Rusty Wright

Russell A. Wright

Extension Specialist, Associate Professor
School of Fisheries, Aquaculture and Aquatic Sciences

ResearchProfessional AffiliationsHonors & AwardsPublications

My research focuses on the basic understanding and application of ecological principles and mechanisms that shape aquatic communities and ecosystems. I work primarily with fishes and fisheries in small impoundments, larger reservoirs, and estuaries. I currently have projects in the Mobile Tensaw Delta, State Fishing Lakes, and privately owned ponds throughout the state.

American Fisheries Society
Auburn Chapter of the American Fisheries Society
Association of Natural Resources Extension Professionals
Alabama Fisheries Association
Ecological Society of America

  • Best Student Poster- Kim et al. 2002. Detritus quality and fish density influence gizzard shad growth and survival. American Fisheries Society Annual Meeting – Baltimore, MD.
  • Graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of North Carolina – Asheville 1983.

ALABAMA CATTLEMEN — 2013
Toxic Algae Threaten Livestock Health

CANADIAN JOURNAL OF FISHERIES AND AQUATIC SCIENCE— 2013
Growth of largemouth bass in a dynamic estuarine environment: an evaluation of the relative effects of salinity, diet, and temperature

NORTH AMERICAN JOURNAL OF FISHERIES MANAGEMENT — 2013
Growth and Survival of Largemouth Bass following Supplemental Feeding of Bluegills in Small Impoundments

TRANSACTIONS OF THE AMERICAN FISHERIES SOCIETY — 2013
Using Seasonal Variation in Otolith Microchemical Composition to Indicate Largemouth Bass and Southern Flounder Residency Patterns across an Estuarine Salinity Gradient

LAKE AND RESERVOIR MANAGEMENT — 2013
The relationship between shoreline development and resident fish communities in a southeastern US reservoir

ALABAMA COOPERATIVE EXTENSION — 2013
Alabama Aquatic Nuisance Species Series: Amazonian Apple Snail

ESTUARIES AND COASTS — 2012
Response to “Comment on ‘Otolith Microchemistry Reveals Substantial Use of Freshwater by Southern Flounder in the Northern Gulf of Mexico’” by Pedro Morais

NORTH AMERICAN JOURNAL OF FISHERIES MANAGEMENT — 2012
Privately Owned Small Impoundments in Central Alabama: A Survey and Evaluation of Management Techniques for Largemouth Bass and Bluegill

JOURNAL OF FISH BIOLOGY — 2012
Effects of temperature, salinity and body size on routine metabolism of coastal largemouth bass Micropterus salmoides

ALABAMA COOPERATIVE EXTENSION TIMELY INFORMATION — 2012
Aquatic Nuisance Species

BOOK CHAPTER — 2012
Stocking strategies for recreational small impoundments

ESTUARIES AND COASTS— 2011
Otolith Microchemistry Reveals Substantial Use of Freshwater by Southern Flounder in the Northern Gulfof Mexico

TRANSACTIONS OF THE AMERICAN FISHERIES SOCIETY — 2010
Coastal Estuaries as Habitat for a Freshwater Fish Species: Exploring Population-Level Effects of Salinity on Largemouth Bass

TRANSACTIONS OF THE AMERICAN FISHERIES SOCIETY — 2010
Sample Preparation Techniques for Determination of Fish Energy Density via Bomb Calorimetry: An Evaluation Using Largemouth Bass

NORTH AMERICAN JOURNAL OF FISHERIES MANAGEMENT — 2010
Investigating Interactions between Channel Catfish and Other Sport Fishes in Small Impoundments

TRANSACTIONS OF THE AMERICAN FISHERIES SOCIETY — 2010
Mercury Concentration in Two Estuarine Fish Populations across a Seasonal Salinity Gradient

TRANSACTIONS OF THE AMERICAN FISHERIES SOCIETY — 2010
Coastal Estuaries as Habitat for a Freshwater Fish Species: Exploring Population-Level Effects of Salinity on Largemouth Bass

CANADIAN JOURNAL OF AQUATIC SCIENCE — 2009
Searching for Threshold Shifts in Spawner-Recruit Data

(BOOK CHAPTER)  CENTRARCHID FISHES — 2009
Early life history and recruitment

CANADIAN JOURNAL OF AQUATIC SCIENCE — 2009
Coastal largemouth bass (Micropterus salmoides) movement in response to changing salinity

NORTH AMERICAN JOURNAL OF FISHERIES MANAGEMENT — 2008
Latitudinal Influence on First-Year Growth and Survival of Largemouth Bass

CANADIAN JOURNAL OF AQUATIC SCIENCE — 2007
Effect of Detritus Quality on Growth and Survival of Gizzard Shad (Dorosoma Cepedianum): Potential Importance to Benthic-Pelagic Coupling

CANADIAN JOURNAL OF FISHERIES AND AQUATIC SCIENCE — 2006
First-year growth and recruitment of coastal largemouth bass ( Micropterus salmoides ): spatial patterns unresolved by critical periods along a salinity gradient

JOURNAL OF FRESHWATER ECOLOGY — 2006
Daphnia lumholtzi in the Mobile River Drainage, USA: Invasion of a Habitat That Experiences Salinity

ANNUAL CONFERENCE OF THE SOUTHEASTERN ASSOCIATION OF FISH AND WILDLIFE AGENCIES — 2005
Movement Patterns of Coastal Largemouth Bass in the Mobile-Tensaw River Delta, Alabama: A Multi-approach Study

ANR — 2004 (REVISED)
Using Grass Carp to Control Weeds in Alabama Ponds

TRANSACTIONS OF THE AMERICAN FISHERIES SOCIETY — 2004
The Effects of Age-0 Body Size on the Predictive Ability of a Largemouth Bass Bioenergetics Model

TRANSACTIONS OF THE AMERICAN FISHERIES SOCIETY — 2003
Evaluating the Potential for Predatory Control of Gizzard Shad by Largemouth Bass in Small Impoundments: A Bioenergetics Approach

BIOSCIENCE — 2003
Energetic Adaptations along a Broad Latitudinal Gradient: Implications for Widely Distributed Assemblages

SOUTHEASTERN ASSOCIATION OF FISH AND WILDLIFE AGENCIES — 2003
2002 Alabama freshwater anglers survey

ENVIRONMENTAL BIOLOGY OF FISHES — 2003
Individual growth and foraging responses of age-0 largemouth bass to mixed prey assemblages during winter

WILDLIFE TRENDS — 2002
EFFECTS OF COPPER SULFATE TREATMEhTS ON OFF-FLAVOR AND LEVELS OF DISSOLVED COPPER IN CHANNEL CATFISH PONDS

AMERICAN FISHERIES SOCIETY — 2002
Exploring Ecological Mechanisms Underlying Largemouth Bass Recruitment along Environmental Gradients

OHIO JOURNAL OF SCIENCE — 2002
Bythotrephes cederstroemi in Ohio Reservoirs: Evidence from Fish Diets

ANR — 2001 (REVISED)
Liming Fishponds

TRANSACTIONS OF THE AMERICAN FISHERIES SOCIETY — 2000
Evaluating How Local- and Regional-Scale Processes Interact to Regulate Growth of Age-0 Largemouth Bass

TRANSACTIONS OF THE AMERICAN FISHERIES SOCIETY — 2000
Overwinter Growth and Survival of Largemouth Bass: Interactions among Size, Food, Origin, and Winter Severity

ANR — 2000
RelativeWeight: An Easy-to-Measure Index of Fish Condition

PROCEEDINGS OF THE ANNUAL CONFERENCE SOUTHEAST ASSOCIATION OF FISH AND WILDLIFE AGENCIES — 2000
Fish Population and Angler Responses to a 406-mm Minimum Length Limit for Largemouth Bass on Lake Eufaula, Alabama-Georgia

TRANSACTIONS OF THE AMERICAN FISHERIES SOCIETY — 1999
Predicting How Winter Affects Energetics of Age-0 Largemouth Bass: How Do Current Models Fare?

SOUTHEASTERN ASSOCIATION OF THE FISH AND WILDLIFE AGENCIES — 1999
Stock Characteristics and habitat use of catfishes in regulated sections of 4 Alabama rivers

ECOLOGY- 1998
From Star Charts to Stoneflies: Detecting Relationships in Continuous Bivariate Data

CANADIAN JOURNAL OF FISHERIES AND AQUATIC SCIENCES — 1998
Overwinter growth and survival of age-0 largemouth bass (Micropterus salmoides): revisiting the role of body size

ESTUARIES — 1996
Selective Predation by Blue Crabs on the Gastropod, Bittium varium: Confirmation From Opercula Found in the Sediments

JOURNAL OF FISH BIOLOGY — 1994
Predator-prey dynamics in an ecosystem context

FRESHWATER BIOLOGY — 1994
Recurrent response patterns of a zooplankton community to whole-lake fish manipulation

PROCEEDINGS OF GUTSHOP — 1994
Direct and Indirect Effects of Southern Flounder Predation on a Spot Population: Experimental and Model Analyses

INTERNATIONALE VEREINIGUNG FUR THEORETISCHE UND ANGEWANDTE LIMNOLOGIE – 1994
Growth and diet composition of largemouth bass (Micropterus salmoides) from four experimental lakes

ENVIRONMENTAL BIOLOGY OF FISHES – 1993
The effects of predation on the survival and size – distribution of Estuarine fishes: an experimental approach

THE TROPHIC CASCADE IN LAKES — 1993
Roles of Fish Predation: Piscivory and Planktivory

THE TROPHIC CASCADE IN LAKES- 1993
Fish behavior and community responses to manipulation

FOOD WEB MANAGEMENT, A CASE STUDY OF LAKE MENDOTA – 1992
Impacts of Variation in Planktivorous Fish on Abundance of Daphnids: A Simulation Model of the Lake Mendota Food Web

ECOLOGY — 1989
Non-Additive Impact of Blue Crabs and Spot on Their Prey Assemblages

Contact

Swingle 313
Auburn University, AL 36849
334-844-9311