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Florida Gulf Coast University
10501 FGCU Blvd S.
Fort Myers, FL 33965-6565

Phone: 239-590-7526

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Aaron Adams

Director of Operations
Phone: 321- 674-7758
Office: Off campus

Bonefish and Tarpon Trust
Director of Operations


24 Dockside Lane, PMB 83
Key Largo, FL 33037

Phone: 321- 674-7758
Aaron Adams is a Senior Scientist at Mote Marine Laboratory’s Charlotte Harbor Field Station, and Manager of the Fisheries Habitat Ecology Program, and is Executive Director of the non-profit, science-based conservation organization Bonefish & Tarpon Trust. He also has the following appointments: Adjunct Graduate Faculty, College of Arts and Sciences, Florida Gulf Coast University; Affiliate Member, Coastal Watershed Institute, Florida Gulf Coast University; Courtesy Faculty, Department of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences, University of Florida. Aaron received his Master’s degree from College of William and Mary, Virginia Institute of Marine Science, where he used SCUBA visual census techniques to study fish assemblages associated with artificial reefs in the mid-Atlantic Bight. After receiving his Master’s degree, he worked for the U.S. Virgin Islands Division of Fish and Wildlife, where was involved in research of coral reef fish assemblages, recreational and commercial fisheries, and mangrove lagoon fishes. He received his doctorate degree from University of Massachusetts Boston, focusing on identification of nursery habitats for coral reef fishes in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Aaron’s recent research has continued to focus on fish-habitat interactions, with a focus on recreationally-important fishes. His current study subjects are common snook, bonefish, tarpon, and permit. The general topics he addresses include: juvenile habitat identification; juvenile survival, diet, and movements; impacts of anthropogenic habitat alterations; juvenile-to-adult ontogenetic connections; adult movement patterns; age and growth. He also invests considerable effort translating fish ecology into layman’s terms so that it can be better applied to conservation. Aaron also serves on numerous Master’s and Ph.D. committees.

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