R. J. David Wells

R. J. David Wells

Associate 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, Quigg A, Wissel B (2017) Influence of mesoscale oceanographic features on pelagic food webs in the Gulf of Mexico. Marine Biology doi:10.1007/s00227-017-3122-0

Mohan J, Sutton TT, Cook AB, Boswell KM, Wells RJD (2017) Influence of oceanographic conditions on abundance and distribution of post-larval and juvenile carangid fishes in the northern Gulf of Mexico. Fisheries Oceanography doi:10.1111/fog.12214

Plumlee JD, Wells RJD (2016) Feeding ecology of three coastal shark species in the northwest Gulf of Mexico. Marine Ecology Progress Series 550: 163-174

Wells RJD, Kinney MJ, Kohin S, Dewar H, Rooker JR, Snodgrass OE (2015) Natural tracers reveal population structure of albacore (Thunnus alalunga) in the eastern North Pacific Ocean. ICES Journal of Marine Science 72: 2118-2127

Wells RJD, Smith SE, Kohin S, Freund E, Spear N, Ramon DA (2013). Age validation of juvenile Shortfin Mako (Isurus oxyrinchus) tagged and marked with oxytetracycline off southern California. Fishery Bulletin 111:147-160