R. J. David Wells

R. J. David Wells

Assistant Professor

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Research interests

Biology and ecology of bony fishes, sharks, and rays. Research focus on life history, habitat use, movement, and feeding ecology of marine species throughout sub-tropical and temperate ecosystems.


B.S. Oregon State University (1998)
M.S. Texas A&M University (2002)
Ph.D. Louisiana State University (2007)

Courses Taught

Ichthyology (MARB 311)
Field Ichthyology (MARB 312)

Recent Publications

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

Preti A, Soykan CU, Dewar H, Wells RJD, Spear N, Kohin S (2012). Comparative feeding ecology of shortfin mako, blue and common thresher sharks in the California Current. Environmental Biology of Fishes 95: 127-146

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

Wells RJD, Steneck RS, Palma AT (2010). Three-dimensional resource partitioning between American lobster (Homarus americanus) and rock crab (Cancer irroratus) in a subtidal kelp forest. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology 384: 1-6

Wells RJD, Cowan JH Jr., Patterson WF, Walters CJ (2008). Effect of trawling on juvenile red snapper (Lutjanus campechanus) habitat selection and life history parameters. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 65: 2399-2411

Wells RJD, Cowan JH Jr., Fry B (2008). Feeding ecology of red snapper Lutjanus campechanus in the northern Gulf of Mexico. Marine Ecology Progress Series 361: 213-225