- Undergraduate Education
- B.A. Biology, Gustavus Adolphus College
- Graduate Education
- M.S. Marine Sciences, University of Puerto Rico
- Ph.D. Marine Sciences, University of Texas at Austin
Dr. Jay Rooker is an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Ecology and Conservation Biology. He is also a Regents Professor and McDaniel Chair of Marine Fishes in the Department of Marine Biology at Texas A&M University-Galveston. Dr. Rooker oversees work in the TAMUG Fisheries Ecology Lab. He currently sits on the Editorial Board for Ecology and Ecological Monographs.
Research Interests and Specializations
Community and population ecology of aquatic organisms, with a special emphasis on marine fishes.
Fisheries Ecology Lab
The Fisheries Ecology Lab centers on the community and population ecology of aquatic organisms, with a special emphasis on marine fishes. The team is particularly interested in linkages between habitat selection, individual responses, and survival. The work is both laboratory and field-based, and we typically use both quantitative and experimental approaches to elucidate the importance of biotic and abiotic factors that influence growth, condition, and survival. The research team is currently using a variety of natural markers to solve ecological problems.
Cornice M, Smith BL, Kitchens LL, Alvarado Bremer JR, Rooker JR (2018) Abundance and habitat associations of tuna larvae in the surface water of the Gulf of Mexico. Hydrobiologia 806: 29-46
Mamoozadeh NR, McDowell JR, Rooker JR, Graves JE (2017) Genetic evaluation of population structure in white marlin (Kajikia albida): the importance of statistical power. ICES Journal of Marine Science doi:10.1093/icesjms/fsx047
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
Kitchens LL, Paris CB, Vaz AC, Ditty JG, Cornic M, Cowan JH, Rooker JR (2017) Occurrence of invasive lionfish (Pterois volitans) larvae in the northern Gulf of Mexico: characterization of dispersal pathways and spawning areas. Biological Invasions 19:1971-1979
Luque PL, Zhang S, Rooker JR, Bidegain G, Rodriquez-Marin E (2017) Dorsal fine spines as a non-invasive alternative calcified structure for microelemental studies in Atlantic bluefin tuna. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology 486: 127-133