Expertise: Dr. Stunz joined Harte Research Institute in September 2007. With his experience in the classroom as a Professor of Marine Biology, he understands the importance of leveraging real world data with academic experience. He focuses on where fish are, how they interact with their habitats, and the vital role of the estuaries and near-shore waters. He brings an understanding of the consequences of natural and man-made behaviors to these vital resources. Because healthy oceans are critical for human health, Dr. Stunz conducts extensive field research in those areas. Whether getting "hands-on" with sharks, examining the how artificial reefs enhance the marine environment, or gathering data to develop sound sport fishing regulations, Dr. Stunz's research provides an objective foundation to build sound policy.
Additional Activities: Dr. Stunz is a Professor of Marine Biology in the College of Science and Engineering at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. He is actively sought out to address governmental, academic, and private sector groups on topics ranging from projections of Red Snapper population recovery to the future of sportfishing in the Gulf of Mexico.
Research Focus and Interests: Dr. Stunz's interest in a healthy Gulf of Mexico begins with the health of the estuaries. As the "nurseries for the Gulf," he examines the impacts of habitat loss, nutrient loading, and habitat use. He also researches the various species of fish and uses a variety of methods, including acoustic telemetry networks (the TEXAAN – TEXas Acoustic Array Network) to determine movement patterns.
Selected Publications: Communicating through professional, academic, and media sources brings the results and findings to the many stakeholders of the Gulf of Mexico.
Ajemian, M.J., P. Jose, J.T. Froeschke, M.L. Wildhaber, and G.W. Stunz. 2016. Was everything bigger in Texas? Characterization and trends of a land-based recreational shark fishery. Marine and Coastal Fisheries: Dynamics, Management, and Ecosystem Science (In Press)
Hall, Q.A., M.M. Reese Robillard, J.A. Williams, Ajemian, M.J., and G.W. Stunz. 2016. Reopening of a remote tidal inlet increases recruitment of estuarine-dependent nekton. Estuaries and Coasts (In Press)
Froeschke, B.F., M.M. Reese Robillard, and G.W. Stunz. 2016. Spatial biodiversity patterns of fish within the Aransas-Bay Complex, Texas. Gulf and Caribbean Research (In Press)
Brewton, R. A., M. J. Ajemian, P.C. Young, G.W. Stunz. 2016. Feeding Ecology of Dolphinfish Coryphaena hippurus in the western Gulf of Mexico. Transactions of the American Fisheries Society. (In Press)
Williams, J.A., G.J. Holt, M.M. Reese Robillard, S.A. Holt, G. Hensgen, and G.W. Stunz. 2016. Habitat selection not growth to determine the survival of an estuarine-dependent fish in fragmented seagrass beds. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology 479:97-105. doi: 10.1016/j.jembe.2016.03.008
Curtis, J.M., M.W. Johnson, S.L. Diamond, and G.W. Stunz. 2015. Quantifying delayed mortality in discarded Red Snapper using acoustic telemetry. Marine and Coastal Fisheries: Dynamics, Management, and Ecosystem Science. 7:434-449. doi:10.1080/19425120.2015.1074968
Johnson, M.J., S.L. Diamond, and G.W. Stunz. 2015. External attachment of acoustic tags to deepwater reef fishes: an alternate approach when internal implantation affects experimental design. Transactions of the American Fisheries Society 144: 851-859. doi:10.1080/00028487.2015.1042556.
Ajemian, M.J, J.J. Wetz, B. Shipley-Lozano, J.D. Shively, G.W. Stunz. 2015. An analysis of artificial reef fish community structure along the northwestern Gulf of Mexico shelf: Potential impacts of “Rigs-to-Reefs” programs. PLoS ONE 10(5): e0126354. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0126354
Ajemian, M.J., J.J. Wetz, J.D. Shively, and G.W. Stunz. 2015. Rapid assessment of fish communities on submerged oil and gas platform reefs using remotely operated vehicles. Fisheries Research 167:143-155. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.fishres.2015.02.011
Reese Robillard, M.M., L.M. Payne, R.R. Vega, and G.W. Stunz. 2015. Best practices for surgically implanting acoustic transmitters in Spotted Seatrout. Transactions of American Fisheries Society 144:81-88. doi:10.1080/00028487.2014.965343.
Oakley, J.L., J. Simons, and G.W. Stunz. 2014. Spatial food web dynamics mediated by oyster reef and other estuarine habitat types in a subtropical estuary. Journal of Shellfish Research 33:841-855. doi:10.2983/035.033.0319
Hensgen, G.M., G.J. Holt, S.A. Holt, J.A. Williams, and G.W. Stunz. 2014. Landscape pattern influences nekton diversity and abundance in Seagrass meadows. Marine Ecology Progress Series 507:139-152. doi:10.3354/meps10818
Drumhiller, K.L., G.W. Stunz, M.W. Johnson, S. L. Diamond, M.M. Reese Robillard. 2014. Venting or rapid recompression increase survival and improve recovery of red snapper with barotrauma. Marine and Coastal Fisheries: Dynamics, Management, and Ecosystem Science 6:190-199. doi:10.1080/19425120.2014.920746
Nevins, J.A., J. Beseres Pollack, and G.W. Stunz. 2014. Characterizing nekton use of the largest unfished oyster reef in the U.S. in comparison to marsh edge and nonvegetated estuarine habitats. Journal of Shellfish Research 33:227-238. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.2983/035.033.0122]