Jeffrey Plumlee

Assistant Professor 
Fishery Specialist 
Louisiana Sea Grant

334 Renewable Natural Resources Building 
Baton Rouge, LA 70803 
Phone: 225-578-4102 
Fisheries Ecology and Ecosystem Dynamics (FEED)


  • Ph.D. – Ecology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC
  • M.S. – Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX
  • B.S. – Marine Fisheries, Texas A&M University, Galveston, TX  

Research Interests: 

  • Phenology and movement of fishery species
  • Linking habitat and fisheries productivity
  • Biogeochemistry and natural tracers for movement and feeding ecology
  • Expanding and promoting novel fisheries and fishery species
  • Fisheries sustainability

Recent Publications: 

  • Gutierrez, E. M., Plumlee, J. D., Bolser, D. G., Erisman, B. E., Wells, R. J. D. (2023) Regional variation in feeding patterns of sheepshead (Archosargus probatocephalus) in the northwest Gulf of Mexico. Fishes. 8(4): 188
  • Powers, S. P., Hightower, C. L., Hoenig, J. M., Plumlee, J. D., Nelson, T. R., Drymon, J. M. (2023). Novel estimation of gear selectivity using a concurrent mass mortality event: a case study using red drum (Sciaenops ocellatus) in the northern Gulf of Mexico. Fisheries Research. 563, 106690
  • Plumlee, J. D., Roskar, G., Craig, J. K., Fodrie, F. J. (2022). Assessing the catchability of predators in the presence of prey using experimental gillnets in a temperate estuary. Fisheries Research. 253: 106383  
  • Plumlee, J. D., Kenworthy, M. D., Gittman, R. K., Keller, D. A., Garnett, E. E., Vaca-Pita, L., Carr, L. A., Fodrie, F. J. (2022). Remarkable euryhalinity of a marine fish Lutjanus novemfasciatus in mangrove nurseries. Ecology. e03582.
  • Matich, P., Plumlee, J. D., Fisher, M. R. (2021). Grow fast, die young – does compensatory growth reduce survival of juvenile blacktip sharks (Carcharhinus limbatus) in the western Gulf of Mexico? Ecology and Evolution. 11: 16280 – 16295.
  • Plumlee, J. D., Hala, D. N., Rooker, J. R., Shipley, J. B., Wells, R. J. D. (2021). Trophic ecology of fishes associated with artificial reefs assessed using multiple biomarkers.  
    Hydrobiologia. 848: 4347 - 4362.
  • Matich, P., Plumlee, J. D., Weideli, O. C., Fisher, M. (2020). New insights into the trophic ecology of blacktip sharks (Carcharhinus limbatus) from a subtropical estuary in the western Gulf of Mexico. Journal of Fish Biology. 98: 470 - 484.
  • Plumlee, J. D., Yeager, L. A., Fodrie, F. J. (2020). Role of saltmarsh production in subsidizing adjacent seagrass food webs: Implication for landscape-scale restoration. Food Webs. e00158.
  • Matich, P., Nowicki, R. J., Davis, J. Mohan, J. A., Plumlee, J. D., Strickland, B. A., TinHan, T. C., Wells, R. J. D., Fisher, Mark. (2020). Does proximity to freshwater refuge influence the size structure of an estuarine predator (Carcharhinus leucas) in the northwestern Gulf of Mexico? Marine and Freshwater Research. 71: 1501 – 1516.
  • Matich, P., Moore, K. B., Plumlee, J. D. (2020). Effects of Hurricane Harvey on the trophic status of juvenile sport fishes (Cynoscion nebulosus, Sciaenops ocellatus) in an estuarine nursery. Estuaries and Coasts. 43: 997 – 1012.
  • Plumlee, J. D., Dance, K. M., Dance, M. A., Rooker, J. R., TinHan, T. C., Shipley, J. B., Wells, R. J. D. (2020). Fish assemblages associated with artificial reefs assessed using multiple gear types in the northwest Gulf of Mexico. Bulletin of Marine Science. 96 (4): 655 – 677.