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Benjamin Walther


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


Assistant Professor, Department of Life Sciences, Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi, Corpus Christi, Texas. (2015-present)

Senior Research Fellow (Affiliate), Environmental Science Institute, University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas. (2015-present)

Adjunct Professor, Department of Marine Science, The University of Texas at Austin, Port Aransas, Texas.  (2015-present)

Assistant Professor, Department of Marine Science, The University of Texas at Austin, Port Aransas, Texas. (2009-2015)

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)


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(33) Seeley, M.E., and B.D. Walther. In Press. Facultative oligohaline habitat use in a mobile fish inferred from scale chemistry. Marine Ecology Progress SeriesLINK

(32) Seeley, M.E., Logan, W.K., and B.D. Walther. 2017. Consistency of elemental and isotope-ratio patterns across multiple scales from individual fish. Journal of Fish Biology. 91:928-946. LINK

(31) Walther, B.D., Limburg, K.E., Jones, C.M., and J.J. Schaffler. 2017. Frontiers in otolith chemistry: insights, advances and applications. Journal of Fish Biology. 90:473-479. LINK

(30) Mohan, J.A., and B.D. Walther. 2016. Out of breath and hungry: natural tags reveal trophic resilience of Atlantic croaker to hypoxia exposure. Marine Ecology Progress Series. 560:207-221.  LINK

(29) Mohan, S.D., Mohan, J.A., Connelly, T.L., Walther, B.D., and J. W. McClelland. 2016. Fatty-acid biomarkers and tissue-specific turnover: validation from a controlled feeding study in juvenile Atlantic croaker Micropogonias undulatus. Journal of Fish Biology89:2004-2023. LINK

(28) Mohan, J.A., Smith, S.D., Connelly, T.L., Attwood, E.T., McClelland, J.W., Herzka, S.Z., and B.D. Walther. 2016. Tissue-specific isotope turnover and discrimination factors are affected by diet quality and lipid content in an omnivorous consumer.  Journal of Experimental Marine Biology & Ecology. 479:35-45.  LINK

(27) Seeley, M., Miller, N., and B.D. Walther.  2015.  High resolution profiles of elements in Atlantic tarpon (Megalops atlanticus) scales obtained via cross-sectioning and laser ablation ICP-MS: a literature survey and novel approach for scale analyses.  Environmental Biology of Fishes. 98:2223-2238.  LINK

(26) Walther, B.D., Munguia, P., and L.A. Fuiman. 2015. Frontiers in marine movement ecology: mechanisms and consequences of migration and dispersal in marine habitats.  Biology Letters. 11:20150146. LINK

(25) Mohan, J.A., and B.D. Walther. 2015. Spatiotemporal variation of trace elements and stable isotopes in subtropical estuaries: II. Regional, local, and seasonal salinity-element relationships.  Estuaries and Coasts. 38:769-781. LINK

(24) Walther, B.D., and M.K. Nims. 2015. Spatiotemporal variation of trace elements and stable isotopes in subtropical estuaries: I. Freshwater endmembers and mixing curves.  Estuaries and Coasts. 38:754-768. LINK

(23) Limburg, K.E., Walther, B.D., Lu, Z., Jackman, G., Mohan, J., Walther, Y., Nissling, A., Weber, P.K., and A.K. Schmitt. 2015.  In search of the dead zone: use of otoliths for tracking fish exposure to hypoxia.  Journal of Marine Systems. 141:167-178. LINK

(22) 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

(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

(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

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