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Amy Fowler

Assistant Professor, George Mason University

Address: David King Hall 3037, MSN 5F2, 4400 University Dr., Fairfax, VA 22030
Phone: 703.993.5956


Ph.D., 2011, University of Auckland

Research Interests

  • Conservation/Management of crustacean resources
  • Ecology of marine crustaceans
  • Invertebrates
  • Parasites of marine crustaceans
  • Invasive and non-native species

Current and planned research projects

  • Crustacean research and monitoring efforts centered on recreationally and commercially important blue crabs, shrimp, and horseshoe crabs (although not crustacean)
  • The effect of black gill on white shrimp physiology, migration patterns, and predator avoidance
  • South Carolina horseshoe crab population assessments for sustainable management
  • Invasive Asian tiger shrimp food web dynamics


  • Blakeslee AMH, Fowler AE, Keough C. 2013. Marine invasions and parasite escape: Updates and new perspectives. In Advances in Marine Biology Vol 66 (M. Lesser, ed.), pp. 87-170, Academic Press, Oxford, UK.
  • Freeman A, Blakeslee AMH, Fowler AE. 2013. Range expansion of the rhizocephalan Loxothylacus panopaei (Gissler, 1884) in the northwest Atlantic. Aquatic Invasions 8 (3): 347-353.
  • Fowler AE, Muirhead J, Taylor RB. 2013. Early stages of a New Zealand invasion by Charybdis japonica (A. Milne-Edwards, 1861) (Brachyura: Portunidae) from Asia: Interactions with native crabs. Journal of Crustacean Biology 33 (5): 672-680.
  • Fowler AE, Forsström T, von Numers M, Vesakoski O. 2013. The North American mud crab Rhithropanopeus harrisii (Gould 1841) in newly colonized northern Baltic Sea: Distribution and population demography. Aquatic Invasions 8 (1): 89-96.
  • Fowler AE, McLay CL. 2013. Early stages of a New Zealand invasion by Charybdis japonica (A. Milne-Edwards, 1861) (Brachyura: Portunidae) from Asia: Population demography. Journal of Crustacean Biology 33 (2): 224-234.
  • Blakeslee AMH, Fowler AE. 2012. Aquatic introductions and genetic founder effects: How do parasites compare to hosts? In: Analysis of Genetic Variation in Animals (M. Caliskan, ed.). InTech, Rijeka, Croatia (ISBN 978-953-51-0093-5).
  • Fowler AE, Gerner NV, Sewell MA. 2011. Temperature and salinity tolerances of stage 1 zoeae predict possible range expansion of an introduced portunid crab, Charybdis japonica, in New Zealand. Biological Invasions 13:691-699.
  • Canning-Clode J, Fowler AE, Byers JE, Carlton JT, Ruiz GM. 2011. ‘Caribbean Creep’ Chills Out: Climate Change and Marine Invasive Species. PLoS ONE 6(12): e29657. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0029657
  • Simberloff D [...], Fowler AE [...]. 2011. Non-natives: 141 scientists object. (Response to Davis et al., "Don't judge species on their origins"). Nature 475: 36.
  • Fowler AE. 2011. Biological and ecological attributes of a population of the invasive Asian paddle crab, Charybdis japonica, in Northeastern New Zealand. Ph.D. diss., University of Auckland, New Zealand.
  • Eastwood MM, Donahue MJ, Fowler AE. 2007. Reconstructing past biological invasions: Niche shifts in response to invasive predators and competitors. Biological Invasions 9: 297-307.