Virginia R. Shervette

Address: University of South Carolina Aiken
Phone: 803.641.3605
Personal Website:


Ph.D., 2006, Texas A&M University
M.S., 2000, University of Southern Mississippi

Research Interests

  • Coral reef fishes
  • Conservation and fisheries management
  • Fish community and population dynamics
  • Tropical biology

Current and planned research projects

  • Biology and Ecology of Caribbean reef fishes (snappers, triggerfish, and parrotfish)
  • Age, growth, and reproduction of deepwater snappers in the Caribbean
  • Historical and contemporary influences on the diversity of freshwater fishes of western Ecuador
  • Population biology of invasive lionfish
  • Conservation biogeography of freshwater fishes in southeastern U.S.
  • Long-lived reef fish species: age, growth, and Hg bioaccumulation


  • Leidig J*, Shervette V, McDonough C, Darden T. 2015 Genetic population structure of Black Drum in U.S. waters. North American Journal of Fisheries Management 35: 464-477.
  • Smylie M*, Shervette V, McDonough C. In Press. Prey Composition and Ontogenetic Shift in Coastal Populations of Longnose Gar Lepisosteus osseus in Two South Carolina Estuaries.
  • Smylie M*, Shervette V, McDonough C. Accepted with Revisions. Age, Growth, and Reproduction in Two Coastal Populations of Longnose Gar Lepisosteus osseus. Transactions of the American Fisheries Society.
  • Loh M, Vital W, Vu V, Navarrete R, Calle P, Shervette V, Torres A, Aguirre W. 2014. Isolation of sixteen microsatellite loci for Rhoadsia altipinna (Characiformes: Characidae) from an impacted river basin in western Ecuador. Conservation Genetics Resources 6:229-231.
  • Aguirre WE, Shervette VR. 2013. Morphological and genetic divergence of Hoplias microlepis (Characiformes, Erythrinidae) in rivers and artificial impoundments of western Ecuador. Copeia.
  • Ruehl CB, Shervette V, DeWitt T. 2011. Replicated shape variation between simple and complex habitats in two estuarine fishes. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 103: 147-158.
  • Shervette, VR, Hadley N, Gelwick F. 2011. Decapod utilization of adjacent oyster, vegetated marsh, and non-vegetated bottom habitats in a Gulf of Mexico estuary. Journal of Crustacean Biology 31: 660-667.
  • Shervette VR, Gelwick F. 2008. Assessment of Essential Fish Habitat as nurseries for juvenile white shrimp Litopanaeus setiferus. Wetlands Ecology and Management 16: 405-419.
  • Shervette VR, Gelwick F. 2008. Seasonal and habitat variations in fish and macroinvertebrate communities in a Mississippi estuary. Estuaries and Coasts 31: 584-596.
  • Shervette VR, Gelwick F. 2007.  Habitat related growth of juvenile pinfish Lagodon rhomboides. Transactions of the American Fisheries Society 136(2): 445-451.
  • Shervette VR, Aguirre WE, Gelwick F, Blacio E. 2007. Fish communities of a disturbed mangrove wetland and an adjacent tidal river in Ecuador. Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science 72:115-128.
  • Shervette VR, Ibarra N, Gelwick F. 2007. Influences of salinity on growth and survival of juvenile pinfish Lagodon rhomboides. Environmental Biology of Fishes 78:125-134.