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Fred Scharf

University of North Carolina Wilmington

Address: Department of Bilogy and Marine Biology, University of North Carolina Wilmington
Phone: 910.962.7796
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Ph.D., 2001, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Research Interests

  • Fisheries biology

Current and Planned Research Projects


  • Mallette, S.D., W.A. McLellan, F.S. Scharf, H.K. Koopman, S.G. Barco, R.S. Wells, and D.A. Pabst. 2016. Ontogenetic allometry and body composition of the common bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncatus) from the U.S. mid-Atlantic. Marine Mammal Science 32(1):86-121
  • Klibansky, N. and F.S. Scharf. 2015. Assessing gonadal maturity in hermaphorditic fishes: comparisons between macro- and microscopic methods. Journal of Fish Biology 87:930-957
  • Craig, J.K., W.E. Smith, F.S. Scharf, and J.P. Monaghan. 2015. Estuarine residency and migration of southern flounder (Paralichthys lethostigma) inferred from conventional tag returnsat multiple spatial scales. Marine and Coastal Fisheries: Dynamics, Management, and Ecosystem Science 7:450-463
  • Wang, V.H., M.A. McCartney, and F.S. Scharf. 2015. Population genetic structure of southern flounder inferred from multilocus DNA profiles. Marine and Coastal Fisherines: Dynamics, Management, and Ecosystem Science 7:220-232
  • Midway, S.R., S.X. Cadrin, and F.S. Scharf. 2014. Southern flounder (Paralichthys lethostigma) stock structure inferred from otolith shape analysis. Fishery Bulletin 112:326-338
  • Anderson, D.A. and F.S. Scharf. 2014. The effect of variable winter severity on size-dependent overwinter mortality caused by acute thermal stress in juvenile red drum (Sciaenops ocellatus). ICES Journal of Marine Science 71(4):1010-1021
  • Midway, S.R., J.W. White, W. Rounillat, C.B. Batsavage, and F.S. Scharf. 2013. Improving macroscopic maturity determination in pre-spawning flatfish through predictive modeling and whole mount methods. Fisheries Research 147:359-369
  • Klibansky, N. and F.S. Scharf. 2013. Size-dependent and temporal variability in batch number and fecundity of red portgy (Pagrus pagrus), an ideterminate protogynous hermaphrodite in the US South Atlantic. Marine and Coastal Fisheries: Dynamics, Management, and Ecosystem Science 5:39-52
  • Friedl, S.E., J.A. Buckel, J.E. Hightower, F.S. Scharf, and K.H. Pollock. 2013. Telemetry-based mortality estimates of juvenile spot in two North Carolina estuarine creeks. Transactions of the American Fisheries Society 142:339-415
  • Midway, S.R. and F.S. Scharf. 2012. Histological analysis reveals larger size at maturity for southern flounder (Paralichthys lethostigma) with implications for biological reference points. Marine and Coastal Fisherines: Dynamics, Management, and Ecosystem Science 4:628-638
  • Facendola, J.J. and F.S. Scharf. 2012. Seasonal and ontogenetic variation in the diet and daily ration of estuarine red drum derived from field-based estimates of gastric evacuation and consumption. Marine and Coastal Fisherines: Dynamics, Management, and Ecosystem Science 4:546-559
  • Gillum, Z.D., J.J. Facendola, and F.S. Scharf. 2012. Consumption and gastric evacuation in juvenile red drum Sciaenops ocellatus (Linnaeus): estimation of prey type effects and valication of field-based daily ration estimates. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology 413:21-29
  • Smith, W.E. and F.S. Scharf. 2011. Post-release survival of sub-legal southern flounder captured in a commercial gill-net fishery. North American Journal of Fisheries Management 31:445-454
  • Goshe, L.R., L. Avens, F.S. Scharf, and A.L. Southwood. 2010. Estimation of age at maturation and growth of Athlantic green turtles (Chelonia mydas) using skeletochronology. Marine Biology 157:1725-1740
  • Smith, W.E., and F.S. Scharf. 2010. Demographic characteristics of southern flounder, Paralichthys lethostigma, harvested by an estuarine gill net fishery. Fisheries Management and Ecology 17:532-543