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Terry J. Donaldson

Associate Professor of Marine Biology

BSc Michigan State University
MSc University of Guam
PhD Lousiana State University

Research Interests

Conservation biology draws from a number of disciplines. My research interests, therefore, include the behavior, ecology, biogeography, historical ecology, evolution, systematics, conservation biology, and fisheries biology of marine and insular freshwater fishes. Emphasis is given to species associated with coral and rocky reefs, as well as streams, of tropical and warm temperate localities, mainly in the Indo-Pacific Region. Research localities include Australia, Japan, Southeast Asia and much of Oceania. Primary research programs include comparative studies of: 1) reproductive behavior, mating systems, and life history strategies; 2) patterns of distribution, diversity, and structure; 3) habitat and microhabitat utilization; 4) phylogenetic relationships; and 5) sustainability, vulnerability, and extinction risk. Of special interest is the study of fish spawning aggregations and aggregation sites, and problems associated with the Live Reef Fish Trade (both food and ornamental species). The outcomes of this work are applied towards the design and evaluation of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs), and the development of conservation and fisheries management strategies.

Recent Publications

Donaldson, T.J. and N.K. Dulvy. 2004. Threatened fishes of the world: Bolbometopon muricatum (Valenciennes, 1839) (Scaridae). Environmental Biology of Fishes 70: 373.

Sadovy, Y., M. Kulbicki, P. Labrosse, Y. Letourner, P. Lokani and T.J. Donaldson. 2004. The humphead wrasse, Cheilinus undulatus Rüppell, 1835 (Labridae): synopsis of a threatened and poorly known species. Reviews in Fish Biology and Fisheries 13: 327-364.

Donaldson, T.J. 2003. Phylogeny, reef fish conservation biology, and the live reef fish trade. Fisheries Science 68, Supplement 1: 143-147.

Myers, R.F., & T.J. Donaldson.  2003.  The fishes of the Mariana Islands.  Micronesica 35–36:598–652.

Donaldson, T.J. 2002 High islands vs low islands: a comparison of patterns of species richness, diversity and similarity of fishes from the Palau Islands. Environmental Biology of Fishes 65: 241-248.

Donaldson, T.J., & J.M. Fitzsimons, Editors. 2002. Biodiversity of Pacific Ocean Fishes. Environmental Biology of Fishes 65.


Dr. Terry J. Donaldson
Associate Professor of Marine Biology
Marine Laboratory
University of Guam
Mangilao GU 96923 USA
Marine Lab., Room 103
Tel: 1 671 735 2187
Fax: 1 671 734 6767

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