B.A., Mathematics, Western New England College
M.BMA, Biomathematics, North Carolina State University
Ph.D., Biomathematics, North Carolina State University
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.
- Data collection and analysis in support of multispecies stock assessments in the mid-Atlantic: Northeast Area Monitoring and Assessment Program Nearshore Trawl Program. NEAMAP. Funded by MAFMC Research Set Aside.
- Design and implementation of ChesMMAP - Chesapeake Bay Multispecies Monitoring and Assessment Program, funded by the US Fish and Wildlife Service, Virginia Marine Resources Commission.
- VIMS Shark Research Program. Funded by NOAA/NMFS.
- Striped Bass Assessment Program. Funded by Wallop-Breaux funds from the Virginia Marine Resources Commission.
- Stock assessment and population monitoring of American shad in Chesapeake Bay, funded by the US Fish and Wildlife Service, Virginia Marine Resources Commission
(2013 – present; *Indicates my graduate student; † Indicates graduate student collaboration)
*Parsons, K.T., J. Maisano, J. Gregg, C. Cotton, and R.J. Latour. In press. Age and growth assessment of western North Atlantic Spiny Butterfly Ray Gymnura altavela (L. 1758) using micro-CT reconstructed vertebral centra. Environmental Biology of Fishes.
Fabrizio, M.C., T.D. Tuckey, R.J. Latour, G.C. White, and A.J. Norris. In press. Tidal habitats support large numbers of invasive blue catfish in a Chesapeake Bay subestuary. Estuaries & Coasts.
†Colden, A.M., R.N. Lipcius, and R.J. Latour. 2017. Reef height drives threshold dynamics of restored oyster reefs. Marine Ecology Progress Series 582:1-13. Feature Article.
†Deary, A., R.J. Latour, and E.J. Hilton. 2017. Niche partitioning in early life history stage, estuarine-dependent fishes (Sciaenidae). Estuaries & Coasts 40:1757-1770.
*Peterson, C., K. Parsons, D. Bethea, W. Driggers III, and R.J. Latour. 2017. Community interactions and density dependence in Atlantic coastal sharks. Marine Ecology Progress Series 579:81-96.
Latour, R.J., J. Gartland, and C.F. Bonzek. 2017. Spatiotemporal trends and drivers of fish condition in Chesapeake Bay. Marine Ecology Progress Series 579:1-17. Feature Article.
*Peterson, C., J. Gartland, and R.J. Latour. 2017. Novel use of hook timers to quantify changing catchability over soak time in longline surveys. Fisheries Research 194:99-111.
*Peterson, C., C. Belcher, D. Bethea, W. Driggers III, B. Frazier, and R.J. Latour. 2017. Preliminary recovery of coastal sharks in the south-east United States. Fish and Fisheries 18:845-859.
Thanassekos, S., R.J. Latour, and M.C. Fabrizio. 2016. An individual-based approach to year-class strength estimation. ICES Journal of Marine Science 73:2252-2266.
Buchheister, A., T.J. Miller, E.D. Houde, D.H. Secor, and R.J. Latour. 2016. Spatial and temporal dynamics of Atlantic menhaden (Brevoortia tyrannus) recruitment along the Northwest Atlantic Ocean. ICES Journal of Marine Science 73:1147-1159.
†Schlenker, L.S., R.J. Latour, R.W. Brill, and J.E. Graves. 2016. Physiological stress and post-release mortality of White Marlin (Kajikia albida) caught in the United States recreational fishery. Conservation Physiology 4:doi:10.1093/conphys/cov066.
*Buchheister, A. and R.J. Latour. 2016. Dynamic trophic linkages in a large estuarine system - support for supply-driven dietary changes using delta generalized additive mixed models. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 73:5-17.
Latour, R.J. 2016. Explaining patterns of pelagic fish abundance in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. Estuaries & Coasts 39:233-247.
*Buchheister, A., M.J. Wilberg, T.J. Miller, and R.J. Latour. 2015. Simulating bottom-up effects on predator productivity and consequences for the rebuilding timeline of a depleted population. Ecological Modelling 311:48-62.
*Sobocinski, K.L. and R.J. Latour. 2015. Trophic transfer in seagrass systems: Estimating seasonal production of an abundant seagrass fish, Bairdiella chrysoura, in lower Chesapeake Bay. Marine Ecology Progress Series 523:157-174.
†Funkey, C.P., R.J. Latour, and D.A. Bronk. 2015. Abiotic effects on effluent dissolved organic nitrogen along an estuarine transect. Water Environment Research 87:258-265.
*Buchheister, A. and R.J. Latour. 2015. Diets and trophic guild structure of a diverse fish assemblage in Chesapeake Bay, USA. Journal of Fish Biology 86:967-992.
†Hudson, J., D.K. Steinberg, T.T. Sutton, J.E. Graves, and R.J. Latour. 2014. Myctophid feeding ecology and carbon transport along the Northern Mid-Atlantic Ridge. Deep Sea Research I 93:104-116.
*Sweetman, C.J., T.T. Sutton, M. Vecchione, and R.J. Latour. 2014. Diet composition of Bathylagus euryops (Osmeriformes: Bathylagidae) along the Northern Mid-Atlantic Ridge. Deep Sea Research I 92:107-114.
†Lefcheck, J.S.,*A. Buchheister, †K.M. Laumann*M. Stratton, *K.L. Sobocinski, †S. Chak, †T.R. Clardy, P.L. Reynolds, R.J. Latour, J.E. Duffy. 2014. Dimensions of biodiversity in Chesapeake Bay demersal fishes: patterns and drivers through space and time. Ecosphere 5:art14
†Balazik, M.T., B.B. Langford, G.C. Garman, M.L. Fine, J.K. Stewart, R.J. Latour, and S.P. McIninch. 2013. Comparison of MS222 and electronarcosis as anesthetics on cortisol levels in juvenile Atlantic sturgeon. Transactions of the American Fisheries Society 142:1640-1643.
*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.
- James Gartland (Ph.D.)
- Kaitlyn O’Brien (M.S.)
- Cassidy Peterson (Ph.D.)
- Adena Schonfeld (M.S.)
- Christopher Sweetman (Ph.D.)
- Zoemma Warshafsky, M.S., 2017. Thesis: The impact of the parasitic nematode Anguillicoloides crassus on Chesapeake Bay American eels (Anguilla rostrata)
- Mark Stratton, Ph.D., 2017. Dissertation: Spatiotemporal abundance patterns and ecological drivers of a nearshore U.S. Atlantic fish and invertebrate assemblage
Kristene Parsons, Ph.D., 2017. Dissertation: Age, growth and reproduction of western North Atlantic butterfly rays (Myliobatiformes: Gymnuridae), with the description of two new species
- Cassidy Peterson, M.S., 2016. Thesis: Patterns of abundance and community dynamics in Atlantic coastal sharks.
- Carissa Gervasi, M.S., 2015. Thesis: The reproductive biology of striped bass (Morone saxatilis) in Chesapeake Bay.
- Kathryn Sobocinski, Ph.D., 2014. Dissertation: Fishes in seagrass habitats: Species composition, trophic interactions, and production.
- Andre Buchheister, Ph.D., 2013. Dissertation: Structure, drivers, and trophic interactions of the demersal fish community in Chesapeake Bay.
- Patrick Lynch, Ph.D., 2012. Dissertation: Habitat and fish population dynamics: Advancing stock assessments of highly migratory species.
- Christopher J. Sweetman, M.S., 2012. Thesis: Distribution and feeding ecology of Bathylagus euryops (TELEOSTEI: MICROSTOMATIDAE) along the northern Mid-Atlantic Ridge, from Iceland to the Azores
- Catarina Wor: M.S., 2012. Thesis: Evaluating the impact of stock structure uncertainty in stock assessments of sailfish in the Atlantic Ocean.
- Andrij Horodysky, Ph.D., 2009. Dissertation: Comparative sensory and energetic ecology of sciaenid fishes and their competitors in Chesapeake Bay, VA
- Justine Woodward, M.S., 2009. Thesis: Investigating the relationships between recruitment indices and estimates of adult abundance for striped bass, weakfish, and Atlantic croaker.
- Andre Buchheister, M.S., 2008. Thesis: Isotope dynamics in summer flounder tissues, with application to diet assessment in Chesapeake Bay.
- Patrick Lynch, M.S., 2007. Thesis: The feeding ecology of Atlantic menhaden (Brevoortia tyrannus) in Chesapeake Bay.
- Kathleen McNamee, M.S., 2007. Thesis: Trophic ecology and growth of striped bass (Morone saxatilis) in Chesapeake Bay, with reference to mycobacteriosis.
- 2017. Kaitlyn O’Brien, VIMS Foundation Fellowship
- 2017. Adena Schonfeld, VIMS Foundation Fellowship
- 2016. Zoemma Warshafsky, Mary Hedrick Causey Memorial Fellowship, VIMS Foundation
- 2016. Mark Stratton, Dean's Fellowship, VIMS Foundation
- 2015. Mark Stratton, Nancy S. and Henry George Fellowship, VIMS Foundation
- 2014. Carissa Gervasi, Best M.S. student presentation, 7th International Symposium on Aquatic Animal Health.
- 2014. Carissa Gervasi, Snieszko Student Travel Award, AFS Fish Health Section
- 2014. Andre Buchheister, Thatcher Prize for Excellence in Graduate and Professional Study, College of William & Mary
- 2014. Patrick Lynch, W.F. Thompson Best Student Paper Award published in 2012, American Institute of Fishery Research Biologists
- 2013. Andre Buchheister, Eileen Setzler-Hamilton Memorial Scholarship, AFS Tidewater Chapter
- 2013. Cassidy Peterson, Harry & Barbara Hager Fellowship, VIMS Foundation
- 2013. Cassidy Peterson, Gloucester Point Rotary Club - Ernest J. Warriner Fellowship, VIMS Foundation
- 2013. Kathryn Sobocinski, The Matthew Fontaine Maury Society Student Fellowship Award, VIMS Foundation
- 2013. Mark Stratton, SunTrust Fellowship, VIMS Foundation
- 2013. C.J. Sweetman, VIMS Council Fellowship, 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
- 2010. Kathryn Sobocinski, QEA Anchor Scholarship
- 2010. Patrick Lynch, Best paper by an M.S. student, VIMS
- 2008-2011. Kathryn Sobocinski, Hunter B. Andrews, Jr. Fellowship, VIMS Foundation
- 2007. Andrij Horodysky, The Matthew Fontaine Maury Society Student Fellowship Award, VIMS Foundation
- 2006. Andre Buchheister, William J. Hargis, Jr. Fellowship Award, VIMS Foundation
- 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 / 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