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Eric Schultz, Associate Professor (Ph.D., University of California, Santa Barbara)

Contact Information:

Dr. Eric Schultz
Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
University of Connecticut
75 N. Eagleville Road, U-3043
Storrs, CT 06269-3043
Tel: (860) 486-4692
Fax: (860) 486-6364


Current Areas of Research:

Marine biology; population biology, evolutionary ecology, and physiological ecology of fishes. Life history strategies, particularly evolutionary responses to seasonal environments; advection of marine fish larvae and recruitment patterns in oceanic and estuarine systems.

Schultz lab research projects: descriptions and lurid photos!

The hunt for frostfish in Connecticut

River herring in Connecticut

Schultz lab in the news

Hartford Courant article on Heather Fried's work on rainbow smelt

Hartford Courant article on Justin Davis's work on alewives

Gallery of puzzlements

Neuse River find

Selected Publications:

Schultz, E. T., L. M. Clifton, and R. R. Warner. 1991. Energetic constraints and size-based tactics: The adaptive significance of breeding-schedule variation in a marine fish (Embiotocidae: Micrometrus minimus). American Naturalist 138:1408-1430.

 Schultz, E. T. 1993. The effect of birth date on fitness of female dwarf perch, Micrometrus minimus (Perciformes: Embiotocidae). Evolution 47:520-539.

Schultz, E. T. and R. K. Cowen. 1994. Recruitment of coral reef fishes to Bermuda: Local retention or long-distance transport? Mar. Ecol. Prog. Ser. 109:15-28.

Conover, D. O. and E. T. Schultz. 1995. Phenotypic similarity and the evolutionary significance of countergradient variation. Trends Ecol. Evol. 10:248-252.

Schultz, E. T. and D. O. Conover. 1997. Latitudinal differences in somatic energy storage: adaptive responses to seasonality in an estuarine fish (Atherinidae: Menidia menidia). Oecologia 109:516-529.

Schultz, E. T., D. O. Conover, and A. Ehtisham. 1998. The dead of winter: size-dependent variation and genetic differences in seasonal mortality among Atlantic silversides (Atherinidae: Menidia menidia) from different latitudes. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 55:1149-1157.

Schultz E. T. and D. O. Conover. 1999. The allometry of energy reserve depletion: test of a mechanism for size dependent winter mortality. Oecologia 119: 474-483.

Schultz, E. T., R. K. Cowen, K. M. M. Lwiza, and A. M. Gospodarek. 2000. Explaining advection: do larval bay anchovy (Anchoa mitchilli) show selective tidal stream transport? ICES Journal of Marine Science 57: 360-371.

Hurst, T., E. T. Schultz, and D. O. Conover. 2000. Seasonal energy dynamics of young-of-the year striped bass (Morone saxatilis) and the role of starvation in winter mortality. Transactions of the American Fisheries Society 129: 145-157.

Billerbeck, J. M., E. T. Schultz, and D. O. Conover. 2000. Adaptive variation in energy acquisition and allocation among latitudinal populations of the Atlantic silverside. Oecologia 122: 210-219.

Schultz, E.T., and P.C. Rountos. 2001. Analysis of daily growth patterns in young-of-year male dwarf surfperch (Embiotocidae: Micrometrus minimus) reveals alternative strategies: breed after birth or grow. Copeia 2001: 14-24.

Schultz, E. T., T. E. Lankford, and D. O. Conover. 2002. The covariance of routine and compensatory juvenile growth rates over a seasonality gradient in a coastal fish. Oecologia 133: 501-509. (available on LINK

Schultz, E. T., K.M.M.L. Lwiza, M.C. Fencil, and J.M. Martin. 2003. Mechanisms promoting upriver transport of larvae of two fishes in the Hudson River Estuary (USA). Marine Ecology Progress Series 251:263-277.

Courses Taught:

Principles of Biology, Fish Biology, Physiological Ecology, Statistical Tools for Biologists

Undergraduate and Graduate Student Advisees:

Previous undergraduate Honor's Program advisees: Rebecca Jordan, Pericles Rountos, Megan Fencil, Michelle Topper, Carolyn Abbott

Current undergraduate Honor's Program advisees: Stephen Struble

Previous M.S. students: Angela Gospodarek, Jennifer Martin, Justin Schaefer

Current M.S. students: Heather Fried

Current Ph.D. students: Lori LaPlante, Jose Pereira, Justin Davis

Critical Lab Personnel:

Michelle Topper