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Matthew Breece

Post Doctoral Researcher


Prior to coming to the ORB Lab in the spring of 2012, Matt received a Bachelor's Degree in Biology and Economics from St. Mary's College of Maryland and a Master's in Natural Resources from Delaware State University. Matt's main research focus is determining the  occurrence and distribution of migratory animals (particularly fishes) in the coastal ocean and estuaries. For his dissertation Matt is utilizing acoustic telemetry combined with Autonomous Underwater Vehicles and Satellite Remote Sensing to determine the types of environments Atlantic Sturgeon prefer. Ultimately, Matt would like to create near-real time species distribution maps, that are publicly available, to assist in the management and conservation of species while also reducing the impact on fisheries and other industries that may potentially interact with sensitive species. 


Haulsee, D. E., M. W. Breece, T. M. Clauss, D. A. Fox, and M. J. Oliver. 2016. Long-term archival transceiver implantation and recovery in Sand Tiger shark with high site fidelity. PLoS ONE. 11(2): e0148617

Breece, M. W., D. A. Fox, K. J. Dunton, M. G. Frisk, A. Jordaan, and M. J. Oliver. 2016. Dynamic Seascapes Predict the Marine Occurrence of an Endangered Species: Atlantic Sturgeon Acipenser oxyrinchus oxyrinchus. Methods of Ecology and Evolution. 

Haulsee, D. E., M. W. Breece, D. C. Miller, B. M. Wetherbee, D. A. Fox, and M. J. Oliver. 2015. Habitat selection of a coastal predator from an autonomous underwater vehicle. Marine Ecology Progress Series 528:277–288.

Wirgin, I., M. W. Breece, D. A. Fox, L. Maceda, K. W. Wark, and T. King. 2015. Origin of Atlantic Sturgeon Collected of the Delaware Coast During Spring Months. North American Journal of Fisheries Management 35:10-20.

Breece, M. W., M. J. Oliver, Cimino M. A., and D. A. Fox. 2013. Shifting Distributions of Adult Atlantic Sturgeon Amidst Post-Industrialization and Future Impacts in the Delaware River: a Maximum Entropy Approach. PLoS ONE 8(11): e81321.

Oliver, M. J., M. W. Breece, D. A. Fox, D. Haulsee, J. T. Kohut, J. Manderson, and T. Savoy.  2013.  Shrinking the Haystack: Using an Integrated Ocean Observatory to Map an Imperiled Species in the Coastal Ocean. Fisheries 38:210-216.

Mohler, J.W, J. A. Sweka, A. Kahnle, K. Hattala, A. Higgs, M. DuFour, M. W. Breece, and D. A. Fox.  2012. Growth and Survival of Hatchery-Produced Atlantic Sturgeon Released as Young-of-Year into the Hudson River, New York.  Journal of Fish and Wildlife Management 3:23-32

Kynard, B., M. W. Breece, M. Atcheson, M. Kieffer, and M. Mangold.  2009.  Life History and Status of Shortnose Sturgeon (Acipenser brevirostrum) in the Potomac River.  Journal of Applied Ichthyology. 1-5:34-38. 

Poor, P. J., and M. W. Breece.  2006.  The Contingent Behavior of Charter Fishing Participants on the Chesapeake Bay: Welfare Estimates Associated with Water Quality Improvements. Journal of Environmental Planning and Management. 49-2:265-278. 






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