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Vilizzi L et al, D Ross Robertson et al. 2021 A global-scale screening of non-native aquatic organisms to identify potentially invasive species under current and future climate conditions. Science of the Total Environment 788: 147868. 16 pp.

Robertson DR, DominguezDominguez O, Solís-Guzmán MG, Kingon KC (2021) Origins of isolated populations of an Indo-Pacific damselfish at opposite ends of the Greater Caribbean. Aquatic Invasions 16

Torres-Hernandez E, Betancourt-Resendes I, Angulo A, Robertson DR, Barraza E, Espinoza E, Díaz-Jaimes P, Domínguez-Domínguez O 2021 A multi-locus approach to elucidating the evolutionary history of the clingfish Tomicodon petersii (Gobiesocidae) in the Tropical Eastern Pacific. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 166 (2022) 107316.

Carlon DB, Robertson DR, Barron RL, Choat JH, Anderson DJ, Schwartz SA, Sanchez-Ortiz CA 2021 The origin of the parrotfish species Scarus compressus in the Tropical Eastern Pacific: region-wide hybridization between ancient species pairs. BMC Ecology and Evolution 21, 7, 1-20.

Robertson DR, Kingon KC, Baksh S, Estapé CJ, Estapé AM (2021) The Indo-Pacific damselfish Neopomacentrus cyanomos at Trinidad, southeast Caribbean. Aquatic Invasions 16,


Castellanos-Galindo GA, and Robertson D R 2020 A tropical fish out of water Frontiers EcoPics doi:10.1002/fee.2247

McFarland EP, Baldwin CC, Robertson DR, Rocha LA, Tornabene L. 2020 A new species of Chromis damselfish from the tropical western Atlantic (Teleostei, Pomacentridae). ZooKeys 1008: 107–138 . doi: 10.3897/zookeys.1008.58805

Chollett I, Robertson DR. Comparing biodiversity databases: Greater Caribbean reef fishes as a case study. Fish and Fisheries 2020;00:1–18.

Clarke TM, Reygondeau G, Wabnitz C, Robertson R, Ixquiac-Cabrera M, López M, Ramírez Coghi5 AM, del Río Iglesias JL, Wehrtmann I, Cheung WL (2021) Climate change impacts on living marine resources in the Eastern Tropical Pacific. Diversity and Distributions. 27: 65-81. DOI: 10.1111/ddi.13181

Beldade R, Longo GC, Clements KD, Robertson DR, Perez-Matus A, Itoi S, Sugita H, Bernardi G Evolutionary origin of the Atlantic Cape Verde nibbler (Girella stuebeli), a member of a primarily Pacific Ocean family of antitropical herbivorous reef fishes. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution.

Castellanos-Galindo GA, Robertson DR, Torchin ME 2020 A new wave of marine fish invasions through the Panama and Suez canals Nature Ecology and Evolution.

Robertson DR, Estapé CJ, Estapé AM, Peña E, Tornabene L, Baldwin CC (2020). The marine fishes of St Eustatius Island, northeastern Caribbean: an annotated, photographic catalog. Zookeys 1007: 145-180. doi: 10.3897/zookeys.1007.58515

Robertson DR, Tornabene L (2020) Reef-associated Bony Fishes of the Greater Caribbean: A Checklist (VERSION 3). Zenodo. DOI 10.5281/zenodo.4279301


Robertson, D Ross, & Kingon, Kelly. (2019). The alien Indo-Pacific damselfish, Neopomacentrus cyanomos, at Trinidad. Zenodo.

Robertson D Ross, Pérez-España H, Rivera-Higueras M.(2019) Rapid colonization of a new shipwreck by the Indo-Pacific damselfish, Neopomacentrus cyanomos, at Veracruz, Mexico. Zenodo

Robertson, DR, Dominguez-Dominguez, Omar, Lopez Arroyo, Yareli Margarita, Moreno Mendoza, Rigoberto, Simoes, Nuno. 2019. Reef-associated fishes from the offshore reefs of western Campeche Bank, Mexico, with a discussion of mangroves and seagrass beds as nursery habitats. Zookeys 843: 71-115. doi: 10.3897/zookeys.843.33873

MacKenzie KM, Robertson DR, Adams JN, Altieri AH, Turner BL 2019. Structure and nutrient flow in a tropical pelagic upwelling food web: from isoscapes to the whole ecosystem . Progress in Oceanography 178: 102145.

Tremblay N, Guerra-Castro EJ, Díaz F, Rodríguez-Fuentes G, Simões N; Robertson DR; Rosas C (2019) Cold temperature tolerance of the alien Indo-Pacific damselfish Neopomacentrus cyanomos from the southern Gulf of Mexico. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology 524: 161308.

Robertson, D. Ross, Baldwin, CC, Bellwood, D, Pyle, R, Smith-Vaniz W., Tornabene, L, Van Tassell, James L. 2019. Aspiration or expiration: hypoxia and the interpretation of fish predation in the fossil record. Palaios, 34: 245-247. DOI:

Uiblein F, Neilsen JG, Baldwin CC, Quattrini AM, Robertson DR. 2019 Discovery of a distinctive spotted color pattern in the cuskeel Neobythites unicolor (Teleostei, Ophidiidae) based on underwater vehicle dives, with new records from the southern and eastern Caribbean. Copeia 107: 227-286.

Robertson DR, Pérez-España H, Dominguez-Dominguez O, Estapé CJ, Estapé AM.(2019) An update to the inventory of shore-fishes of the Parque Nacional Sistema Arrecifal Veracruzano, Veracruz, México. Zookeys 882: 127-157. doi: 10.3897/zookeys.882.38449

Sandoval-Huerta, ER, Beltrán-López, RG, Pedraza-Marrón, CR., Paz-Velásquez, MA, Angulo, A, Robertson, DR, Espinoza, E, Domínguez-Domínguez, O. 2019. The evolutionary history of the goby Elacatinus punticulatus in the tropical eastern pacific: effects of habitat discontinuities and local environmental variability. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution,130: 269-285. https://

Castellanos-Galindo, Gustavo A., Robertson, D. Ross, Pacheco-Chaves, Bernald, Angulo, Arturo, Chong-Montenegro, Carolina. 2019. Atlantic Tarpon in the Tropical Eastern Pacific 80 years after it first crossed the Panama Canal. Reviews in Fish Biology and Fisheries.


Linardich C, Ralph GM, Robertson DR, Harwell H; Polidoro BA; Lindeman KC; Carpenter KE. 2018 Extinction Risk and Conservation of Marine Bony Shorefishes of the Greater Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico Aquatic Conservation: Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems. 2018: 1-17.

2018 Wainwright PP, Santini F, Bellwood D, Robertson DR, Rocha L, Alfaro M. 2018 Phylogenetics and geography of speciation in new world Halichoeres wrasses. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution. 121: 35-45.

Tornabene L, Robertson DR, Baldwin CC. A new species of Lipogramma from deep reefs of Roatan, Honduras (Teleostei, Grammatidae). Zookeys 809: 79-95. doi: https://10.3897/zookeys.786.27382.

Baldwin CC, Tornabene L, Robertson DR 2018 Below the mesophotic. Scientific Reports. 8 (4920). doi:10.1038/s41598-018-23067-1, Scientific Reports

Campbell MA, Robertson DR, Vargas MC, Allen GR, McMillan WO. 2018 Multilocus molecular systematics of the circumtropical reef-fish genus Abudefduf (Pomacentridae): history, geography and ecology of speciation. Peerj 6:e5357; DOI 10.7717/peerj.5357.

Sánchez-Jiménez, A., Naranjo-Elizondo, B., Rodríguez-Arrieta, A., Quesada, A. J., Blum, S., McCosker, J. E., Robertson, D. R., Auster, P. J., & Cortés, J. (2018). Updated catalogue of bony fishes observed in deep waters at Isla del Coco National Park and Las Gemelas Seamount, Costa Rica (Eastern Tropical Pacific). Revista de Biología Tropical, 66(Supplement 5), S1-S113.

Robertson DR, Dominguez-Dominguez O, Victor BC, Simoes N. 2018 An Indo-Pacific damselfish (Neopomacentrus cyanomos) in the Gulf of Mexico: origin and mode of introduction. PeerJ 6:e4328: 1-22.

Barneche DR, Robertson DR, White CR, Marshall DJ 2018 Fish reproductive-energy output increases disproportionately with body size. Science 360: 642-645 doi: 10.1126/science.aao6868

Castellanos-Galindo GA, Moreno X, Robertson DR. 2018 Risks to eastern Pacific marine ecosystems from sea-cage mariculture of alien Cobia. Management of Biological Invasions.9: 323-327.

Baldwin CC, Tornabene L, Robertson DR, Nonaka A, Gilmore G. 2018 More new deep-reef basslets (Teleostei: Grammatidae: Lipogramma), with updates on the eco-evolutionary relationships within the genus. Zookeys 729: 129-161.

Crane N, Tariel J, Caselle J, Friedlander A, Robertson DR, Bernardi G. 2018. Clipperton Atoll as a model to study small marine populations: endemism and the genomic consequences of small population size. PLoS One. 13(6): e0198901.


Tornabene L , Robertson DR, Baldwin CC A. 2017. New mesophotic goby, Palatogobius incendius (Teleostei: Gobiidae), and the first record of invasive lionfish preying on undescribed biodiversity. PLoS ONE 12(5): e0177179. DOI;10.1371/journal.pone.0177179

C. Linardich, G. Ralph, K. Carpenter, N. Cox, D.R. Robertson, H. Harwell, A. Acero P., W. Anderson Jr., F. Barthelat, J.-L. Bouchereau, J. J. Brown, J. Buchanan, D. Buddo, B. Collette,M. Comeros-Raynal, M. Craig, M. Curtis, T. Defex, J. Dooley, W. Driggers III, C. Elfes Livsey, T.Fraser, R. Gilmore Jr., L. Grijalba Bendeck, A. Hines, R. Kishore, K. Lindeman, J.-P. Maréchal,J. McEachran, R. McManus, J. Moore, T. Munroe, H. Oxenford, F. Pezold, F. Pina Amargós, A. Polanco Fernandez, B. Polidoro, C. Pollock, R. Robins, B. Russell, C. Sayer, S. Singh-Renton, W. Smith-Vaniz, L. Tornabene, J. Van Tassell, J.-C. Vié, and J. T. Williams 2017. The conservation status of Marine Bony Shorefishes of the Greater Caribbean. Gland, Switzerland: IUCN. viii + 75 pp. DOI:

D. Ross Robertson, Arturo Angulo, Carole C. Baldwin, Diane Pitassy, Amy Driskell, Lee Weigt, Ignacio J.F. Navarro. 2017. Deep-water bony fishes collected by the B/O Miguel Oliver on the shelf edge of Pacific Central America: an annotated, illustrated and DNA-barcoded checklist. DOI:


Tornabene L, Van Tassell JL, Robertson DR, Baldwin CC 2016. Repeated invasions into the twilight-zone: evolutionary origins of a novel assemblage of fishes from deep Caribbean reefs Molecular Ecology. doi: 10.1111/mec.13704

Angulo A, Baldwin CC, Robertson DR. 2016 A new species of Leptoderma Vaillant, 1886 (Osmeriformes: Alepocephalidae) from the Pacific coast of Central America. Zootaxa 4066: 493-500;

Simoes, Nuno; Robertson D Ross. (2016). An Indo-Pacific damselfish on an oil-platform in the southwest Gulf of Mexico. Zenodo. 10.5281/zenodo.5845 link to video:

Tornabene L, Robertson DR, Baldwin CC 2016. Varicus lacerta, a new species of goby (Teleostei, Gobiidae, Gobiosomatini, Nes subgroup) from a mesophotic reef in the southern Caribbean. Zookeys 596: 143-156. doi: 10.3897/zookeys.596.8217

Robertson DR, Simoes N, Gutiérrez Rodríguez C, Piñeros VJ, Perez-España H 2016. An Indo-Pacific damselfish widely established in the southwest Gulf of Mexico: prospects for a wider, adverse invasion. Journal of the Ocean Science Foundation 19: 1-17, doi: 10.5281/zenodo.44898

Robertson DR, Perez-España H, Nuñez Lara E, Puc Itza F, Simoes N. 2016 The fishes of Cayo Arcas (Campeche Bank, Gulf of Mexico): an updated checklist. Zookeys 640: 139-155. doi: 10.3897/zookeys.640.10862

Baldwin CC, Pitassy DE, Robertson DR 2016 A new deep-reef scorpionfish (Teleostei: Scorpaenidae: Scorpaenodes) from the southern Caribbean with comments on depth distributions and relationships of western Atlantic members of the genus. Zookeys 606: 141-158. doi: 10.3897/zookeys.606.8

Tornabene L, Van Tassell JL, Gilmore RG, Robertson DR, Young F, Baldwin CC. 2016 Molecular phylogeny, analysis of character evolution, andsubmersible collections enable a new classification for a diverse group of gobies (Teleostei: Gobiidae: Nes subgroup), including nine new species and four new genera. Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society DOI: 10.1111/zoj.12394

Baldwin CC, Robertson DR, Nonaka A, Tornabene L. 2016. Two new deep-reef basslets (Teleostei: Grammatidae: Lipogramma), with comments on the eco-evolutionary relationships of the genus. Zookeys 638: 45–82. doi: 10.3897/zookeys.638.10455


Baldwin CC, Robertson DR. 2015. A new, mesophotic Coryphopterus goby (Teleostei: Gobiidae) from the southern Caribbean, with comments on relationships and depth distributions of members of the genus. Zookeys. 513: 123-142; doi: 10.3897/zookeys.513.9998

Robertson DR and Collin R. 2015. Inter- and Intra-specific variation in egg size among reef fishes across the Isthmus of Panama. Front. Ecol. Evol. 2:84. doi: 10.3389/fevo.2014.00084

Robertson DR. 2015. Coincidental resemblances among coral reef fishes from different oceans. Coral Reefs (2015) DOI 10.1007/s00338-015-1309-8

Luiz O, Allen D, Robertson DR, Floeter S, Madin J. 2015. Seafarers or castaways: ecological traits influencing rafting behaviour in tropical reef fishes. Journal of Biogeography. doi:10.1111/jbi.12574

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