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Edward Houde


University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science

Chesapeake Biological Laboratory

Ph.D., Cornell University
Fishery Science, 1968

Research Expertise

Fisheries Science And Management
Larval Fish Ecology
Fisheries Oceanography
Population Dynamics And Recruitment Mechanisms




Dr. Edward Houde is Professor at the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science, Chesapeake Biological Laboratory. He is currently leading four projects on forage fishes in the Chesapeake region, studying their reproductive biology and recruitment mechanisms. His lab is estimating growth and survival rates, larval ingress into Chesapeake Bay, and levels of production relative to environmental factors, including primary production variability. One goal of his research is to explain why forage fish recruitments, especially for menhaden, have declined for the past two decades in Chesapeake Bay.

Dr. Houde served previously as Director of the National Science Foundation's Biological Oceanography Program, and has won several prestigious awards in fisheries science. He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and was appointed as the U.S. Delegate to the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea in 2006. He has served on numerous committees and panels, including the Ocean Studies Board of the National Research Council, the ICES Living Resources Committee, the National Marine Fisheries Service's Ecosystem Principles Advisory Panel, and Chair of the National Academy of Science Committee on Marine Protected Areas. He was recently Co-chair of the Technical Advisory Panel that developed a Fisheries Ecosystem Plan for the Chesapeake Bay.


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Recent Selected Publcations

Houde, E.D. 2007. Bold new science and precautionary management. Solomons Sketches 10(1): 4-5.

Jordan, S. and E. Houde. 2006. Indicators of ecosystem health and biological reference points. pp. 237-252. In: Chesapeake Bay Fisheries Ecosystem Advisory Panel. Fisheries ecosystem planning for Chesapeake Bay. Am. Fish. Soc., Trends in Fisheries Management 3, Bethesda, MD.

Mowitt, W.P., E.D. Houde, D.C. Hinkle, and A. Sanford. 2006. Growth of planktivorous bay anchovy (Anchoa mitchilli), top-down control, and scale-dependence in estuarine mesocosms. Mar. Ecol. Pro. Ser. 308: 255-269.

Kemp, W.M., W.R. Boynton, J.E. Adolf, D.F. Boesch, W.C. Boicourt, G. Brush, J.C. Cornwell, T.R. Fisher, P.M. Glibert, J.D. Hagy, L.W. Harding, E.D. Houde, D.G. Kimmel, W.D. Miller, R.I.E. Newell, M.R. Roman, E.M. Smith, and J.C. Stevenson. 2005. Eutrophication of Chesapeake Bay: historical trends and ecological interactions. Mar. Ecol. Prog. Ser. 303: 1-29.

Shoji, S., E.W. North and E.D. Houde. 2005. The feeding ecology of white perch Morone saxatilis (Pisces) larvae in the Chesapeake Bay estuarine turbidity maximum: The influence of physical conditions and prey concentrations. J. Fish. Biol. 66: 1328-1341.

Pikitch, E.K., C. Santora, E.A. Babcock, A. Bakun, R. Bonfil, D.O. Covover, P. Dayton, P. Doukakis, D. Fluharty, B. Heneman, E.D. Houde, J. Link, P.A. Livingston, M. Mangel, M.K. McAllister, J. Pope and K.J. Sainsbury. 2004. Ecosystem-based fishery management. Science 305: 346-347.

Jung, S. and E.D. Houde. 2004. Production of bay anchovy Anchoa mitchilli in Chesapeake Bay: application of size-based theory. Mar. Ecol. Prog. Ser. 281: 217-232.

North, E.W. and E.D. Houde. 2004. Distribution and transport of bay anchovy (Anchoa mitchilli) eggs and larvae in Chesapeake Bay. Est. Coast. Shelf Sci. 60: 409-429.

Jung, S. and E.D. Houde. 2003. Spatial and temporal variabilities of pelagic fish community structure and distribution in Chesapeake Bay, USA. Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science 58: 335-351.

Heath, M. R. and E.D. Houde. 2001. Chapter 7. Evaluating and modeling foraging performance of planktivorous and piscivorous fish: effects of containment and issues of scale. pp. 191-222, In: Gardner, R. H., W. M. Kemp, V. S. Kennedy and J. E. Petersen (eds.), Scaling Relations in Experimental Ecology. Columbia University Press, New York.

Leach, S.D. and E.D. Houde. 1999. Effects of environmental factors on survival, growth, and production of American shad larvae. J. Fish Biol. 54: 767-786.