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About James Henry Roberts III

I am a fish ecologist with particular interests in population and community dynamics, dispersal ecology, population and conservation genetics, and environmental change. I apply a variety of field, genetic, and modeling methods to address key questions in fisheries management and conservation biology.  At Georgia Southern University, I teach Fisheries Biology, Ichthyology, Conservation Biology, Evolution and Ecology, Landscape Genetics, and Environmental Biology.

Research Interests: How will droughts and climate change affect freshwater fisheries? What are the best stocking strategies for recovering endangered species? Where will harmful invasive species spread? How do fish decide when and where they will migrate? These are some of the questions that research in the Roberts lab seeks to address. Our goal is to build fundamental knowledge of ecology and evolution while enhancing the applied fields of fisheries science and conservation biology. We approach research problems from a variety of directions, using a combination of field, genetic, and modeling techniques. Yes, sometimes we even use a rod and reel! Most of our research is focused on freshwater fishes of the southeastern U.S., particularly in rivers of the Georgia coastal plain. Southeastern freshwater fishes are highly diverse and socioeconomically valuable, but frequently negatively impacted by human activities. The work is both challenging and rewarding! Visit the lab website to learn more about who we are and what we do.


2015 - Present Affiliate, Georgia Southern University Institute for Interdisciplinary STEM
2014 - Present Assistant Professor, Georgia Southern University College of Science and Mathematics
Present Assistant Professor, Georgia Southern University Department of Biology

Curriculum Vitae


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  • Evolution and Ecology (BIOL 3133)
  • Lanscape Genetics (BIOL 7090)
  • Ichthyology (BIOL 5444)
  • Fisheries Biology (BIOL 5099)
  • Conservation Biology (BIOL 5534)
  • Selected Topics in Conservation Genetics (BIOL 7890)
  • Environmental Biology (BIOL 1230)


2012 Ph.D. in Fish and Wildlife Conservation, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
2003 M.S. in Fisheries Science, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
2000 B.A. in Fisheries and Aquaculture, University of Georgia

Contact Information

PO Box 8042-1
Statesboro, GA 30460
Phone: (912) 478-4687
Office: Biological Sciences 2228


Publications (20)

Invited Oral Presentations (9)