Benjamin Kurth


BS Aquatic/Marine Biology 2011 Stetson University
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Benjamin Kurth


Awards: Paul Getting Memorial Fellowship 2014-2015

Knight Fellow 2016-Present

NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program Honorable Mention 2014 & 2015

Ben is a masters student whose intent is to further his knowledge of fisheries biology and management, especially for recreationally important gamefish. Ben's thesis focuses on Atlantic Tarpon and has two important components. The first uses a multi-year, genetic tagging database to better understand the life history and biology of juvenile and sub-adult Tarpon. The second component uses chronologically-based stable isotope analysis of adult Tarpon eye lenses to better understand both juvenile and adult habitat use, movements, and trophic dynamics.

Ben is from Tampa, FL and spends as much time on the water as he can for both academic and personal interests. He has worked as a biologist for Mote Marine Laboratory investigating cold kill effects on fish populations; with the Environmental Protection Agency studying the Gulf of Mexico hypoxic zone biogeochemistry; and currently is employed at FWC's Fish and Wildlife Research Institute in the Molecular Genetics laboratory.



Gibbs, M.A., B.N.Kurth, and C.D. Bridges. 2013. Age and growth of the loricariid catfish, Pterygoplichthys disjunctivus in Volusia Blue Spring, Florida. Aquatic Invasions 8(2):207-218

Adams, A.J., J.E. Hill, B.N. Kurth, and A.B. Barbour. 2012. Effects of a thermal disturbance on a subtropical, estuarine-dependent fish. Journal of Gulf and Caribbean Research 34:13-21

Guindon, K., Neidig, C., Tringali, M., Gray, S., King, T., Gardinal, C., Kurth, B. 2015. An overview of the Tarpon genetic recapture study in Florida –a citizen science success story. Environmental Biology of Fishes. 98(11):2239-2250