Lionfish Invasion

The lionfish invasion has emerged as one of the most high profile environmental issues in the Western Atlantic.  Our lab is involved with examining various aspects of lionfish biology, including trophic role, behavior, and success of management efforts.  We conducted the first in situ tagging studies, demonstrated their tolerance for relatively low salinity waters,  and explored how culling might alter their activity patterns.  Current efforts include compiling long-term data sets on diet composition and developing attraction and capture devices for lionfish found in deep waters.