Deborah N. Vivian
1117 Hellmers Lane
Ocean Springs, MS 39564
(228) 818-0687 - home
(228) 872-4207 - work
- 2001-present, The University of Southern Mississippi, Department of Coastal Sciences
- Masters Program; Advisor: Dr. Chet Rakocinski - Benthic Ecology Program
- BS May 1999, Marine Science. Richard Stockton College of New Jersey, Pomona, NJ.
Marine Field Technician, Rutgers University Marine Field Station, Tuckerton, NJ 5/97-2/00,5/00-7/01
Provide technical support for a variety of projects pertaining to juvenile fish ecology and benthic/bottom habitats. Duties include data entry and analysis, juvenile and larval fish identifications, marking and measuring fish, seining, gillnetting, cage and trap repair, as well as the supervision of others in different procedures. Also familiar with small boats, compound and dissecting microscopes, long term dataloggers, dissolved oxygen meters, light meters, otter trawls, juvenile fish traps, and benthic grabs.
Fishery Biologist (GS-05), US Fish and Wildlife Service, Red Bluff, CA, 3/00-5/00
Duties included decoding coded wire tags, data entry, and the preparation of genetic samples from trapped adult Chinook salmon to look for endangered winter run salmon.
Project Experience: Examination of L. xanthurus otoliths (University of Southern Mississippi 2001-2002)
Examined daily growth of juvenile L. xanthurus using sagittae otoliths.
Movements of F. heteoclitus in streams and pools through use of coded wire tags (Rutgers University 2001)
Supervised and conducted field work examining the movements and reproductive analysis of F. heteroclitus through use of coded wire tags and gonadsomatic indices from winter to summer. Responsible for collections, scheduling, and data management.
Assessing the beach nourishment off the coast of Central New Jersey (Rutgers University 2000)
Identification of larval fishes found in ichthyoplankton samples collected by the Army Corp of Engineers.
Assessing the reproduction of the killifish, F. heteroclitus, through use of condition indices (Rutgers University 2000)
Determined gonadosomatic and hepatosomatic indices through the use of dissections and data management.
Hatchery Evaluation of juvenile chinook salmon, Oncorhynchus tshawytscha (US Fish and Wildlife 2000)
Evaluated coded wire tags and prepared samples for later genetic evaluation to assess the success of a hatchery.
Eelgrass assessment of edge effects on plant/animal interactions (Rutgers University 1999-2000)
Responsibilities include the identification of benthic invertebrates, analysis of eelgrass (Zostera marina), and data management.
Assessing the bottom habitat of Beach Haven Ridge and sites along the Mullica River, NJ (Rutgers University 1999-2000)
Characterize the bottom habitat through the use of video analysis and data management.
Feeding habits of the sandhills chub, Semotilus lumbee (Richard Stockton College of NJ 1999-2000)
Identification of freshwater invertebrates found in the stomach contents of the sandhills chub and data management.
Feeding Habits of juvenile winter flounder, Pseudopleuronectes americanus, in the Hudson River (Stockton College and Rutgers University, 1998-2000)
Independent research project analyzing the stomach contents of juvenile winter flounder to determine differences in prey type and size. Responsible for data management and final manuscript composition.
Assessing anthropogenic influences on feeding and growth of juvenile winter flounder (Pseudopleuronectes americanus) and tautog (Tautoga onitis) (Rutgers University 1997-1999)
Used caging techniques to analyze growth rates of these fishes as well as analyzed feeding habits through the use of gut content analysis and the identification of invertebrates found in benthic core samples. Also responsible for data management and participated in manuscript preparation.
Volunteer Laboratory Assistant, Richard Stockton College of NJ, 6/99-3/00
Duties include gut content analysis and data analysis.
Volunteer, National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Sandy Hook, NJ. 9/92-6/95
Assisted with data entry, as well as the sorting, identifying, weighing, and measuring of fish collected in otter trawls.
- Able, K.W., W.W. Wakefield, J.F. Grassle, R.F. Petrecca, D.N. Vivian, G.Taghon. In progress. Characterization of substrates/fish habitats in the vicinity of Beach Haven Ridge off southern New Jersey. IMCS Technical Report.
- Vivian, D.N., J.T. Duffy-Anderson, R.G Arndt, K.W. Able. 2000. Feeding Habits of Young of the Year Winter Flounder, Pseudopleuronectes americanus, in the New York - New Jersey Harbor Estuary, USA. Bulletin NJ Academy of Science.
New Jersey Academy of Sciences meeting, Lakewood, NJ, April 24, 1999
"Differences in prey type and size from the stomachs of juvenile winter flounder, Pseudopleuronectes americanus, in the lower Hudson River, New York- New Jersey" (Abstract Published)
Professional Skills/ Certifications:
Computer knowledge: SigmaPlot, Delta Graph, Systat, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word, WordPerfect
Video and time-lapse Video Systems
USCG Boating Safety and Seamanship (300+ hours on 20 ft Maritime Skiff)
Swift Water Training Technician