Graduate Student, Fisheries, Wildlife and Conservation Biology
Dr. Tom Kwak
2011 – M.S., Biology, University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras
2007 – B.S., Marine Science and Biology
Research InterestsMy research aims to understand the ecology of the fish assemblages of tropical and subtropical rivers. Tropical riverine fishes are threatened by many anthropogenic stressors but they are an important resource to local people through sport, commercial and subsistence fisheries and very little is known about their ecology. My main research goal is to inform managers as they work to protect and/or restore healthy ecosystem functioning of tropical rivers while maximizing the ecosystem services provided to local people.
Engman, A. and A. Ramírez, 2012. Fish assemblage structure in urban streams of Puerto Rico: the importance of reach- and catchment-scale abiotic factors. Hydrobiolgia 693: 141-155.
Ramírez, A., A. Engman, K.G. Rosas, O. Perez-Reyes, and D.M. Martinó-Cardona, 2012. Urban impacts on tropical island streams: some key aspects influencing ecosystem response. Urban Ecosystems 15: 315-325.
Worden, A., Janouskovec, J., McRose, D., Engman, A., Welsh, R., Malfatti, S., Tringe, S., et al. (2012). Global distribution of a wild alga revealed by targeted metagenomics. Current Biology 22: R682–R683.