D. Ross Robertson
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Address: Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute
ATT: D. Ross Robertson
9100 PANAMA CITY PL
Washington DC 20521-9100
Telephone: +507 212-8704
FAX: +507 212 8714 /8790/8791
The ecology, population biology and zoogeography of coral reef fishes
1. Development of online electronic information systems for the identification and research on the shorefishes of the neotropics (the Tropical Eastern Pacific and the Greater Caribbean.
2. Assessment of the life history characteristics of the marine shorefishes endemic to small, isolated tropical islands and their significanse to conservation biology.
3. Investigations of the molecular historical biogeography of pantropical reef fish genera, with particular reference to the origins and relationships of neotropical species.
4. Analyeses of the causes (environmental controls and fishing) of large scale patterns of variation in the demography of tropical reef fishes
Education and Degrees
BSc University of Queensland, Australia 1966
PhD University of Queensland, 1974
Robertson DR, Ackerman JL, Choat JH, Posada JM, Pitt J 2005 Ocean surgeonfish Acanthurus bahianus I. The geography of demography. Marine Ecology Progress Series 295: 229-244
Robertson DR, Choat JH, Posada JM, Pitt J, Ackerman JL 2005 Ocean surgeonfish Acanthurus bahianus II. Fishing effects on longevity, size and abundance? Marine Ecology Progress Series 295: 245-256
Rocha LA, Robertson DR, Roman J, and Bowen BW 2005 Ecological speciation in tropical reef fishes. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 272: 573-579
Mora C & Robertson DR 2005 Causes of latitudinal gradients in species richness: a test with the endemic shorefishes of the Tropical Eastern Pacific. Ecology 86: 1771- 1782
Rocha LA, DR Robertson, CR. Rocha, JL. Van Tassell, M Craig, BW. Bowen. 2005 Recent colonization of the Atlantic by an Indo-Pacific reef fish Molecular Ecology 14: 3921-3928
Craig MT, Hastings PA, Pondella DJ, Robertson DR, Rosales-Casián JA. 2006 Phylogeography of the flag cabrilla, Epinephelus labriformis (Serranidae): implications for the biogeography of the Tropical Eastern Pacific and the early stages of speciation in a marine shore fish. Journal of Biogeography. 33: 969-979
Bowen BW, Bass AL, Muss AJ, Carlin J, Robertson DR. 2006 Phylogeography of two Atlantic squirrelfishes (Family Holocentridae): exploring links between pelagic larval duration and population connectivity. Marine Biology 149: 899-913
Robertson DR, Karg F, Moura R, Victor BC, Bernardi G. 2006 Mechanisms of speciation and faunal enrichment in Atlantic parrotfishes. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 40: 795-807
Lessios HA, Robertson DR. 2006 Crossing the impassable: genetic connections in 20 reef fishes across the Eastern Pacific Barrier. Proceedings of the Royal Society (B).
Zapata F, Robertson DR. 2006 How many shore-fish species are there in the Tropical Eastern Pacific? Journal of Biogeography.
Robertson DR and GR Allen. 2006 Shorefishes of the tropical eastern Pacific: an information system. Version 2. DVD-ROM. Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, Balboa, Panama