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Tanya Darden

South Carolina Department of Natural Resources

Address: Hollings Marine Laboratory, 331 Fort Johnson Road, Charleston, SC 29412
Phone: 843.762.8802


Ph.D., 2004, University of Southern Mississippi 
M.S., 1992, University of Southern Mississippi

Research Interests

  • Ecology and evolution of fishes
  • ichthyology
  • population genetics
  • fisheries science

Current and planned research projects

  • Red drum, cobia, and American shad: population structure; recruitment limitations; migrations; estuarine fidelity; stock enhancement
  • Striped bass: conservation genetics; population restoration; thermal stress; habitat partitioning
  • Non-lethal technologies for aging and sex determination for a variety of fishes


  • Fountain, J., T. Darden, W. Jenkins, M. Denson. 2009. Three multiplexed microsatellite panels for striped bass, Morone saxatilis. Southeastern Naturalist TBD.
  • Robbins, S. N., T. L. Darden, A. O. Ball and M. R. Denson. 2008. Genetic parentage analysis of red drum in SC and the use of genotypic data from archived otoliths. North American Journal of Fisheries Management 28: 1796-1801.
  • Darden, Tanya L. 2008. Phylogenetic relationships and historic biogeography within the Enneacanthus sunfishes (Perciformes, Centrarchidae). Copeia 3: 630-636.
  • Darden, Richard L., Tanya L. Darden and Brian Kreiser. 2002. Mussel fauna of the Strong River, Mississippi. Journal of Freshwater Ecology 17(4): 651-653.
  • Peterson, Tanya L. 1997. Effects of salinity on survival, growth, behavior, and metabolism in juvenile hogchokers, Trinectes maculatus (Achiridae). Environmental Biology of Fishes 49:323-331.