Ault Shares Tropical Fish Tales at Sea Secrets

February’s Sea Secrets features the Rosenstiel School’s Dr. Jerry Ault

tarpon/silver sides Photo by: David Weinstein

MIAMI — This month’s Sea Secret lecture features distinguished University of Miami (UM) Marine Biology and Fisheries Professor, Dr. Jerald Ault. Titled “Tropical Fish Tales,” on February 15, Ault will provide an in-depth look at the spectacular range of behaviors and adaptations marine fish have made to enhance their chances of success in the wild. As Chief Scientific Advisor for the Bonefish Tarpon Trust, he will discuss how Atlantic tarpon, a multibillion-dollar sportfishery, migrate by following the 26° C isotherm. And how pink shrimp larvae ‘ride’ ocean currents; while black mullet ‘runs’ are triggered by passing cold fronts. Ault will also uncover the mechanisms behind the yearly arrival of large pelagic fishes like billfish, tunas and dolphinfish on Florida’s coasts, and the sex-changing adaptive behaviors of tropical groupers and snappers.

UM’s Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science and the Ocean Research and Education Foundation host the popular Sea Secrets lecture series. The events are free and open to the public, and are designed to provide insight and information about the oceans that cover two-thirds of our planet, and much of which, are still an enigma. Lectures are preceded by a reception at 5:30p.m. Sea Secrets is sponsored by the Rosenstiel School of Atmospheric Science, The Shepard Broad Foundation, The Charles N. and Eleanor Knight Leigh Foundation, Southern Wine & Spirits and is organized by Robert N. Ginsburg.

About the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School
The University of Miami is the largest private research institution in the southeastern United States. The University’s mission is to provide quality education, attract and retain outstanding students, support the faculty and their research, and build an endowment for University initiatives. Founded in the 1940’s, the Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science has grown into one of the world’s premier marine and atmospheric research institutions. Offering dynamic interdisciplinary academics, the Rosenstiel School is dedicated to helping communities to better understand the planet, participating in the establishment of environmental policies, and aiding in the improvement of society and quality of life. For more information, please visit

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