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Richard S. Appeldoorn, PhD

 

Richard S. Appeldoorn, PhD   (Curriculum Vitae)

Professor: Fisheries Biology and Coral Reef Studies

PhD – University of Road Island, 1980.

Department of Marine Sciences 
University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez Campus
PO Box 9000
Mayagüez, PR 00681-9000 


Tel. (787) 899-2048 ext. 251
Fax: (787) 899-2630; 899-5500
Email: richard.appeldoorn@upr.edu
Webpage: http://ccri.uprm.edu
Office: Magueyes Marine Laboratories

 

Research Interests

I have three broad areas of research interests, which are generally field oriented and related to the management of coral reef associated fisheries:

(1) The first is ecological connectivity, with a focus on reef fish movement and habitat utilization and their effects on system function, including the function and design of marine reserves, and the impact of fishing on reef associated habitats. 

(2) The analysis of reef fisheries, including biomass surveys and population assessment, with a particular emphasis on reef fish spawning aggregations and on the population and fishery dynamics of queen conch.

(3) The structure and function of mesophotic coral ecosystems (MCEs), including the effects of geomorphology on community structure, the vulnerability of MCEs to anthropogenic stress and their connectivity to shallow reefs.

 

Courses

  • CMOB 5015. FISHERIES BIOLOGY
  • CMOB 6017. LENGTH-FREQUENCY METHODS IN FISHERIES BIOLOGY
  • CMOB 8667. ADVANCED FISHERIES BIOLOGY
  • CMOB8649. CRITICAL ANALYSIS OF READINGS IN MARINE ECOLOGY
  • CMOB 6078.ANALYSIS OF SPATIAL DATA IN MARINE ECOLOGY

 

Recent Publications

1) Appeldoorn, R., D. Ballantine, I. Bejarano, M. Carlo, M. Nemeth, E. Otero, F. Pagan, H. Ruiz, N. Schizas, C. Sherman, E. Weil. 2016. Mesophotic coral ecosystems under anthropogenic stress: a case study at Ponce, Puerto Rico.  Coral Reefs 35: 63–75

 

2) Loya, Y., G. Eyal, T. Treibitz, M.P. Lesser, R. Appeldoorn. 2016. Theme section on mesophotic coral ecosystems: advances in knowledge and future perspectives. Coral Reefs 35: 1-9.

3) Merten, W., R. Appeldoorn, R. Rivera, D. Hammond. 2016. Movement dynamics of Dolphinfish (Coryphaena hippurus) in the northeastern Caribbean Sea: evidence of seasonal re-entry into domestic and international fisheries throughout the western central Atlantic.  Fish. Res. 175: 24-34.

4) Appeldoorn, R.S., D. Ballantine, I. Bejarano, H. Ruiz, N. Schizas, W. Schmidt, C. Sherman, E. Weil. 2016. Chapter 3.10. La Parguera, Puerto Rico, USA. Pp. 45-49.  In: Baker, E.K., Puglise, K.A. and Harris, P.T. (Eds.). Mesophotic coral ecosystems — A lifeboat for coral reefs? The United Nations Environment Programme and GRID-Arendal, Nairobi and Arendal.

5) Holstein, D., T.B. Smith, R.S. Appeldoorn.  2016.  Chapter 5. Ecosystem services provided by mesophotic coral ecosystems. Pp. 63-66.  In: Baker, E.K., Puglise, K.A. and Harris, P.T. (Eds.). Mesophotic coral ecosystems — A lifeboat for coral reefs? The United Nations Environment Programme and GRID-Arendal, Nairobi and Arendal.

6) Rowell, T.J., R.S. Nemeth, M.T. Schärer, R.S. Appeldoorn. 2015. Fish sound production and acoustic telemetry reveal behaviors and spatial patterns associated with spawning aggregations of two Caribbean groupers.  Mar. Ecol. Prog. Ser. 518: 239–254.

7) Tuohy, E., M.I. Nemeth, I. Bejarano, M.T. Schärer, R.S. Appeldoorn. 2015 In situ tagging of Nassau grouper Epinephelus striatus using closed-circuit rebreathers at a spawning aggregation in Puerto Rico.  Mar. Tech. Soc. J. 49: 115-122.

8) Merten, W.B., R.S. Appeldoorn, N.V. Schizas, C.T. Craig, D.L. Hammond. 2015. Genetic structure and dispersal capabilities of dolphinfish (Coryphaena hippurus) in the western central Atlantic. Fish. Bull. 113:419–429.

9) Beltran, D. N.V. Schizas, C. Prada, R. Appeldoorn. 2015. Isolation and characterization of 12 microsatellite loci to study connectivity in the yellow jawfish Opistognathus aurifrons Conservation. Genet. Resour. 7: 543-544.

10) Schärer, M.T., M.I. Nemeth, T.J. Rowell, R.S. Appeldoorn. 2014. Sounds associated with the reproductive behavior of the black grouper (Mycteroperca bonaci).  Mar. Biol. 161: 141-147.

11) Sherman, C., R. Appeldoorn, D. Ballantine, I. Bejarano, M. Carlo, D. Kesling, M. Nemeth, F. Pagan, H. Ruiz, N. Schizas, E. Weil.  2013. Exploring the mesophotic zone: diving operations and scientific highlights of three research cruises across Puerto Rico and US Virgin Islands.  Pp 297-312, in Lang, M.A., and M.D.J. Sayer, editors.  Proceedings of the 2013 AAUS/ESDP Curaçao Joint International Scientific Diving Symposium, October 24-27, 2013, Curaçao. American Academy of Underwater Sciences. Dauphin Island, AL.

12) Mateos-Molina, D., M.T. Schärer-Umpierre, R.S. Appeldoorn, J.A. García-Charton. 2014. Measuring the effectiveness of a Caribbean oceanic island no-take zone with an asymmetrical BACI approach.  Fish. Res. 150: 1-10.

13) Merten, W., R. Appeldoorn, D. Hammond. 2014.  Movements of dolphinfish (Coryphaena hippurus) along the U.S. East Coast as determined through mark and recapture data. Fish. Res. 151: 114-121.

14) Bejarano, I., R.S. Appeldoorn, M. Nemeth. 2014.  Fishes associated to mesophotic coral ecosystems in La Parguera, Puerto Rico.  Coral Reefs 33: 313-328.

15) Merten, W., R. Appeldoorn, D. Hammond. 2014.  Spatial differentiation of dolphinfish (Coryphaena hippurus) movements relative to the Bahamian archipelago. Bull. Mar. Sci. 90: 849-864.

16) Merten, W., R. Appeldoorn, R. Rivera, D. Hammond. 2014. Diel vertical movements of adult male dolphinfish (Coryphaena hippurus) in the western central Atlantic as determined by use of pop-up satellite archival transmitters.Mar. Biol. 161:1823–1834

17) Schärer-Umpierre, M.,  D. Mateos-Molina, R. Appeldoorn, I, Bejarano, E Hernández-Delgado, R. Nemeth, M. Nemeth, M. Valdés-Pizzini, T. Smith. 2014. Marine Managed Areas in the US Caribbean marine ecosystems. Pp 129-152.  In: Johnson, M. L., and Sandell, J., Advances in Marine Biology: Marine Managed Areas and Fisheries, Vol. 69, Elsevier, Oxford, UK

18) Appeldoorn, R.S., T.J. Rowell, M. Schärer-Umpierre, M. Nemeth. 2014.  Corroborating fishermen’s knowledge of red hind spawning aggregation sites using passive acoustic mapping techniques.  Proc. Gulf Caribb. Fish. Inst. 66: 375-378.

19) Schärer-Umpierre, M., R. Nemeth, E. Tuohy, K. Clouse, M. Nemeth, R.S. Appeldoorn.  2014. Nassau grouper Epinephelus striatus fish spawning aggregations in the US Caribbean.  Proc. Gulf Caribb. Fish. Inst. 66: 408-412.

20) Bejarano, I., R.S. Appeldoorn. 2013. Seawater turbidity and fish communities on coral reefs of Puerto Rico.  Mar. Ecol. Prog. Ser. 474: 217–226.

21) Tzadik, O., R.S. Appeldoorn. 2013. Reef structure drives parrotfish species composition on shelf edge reefs in La Parguera, Puerto Rico.  Cont. Shelf Res.  54: 14-23.

22) Appeldoorn, R.S., M.T. Schärer-Umpierre, T.J. Rowell, M. Nemeth, 2013. Measuring relative density of spawning red hind (Epinephelus guttatus) from sound production: consistency within and among sites.  Proc. Gulf Caribb. Fish Inst. 65:284-286.

23) Schärer-Umpierre, M., T. Rowell M. Nemeth, R. Appeldoorn. 2013. The courtship associated sounds of Nassau grouper, Epinephelus striatus (Pisces: Epinephelidae) during spawning aggregations Proc. Gulf Caribb. Fish Inst. 65:302-304.

24) Rowell, T.J., R.S. Appeldoorn, M.T. Schärer-Umpierre, 2013. Passive acoustics record grouper spawning activity at multi-species aggregations.  Proc. Gulf Caribb. Fish Inst. 65: 281-283.

25) Pagan, F.E., R.S. Appeldoorn. 2012. Use of small ROV systems to survey mesophotic ecosystems.  Proc. Gulf Caribb. Fish. Inst. 64: 9-12.

26) Schärer, M.T., M.I. Nemeth, D. Mann, J. Locascio, R.S. Appeldoorn, T.J. Rowell. 2012. Sound production and reproductive behavior of yellowfin grouper, Mycteroperca venenosa (Serranidae) at a spawning aggregation. Copeia 2012: 135–144.

27) Rowell, T.J., M.T. Schärer, R.S. Appeldoorn, M.I. Nemeth, D.A. Mann, J.A. Rivera. 2012. Sound production as an indicator of red hind (Epinephelus guttatus) density at a spawning aggregation.  Mar. Ecol. Prog. Ser. 462: 241–250.

28) Schärer, M.T., T.J. Rowell, M.I. Nemeth, R.S. Appeldoorn. 2012. Sound production associated with reproductive behavior of Nassau grouper, Epinephelus striatus at spawning aggregations.  Endang. Species Res. 19: 29-38.

29) Appeldoorn, R.S.  2011.  Reef resources, the fog of fisheries and ecosystem-based management.  Pp. 147-156,  In: Lucia Fanning; Robin Mahon; Patrick McConney (Eds.).  Towards Marine Ecosystem-based Management in the Wider Caribbean.  Amsterdam University Press.  Amsterdam.

30) Appeldoorn, R.S., E. Castro Gonzalez, R. Glazer, M. Prada.  2011.  Applying EBM to queen conch fisheries in the Caribbean.  Pp. 177-186, In: Lucia Fanning; Robin Mahon; Patrick McConney (Eds.). Towards Marine Ecosystem-based Management in the Wider Caribbean.   Amsterdam University Press.  Amsterdam.

31) Mahon, R., S. Almerigi, R. Appeldoorn, K. Baldwin, G. Bustamante, J. Cramer, N. Ehrhardt, D. Gill, C. Gooding, W. Hobson, P. Kramer, M. Lay, A. Lopez, S. Martinez, J. Mendes, A. Ramirez, S. Salas, V. Sweeny, B. Wade. 2011.   The vision for EBM of Coral Reef Ecosystems in the Wider Caribbean. Pp. 323-333, In: Lucia Fanning; Robin Mahon; Patrick McConney (Eds.). Towards Marine Ecosystem-based Management in the Wider Caribbean.   Amsterdam University Press.  Amsterdam.

32) Appeldoorrn, R.S. 2011. Can we stop the madness? Managing for resilience in coral reef fisheries.  Proc. Gulf Caribb. Fish. Inst. 63: 6–9.

33)  Appeldoorn, R.S., I. Ruíz, F.E. Pagan.  2011.  From habitat mapping to ecological function:  incorporating habitat into coral reef fisheries management.  Proc. Gulf Caribb. Fish. Inst. 63: 10-17.

34) Pagan, F., R.S. Appeldoorn, I. Ruiz.  2011. Including ecological function into habitat networks using numerical modeling: assessing performance and cost.  Proc. Gulf Caribb. Fish. Inst. 63: 18-22.

35) Cerveny, K., R.S. Appeldoorn, C.W. Recksiek.  2011.  Managing habitat in coral reef ecosystems for fisheries: just what is essential?  Proc. Gulf Caribb. Fish. Inst. 63: 23-36.

36) Bejarano, I., M. Nemeth, R.S. Appeldoorn. 2011.  Use of mixed-gas rebreathers to access fish assemblages in mesophotic coral ecosystems (MCE) off La Parguera shelf-edge, Puerto Rico.  Proc. Gulf Caribb. Fish. Inst. 63: 130–133.

37) Rowell, T.J., R.S. Appeldoorn, J.A. Rivera, D.A. Mann, T. Kellison, M. Nemeth, M. Schärer-Umpierre. 2011. Use of passive acoustics to map grouper spawning aggregations, with emphasis on red hind, Epinephelus guttatus, off western Puerto Rico. Proc. Gulf Caribb. Fish. Inst. 63: 139-142.

38) Rivera, J., T. Kellison, R.S. Appeldoorn, M. Schärer, M. Nemeth, T. Rowell, D. Mateos, P. Nealson. 2011. Detection of Mona Island and Abrir La Sierra, Puerto Rico red hind (Epinephelus guttatus) 1 m off the bottom with hydroacoustic techniques.  Proc. Gulf Caribb. Fish. Inst. 63: 143–148.

39) Mateo, I., E. Durbin, R. Appeldoorn, A. Adams, F. Juanes, D. Durant.  2011.  Inferred growth of juvenile French grunts, Haemulon flavolineatum, and schoolmaster, Lutjanus apodus, in mangrove and seagrass habitats.  Bull. Mar. Sci. 87: 339-350.

40) Mateo, I., E.G. Durbin, R.S. Appeldoorn, A.J. Adams, F. Juanes, R. Kingsley, P. Swart, D. Durant. 2010. Role of mangroves as nurseries for French grunt Haemulon flavolineatum and schoolmaster Lutjanus apodus assessed by otolith elemental fingerprints. Mar. Ecol. Prog. Ser.402: 197–212.

41) Hinderstein L.M., J.C.A. Marr, F.A. Martinez, M.J. Dowgiallo, K.A. Puglise, R.L. Pyle, D.G. Zawada, R. Appeldoorn. 2010. Mesophotic Coral Ecosystems: Characterization, Ecology, and Management.  Coral Reefs. 29: 247-251.  

42) Sherman, C., M. Nemeth, H. Ruíz, I. Bejarano, R. Appeldoorn, F. Pagán, M. Schärer, E. Weil. 2010. Geomorphology and benthic cover of mesophotic coral ecosystems of the upper insular slope of southwest Puerto Rico.  Coral Reefs 29: 347-360.

43) Schärer, M.T., M.I. Nemeth, R.S. Appeldoorn.  2010. Protecting a multi-species spawning-aggregation at Mona Island, Puerto Rico.  Proc. Gulf Caribb. Fish. Inst. 62: 252-259.

44) Mann, D., J. Locascio, M. Schärer, M. Nemeth, R. Appeldoorn.  2010.  Sound production by red hind (Epinephelus guttatus) on spatially segregated spawning aggregation sites.  Aquat. Biol. 10: 149-154.

45) Pittman, S.J., S.D. Hile, C.F.G. Jeffrey, R. Clark, K. Woody, B.D. Herlach, C. Caldow, M.E. Monaco, R. Appeldoorn. 2010. Coral reef ecosystems of Reserva Natural La Parguera (Puerto Rico): Spatial and temporal patterns in fish and benthic communities (2001-2007). NOAA Technical Memorandum NOS NCCOS 107. Silver Spring, MD. 202 pp