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Dr. Robert DeVries

Instructional Assistant Professor
Department of Biology
University of Mississippi

Contact:

120 Shoemaker Hall

University, MS 38677

Educational and Professional Background:

Ph.D., Mississippi State University, MS, 2020

Adjunct/Visiting Professor, Grand Valley State University, MI, 2016-2018

Biological Scientist III, Florida Fish and Wildlife, 2007-2011

M.S., University of Georgia, GA, 2006

Wildlife Biologist, South Carolina Department of Natural Resources, 2001-2003

Independent Researcher, Southeast Aquatic Research Institute, TN, 1999-2000

B.S., College of Charleston, SC, 1998

Research Interests:

My research focuses on life histories, age and growth, and trophic interactions between fish species. I am particularly interested in examining how ontogenetic diet changes trophic interactions affect growth and life history aspects of endangered species and of sportfish.

Teaching Interests:

I primarily teach the non-majors introductory courses, but also enjoy teaching courses in fish biology.

PUBLICATIONS:

  • P.J. Allen, W. Baumgartner, E. Brinkman, R. DeVries, H.A. Stewart, D.L. Aboagye, S.W. Ramee, M.A. Ciaramella, C.M. Culpepper II, L. Petrie-Hanson. 2018. Fin healing and regeneration in sturgeon. Journal of Fish Biology 93:917-930.
  • P.J. Allen, R. DeVries, D.A. Fox, R.I. Gabitov, and W.G. Anderson. 2018. Trace element and strontium isotopic analysis of Gulf Sturgeon fin rays to assess habitat use. Environmental Biology of Fishes 101:469-488.
  • DeVries, R.J., and H.L. Schramm Jr. 2015. Similarities and differences in 13C and 15N stable isotope ratios in two non-lethal tissue types from shovelnose sturgeon. Journal of Applied Ichthyology 31:474-478.
  • DeVries, R.J., D. Hann, and H.L. Schramm Jr. 2015. Increasing capture efficiency of pallid sturgeon Scaphirhynchus albus (Forbes and Richardson, 1905) and the reliability of catch rate estimates. Journal of Applied Ichthyology 31:603-608.
  • P.J. Allen, Z.A. Mitchell, R.J. DeVries, D.L. Aboagye, M. Ciaramella, S. Ramee, H.A. Stewart, and R. Shartau. 2014. Salinity effects on Atlantic sturgeon (Acipenser oxyrinchus oxyrinchus Mitchill, 1815) growth and osmoregulation. Journal of Applied Ichthyology 30:1229-1236.
  • Peterson, D.L., P. Schueller, R.J. DeVries, J. Fleming, C. Grunwald, and I. Wirgin. 2008. Annual run size and genetic characteristics of Atlantic Sturgeon in the Altamaha River, Georgia. Transactions of the American Fisheries Society 137(2):393-401.

Contributed Talks at Scientific Meetings:

  • Peter J. Allen*, E. Brinkman, W. Baumgartner, R.J. DeVries, H.A. Stewart, D.L. Aboagye, S. Ramee, M.A. Ciaramella, and L. Petrie-Hanson. Fin healing following injury or sampling. World Aquaculture Society annual meeting, Las Vegas, Nevada. February 2016.
  • DeVries, R.J.*, and H.L. Schramm Jr. Growth rates of Pallid Sturgeon and Shovelnose Sturgeon in the lower Mississippi River and beyond. American Fisheries Society Mississippi Chapter annual meeting, Vicksburg, Mississippi. March 2015
  • Allen, P.J.*, E. Brinkman, R.J. DeVries, H.A. Stewart, D.L. Aboagye, S. Ramee, M.A. Ciaramella, and L. Petrie-Hanson. How do fins heal? Effects of different pectoral fin sampling techniques. American Fisheries Society Mississippi Chapter annual meeting, Pickwick, Mississippi. March 2014.
  • DeVries, R.J., D. Hann*, and H.L. Schramm Jr. Improving the Likelihood of Successful Captures of Pallid Sturgeon (Scaphirhynchus albus) in the Lower Mississippi River. American Fisheries Society Southern Division annual meeting. Charleston, South Carolina. January 2014.
  • Allen, P.J.*, Z.A. Mitchell, R.J. DeVries, D.L. Aboagye, M.A. Ciaramella, S. Ramee, and H.A. Stewart. Salinity effects on Atlantic Sturgeon growth and osmoregulation. American Fisheries Society Southern Division annual meeting. Charleston, South Carolina. January 2014.
  • DeVries, R.J.*, and H.L. Schramm Jr. Similarities and differences in 13C and 15N stable isotope ratios in two non-lethal tissue types from shovelnose sturgeon. American Fisheries Society Southern Division annual meeting. Charleston, South Carolina. January 2014.
  • DeVries, R.J.*, D. Hann, and H.L. Schramm Jr. Developing a predictive model for the probability of capturing Pallid Sturgeon in the Mississippi River. American Fisheries Society annual national meeting. Little Rock, Arkansas. September 2013.
  • DeVries, R.J.*, and H.L. Schramm Jr. A comparison of two non-lethal tissue sources for stable isotope analysis on shovelnose sturgeon. 7th International Symposium on Sturgeon. Nanaimo, British Columbia. July 2013.
  • Allen, P.J., Z.A. Mitchell, R.J. DeVries**, D.L. Aboagye, M.A. Ciaramella, S. Ramee, H.A. Stewart, and R.B. Shartau. Effects of salinity on growth and osmoregulation of Atlantic sturgeon (Acipenser oxyrinchus). 7th International Symposium on Sturgeon. Nanaimo, British Columbia. July 2013.
  • Peterson, D.L.*, and R.J. DeVries. Population dynamics and seasonal habitat use of shortnose sturgeon in the Altamaha River, Georgia. American Fisheries Society annual national meeting. Lake Placid, New York. September 2006.
  • R.J. DeVries*, and Peterson, D.L. Population status and habitat use of shortnose sturgeon in the Altamaha River, Georgia. American Fisheries Society Southern Division annual meeting. San Antonio, Texas. February 2006.
  • R.J. DeVries*, and Peterson, D.L. Population dynamics and spawning habitat of shortnose sturgeon in the Altamaha River, Georgia. American Fisheries Society Georgia Chapter annual meeting. Gainesville, Georgia January 2006.
  • R.J. DeVries*, and Peterson, D.L. Update for sturgeon in the Altamaha River, GA.” 8 th annual Graduate Student Symposium. Warnell School of Forest Resources, Athens, Georgia. February 2005.
  • R.J. DeVries*, and Peterson, D.L. Preliminary estimate of shortnose sturgeon abundance in the Altamaha River. American Fisheries Society Georgia Chapter annual meeting. Fort Gaines, Georgia. January 2005.
  • R.J. DeVries*, and Peterson, D.L. Current status and life history of shortnose sturgeon in the Altamaha River.” American Fisheries Society annual national meeting. Madison, Wisconsin. August 2004.
  • R.J. DeVries*, and Peterson, D.L. Current status and life history of shortnose sturgeon in the Altamaha River. 7 th annual Graduate Student Symposium. Warnell School of Forest Resources, Athens, Georgia. February 2004.