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Washington and Lee University

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Robert Humston

Associate Professor of Biology

Howe 311
office: (540) 458-8341 lab: (540) 458-4151
humstonr@wlu.edu

Curriculum Vitae

Education

Ph.D. (2001) Marine Biology and Fisheries - Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences, University of Miami
BA (1994) Biology and English - Bowdoin College

Research

Fisheries management, fish ecology, spatial dynamics of populations, dispersal and movement behavior.

Recent & Ongoing Projects:

Tracking dispersal and exchange among fish populations in river networks using otolith chemistry.

Impacts of historic stocking on genetics of native brook trout populations in high-mountain impoundments of Virginia.

Ecological and geological impacts of no-take reserves on Caribbean coral reefs.

Teaching

ENV111 - Introduction to Environmental Studies

BIO111 - Marine Biology

BIO295 - Stream Restoration Ecology

BIO325 - Ecological Modeling and Conservation Strategies

Selected Publications

Humston, R., B.M. Priest*, W.C. Hamilton III*, and P. Bugas. In revision. Recruitment exchange between tributary and main stem stocks of smallmouth bass determined from otolith chemistry. To Transactions of the American Fisheries Society.

Humston, R., J.S. Ault, J. Schratweiser, M.F. Larkin, and J. Luo. 2008. Incorporating user-group expertise in bonefish and tarpon fishery research to support science-based management decision making. In: Biology and Management of Tarpon and Bonefish Fisheries. J.S. Ault (ed). Taylor and Francis.

Humston, R. and E. Ortiz-Barney. 2007. Evaluating course impact on student environmental values in undergraduate ecology with a novel survey instrument. Teaching Issues and Experiments in Ecology v. 4.

Humston, R. and D. Harbor. 2006. Geologic analyses for evaluating watershed heterogeneity: implications for otolith microchemistry studies. Proceedings of the Southeastern Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies 60:132-139.

Humston, R., D.A. Mortensen and O.N. Bjørnstad. 2005. Anthropogenic forcing on the spatial dynamics of an agricultural weed: the case of the common sunflower. Journal of Applied Ecology 42:863-872.

Humston, R., J.S. Ault, M.F. Larkin, and J. Luo. 2005. Movement of bonefish (Albula vulpes) in Biscayne Bay determined using ultrasonic transmitters and a passive acoustic receiver array. Marine Ecology Progress Series 291:237-248.

Humston, R., D.B. Olson , and J.S. Ault. 2004. Models of behavioral movement and their influence on simulated population dynamics. Transactions of the American Fisheries Society 133:1304-1328.