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Dr. James A. Morris, Jr.

Photo courtesy S. Kemp

Institution(s) / Organization(s):
Center for Coastal Fisheries and Habitat Research, National Ocean Service (NOS)

James is an Ecologist with NOAA’s National Ocean Service, National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science. His research focuses on coastal marine ecology with expertise in invasive species and marine aquaculture. Past research includes laboratory and field experiments on aquaculture candidate species, finfish reproduction, and invasiveness of marine organisms. James has recently documented the biology and ecology of invasive lionfish, studied the propagation of invasive colonial tunicates, helped develop an early detection and rapid response program for marine invaders in South Florida, and has cultivated over seven species of marine fishes and multiples species of molluscs.

B.S. Biology, East Carolina University, NC, USA
M.S. Biology, East Carolina University, NC, USA
Ph.D. Zoology, North Carolina State University, NC, USA

Area of Expertise / Interest:
Ecology; Fisheries; Population Biology; Invasive Species

Preferred Language:   English

Mailing Address:
101 Pivers Island Rd.
Beaufort, NC 28516
Telephone: +1 252-728-8782
Fax: +1 252-728-8784

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Links to Projects or Publications:
Field Guide to the Nonindigenous Marine Fishes of Florida
Biology and Ecology of Invasive Lionfish
Feeding Ecology of Invasive Lionfish
Phenotypic Variations in Lionfish
Lionfish Integrated Assessment
Aquaculture of the Atlantic Red Porgy
Use of Micro-PIXE to Investigate Striped Bass Migration (Otolith microchemistry)
Life History Strategies of Striped Bass
Impacts of the Invasive Colonial Tunicate Didemnum vexillum on Recruitment of Scallops
Age Estimation of Larval and Juvenile Spot
Discovery Channel Lionfish Invasion basics and field work
Discovery Channel Lionfish Reproduction
Discovery Channel Cooking Lionfish Special
AquaKids Lionfish Episode 1

Keywords:   Marine ecology, Estuarine ecology, Lionfish, Marine aquaculture, Invasive species

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