Jay R. Rooker


Jay Rooker
McDaniel Chair of Marine Fisheries

Galveston Campus
Bld# 3029, Office 249

Email               Website
(409) 740-4744
(409) 740-5002 Fax

Marine Biology
Marine Biology Graduate Program (MARB IDP)

Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences



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
Fisheries Techniques (MARB 320)
Marine Ecology (MARB 425)
Current Concepts in Marine Biology and Ecology
Ecology of Coral Reef Fishes

Recent Publications
Schloesser RW, Rooker JR, Louchuoarn P, Neilson JD, Secor DH (2009)  Interdecadal variation in seawater δ13C and δ18O recorded in fish otoliths.  Limnology and Oceanography 54: 1665–1668   
Wells RDJ, Harper JO, Rooker JR, Landry AM, Dellapenna TM (2009)  Fish assemblage structure on a drowned barrier island in the northwestern Gulf of Mexico. Hydrobiologia 625:207–221  
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  
Rooker JR, Secor DH, DeMetrio G, Kaufman, JA, Belmonte Rios A, Ticina A (2008) Evidence of trans-Atlantic mixing and natal homing of bluefin tuna. Marine Ecology Progress Series 368: 231-239  
Glass LA, Rooker JR, Kraus RT, Holt GJ (2008). Distribution, condition, and growth of newly settled southern flounder (Paralichthys lethostigma) in the Galveston Bay Estuary, Texas. Journal of Sea Research 59: 259-268