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Gulf Ecology Division

Richard Fulford
(850) 934-9372

  • Ph.D., North Carolina State University; Zoology, 2003
  • M.S., Louisiana State University; Wildlife and Fisheries, 1997
  • B.S., University of Oklahoma; Zoology, 1991
Current Position
  • Research Ecologist
Previous Positions
  • 2011: Associate professor (tenured), University of Southern Mississippi, Gulf Coast Research Lab, Ocean Springs, MS
  • 2006 - 2010: Assistant professor, University of Southern Mississippi, Gulf Coast Research Lab, Ocean Springs, MS
  • 2004 - 2005: Postdoctoral Research Associate, Smithsonian Environmental Research Center, Edgewater, MD
Areas of Specialization
  • Fisheries ecology and population dynamics
  • Food web dynamics and energy flow through ecosystems
  • Quantitative modeling of ecosystem dynamics
Current Research
  • As part of a larger effort started by EPA's Ecosystem Services Research Program, I am working on the Tampa Bay Ecosystem Services Demonstration Project. We are developing a web-based tool to allow exploration of the impacts of alternative futures on ecosystem services provided by the Tampa Bay watershed. This is a collaborative project with the Tampa Bay Estuary Program, Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council, etc., etc., etc.
  • Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean Community Sustainability - This project will develop a dataset and tools to inform coastal GOM communities about the sustainability of their decisions. It will also provide updated, accurate, and user friendly guidance on sustainability to end-user groups, including the general public, resource managers, and community and regional planners.

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