My research interests are field oriented and related to the management of coral reef associated fisheries. They can be divided into two broad areas. The first is the ecology of reef fish movement and habitat utilization and their effects on system function, including the effects of habitat distribution on species diversity and abundance and the transport of biomass among habitats. Associated areas include the function and design of marine reserves, the impact of fishing on reef associated habitats, and habitat mapping and assessment using remote sensing techniques and GIS. The second area consists of the analysis of reef fisheries, including biomass surveys and stock assessment, with a particular emphasis on the population and fishery dynamics of queen conch.
Prada, M.C., R.S. Appeldoorn, J.A. Rivera, 2008. Improving coral reef habitat mapping of the Puerto Rico insular shelf using side scan sonar. Marine Geodesy 31: 4973.
Aguilar-Perera, A. R.S. Appeldoorn. 2008. Spatial distribution of marine fishes along a cross-shelf gradient containing a continuum of mangrove-seagrass-coral reefs off Southwestern Puerto Rico. Estuar. Coast. Shelf Sci.76: 378-394.
Prada, M.C. R.S. Appeldoorn, J.A. Rivera. 2008. The effects of minimum map unit in coral reefs maps generated from high resolution side scan sonar mosaics. Coral Reefs. 10.1007/s00338-007-0328-5
Aguilar-Perera, A. R.S. Appeldoorn. 2007. Variations in juvenile fish density along the mangrove-seagrass-coral reef continuum in SW Puerto Rico. Mar. Ecol Prog Ser. 348: 139148.
Aiken, K., A. Kong, S. Smikle, R. Appeldoorn, G. Warner. 2006. Managing Jamaica’s queen conch resources. Ocean Coast. Manage. 49: 332-341.
Sanders, I.M., J.C. Barrios-Santiago and R.S. Appeldoorn. 2005. Distribution and relative abundance of humpback whales off western Puerto Rico during 1995-1997. Caribb. J. Sci. 41: 101-107.
Appeldoorn, R.S., A. Friedlander, J. Sladek Nowlis, P.Ussegilo, A.Mitchell-Chui. 2003. Habitat connectivity on the insular platform of Old Providence-Santa Catalina, Colombia: mechanisms, limits and ecological consequences relevant to marine reserve design. Gulf Caribb. Res. 14: 61-77.
Appeldoorn, R.S., K.C. Lindeman. 2003. A Caribbean-wide survey of no-take marine reserves: spatial coverage and attributes of effectiveness. Gulf Caribb. Res. 14: 139-154.
Christensen, J.D., C.F.G. Jeffrey, C. Caldow, M.E. Monaco, M.S. Kendall, R.S. Appeldoorn. 2003. Quantifying habitat utilization patterns of reef fishes along a cross-shelf gradient in southwestern Puerto Rico. Gulf Caribb. Res. 14: 9-27.Friedlander, A. J. Sladek Nowlis, J. A. Sanchez, R. Appeldoorn, P.Usseglio, C. McCormick, S. Bejarano, and A. Mitchell-Chui. 2003. Designing Effective Marine Protected Areas in Seaflower Biosphere Reserve, Colombia, based on Biological and Sociological Information. Cons. Biol. 17: 1769-1784.