George R. Sedberry


Ph.D., 1980, College of William and Mary

Research Interests

  • marine fish ecology and fisheries
  • conservation and natural resource management
  • deep-sea biology

Current and planned research projects

  • Dr. Sedberry is retired after a career with the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources and NOAA’s Office of National Marine Sanctuaries, and does not have any current research projects; however he is willing to serve on the thesis committees of students how have interests in marine fish ecology and fisheries. 


  • Bacheler, N.M., C.M. Schobernd, S.L. Harter, A.W. David, G.R. Sedberry and G.T. Kellison. 2016. No evidence of increased demersal fish abundance six years after creation of marine protected areas along the southeast United States Atlantic coast. Bull. Mar. Sci. 92:  447-471.
  • Carpenter, K.E., R. Claro, J. Cowan, G. Sedberry and M. Zapp-Sluis.  2015.  Epinephelus striatus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2015: e.T7862A70324790.
  • Farmer, N.A., W.D. Heyman, M. Karnauskas, S. Kobara, T.I. Smart, J.C. Ballenger, M.J.M. Reichert, D.M. Wyanski, M.S. Tishler, K.C. Lindeman, S.K. Lowerre-Barbieri, T.S. Switzer, J.J. Solomon, K. McCain, M. Marhefka and G.R. Sedberry. 2017. Timing and locations of reef fish spawning off the southeastern United States. PLoS ONE 12(3):e0172968. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0172968.
  • Fautin, D., P. Dalton, L.S. Incze, J-A. C. Leong, C. Pautzke, A. Rosenberg, P. Sandifer, G. Sedberry, J.W. Tunnell Jr., I. Abbott, R.E. Brainard, M. Brodeur, L.G. Eldredge, M. Feldman, F. Moretzsohn, P.S. Vroom, M. Wainstein and N. Wolff. 2010. An overview of marine biodiversity in U.S. waters. PLoS ONE 5(8): e11914. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0011914.
  • Partyka, M.L., S.W. Ross, A.M. Quattrini, G.R. Sedberry, T.W. Birdsong, J. Potter and S. Gottfried.  2007.  Southeastern United States deep sea corals (SEADESC) initiative:  A collaboration to characterize areas of habitat-forming deep-sea corals.  NOAA Tech. Mem. OAR-OER 1.  Silver Spring MD.  176pp.
  • Ribeiro, C., G.R. Sedberry, A.J. Almeida, M. Biscoito and L. Costa. 2006. Field comparison of transect, stationary point count and visual fast count methods for visual assessment of fish assemblages of rocky habitats in Madeira.  Occ. Pap. Irish Biogeographical Soc. 9:83-103.
  • Schobernd, C.M. and G.R. Sedberry. 2009. Shelf-edge and upper-slope reef fish assemblages in the South Atlantic Bight: habitat characteristics, spatial variation and reproductive behavior. Bull Mar. Sci. 84:67-92.
  • Sedberry, G.R., D.G. Fautin, M. Feldman, M.D. Fornwall, P. Goldstein, and R.P. Guralnick. 2011. OBIS-USA: A data-sharing legacy of the Census of Marine Life.  Oceanography 24(2):166–173. doi:10.5670/oceanog.2011.36.
  • Sedberry, G.R., J.C. McGovern and O. Pashuk. 2001. The Charleston Bump: an island of essential fish habitat in the Gulf Stream. American Fisheries Society, Symposium 25:3-24.
  • Sedberry, G.R., O. Pashuk, D.M. Wyanski, J.A. Stephen and P. Weinbach. 2006. Spawning locations for Atlantic reef fishes off the southeastern U.S. Proc. Gulf Carib. Fish. Inst. 57:463-514.