Mike Denson

South Carolina Department of Natural Resources

Address: Marine Resources Research Institute, 217 Fort Johnson Road, Charleston, SC 29412
Phone: 843.953.9834
E-mail: densonm@dnr.sc.gov


Ph.D., 2006, Clemson University 
M.S., 1992, Clemson University

Research Interests

  • aquaculture of marine and freshwater fin-fishes, crustaceans, bivalves, and algae
  • larval culture of marine fish species
  • stock enhancement of commercially and recreationally important species

Current and planned research projects

  • decreased nutrient pollution from aquaculture feeds through improvements in phosphorus utilization by red drum Sciaenops ocellatus
  • development of metabolomics tools for the aquaculture industry: feed development and the physiological effects on animals reared in recirculating aquaculture systems
  • Cobia life history, fisheries effects and management of population in the southeast U.S.
  • temperature tolerance of estuarine fishes and management implications


  • Denson, M.R., K. Brenkert, W.E. Jenkins and T. L. Darden.  2012.  Assessing Red Drum Juvenile Stocking in a South Carolina Estuary Using Genetic Identification.  North American Journal of Fisheries Management. 32:32-43.
  • Lefebvre, L. and M.R. Denson.  2012.  Inshore spawning of cobia (Rachycentron canadun) in South Carolina.  Fishery Bulletin. 110:397–412.
  • Darden, T., F. Sessions and M.R. Denson.  2013.  Use of Genetic Microsatellite Markers to Identify Factors Affecting Stocking Success in Striped Bass.  American Fisheries Society Symposium 79.
  • Darden, T, M. Walker, K. Brenkert, J. Yost and M.R. Denson.  2013.  Population Genetics of Cobia Rachycentron canadum: Management Implications along the Southeastern U.S. Coast. Marine Biology.
  • Gauthier, D.T., C. Audemard, J.E.L Carlsson, T.L. Darden, M.R. Denson, K.S. Reece, and J. Carlsson.  2013. Genetic population structure of U.S. Atlantic coastal striped bass (Morone saxatilis).  Journal of Heredity.
  • Anderson, A. M.R. Denson, and T.L. Darden. In Review.  Past And Present Genetic Structure of Striped Bass (Morone Saxatilis) In The Carolinas And Effects From Stocking.
  • Anweiler, K. and M.R. Denson, In Review.  Low-Temperature Tolerance of Juvenile Spotted Seatrout, Cynoscion Nebulosus, In South Carolina.