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Dr. J. Read Hendon

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Institution(s) / Organization(s):
Center for Fisheries Research and Development (CFRD), Gulf Coast Research Laboratory (GCRL)
University of Southern Mississippi, Gulf Coast Research Laboratory

Read Hendon is the Director of the Center for Fisheries Research and Development at the University of Southern Mississippi's Gulf Coast Research Laboratory (GCRL). He started his M.S. work at the GCRL in 1996, completing his advanced degree in fisheries ecology in 1998. Since that time, Read has worked in the fisheries discipline on a variety of programs, ranging from monitoring and assessment of important coastal species to juvenile spotted seatrout ecology. He is a Certified Fisheries Professional (FP-C) through the American Fisheries Society and a Certified Oyster Biologist through Louisiana's Department of Natural Resources.

Most recently, Read has served as project manager for GCRL’s involvement in the Port of Gulfport Restoration Program’s Environmental Services contract and undertaken numerous duties relative to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, including serving as: Inter-Agency Coordinator for the University of Southern Mississippi Oil Spill Response Team; Mississippi Trustee Representative for the Deepwater Horizon Natural Resources Damage Assessment (NRDA) Fish Technical Working Group; and, GCRL Project Manager for the Mississippi Resource Restoration Group (the State of Mississippi’s NRDA assessment team).

In 2009, the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council appointed Read to two-year terms on its Standing Scientific and Statistical Committee, Coastal Migratory Pelagics (Mackerel) Advisory Panel and Red Drum Advisory Panel. He’s also Field Party Chief for Southeast Area Monitoring and Assessment Program (SEAMAP) offshore trawl surveys and currently serves as the Chairman of and Mississippi Representative for the SEAMAP Gulf Sub-Committee. Other committees include: SEAMAP Shrimp and Groundfish Work Group, SEAMAP Reef Fish Work Group Leader, GCRL's Boat Operations Committee, and USFWS/NOAA Aquatic Nuisance Species Task Force Expert, Tier 2. In February 2010, Read was recognized as the 2009 Fisheries Conservationist of the Year by the Mississippi Wildlife Federation.

Oil Spill Research:
-Mississippi Coastal Sport Fish Studies (USFWS, MS-DMR)

Ph.D. in Fisheries Ecology, University of Southern Mississippi, Department of Coastal Sciences, Ocean Springs, MS, U.S.A., 2013

M.S. in Fisheries Ecology, University of Southern Mississippi, Ocean Springs, MS, U.S.A., 1998

B.S. in Biological Sciences, University of Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg, MS, U.S.A., 1996

Area of Expertise / Interest:
Ecology; Fisheries; Natural and Man-Made Hazard Mitigation; Population Biology; Coastal Development; Ecological Indicators; Habitat Loss; Invasive Species; Oil and Gas Development; Overfishing and Bycatch; Sustainable Development; Geographic Information Science (GIS)

Preferred Language:   English

Mailing Address:
Center for Fisheries Research & Development
USM Gulf Coast Research Laboratory
703 East Beach Drive
Ocean Springs, MS 39564
Telephone: +1 228-872-4202
Fax: +1 228-872-4204

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Keywords:   Fisheries biology, Marine ecology, Spotted seatrout, Cobia, Tripletail

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