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Tropical Aquaculture Laboratory

Tropical Aquaculture Laboratory

Katelyn Lawson

Degree Obtained: Ph.D. (2018)
Major Professor: Dr. Jeff Hill

 Katelyn Lawson came to the University of Florida Tropical Aquaculture Lab (TAL) in August 2013 earned her Ph.D. in 2018. Her research interests included stream ecology, ichthyology, and invasion ecology. Her research at Auburn University focused on analyzing stream fish assemblage shifts in Alabama tributaries as they relate to water availability and land use change. She had the opportunity to travel around the state of Alabama sampling fish from many of its state-owned lands. She also traveled across West Virginia sampling streams for fish for a summer and has developed a deep appreciation for stream fish diversity. Her research at the TAL blended life history theory and risk assessment to understand which traits contribute to successful reproduction, establishment, spread, and impacts of non-native freshwater fishes in Florida. The primary goal of her dissertation was to use statistical models to identify traits that can be used in a risk assessment tool to identify the probability of invasion success. Katelyn also enjoyed teaching and served as an adjunct professor at Hillsborough Community College where she taught Biology 1 (BSC 2010) and Biology 2 (BSC 2011). Katelyn is currently employed as a GIS Analyst in the Alabama Natural Heritage Program (ALNHP), which is part of the Auburn University Museum of Natural History.

Katelyn Lawson with pleco

Katelyn Lawson bio page

 

  • Education

    Ph.D., 2018, University of Florida

    M.S., Fisheries Science, 2012, Auburn University

    B.S., Zoology, 2009, Auburn University

  • Selected Publications

    Hill, J.E., Q.M. Tuckett, S. Hardin, L.L. Lawson Jr., K.M. Lawson, J.L. Ritch, and L. Partridge. 2017. Risk screen of freshwater tropical ornamental fishes for the conterminous United States. Transactions of the American Fisheries Society. 146 (5): 927-938.
    https://doi.org/10.1080/00028487.2017.1312523

    Hill, J.E., K.M. Lawson, and Q.M. Tuckett. 2017. First record of a reproducing population of the African Clawed Frog Xenopus laevis (Daudin, 1802) in Florida (USA). BioInvasions Records 6 (1): 87-95.
    https://www.reabic.net/journals/bir/2017/1/BIR_2017_Hill_etal.pdf

    Tuckett, Q.M., J.L. Ritch, K.M. Lawson, and J.E. Hill. 2017. Landscape-scale survey of non-native fishes near ornamental aquaculture facilities in Florida, USA. Biological Invasions 19 (1): 223-237.
    https://doi.org/10.1007/s10530-016-1275-2

    Lawson, K.M., and C.E. Johnston. 2016. The role of flow dependency and water availability in fish assemblage homogenization in tributaries of the Chattahoochee River, Alabama, USA. Ecology of Freshwater Fish 25:631-641.
    https://doi.org/10.1111/eff.12241

    Tuckett, Q.M., J.L. Ritch, K.M. Lawson, and J.E. Hill. 2016. Implementation and Enforcement of best management practices for Florida ornamental aquaculture with an emphasis on non-native species. North American Journal of Aquaculture, 78(2):113-124.
    https://doi.org/10.1080/15222055.2015.1121176

    Tuckett, Q.M., J.L. Ritch, K.M. Lawson, L.L. Lawson Jr., and J.E. Hill. 2016. Variation in cold tolerance in escaped and farmed non-native Green Swordtails (Xiphophorus hellerii) revealed by laboratory trials and field introductions. Biological Invasions 18:45-56.
    https://doi.org/10.1007/s10530-015-0988-y

    Hill, J.E., and K.M. Lawson. 2015. Risk screening of Arapaima, a new species proposed for aquaculture in Florida. North American Journal of Fisheries Management 35:885-894.
    http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/02755947.2015.1064835

    Lawson, L.L., Q.M. Tuckett, K.M. Lawson, C.A. Watson, and J.E. Hill. 2015. Lower lethal temperature for Arapaima Arapaima gigas: potential implications for culture and establishment in Florida. North American Journal of Aquaculture 77(4):497-502.
    https://doi.org/10.1080/15222055.2015.1066471

  • Awards

    2017 Roger Rottman Memorial Scholarship recipient (highest student honor bestowed by the Florida Chapter of the American Fisheries Society)

    2016-2017 Outstanding PhD Student of the Year, University of Florida School of Forest Resources and Conservation, Program in Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences

    2016 Jan F. Smith Conservation Award, Ecological and Evolutionary Ethology of Fish

    2016 Ecological and Evolutionary Ethology of Fish Travel Grant

    2014-2016 Florida Chapter AFS Travel Grant

    2013-2017 Graduate School Fellowship, University of Florida College of Agriculture and Life Sciences