Clinton Moran

Department of Biology, The Citadel

Address: 171 Moultrie St., Charleston, SC 29409
Phone: 843.953.1093
Personal Website:


Ph.D., 2015, Northern Arizona University
M.S., 2011, Moss Landing Marine Laboratories
B.A., 2008, Willamette University

Research Interests

  • Physiology of fishes

Current and planned research projects

  • Physiological changes that occur in fishes in response to temperature


  • Moran, C.J., Young, C.M., Gerry, S.P. Effects of overwintering temperatures on the escape response in cunner (Tautogolabrus adspersus). Journal of Experimental Zoology. In Revision.
  • Moran, C.J., Rzucidlo, C.L., Ellerby, D.J., Gerry, S.P. 2018. Laboratory constraints on feeding behaviors in polymorphic bluegill sunfish (Lepomis macrochirus). Freshwater Biology. 64, 926-932
  • Moran, C.J., Neubauer, D.L., Rzucidlo, C.L., Gerry, S.P. 2018. Temperature constrains locomotion and muscle function in cunner (Tautogolabrus adspersus). Comparative Biochemical Physiology. In Press.
  • Ellerby, D.J., Berlin, C.G., Cathcart, K.J., Dornon, M.K., Gee, J.K., Feldman, A. Moran, C.J. 2018. Ecotypic variation in bluegill sunfish: pacing performance traits in context with behavior in the field. Evolutionary Ecology. 52, 311-322
  • Moran, C.J., Carlowicz, R.M., Gerry, S.P. A temperate labrid fish demonstrates compensatory mechanisms to feed at torpor inducing temperatures. Journal of Zoology. 307, 125-130.
  • Moran, C.J., Gerry, S.P., O’Neill, M., *Rzucidlo, C., Gibb, A.C. 2018. Behavioral and physiological adaptations to high-flow velocities in Southwestern native chubs (Gila spp.) Journal of Experimental Biology. 221, 1-9.
  • Moran, C.J., Ward, D., Gibb, A.C. 2018. Key morphological features favor the success of non-native fish species under altered river conditions in the Colorado River Basin, USA. Transactions of the American Fisheries Society. 147, 948-958.
  • Moran, C.J., Rzucidlo, C.L, Carlowicz, R.M., Gerry, S.P. 2018. Stereotyped feeding behaviors of polyphenic bluegill sunfish. Journal of Zoology. 305, 116-123.
  • Moran, C.J.¸ O’Neill, M., Armbruster, J.W. and Gibb, A.C. 2017. Can members of the Southwestern Gila robusta species complex be distinguished by their morphological features? Journal of Fish Biology. 91(1), 302-316.
  • Moran, C.J., Ferry, L.A. and Gibb, A.C. 2016. Why does Gila elegans have a bony tail? A study of swimming morphology convergence. Zoology. 119(3): 175-181.
  • Gibb, A. C., Staab, K., Moran, C.J. and Ferry, L. A. 2015. The teleost intramandibular joint: a mechanism that allows fish to obtain prey unavailable to suction feeders. Integrative and Comparative Biology, 55(1), 85-96.