (Ictaluridae) from three Virginia tributaries of the Chesapeake Bay. M.S. Thesis.

Foster, J.R. 2001. Age, growth and mortality of Atlantic croaker, Micropogonias undulatus, in the Chesapeake Bay region. M.S. Thesis.

Holmquist, R.K. 2001. Life history attributes of mid-Atlantic Menidia menidia (Pisces: Atherinidae) and a comparison with northern (Massachusetts) and southern (South Carolina) populations. M.S. Thesis.

Wood, R.J. 2000. Synoptic scale climatic forcing of multispecies fish recruitment patterns in Chesapeake Bay. Ph.D. Dissertation.

Kraus, R.T. 1998. Tagging and habitat utilization of juvenile summer flounder, Paralichthys dentatus. M.S. Thesis.

Mosca, T.C. 1997. Climatologically forced coherence between juvenile populations in the Virginia tributaries to the Chesapeake Bay. Ph.D. Dissertation.

Terwilliger, M.R. 1996. Age, growth and reproductive biology of blackcheek tonguefish, Symphurus plagiusa (Cynoglossidae: Pleuronectiformes), in Chesapeake Bay, Virginia. M.A. Thesis.

Desfosse, J.C. 1995. Movements and ecology of summer flounder, Paralichthys dentatus, tagged in the southern Mid-Atlantic Bight. Ph.D. Dissertation.

Teixeira, R.L. 1995. Reproductive and feeding biology of selected Syngnathids (Pisces: Teleostei) of the western Atlantic. Ph.D. Dissertation.

Lowerre-Barbieri, S. 1994. Life history and fisheries ecology of weakfish (Cynoscion regalis) in the Chesapeake Bay region. Ph.D. Dissertation.

Rudershausen, P.J. 1994. Food, feeding, and length-weight relationships of young-of-the-year striped bass, Morone saxatilis and young-of-the-year white perch, Morone americana. M.A. Thesis.

Barbieri, L.R. 1993. Life history, population dynamics and yield-per-recruit modeling of Atlantic croaker (Micropogonias undulatus) in the Chesapeake Bay area. Ph.D. Dissertation.

Bodolus, D. 1993. Mechanisms of larval spot transport and recruitment to the Chesapeake Bay. Ph.D. Dissertation.

Luo, J.. 1991. Life history of the bay anchovy (Anchoa mitchelli) in the Chesapeake Bay. Ph.D. Dissertation.

Vieira, J. 1991. Ecology of estuarine fishes assemblages in Pahos Lagoon, Brasil (32°S Latitude) and York River, U.S.A. (37°N) with review of zoogeography of fishes in western Atlantic warm-temperate and tropical estuaries. Ph.D. Dissertation.

Scoles, D.R. 1990. Stock identification of weakfish (Cynoscion regalis) by discriminant function analysis of morphometric characters. M.A. Thesis.

Wyanski, D. 1990. Patterns of habitat utilization by 0-age flounder, Paralychthys dentatus. M.S. Thesis.

Bowen, B.W. 1987. Population structure of the white perch (Morone americana) in lower Chesapeake Bay as inferred from mitochondrial DNA restriction analysis. M.A. Thesis.

Smith, S. 1986. Reproductive ecology, population dynamics and seasonal movements of the hogchoker (Trinectes maculatus) in the Elizabeth River, Virginia. M.A. Thesis.

Pourreau, C. 1984. Antibody production in spot (Leiostomus xanthurus): a model to test the impact of Elizabeth River sediments on the humoral immune system of fish. M.A. Thesis.

Norcross, B.L. 1983. Climate scale environmental factors affecting year-class fluctuations of Atlantic croaker (Micropogonias undulatus) in the Chesapeake Bay. Ph.D. Dissertation.

Chao, L.N. 1976. Aspects of systematics, morphology, life history and feeding of western Atlantic Sciaenidae (Pisces: Perciformes). Ph.D. Dissertation.

Rhodes, S.F. 1971. Age and growth of the silver perch (Bairdiella chrysura). M.A. Thesis.

Wong, R.S.P. 1968. Age and growth of the northern sea robin Prionotus carolinus (Linnaeus). M.A. Thesis.