Mark S. Peterson, Ph.D.
Professor - Department of Coastal Sciences, Fisheries Ecology
Phone: (228) 872-4203
Fax: (228) 872-4204
Gulf Coast Research Laboratory
703 East Beach Drive
Ocean Springs, MS 39564
- Ph.D. Degree - University of Southern Mississippi, 1987. Biological Sciences. Ecological and physiological factors affecting the assembly of littoral fish communities along an environmental gradient, Stephen T. Ross, advisor.
- M.S. Degree - Florida Institute of Technology, 1981. Bio-Environmental Oceanography. Variations in the feeding ecology of the silver jenny, Eucinostomus gula (Quoy and Gaimard) and the spotfin mojarra, E. argenteus Baird. R. Grant Gilmore, advisor.
- B.S. Degree - Coastal Carolina University, 1978. Marine Science.
The University of Southern Mississippi
- Editor-in-Chief and Chair of the Advisory & Editorial Boards for Gulf and Caribbean Research (1996-2001; 2003-2013; 2015-present; formerly Gulf Research Reports). This position involved the overall operation of the journal including appointing Associate Editors and establishment of the advisory board, editing all manuscripts and making final decisions, maintaining communications with authors, reviewers, and Associate Editors, and maintaining the budget. Recently, the journal has been converted to a fully-online format starting in 2015.
- Interim Department Chair, Division of Coastal Sciences (August 2002-October 2003).
- Division of Coastal Sciences Summer Field Program (SFP) Advisory Committee, member (2000-02) and Chair (2002-05). The SFP serves 65 Colleges and Universities across the middle portion of the U.S.
- Coordinator of Graduate Studies, Division of Coastal Sciences (1998-2002).
- Interim Department Chair, Division of Coastal Sciences (August 2002-October 2003).
- St. Johns Cumulative Impact Assessment Review Panel committee member, The National Academy of Sciences, National Research Council, Water Science and Technology Board, October 2008-October 2011.
- Board of Governors American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists, 2005-2010.
- Board of Directors, Gulf and Caribbean Fisheries Institute, 2005-2017.
- Florida Keys Carrying Capacity (FKCCS) Model Review Panel committee member, The National Academy of Sciences, Ocean Studies Board, January 2001-January 2002. (Published: 2002. A Review of the Florida Keys Carrying Capacity Study, National Academy Press, Washington, D.C. 166p).
- President-Elect/President/Past President, Gulf Estuarine Research Society. 2000-05.
- Estuarine Research Federation, Education Committee (1998-00); Estuarine Research Federation Board (2002-05).
- Secretary-Treasurer/President-Elect/President, Southeastern Division-American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists. 1999-02.
- President-Elect/President, Mississippi Chapter of the American Fisheries Society. 1992-94.
- Professor (August 2002-present). Division of Coastal Sciences, The University of Southern Mississippi, Ocean Springs, MS. Duties include development of a research program in fisheries resource ecology and ecological physiology. Teaching responsibilities include Marine Ichthyology, Ecology of Fishes, Coastal Processes II, and Topics in Fisheries Ecology (http://gcrl.usm.edu/contacts/view_vitae.php?id=281 for descriptions of topics examined in the Topics in Fisheries Ecology class).
- Associate Professor (Tenured) (July 1998-August 2002). Division of Coastal Sciences, The University of Southern Mississippi, Ocean Springs, MS.
- Associate Research Scientist. (Dec.1994-July 1998). Gulf Coast Research Laboratory, Institute of Marine Sciences, The University of Southern Mississippi, Ocean Springs, MS.
- Associate Professor. (Tenured) (Aug. 1994-Dec. 1994). Department of Biological Sciences, Mississippi State University, MSU, MS. Teaching duties included Ichthyology, Ecology of Fishes, Ecology, Animal Behavior, and Principles of Zoology. Other duties included curation of fish museum.
- Assistant Professor. (Aug. 1989-Aug. 1994). Department of Biological Sciences, Mississippi State University, MSU, MS.
- Post-Doctoral Fellow. (Sept. 1987-Aug. 1989). Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institution, Inc., Ft. Pierce, FL. Ecophysiology research focused on experimental causes of fish kills of euryhaline, subtropical resident and transient fishes utilizing impounded mangrove habitats.
- Instructor. (Spring 1987). Department of Biological Sciences, The University of Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg, MS. Taught, coordinated and graded General Zoology lecture and laboratory.
- Teaching Assistant. (Fall 1983-Fall 1986 (@USM); Fall 1980-Spring 1981(@FIT)). Contact teaching and grading of lower and upper levels labs. Lower level labs.: Introductory biology (majors & honors) and General Zoology. Upper level labs.: Nearshore benthic ecology, Deepsea benthic ecology, Ichthyology.
- Marine Science Research Associate. (April 1981-Aug. 1982). University of Florida-IFAS, Florida Medical Entomology Lab., Wetlands Ecology Section, Vero Beach, FL. Assisted in the design of field research, and collection, identification and enumeration of fishes, zooplankton and benthic organisms in mangrove habitats.
- Research Assistantships. (Dept. Biol. Sci., USM: Sowashee creek water quality model verification (Summer 1984); American eel study (Summer 1983). Dept. Oceanogr. & Ocean Eng., FIT: Paradise Beach restoration project (Fall 1979); Melbourne Beach restoration project (August 1979-July 1980).
- Graduate Student Assistant. (Summers 1979-1980). Project leader to "Marine Field Projects" at FIT. Duties included assistance in the design of the field activities and the collection and identification of fish, zooplankton and benthic animals.
- Adjunct Professorships.
- (Sept.2000-01). Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering, Mississippi State University, Mississippi State, MS.
- (Feb.1995-98). Department of Biological Sciences, The University of Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg, MS.
- (Winter 1989). Department of Oceanography & Ocean Engineering, Florida Institute of Technology, Melbourne, FL. Taught, coordinated and graded Marine & Estuarine Benthic Ecology.
- Journal Editorships.
- Associate Editor, Gulf of Mexico Science (2013-present).
- Consejo Editorial (Editorial Council), CICIMAR Oceánides, INSTITUTO POLITÉCNICO NACIONAL, LaPaz, B.C.S., México (2010-present).
- Editorial Board, Caribbean Marine Studies Journal, Institute of Marine Affairs, University of Trinidad and Tobago, Republic of Trinidad and Tobago (2009-present).
- Served as a Guest Editor for Southeastern Naturalist in 2007.
- The Water Institute of the Gulf, Baton Rouge, LA; Review of Habitat Suitability Indices - Brown shrimp, White shrimp, Gulf Menhaden, Blue crab, Bay Anchovy, and Spotted Seatrout (July-September 2014).
- Taylor Engineering, Inc, Jacksonville, FL; Impacts of Channel Deepening on Nekton in the St. Johns River Estuary (Oct 2012-Dec 2013).
- South Florida Water Management District, West Palm Beach, FL; Adequacy of Technical Information to Support Minimum Inflow Needs for Biscayne Bay, panel member (Oct.-Nov. 2008).
- The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board; 2004 Research Assessment Review Panel for the Marine and Coastal Research Programs at Texas Universities, panel member (Aug. 2004).
- The Nature Conservancy and the U.S. EPA; Evaluation of the final report of the Florida Keys Carrying Capacity Study, Panel member (Sept.-Nov. 2002).
- South Florida Water Management District, West Palm Beach, FL; Evaluation of the St. Lucie River and Estuary Minimum Flow Plan, Chair of Panel (May-August 2001).
- Southwest Florida Water Management District, Brooksville, FL; Evaluation of Hillsborough River Minimum Flow Plan (June-November 1999).
- U.S. Army Corps of Engineers-WES, Vicksburg, MS; Trophic ecology of freshwater catfishes (Sept. 1982).
- Hubbs-SeaWorld Research Institute, San Diego, CA; Bottlenose dolphin and manatee survey (Nov. 1979).
- Marine Ichthyology (COA 421/521) and Marine Ichthyology Laboratory (COA 421L/521L)
The objective of this course is to provide the student with a sound foundation in ichthyology and fish biology/ecology within a marine laboratory setting. Working in this setting provides the students with intensive hands-on experience with tidal freshwater to marine fishes and the habitats that these fish use during all or part of their life history. The course will be split equally between lecture and laboratory and the students will be expected to demonstrate an understanding of the principles involved with classification, taxonomy and evolutionary relationships of fishes. The lecture will cover fundamental topics of fishes (systematics, physiology, biology) and a brief overview of fishes in different aquatic habitats. Laboratory will focus on identification of fishes and discussions on their ecology.
- Coastal Processes II (COA 602)
In this course, we examine a conceptual framework encompassing biotic processes in pelagic, benthic, and land margin subsystems. Coupling among coastal subsystems will be emphasized so that an integrated framework is developed. The objective of this course is to provide the graduate student with a knowledge of fundamental biotic processes in coastal ecosystems. It is offered in conjunction with a complementary course stressing abiotic processes (Coastal Processes I). Team-taught upon request. Lecture pdf files are located here.
- Ecology of Fishes (COA 746)
This course would be taken by graduate students that wish to have a more advanced treatment of fish ecology/biology. Although the course focuses on fish ecology, the non-lecture portion of the course will provide a better understanding of experimental design in field and laboratory situations. The course utilizes fish as a tool, but the development of pre-proposal designs and statistical analyses and presentation of papers will be very useful for all graduate students.
- Topics in Fisheries Ecology (COA 742)
This advanced topics course changes focus each semester based in part on graduate student needs and interests. Graduate students and faculty read a series of related papers (or books) and the students generally lead detailed discussions upon which they are evaluated. The course is designed to intensely evaluate the primary literature on the subject and in some terms, interested students in the class actually do a research project. In recent semesters the focus has been:
- Restoration Science (Spring 2009 w/R. Fulford)
- Biology of Fishes w/research project (Fall 2008)
- Marine Metapopulations & Metacommunities (Fall 2007)
- Global Climate Change and Fisheries (Fall 2005)
- Historical Ecology (Spring 2005, Fall 2010, Fall 2012, Fall 2014)
- Fishes in Estuaries (Fall 2003)
- Statistical Approaches in Coastal Ecology (Fall 1999, w/C. Rakocinski)
- Recruitment of Fishes to Coral Reef Systems (Fall 1998, w/C. Rakocinski)
- Metapopulation Biology/Landscape Ecology (Spring 1998, w/C. Rakocinski)