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Tropical Aquaculture Laboratory

Tropical Aquaculture Laboratory

Tim Lyons

Degree Obtained: M.S. (2018)
Major Professor: Dr. Jeff Hill

Tim Lyons started at the University of Florida Tropical Aquaculture Lab in August of 2016 with and graduated in the spring of 2018. His research interests lie in marine ornamental fishes, and his research project focused on determining the potential invasiveness of lionfish species commonly found in the aquarium trade. He worked as a research technician under the direction of Dr. Jeff Hill, whose lab focuses on invasion ecology.

Tim is an avid aquarium keeper and diver.

Since graduating, Tim has begun a career as an IUCN Red List Officer for Aquatic Species at the New Mexico BioPark Society in Albuquerque, NM.

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  • Education

    M.S., 2018, University of Florida

    B.S., Marine Science, 2016, University of Florida

  • Selected Publications

    Lyons, T.J., Q.M. Tuckett, A. Durland-Donahou, and J.E. Hill. 2020. Risk screen of lionfishes, Pterois, Dendrochirus, and Parapterois, for southeastern United States coastal waters of the Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic Ocean. Biological Invasions 22:1573-1583.

    Lyons, T.J., Q.M. Tuckett, and J.E. Hill. 2019. Data quality and quantity for invasive species: a case study of the lionfishes. Fish and Fisheries 20:748-759.

    Lyons, T.J., Q.M. Tuckett, and J.E. Hill. 2019. Characterizing the US trade in lionfishes. PLOS ONE 14(8):e0221272.

    Lyons, T.J., Q.M. Tuckett, and J.E. Hill. 2017. Lower Lethal Temperatures for Two Commonly Traded Species of Lionfish: Implications for Establishment Beyond Pterois volitans and P. miles. Copeia 105 (4): 630-633.

  • Presentations

    Lyons, T., Q.M. Tuckett, and J.E. Hill. 2017. Risk screening for “other” lionfishes in the marine ornamental trade. American Fisheries Society Annual Meeting, Tampa, Florida.

    Lyons, T., Q.M. Tuckett, and J.E. Hill. 2017. An Evaluation of The “Other” Lionfish in the Marine Ornamental Trade. Marine Aquarium Conference of North America, New Orleans, Louisiana. (poster)

    Lyons, T. J., Q. M. Tuckett, and J. E. Hill. 2017. Risk screening for other lionfish in the marine trade. University of Florida Interdisciplinary Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences Graduate Student Symposium. Gainesville, Florida.

    Hill, J.E., T. J. Lyons, and Q. M. Tuckett. 2017. Invasiveness risks of the “other” lionfish in the marine ornamental trade. Aquatic Invasive Species in the Southeast. Gulf and South Atlantic Regional Panel on Aquatic Invasive Species.  Raleigh, North Carolina.

    Patterson, J., K. Lohr, C. Kilroy, T. J. Lyons, R. Klobuchar, and J. Than. 2016. Adventures in developing ex-situ culture of threatened staghorn coral Acropora cervicornis as a conservation tool. Aquaculture America 2016. Las Vegas, Nevada. (poster)

  • Awards

    2107 Best Poster Award.  Lyons, T., Q.M. Tuckett, and J.E. Hill. An Evaluation of The “Other” Lionfish. Marine  Aquarium Conference of North America, New Orleans, LA. 

    2017 AFS Florida Chapter Student Travel Grant recipient