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Benjamin Walther


EDUCATION

Ph.D., Biological Oceanography, MIT/Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Joint Program, 2007

B.S., Biology, University of Texas at Austin, 2000

B.A., Plan II Honors Liberal Arts, University of Texas at Austin, 2000

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Assistant Professor, Department of Marine Science, The University of Texas at Austin, Port Aransas, Texas. (2009-present)

Postdoctoral Fellow, ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies, Australian National University, Canberra, ACT, Australia. (2008-2009)

Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Adelaide, Adelaide, SA, Australia. (2007-2008)

Lecturer, Marine Science Department, United States Coast Guard Academy, New London, Connecticut. (2007)

PUBLICATIONS

[Links are provided after each citation.  If you are unable to access any publication, please contact me for a reprint.]

(23) Nims, M.K., and B.D. Walther. 2014. Contingents of Southern Flounder from subtropical estuaries revealed by otolith chemistry.  Transactions of the American Fisheries Society. 143:721-731.  LINK

(22) Limburg, K.E., Walther, B.D., Lu, Z., Jackman, G., Mohan, J., Walther, Y., Nissling, A., Weber, P.K., and A.K. Schmitt. 2014.  In search of the dead zone: use of otoliths for tracking fish exposure to hypoxia.  Journal of Marine Systems. Online at: DOI: 10.1016/j.jmarsys.2014.02.014

(21) Woodcock, S.H., and B.D. Walther. 2014. Concentration-dependent mixing models predict values of diet-derived stable isotope ratios in fish otoliths. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology & Ecology. 454:63-69. LINK

(20) Woodcock, S.H., and B.D. Walther. 2014. Trace elements and stable isotopes in Atlantic tarpon scales reveal movements across estuarine gradients.  
Fisheries Research. 153:9-17. LINK

(19) Mohan, J., Rahman, M.S., Thomas, P., and B.D. Walther. 2014. Influence of constant and periodic experimental hypoxic stress on Atlantic croaker otolith chemistry.  Aquatic Biology. 20:1-11.  LINK(19) Mohan, J., Rahman, M.S., Thomas, P., and B.D. Walther. IN PRESS. Influence of constant and periodic experimental hypoxic stress on Atlantic croaker otolith chemsitry.  Aquatic Biology. DOI:10.3354/ab00542  LINK

(18) Walther, B.D., Kingsford, M.J., and M.T. McCulloch. 2013. Environmental records from Great Barrier Reef corals: inshore versus offshore drivers.  PLoS ONE. 8(10):e77091.  LINK

(17) Walther, B.D. and J. Rowley. 2013. Drought and flood signals in subtropical estuaries recorded by stable isotope ratios in biogenic carbonates. Estuarine, Coastal & Shelf Science. 133:235-243. LINK

(16) Woodcock, S.H., Grieshaber, C.A., and B.D. Walther. 2013. Dietary transfer of enriched stable isotopes to mark otoliths, fin rays and scales.Canadian Journal of Fisheries & Aquatic Sciences. 70:1-4. LINK

(15) Albuquerque, C.Q., Miekeley, N., Muelbert, J.H., Walther, B.D., and A.J. Jaureguizar. 2012. Estuarine dependency in a marine fish evaluated with otolith chemistry. Marine Biology. 159:2229-2239. LINK

(14) Walther, B.D., and K.E. Limburg. 2012. The use of otolith chemistry to characterize diadromous migrations. Journal of Fish Biology. 81:796-825. LINK

(13) Upton, S.A., Walther, B.D., Thorrold, S.R., and J.E. Olney. 2012. Use of a natural isotopic signature in otoliths to evaluate scale-based age determination for American shad.  Marine & Coastal Fisheries. 4:346-357. LINK

(12) Walther, B.D., T. Dempster, M. Letnic and M.C. McCulloch.  2011. Movements of diadromous fish in large unregulated tropical rivers inferred from geochemical tracers. PLoS ONE. 6(4):e18351.  LINK

(11) Bloomfield, A.L., Elsdon, T.S., Walther, B.D., Gier, E.J., and B.M. Gillanders. 2011. Temperature and diet affect carbon and nitrogen isotopes of fish muscle: can amino acid nitrogen isotopes explain effects? Journal of Experimental Marine Biology & Ecology. 399:48-59.LINK

(10) Walther, B.D., Kingsford, M.J., O’Callaghan, M. and M.C. McCulloch. 2010. Interactive effects of ontogeny, food ration and temperature on elemental incorporation in otoliths of a coral reef fish. Environmental Biology of Fishes. 89:441-451. LINK

(9) Walther, B.D. and S. R. Thorrold. 2010. Limited diversity in natal origins of immature anadromous fish during ocean residency. Canadian Journal of Fisheries & Aquatic Sciences. 67:1699-1707. LINK

(8) Walther, B.D., Gillanders, B.M., and T.S. Elsdon. 2010. Interactive effects of food quality, temperature and rearing time on condition of juvenile black bream Acanthopagrus butcheriJournal of Fish Biology. 76:2455-2468. LINK

(7) Walther, B.D. and S. R. Thorrold. 2009. Inter-annual variability in isotope and elemental ratios recorded in otoliths of an anadromous fish. Journal of Geochemical Exploration. 102:181-186. LINK

(6) Clarke, L.M., Walther, B.D., Munch, S.B., Thorrold, S.R., and D.O. Conover. 2009. Chemical signatures in the otoliths of a coastal marine fish, Menidia menidia, from the northeastern United States: spatial and temporal differences. Marine Ecology Progress Series. 384:261-271. LINK

(5) Walther, B.D. and S.R. Thorrold. 2008. Continental-scale variation in otolith geochemistry of juvenile American shad.Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences. 65:2623-2635. LINK

(4) Walther, B.D., Thorrold, S.R. and J.E. Olney. 2008. Geochemical signatures in otoliths record natal origins of American shad. Transactions of the American Fisheries Society. 137:57-69. LINK

(3) Strasser, C.A., Mullineaux, L.S., and B.D. Walther. 2008. Growth rate and age effects on Mya arenaria shell chemistry: implications for biogeochemical studies. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology & Ecology. 355:153-163. LINK

(2) Elsdon, T.S., Wells, B.K., Campana, S.E., Gillanders, B.M., Jones, C.M., Limburg, K.E., Secor, D.H., Thorrold, S.R., and B.D. Walther. 2008. Otolith chemistry to describe movements and life-history parameters of fishes: hypotheses, assumptions, limitations, and inferences. Oceanography & Marine Biology: An Annual Review. 46: 297-330. LINK

(1) Walther, B.D., and S.R. Thorrold. 2006. Water, not food, contributes the majority of strontium and barium deposited in the otoliths of a marine fish. Marine Ecology Progress Series. 311:125-130. LINK

Contact Information

The University of Texas
Marine Science Institute
750 Channel View Drive
Port Aransas, Texas 78373

Tel: (361) 749-6810
Fax: (361) 749-6749
Email: bwalther@utexas.edu

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