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Details of Dr Maria M. Criales   


Gender female
Job title Associate Scientist
Department Marine Biology and Fisheries
Regions Sea of Azov
Tel 305-421-4073
Fax 305-421-4600
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Degree PhD
Job type Research , Natural Resource Management
Research Area(s) Biological Oceanography, Marine Ecology , Biological Oceanography, Marine Ecology
Research Activities My research focused on describing and quantifying biological and physical processes that control marine population dynamics with an emphasis on the transport of pelagic larval stages. I also work on marine biodiversity of marine crustaceans mainly shrimps from the Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico and in developing and implementation of techniques for the culture of marine organisms. This research contributes to the understanding of marine ecosystems and has applications in conservation biology and biodiversity.

Mi investigación esta enfocada en describir y quantificar los procesos biológicos y oceanográficos que controlan la dinámica de poblaciones marinas con énfasis en el transporte de los estadios pelágicos. Tambien realizo investigación en biodiversidad marina principalmente de crustáceos decápodos (camarones) del Caribe y del Golfo de Mexico, y en el desarrollo e implementación de técnicas para el cultivo de camarones y otros organismos marinos. Estas investigaciones contribuyen al entendimiento de los ecosistemas marinos y su aplicabilidad en consevación y biodiversidad.
Research Region 34, 35 , 36, 72
Skills/Expertise Experience in biological oceanography, dispersal and recruitment processes of marine invertebrates, ecology and taxonomy of marine and estuarine crustaceans, culture and taxonomy of decapod larvae.
PUBLICATIONS (as reported by Dr Maria CRIALES)

Ogburn, M. B., M. M. Criales and J. A. Browder 2013. Endogenous swimming activity rhythms of postlarvae and juveniles of the penaeid shrimp Farfantepenaeus aztecus, Farfantepenaeus duorarum and Litopenaeus setiferus. J. Exp Mar. Biol. Ecol. 440: 149-155.
Criales, M. M., I. Zink, B. K. Haus, J. Wylie and J. A. Browder. 2013. Effect of turbulence on the behavior of pink shrimp postlarvae and implications for selective tidal stream transport behavior. Mar. Ecol. Progr. Ser. 477: 161-176
Criales, M. M, M. B. Robblee, J. A. Browder, H. Cardenas and T. Jackson. 2011. Field observations on selective tidal stream transport for postlarval and juvenile pink shrimp in Florida Bay. J. Crust. Biol. 31: 26-33.
Criales, M. M., I. Zink, J. A. Browder and T. Jackson 2011. The effect of acclimation salinity and age on the salinity tolerance of pink shrimp postlarvae. J. Exp Mar. Biol. Ecol. 409:283-289.
Criales, M. M, M. B. Robblee, J. A. Browder, H. Cardenas and T. Jackson. 2010. Nearshore concentration of pink shrimp Farfantepenaeus duorarum postlarvae in northern Florida Bay in relation to the nocturnal flood tide. Bull. Mar. Sci. 86: 51-72.
Criales, M. M., J. A. Browder and E. Little. 2009. Species composition and seasonality of the smallest size class shrimp in the Tortugas shrimp fishery of Florida. Gulf Mex. Sci. 102-108.
Criales, M. M, J. A. Browder, C. K. N. Mooers, M. Robblee, H. Cardenas, and T. Jackson. 2007. Implications of tidal transport and internal tides on transport of pink shrimp larvae across the SW Florida shelf. Mar. Ecol. Prog. Ser. 345:167-184
Criales, M. M., J. Wang, J. A. Browder, M. B. Robblee, T. L. Jackson and C. Hittle. (2006). Variability in supply and cross-shelf transport of pink shrimp (Farfantepenaeus duorarum) postlarvae into western Florida Bay. U. S. Fish. Bull. 104:60-74.
Criales, M. M., J. Wang, J. A. Browder and M. Robblee.(2005). Tidal and seasonal effect on transport of pink shrimp postlarvae. Mar. Ecol. Prog. Ser. 286:231-238.
Criales, M.M., C. Yeung, D. Jones, T.L. Jackson, and W. Richards. (2003) Variation of oceanographic processes affecting the size of pink shrimp (Farfantepenaeus duorarum) postlarvae and their supply to Florida Bay. Estuar. Coast. Shelf Sci. 57: 457-468.
Criales, M.M., C. Yeung, F. Amaya, A. Lopez, A., D. Jones, and W. Richards. (2002) Larval supply of fishes, shrimps and crabs into the Cienaga Grande of Santa Marta, Colombian Caribbean. J. Car. Sci. 38 (1-2): 52-65.
Amaya, F., A. Acero, and M. M. Criales. (2001) Taxonomy and Zoogeography of Microdesmus carri Gilbert (Microdesmidae). Bull. Mar. Sci. 70 (1): 33-40.
Schwamborn, R. and M. M. Criales. (2000) Feeding strategy and daily ration of juvenile pink shrimp (Farfantepenaeus duorarum) in a South Florida seagrass bed. Mar. Biol. 137 (1):139-147.
Yeung, C., M. M. Criales and T. N. Lee. (2000) Unusual larval abundance of Scyllarides nodifer and Albunea sp. during the intrusion of low-salinity Mississippi flood water in the Florida Keys in September, 1993: Insight into larval transport from upstream. J. Geoph. Res. 105 (12):28741-28758.
Criales, M. M., M. J. Bello and C. Yeung (2000) Penaeoid Shrimps at Bear Cut, Biscayne Bay, Florida. USA. Bull. Mar. Sci. 67 (2):773-788.
Criales, M. M. (1997) Microprosthema granatense, new species from the Southern Caribbean with a key to the shrimps of the genus Microprosthema from the Western Atlantic and a new record of Odontozona libertae (Decapoda: Stenopodidea). J. Crust. Biol. 17 (3):366-380.
Criales, M. M. and T. N. Lee (1995) Larval distribution and transport of penaeoid shrimps during the presence of the Tortugas Gyre at the Dry Tortugas and Lower Florida Keys, Florida. U.S. Fish. Bull. 93 (3): 471-481
Criales, M.M. and M.F. McGowan. (1994) Horizontal and vertical distribution of penaeidean and caridean larvae and micronektonic shrimps in the Florida Keys. Bull. Mar. Sci. 54: 843-856
Criales, M.M. and M.F. McGowan. (1993) Occurrence and description of myses larvae of a mesopelagic shrimp species of the genus Gennadas (Crustacea: Decapoda: Aristeidae) from coastal water of south Florida. Bull. Mar. Sci. 53 (3): 973-984.
Criales, M.M. and K. Anger. (1986) Experimental studies on the larval development of the shrimps Crangon crangon and C. allmanni. Helg. Meeresun. 40:241?265
Criales, M. M. (1985) Shrimps associated with coelenterates, echinoderms and mollusks in the Santa Marta region, Colombia. J. Crust. Biol. 4 (2): 307?317
Criales, M.M. (1981) Two new species of Pseudocoutierea (Decapoda: Palaemonidae) from the Colombian Caribbean. Crustaceana 41 (2): 167-181
Criales, M.M. (1979) Ecology and ethology of the fish?cleaner shrimps Periclimenes pedersoni and Lysmata grabhami in Santa Marta Bay (Colombia). Acta Cient. Venezolana 30: 570-76

Created: 2007-02-13 Last Updated: 2015-07-02 by Maria CRIALES