News and Updates


New Paper Coming Out Soon!

October 19, 2021 - A paper on our Gulf Sturgeon work in the Apalachicola River from 2013-2018 has been accepted for publication! This paper encompasses much of the work done by Andrew Marbury and Nathaniel Hancock for their MS theses.

Fox, A.G., N.Q. Hancock, J.A. Marbury, A.J. Kaeser, and D.L. Peterson. Recruitment and survival of juvenile Gulf

sturgeon (Acipenser oxyrinchus desotoi) in the Apalachicola River in Florida. Accepted for publication in Fishery Bulletin.

Update: Paper available from Fishery Bulletin here.

MS Thesis Defense

June 10, 2021 - Michael Baker successfully defended his Masters Thesis, 'Juvenile Atlantic Sturgeon in the Altamaha River: Refined recruitment estimation and investigating the effects of flow regime.' Congratulations, Michael! Michael's co-advisor was Dr. Brian Irwin of the USGS Georgia Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Unit, and his committee members were Drs. Robert Bringolf and Cecil Jennings.


Thesis Defense

April 27, 2021 - Congratulations to Brendan Dula, who successfully defended his Masters Thesis, 'The effects of Hurricane Michael on annual recruitment, mortality, and migration of Gulf Sturgeon in the Apalachicola River, Florida.' Brendan's co-advisor was Dr. Cecil Jennings, and his committee members were Drs. Robert Bringolf and Adam Kaeser (USFWS).


UGA Graduate TA Award

April, 2021 - MS Student Michael Baker received an Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award from UGA's Center for Teaching and learning. This award recognizes the top 10% of teaching assistants demonstrating superior teaching skills while serving in the classroom or laboratory.

Senior Thesis Defense

April, 2021 - Undergraduate student Daniel Gragson completed his senior thesis and presented his work to the Warnell community. His research focused on the comparison of first and second fin rays for use in aging Shortnose Sturgeon in Georgia. Daniel also recently presented his work at the Southern Division of the American Fisheries Society's online 2021 conference.

New Publication Coming Soon!

February, 2021 - A paper by Sturgeon Lab alum Andrew Marbury has been accepted for publication:

Marbury, J. A., A. Kaesar, A. Fox, D. Peterson. 2021. Experimental passage of adult male Gulf Sturgeon around Jim Woodruff Lock and Dam, FL. Accepted for publication in Journal of Applied Ichthyology.

Student Award at WGSS 2021

February, 2021 - MS student Brendan Dula won 1st place fisheries presentation at the 2021 Warnell Graduate Student Symposium in Athens, GA.

Student Awards at GA AFS

January, 2021 - MS student Brendan Dula won first place student paper at the 2021 Georgia AFS virtual conference. His talk was titled "Effects of Hurricane Michael on annual recruitment, mortality, and behavior of Gulf Sturgeon in the Apalachicola River, Florida."

Brendan was also awarded the chapter's Ronnie J. Gilbert Scholarship, which is awarded to an outstanding student member of the chapter.

Thesis Defense

November 18, 2020 - Gina Alvarez successfully defended her Masters Thesis, 'Using video surveys to examine the effect of habitat on Gag occurrence .' Congratulations! She was co-advised by Dr. Cecil Jennings, and committee members included Dr. Brian Irwin and Dave Gandy (FWCC).

Thesis Defense

November 9, 2020 - Congratulations to Cortney Bunch for the successful defense of her Masters Thesis, 'Using side-scan sonar to quantify. the spawning runs of Atlantic Sturgeon in the Altamaha River, Georgia.' Cortney was co-advised by Dr. Cecil Jennings, and her committee included Drs. Richard Chandler and Adam Kaeser (USFWS).

New Publication

July, 2020 - Sturgeon Lab alum Evan Ingram put together a paper on Shortnose Sturgeon in Georgia:

Ingram, E., D. Peterson, and A. Fox. 2020. Abundance of endangered Shortnose Sturgeon (Accipenser brevirostrum) in the Altamaha River in Georgia. Fishery Bulletin 118: 198-204.

Sturgeon Symposium at SDAFS

February, 2020 - With Dr. Marty Hamel, Dr. Fox organized a symposium on "Sturgeon population dynamics: a compilation of techniques, tools, and research" at the Southern Divison AFS Meeting in Little Rock, AR.

2020 Georgia AFS Awards

January, 2020 - Fox Lab students cleaned house at the 202 Georgia Chapter AFS conference. MS student Michael Baker was awarded 1st place student paper, and MS student Brendan Dula was awarded 2nd place student paper.

Michael was also awarded the chapter's Ronnie J. Gilbert Scholarship, which is awarded to an outstanding student member.

Gina Alvarez received a certificate of appreciation from the chapter for her efforts as President of the UGA Student Sub-unit.

Student Award

June, 2019 - MS Student Cortney Bunch took home the award for 2nd place presentation at the UGA Graduate Students and Post-Docs in Research Symposium, for her talk "Using side-scan sonar to quantify spawning run size of Atlantic Sturgeon in Georgia."

2019 GA AFS Student Awards

February, 2019 - Undergraduate Catlin Chapman Wells took home the first place student paper, and MS student Gina Alvarez won 2nd place student paper at the 2019 Georgia AFS conference.

Student Awards at 2017 GA AFS

January, 2017 - BSFR student Hudman Evans won the best undergraduate presentation at 2017 Georgia AFS conference. MS student Nathaniel Hancock also took home 3rd place presentation paper.