Richardson Award Winners

2022 – 34th Annual Award

45th Annual Larval Fish Conference, La Jolla, CA

Corinne Burns, Université du Québec à Rimouski, “Baby driver: identifying likely drivers of redfish (Sebastes mentella) recruitment in the Gulf of St Lawrence”
P. Pepin, S. Plourde, P. Sirois, D. Robert, co-authors

Honorable Mentions:

Emma Siegried, California State University, “Combined effects of ocean acidification and food availability on metabolism and mortality of California grunion larvae (Leuresthes tenuis)”

D. W. Johnson, co-author

2019 – 33th Annual Award

43th Annual Larval Fish Conference, Mallorca, Spain

Vanesa Raya, Insitut de Ciències del Mar, “Comparative study of the larval survival of two clupeoid species in the northwestern Mediterranean Sea based on a box-balance model”
J. Salat, A. Sabatés, co-authors

Honorable Mentions:

Stefania Russo, University of Palermo, “Characterization of the larval habitat of tuna species in the central Mediterranean Sea”

B. Patti B, M. Torri M, P. Reglero Barón, D. Álvarez Berastegui, G. Sarà, A. Cuttitta, co-authors

2018 – 32nd Annual Award

42nd Annual Larval Fish Conference, Victoria, Canada

Andrwew Corso, Virginia Institute of Marine Science, “A time-series analysis of the larval fish assemblage of the Western Antarctic Peninsula”
D. Steinberg, S. Huber, J. Cope, E. Hilton, co-authors

Honorable Mentions:

Miram Gleiber, Oregon State University, “Influence of fine-scale plankton patchiness on larval fish growth in the Straits of Florida”
S. Sponaugle, K. Robinson, R. Cowen, co-authors


Kelsey Swieca, Oregon State University, “Fine-scale horizontal and vertical distribution of larval fishes, their prey, and their predators in the tidally modulated Columbia River Plume”
S. Sponaugle, C. Briseño-Avena, R. Cowen, R. Brodeur, co-authors

2017 – 31st Annual Award

41st Annual Larval Fish Conference, Austin, TX

Andria Salas, The University of Texas at Austin, “The role of intermittent, short-range acoustic cues on larval fish settlement”
P.S. Wilson, M.S. Ballard, A.H. Altieri, and T.H. Keitt, co-authors

2016 – 30th Annual Award

40th Annual Larval Fish Conference, Solomons, MD

Igal Berenshtein, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, “Directional swimming in coral reef fish larvae”
C. Paris, H. Gildor, E. Fredj, Y. Amitai, O. Lapido and M. Kiflawi, co-authors

2015 – 29th Annual Award

39th Annual Larval Fish Conference, Vienna, Austria

Rashid Imam, Leibnitz Centre for Tropical Marine Ecology, “Metabolic enzymatic activity in early life stages of key fish species from the Northern Benguela upwelling system”
S.J. Geist and A. Kunzmann, co-authors

2014 – 29th Annual Award

38th Annual Larval Fish Conference, Quebec City, Canada

Alison Deary, Virginia Institute of Marine Science, “Ontogenetic Changes to Sensory Modality in Early Life History Stage Drums (Family Sciaenidae) from the Chesapeake Bay”
B. Metscher and E. Hilton, co-authors

2013 – 28th Annual Award

37th Annual Larval Fish Conference, Miami, FL

Sean Bignami, University of Miami, “Ocean acidification alters the otoliths of a pantropical fish species with implications for sensory function”
I. Enochs, D. Manzello, S. Sponaugle and R. Cowen, co-authors

Honorable Mentions:

Alison Deary, Virginia Institute of Marine Science, “Comparison of the development and ossification of the cranium in two species of South African drum (Sciaenidae), Argyrosomus japonicus and A. thorpei”
P. Pattrick and N. Strydom, co-authors


Jason Boucher, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, “Modeling interannual variability in larval survival of Georges Bank haddock, Melanogrammus aeglefinus, with focus on the unusual 2003 recruitment event”
C. Chen, Y. Sun and R. Beardsley, co-authors

2012 – 27th Annual Award

36th Annual Larval Fish Conference, Bergen, Norway

Rebecca Asch, Scripps Institute of Oceanography, “Climate change and the seasonal occurrence of larval fish in the Southern California Current ecosystem”

Honorable Mentions:

Deena Anderson, University of North Carolina Wilmington,  “Experimental evaluation of patterns and mechanisms of juvenile red drum mortality due to acute cold stress during severe winters”
F. Scharf, co-author


Erika Staaterman, University of Miami,  “Orientation behavior in fish larvae: a missing piece to Hjorts critical period hypothesis”
C. Paris and J. Helgers, co-authors

2011 – 26th Annual Award

35th Annual Larval Fish Conference, Wilmington, North Carolina

Jennifer Martin Virginia Institute of Marine Science, “Comparative Ontogeny Of The Ink-Producing Gland In The Families Radiicephalidae And Lophotidae (Acanthomorpha: Lampridiformes)”

Honorable Mention:

David Stormer, University of Massachusetts Amherst, “Pre-migration patterns of resource use in multiple cohorts of juvenile bluefish inhabiting the Hudson River estuary, New York”
F. Juanes, co-author


Alison Deary, Virginia Institute of Marine Science, “Diet and habitat use of larval drums (Sciaenidae) in the chesapeake bay: relationship to the development of the oral jaws with comparisons to the freshwater drum, Aplodinotus grunniens”
E.J. Hilton, co-author

2010 – 25th Annual Award

34th Annual Larval Fish Conference, Santa Fe, New Mexico

Jerome Plourde Université du Québec à Chicoutimi, Chicoutimi QC, Canada. Quantifying Zooplankton Consumption of Larval and Juvenile Rainbow Smelt Using a Mercury Mass Balance Model.
P. Sirois, M. Trudel, co-authors

Honorable Mention:

Trebvor Krabbenhoft, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, New Mexico. Reproductive Phenology of Fishes of the Middle Rio Grande, New Mexico
S.P. Platania, T.F. Turner, co-authors

2009 – 24th Annual Award

33rd Annual Larval Fish Conference, Portland, Oregon

Kelton McMahon,Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Woods Hole, MA. Patterns in Carbon Isotope Fractionation of Amino Acids Between Diet and Consumer in a Model Fish Species
M. Fogel, T. Elsdon, and S. Thorrold, co-authors

Honorable Mention:

Yuichi Fukunishi, Maizuru Fisheries Research Station, Field Science Education And Research Center, Nagahama, Maizuru, Kyoto University, Japan. Comparison of UV-B Tolerance among Wild and Hatchery-reared Juveniles in Black Sea Bream (Acanthopagrus schlegel) and Red Sea Bream (Pagrus major)
R. Masuda, D. Robert, and Y. Yamashita, co-authors

2008 – 23rd Annual Award

32nd Annual Larval Fish Conference, Kiel, Germany

Knut Vollset, Department of Biology, University of Bergen, Bergen, Norway. Thermoregulatory behavior in larval fish: an experimental approach

I.A. Catalan, O Fiksen and A. Folkvord, co-authors

Honorable Mentions:

Shinnosuke Nakayamaa, Department of Marine Science, The University of Texas at Austin. The downside of batch spawning: interference competition for food in young red drum
L.A. Fuiman, co-author

Kenneth Webb, University of Texas Marine Science Institute, Port Aransas. Postprandial Colecystokinin and trypsin response of larval red drum (Sciaenops ocellatus)
G. J. Holt, co-author

2007 – 22nd Annual Award

31st Annual Larval Fish Conference, St John’s, Newfoundland

Dan Hasselman, Gene Probe Laboratory, Dalhousie University, Nova Scotia, Canada. Ontogenetic development of the endangered Atlantic whitefish (Coregonus huntsmaniScott,1987) eggs, larvae and juveniles
J. Whitlow and R.G. Bradford, co-authors

Honorable Mention:
Paulette Penton, Department of Zoology, University of Manitoba, Canada. Emergence patterns of Capelin (Mallotus villosus) at beach and demersal spawning sites on the northeast coast of Newfoundland
J.A. Gagné and L. Fortier, co-authors

2006 – 21st Annual Award

30th Annual Larval Fish Conference, Lake Placid, New York

Klaus Huebert, Marine Biology and Fisheries Division, Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science, University of Miami, USA. Can pelagic coral reef fish larvae regulate their swimming depths via hydrostatic pressure cues?

Honorable Mention:
Pascale Lafrance, Québec-Océan, Université Laval, Pavillon Vachon, Québec (Canada). Survival and hatch-date distributions of Arctic cod in relation to sea ice and surface temperature in the Beaufort Sea
J.A. Gagné and L. Fortier, co-authors

2005 – 20th Annual Award

29th Annual Larval Fish Conference, Barcelona, Spain

Yuichi Fukunishi, Maizuru Fisheries Research Station, Field Science Education and Research Center, Kyoto University, Japan. Ontogenetic changes of UV-B radiation induced mortality and avoidance behavior against UV-B in red sea bream Pagrus major and black sea breamAcanthopagrus schlegeli
R. Masuda and Y. Yamashita, co-authors

Honorable Mention:
Monica Gagliano, School of Marine Biology and Aquaculture, James Cook University, Australia . Direction and intensity of phenotypic selection on the ELH traits in a tropical marine fish
M.I. McCormick and M.G. Meekan, co-authors

2004 – 19th Annual Award

28th Annual Larval Fish Conference, Clemson, South Carolina

Tim Grabowski, Biological Sciences Department, Clemson University, South Carolina, USA. Spatial and temporal habitat segregation by spawning fishes in the Savannah River, South Carolina and Georgia
J. Isely, co-authors

Honorable Mention:
Ian Davenport, Biological Sciences Department, Clemson University, South Carolina, USA. A novel actin-based framework aids in the evolution of extreme egg size in chondrichthyan fishes
J. Wourms, co-author

2003 – 18th Annual Award

27th Annual Larval Fish Conference, Santa Cruz, CA

Shinnosuke Nakayama, Kitashirakawa-Oiwakecho, Sakyo, Kyoto, Japan. Development of schooling behavior in chub mackerel, Scomber japonicus, with emphasis on dietary condition and social transfer
R. Masuda and M. Tanaka, co-authors

Honorable Mention:
Jessica Miller, Oregon Institute of Marine Biology. Evidence for limited larval dispersal in black rockfish (Sebastes melanops): implications for population structure and marine reserve design
A.L. Shanks, co-author

Steven Searcy, North Carolina State University. Flushed down the river: Consequences of freshwater runoff to nursery habitat using early juvenile Atlantic croaker
D.B. Eggleston, co-author

Bridget Green, James Cook University. Variation in size has maternal and environmental origins
M.I. McCormick and K. Anthony, co-authors

2002 – 17th Annual Award

26th Annual Larval Fish Conference, Bergen, Norway

Hannes Baumann, Institute for Marine Research, Kiel, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany. Do growth patterns of larval radiated shanny, Ulvaria subbifurcata, reflect spatial and temporal differences in the environmental conditions?
P. Pepin, F. Davidson and F. Mowbray co-authors

Honorable Mention:
J. Adam Luckenbach, North Carolina State University, Raleigh. Effects of temperature on sex determination in southern flounder (Paralichthys lethostigma)
R.J. Borski and J. Godwin co-authors

R. S. Fulford, North Carolina State University, Raleigh. An investigation of factors important to predation vulnerability of larval yellow perch in southern Lake Michigan: an experimental and modeling approach

2001 – 16th Annual Award

25th Annual Larval Fish Conference, Sandy Hook, New Jersey

Mark Sullivan, Division of Marine Biology, Rosensteil School of Marine & Atmospheric Science, Florida, The effects of scallop dredging on a recently settled continental shelf flatfish: disturbance or status quo?
R.K. Cowen, K.W. Able and M.P. Fahay co-authors

Honorable Mention:
T.P. Hurst, Marine Sciences Research Center, SUNY Stony Brook, Interannual variation in body size and energy storage among overwintering YOY striped bass
K.A. McKown and D.O. Conover co-authors

2000 – 15th Annual Award

24th Annual Larval Fish Conference, Gulf Shores, Alabama

Veronica Caceres, Chesapeake Biological Laboratory, University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science, Small-scale turbulence and feeding ecology of fish larvae
T.J. Miller, co-author

Honorable Mention:
M.E. Smith, University of Texas at Austin, RNA:DNA in red drumlarvae. Is it corellated with behavioral performance?
S.Z. Herzka, L.A. Fuiman and G.J. Holt, co-authors

F.S. Scharf, University of Massachusetts Amherst, Comparative foraging behavior of juveniile striped bass and bluefish
J.A. Buckel and F. Juanes, co-authors

1999 – 14th Annual Award

23rd Annual Larval Fish Conference, NOAA/NOS Center for Coastal Fisheries & Habitat Research, Beaufort, North Carolina

Jean Billerbeck, SUNY Stony Brook. Big problems for little fishes: energetic conflicts in Atlantic Silversides
David Conover, co-author

Honorable Mention:
Woo-Seok Gwak, Kyoto University, Assessment of nutritional condition of Japanese flounder (Paralichthys olivaceous) larval and juveniles with special emphasis on metamorphosis and settlement
M. Tanaka, co-author

Sharon Herzka, Marine Science Institute, Austin Texas, Evaluation of stable isotope ratios as indicators of recent settlement of individual red drum larvae (Sciaenops ocellatus) to seagrass habitat
S. Holt and G.J. Holt, co-authors

Thomas Hurst, SUNY Stony Brook, Evaluating mechanisms of winter mortality in young-of-the year Hudson River striped bass
D. Conover, co-author

Edwin Niklitscek, Chesapeake Biological Laboratory, University of Maryland Center for Environmental Studies, Bioenergetic assessment of potential nursery areas for Atlantic sturgeon in the Chesapeake Bay
D.H. Secor, co-author

1998 – 13th Annual Award 

22nd Annual Larval Fish Conference, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

Sharon Herzka, U. Texas Austin, Determination of stable isotope turnover rates for red drum larvae and potential applications to habitat and recruitment studies
G.J. Holt and S. Holt, co-authors

Honorable Mention:
Elizabeth North, Potentials for transport and predator-prey interactions in bay anchovy (Anchoa mitchilli) eggs and larval stages
E. Houde, co-author

Brian Kennedy, Tracing the tributary origins and movements of anadromous Atlantic Salmon (salmo salar) through the use of stable isotopes
R. Harrington, C.L. Folt, J.D. Blum and C.P. Chamberlain, co-authors

Stephen Swearer, Island wakes and environmental markers: using otolith elemental finger printing in studies of larval dispersal and recruitment of coral reef fishes
J.A. Harlan, J.E. Caselle, D.W. Lea and R.R. Warner, co-authors

1997 – 12th Annual Award (Tie)

21st Annual Larval Fish Conference, Seattle, WA

Jennifer Caselle, U. California Santa Barbara, Density-dependent early post-larval mortality in coral reef fish and its effect on local populations

Ule Rhinhardt, U. British Colombia, Size-dependent foraging behavior and use of cover in juvenile coho salmon under predation risk

Honorable Mention:
Jason Rogers, U. North Carolina-Wilmington, Age and growth of larval and pelagic juvenileMonacanthus hispidus

Jay Rooker, U.Texas Austin, Small scale variation in recruitment densities of newly settled red drum Sciaenops ocellatus: influence of food and predator mediated processes

1996- 11th Annual Award

20th Annual Larval Fish Conference, New Orleans, LA

Jay Rooker, U. Texas Austin, Distribution of newly settled red drum (Sciaenops ocellatus) in estuarine nursery habitats: relationships to condition and growth
G.J. Holt and S. Holt, co-authors

1995 – 10th Annual Award (Tie)

19th Annual Larval Fish Conference, Sydney, Australia

F. Javier Gago, USC, LA County Museum, Ontogeny, character evolution and phylogeny of the cutlassfishes (Scombroidei: Trichiuridae)

Ilona Stobutzki, James Cook U., Sustained and directional swimming of presettlement juvenile coral reef fishes and the implications for reef fish ecology

Honorable Mention:
Jennifer Frederick and Jennifer Caselle

1994 – 9th Annual Award

18th Annual Larval Fish Conference, St. Andrews, New Brunswick, Canada

Jon Hare, Marine Science Research Center Stony Brook, Transport mechanisms and recruitment of South Atlantic Bight-spawned bluefish (Pomatomus saltatrix)
R.K. Cowen, co-author

1993 – 8th Annual Award

17th Annual Larval Fish Conference, Austin, Texas

Teresa Trendler, Developmental morphology of the cranium of Betta splendens (Teleostei, Anabantoidei)
P. Mabee, co-author

1992 – 7th Annual Award (Tie)

16th Annual Larval Fish Conference, Rhode Island

Jon Hare, A molecular method for the species identification of fish larvae with a resulting description of Xyrichthys novacula (Pisces:Labridae) larvae
J. Zehr and F. Juanes, co-authors

T.E. Lankford, Prey selection by juvenile weakfish (Cynoscion regalis) effects of relative prey abundance, behavior and profitability on foraging success and growth
T. Targett, co-author

1991 – 6th Annual Award

15th Annual Larval Fish Conference, Los Angeles, CA

Christine Swanson, Early development of the milkfish Chanos chanos: effects of salinity, metabolism, yolk absorption and larval size

1990 – 5th Annual Award

14th Annual Meeting, Beaufort, NC

Daniel LaPasha, The effect of starvation and salinity induced buoyancy changes on transport of larval fish

1989 – 4th Annual Award (Tie)

13th Annual Meeting, Merida, Mexico

David Goshorn, The diet of larval weakfish (Cynoscion regalis) in Delaware Bay and the relationship of prey density to larval growth and survival

Guillermo Moreno, Description of the early development stages of various rockfishes (Sebastesspp.) from central California

1988 – 3rd Annual Award- First Student Award (Tie)

12th Annual Meeting, Ann Arbor, MI

Pamela Raymond, Visual consequences of continued addition of rod photoreceptors during growth of teleost fish

Paula Mabee, Phylogenetic information in ontogeny

1987 – 2nd Annual Award (Not a student award)

11th Annual Meeting, Houghton, MI

Michael Hilden, Sampling Smelt (Osmerus eperlanus (L.)) larvae-a factorial experiment
L. Urho, co-author

1986 – 1st Sally Richardson Award for best paper (Not a student award)

10th Annual Meeting, Miami, FL

Dr. John Olney, Ontogeny and systematics of the pearlfishes: Crapedae (Ophidiiformes)
D. Markle, co-author