Jay R. Rooker

Jay R. Rooker

Regents Professor

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Ecology of estuarine, coastal,  and pelagic fishes. Recruitment processes, particularly factors affecting post-settlement survival. Fish life history and migration studies. Analytical approaches to fish demography.

B.A. Gustavus Adolphus College (1985)
M.S. University of Puerto Rico (1991)
Ph.D. University of Texas at Austin (1997)

Courses Taught
Introduction to Marine Biology: The Seaworld Experience (MARB 200)
Marine Ecology (MARB 425)
Current Concepts in Marine Biology and Ecology 
Ecology of Coral Reef Fishes

Recent Publications

  1. Rooker JR, Arrizabalaga H, Fraile I, Secor DH, Dettman DL, Abid N, Addis P, Deguara S, FS Karakulak FS, Kimoto A, Sakai O, Macías D, Santos MN (2014) Crossing the line: migratory and homing behaviors of Atlantic bluefin tuna, Marine Ecology Progress Series 504:265-276. DOI 10.3354/meps10781

  2. Kitchens LL, Rooker JR (2014) Habitat associations of dolphinfish in the Gulf of Mexico. Fisheries Oceanography, In press

  3. Dance MA, Bello G, Furey NB, Rooker JR (2014) Species-specific variation in cuttlebone d13C and d18O for three species of Mediterranean cuttlefish. Marine Biology 161:489-494

  4. Rooker JR, Kitchens LL, Dance MA, Wells RJD, Falterman B, Cornic M (2013) Spatial, temporal, and habitat-related variation in abundance of pelagic fishes in the Gulf of Mexico: potential implications of Deepwater Horizon oil spill. PLoS ONE 8(10): E76080.

  5. Furey NB, Rooker JR (2013) Spatial and temporal shifts in suitable habitat of juvenile southern flounder (Paralichthys lethostigma). Journal of Sea Research 76: 161-169

  6. Rooker JR, Simms JR, Wells RJD, Holt SA, Holt GJ, Graves JE, Furey NB (2012) Distribution and habitat associations of billfish and swordfish larvae across mesoscale features in the Gulf of Mexico. PLoS ONE 7(4): e34180. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0034180

  7. Dorado S, Rooker JR, Wissel B, Quigg A (2012) Shifting isotopic baselines in pelagic food webs of the Gulf of Mexico. Marine Ecology Progress Series 464: 37-49

  8. Wells RJD, JR Rooker, DG Itano (2012) Nursery origin of yellowfin tuna in the Hawaiian Islands.Marine Ecology Progress Series 461: 187–196, 2012 

  9. Hoolihan JP, Luo J, Abascal FJ, Campana SE, De Metrio G, Dewar H, Domeier ML, Howey LA, Lutcavage ME, Musyl MK, Neilson JD, Orbesen ES, Prince ED, Rooker JR (2011) Evaluating post-release behaviour modification in large pelagic fishes deployed with pop-up satellite archival tags.ICES Journal of Marine Science 68: 880-889

  10. Kraus RT, Wells RJD, Rooker JR (2011) Horizontal movement of Atlantic blue marlin (Makaira nigricans) in the Gulf of Mexico. Marine Biology 158: 699-713

  11. Rooker JR, Stunz GS, Holt SA, Minello TJ (2010) Population connectivity of red drum in the northern Gulf of Mexico. Marine Ecology Progress Series 407: 187-

  12. Rooker JR, Secor DH, DeMetrio G, Schloesser R§, Block BA, Neilson JD (2008) Natal homing and connectivity in Atlantic bluefin tuna populations. Science 322: 742-744 (DOI:10.1126/Science.1161473)