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Danylchuk, Andy J.

Assistant Professor of Fish Conservation

Phone: 413-545-2940
Room 311 Holdsworth Hall
Email: danylchuk

Primary Interests

The overarching theme of Dr. Danylchuk’s research is to understand the factors that naturally influence the life history and ecology of fishes and other aquatic organisms, as well as how natural and anthropogenic disturbances can influence the dynamics of their populations.His work spans both marine and freshwater systems, and includes stress physiology, behavioral ecology, spatial ecology, predator-prey interactions, and adaptations in life history traits as a response to disturbance.Much of Dr. Danylchuk’s research focuses on evaluating the potential impacts of recreational angling on fish populations, and working with stakeholder groups to develop best practices for the recreational angling community.Some of this work involves the use of telemetry and associated emerging technologies to understand the ways fish function under ‘normal’ and disturbed conditions, and combines the results of these studies with laboratory and field manipulations to identity specific mechanistic causes of stress in fish. Dr. Danylchuk is also interested in sustainable aquaculture and the development of integrated food production models as a mechanism to reduce impacts on fish stocks and local, regional, and global ecosystems. He is also a strong proponent of experiential, hands-on opportunities that can enhance learning for students of all ages.

Current Research Areas

  • Spatial ecology, physiological stress response, and post-release behavior and survival of coastal fishes following recreational angling, including bonefish, great barracuda, striped bass, red drum, sea-run brook trout, and sharks
  • Impacts of climate change on fish and aquatic ecosystems, especially in conjunction with other stressors such as land use and recreational angling
  • Development of “best practices” for the conservation and management of recreational fisheries
  • Models for building-integrated aquaculture and alternative food production systems

Current Student Projects

Age and growth of bonefish in The Bahamas.Chris Haak, MS thesis (UMASS-WFCON)

Population dynamics of horseshoe crabs in Massachusetts. Sarah Martinez, MS thesis (UMASS-WFCON)

Thermal ecology, spatial distribution, and energetics of bonefish.Karen Murchie, PhD thesis (Carleton University, Canada)

Diversity and abundance of apex predators in the Northeast Exuma Sound, The Bahamas.Edd Brooks, PhD thesis (University of Plymouth, UK)

Physiological ecology and behavior of great barracuda.Amanda O’Toole, MS thesis (Carleton University, Canada)

Assessment of the red drum recreational fishery.Julie Groff, Division III (Hampshire College)

Courses Taught

W&F CONSV 260 Fish and Water Conservation
W&F CONSV 597I Aquatic Ecology
W&F CONSV 597x Current topics in Recreational Fisheries Science and Conservation


Selected Recent Publications

Book Chapters:

Murchie, K.J., A.J. Danylchuk, et. el..  In Press.  AFS Special Publication – Handbook of Fish Telemetry.  Bethesda, MD.

Danylchuk, A.J., et al.  2012. In Fishes of Wisconsin E-book. Wisc. Dep. Nat. Resources, Madison, and U.S. Geological Survey, Middleton, WI. http://www.fow-ebook.us.

Danylchuk, A.J et al.  2011. in The angler in the Environment: social, economic, biological, and ethical dimensions.  American Fisheries Society Symposium 75.

Refeered Journal Articles:

Cooke, S.J., et al.  In Press.  Fisheries Management and Ecology.  00:000-000

Cooke, S.J., et al.  In Press.  Fish and Fisheries.  00:000-000.

Brooks, E.J., et al.  In Press.  Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology.

Oronti, A., et al.  2012. Aquaculture International.  20:295-303.

O’Toole, A., et al.  2012.  Science of the Total Environment 427-428:98-105

Damery, D., et al.  2012. WIT Transactions on Ecology and The Environment. 160:87-93.

Cooke, S.J., et al.  2012. Bulletin of Marine Science 88:395-410.

Hoque, S., et al.  2012. Am. Soc. Heating, Refrig. & Air-Cond. Eng. J.  February: 16-24.

Stein, J.A., et al.  2012. Fisheries Research 113:147-152.

Brooks, E.J., et al.  2011. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology 409:351-360.

Cooke, S.J. et al.  2011. BioScience 61:911-918.

O’Toole, A.C., et al.  2011.  Marine Biology 158:2227-2237.  DOI 10.1007/s00227-011-1728-1.

Danylchuk, A.J., et al.  2011.  Marine Biology 158:1981-1999.  DOI: 10.1007/s00227-011-1707

Danylchuk, A.J. & S.J. Cooke.  2011. Conservation Biology 25:458-464.

Brooks, E.J., et al.  2011.  Endangered Species Research 13:231-243.

Brooks, E.J., et al.  2011.  Endangered Species Research 13:231-243.

Shultz, A.D, et al.  2011.  Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology 402:19-26.

Murchie, K.J., et al.  2011. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology 396:147-155.

Murchie, K.J., et al.  2011. Journal of Thermal Biology 36:38-48.

Cooke, S.J., et al.  2010.  Journal of Fish Biology 76:2261-2286.

Dallas, L.J., et al.  2010. Journal of Fish Biology 77:947-962.

Murchie, K.J., et al.  2010.  Environmental Biology of Fishes 89:95-104.

Murchie, K.J., et al.  2010.  Marine & Coastal Fisheries: Dyn., Mgt, & Ecosystem Science 2:249-262.

O’Toole, A., et al.  2010..  ICES Journal of Marine Science 67:1447-1457.

O’Toole, A.C., et al.  2010.  Marine and Freshwater Research 61:1446-1456.

Murchie, K.J., S.E. Danylchuk, C.E. Pullen, E. Brooks, A.D. Shultz, C.D. Suski, A.J. Danylchuk, and S.J. Cooke.2009.Strategies for the capture and transport of bonefish, Albula vulpes, from tidal creeks to a marine research laboratory for long-term holding.Aquaculture Research 2009:1-13.

Danylchuk, A.J., A. Adams, S.J. Cooke, and C.D. Suski.2008.An evaluation of the injury and short-term survival of bonefish (Albula spp) as influenced by a mechanical lip-gripping device used by recreational anglers.Fisheries Research 93:248-252.

Cooke, S.J., C.D. Suski, S.E., Danylchuk., A.J., Danylchuk, M.R., Donaldson, C., Pullen,G.Bulté, A., O’TooleK.J., Murchie,J.B., Koppelman andT.L. Goldberg.2008.Effects of capture techniques on the physiological condition of bonefish (Albula vulpes) evaluated using field physiology diagnostic tools.Journal of Fish Biology 73:1351-1375.

Danylchuk, A.J., S.E. Danylchuk, S.J. Cooke, T.L. Goldberg, J. Koppelman and D.P. Philipp.2007.Biology and Management of bonefish (Albula spp) in the Bahamian Archipelago.In: Biology and Management of the World’s Tarpon and Bonefish Fisheries, J. Ault Editor. CRC Press.

Suski, C.D., S.J. Cooke, A.J. Danylchuk, C. O’Connor, M. Grave, T. Redpath, K.C. Hanson, A. Gingerich, K. Murchie, S.E. Danylchuk, and T.L. Goldberg.2007.Physiological disturbance and recovery dynamics of bonefish (Albula vulpes), a tropical marine fish, in response to variable exercise and exposure to air.Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology – Part A 148: 664-673.

Danylchuk, S.E., A.J. Danylchuk, S.J. Cooke, T.L. Goldberg, J. Koppelman and D.P. Philipp.2007.Effects of recreational angling on the post-release behavior and predation of bonefish (Albula vulpes): the role of equilibrium status at the time of release.Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology 346: 127-133.

Danylchuk, A.J., S.E. Danylchuk, S.J. Cooke, T.L. Goldberg, J. Koppelman and D.P. Philipp.2007.Post-release mortality of bonefish (Albula spp) exposed to different handling practices in South Eleuthera, Bahamas.Fisheries Management and Ecology 14:149-154.

Updated: March 21, 2013