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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


Baldwin CC, Robertson DR. 2014. A new Liopropoma sea bass (Serranidae: Ephinephelidae: Liopropomini) from deep reefs off Curacao, southern Caribbean, with comments on the depth distributions of western Atlantic liopropomins Zookeys 409: 71-92

Robertson DR & Cramer KC 2014. Defining and Dividing the Greater Caribbean: Insights from the Biogeography of Shorefishes. PLOS ONE 9: e102918, 15 p.

Rocha L, Aleixo A, Allen G, Almeda F, Baldwin C, Barclay M, Bates J, Benzoni F, Berns C, Berumen M, Blackburn D, Blum S, Bowie R, Britz R, Brown R, Cadena D, Carpenter K, Chakrabarty P, Choat J, Clements K, Collette B, Collins A, Cracraft J, Daniel T, de Carvalho M, de Queiroz F, di Dario F, Drewes R, Dumbacher J, Engilis A Jr,Erdmann M, Eschmeyer W, Feldman C, Fisher B, Fjeldså J, Fritsch P, Fuchs J, Getahun A, Gill A, Gomon M, Gosliner T, Graves G, Griswold C, Guralnick R, Helgen K, Ho H, Iskandar D, Iwamoto T, Jaafar Z, James H, Johnson D, Kavanaugh D, Knowlton N, Laicey E, Larson H, Last P, Leis J, Lessios H, Liebherr J, Lowman M, Matsuura K, Matus A, Mays H, McCosker J, McDiarmid R, McGuire J, Miller M, Mooi R, Moritz C, Myers P, Nachman M, O’Foighi D, Parenti L, Parham J, Paul E, Paulay G, Pérez-Emán J, Poe S, Pogonoski J, Raboski D, Randall J, Reimer J, Robertson DR, Roedel M, Roopnarine P, Rüber L, Ryan M, Sheldon F, Shinohara G, Short A, Simison B, Smith-Vaniz W, Springer V, Stiassny M, Tello J, Thompson C, Trnski M, Tucker P, Valqui T, Vecchione M, Verheyen E, Wheeler T, White W, Williams J, WilsonE, Winker K, Winterbottom R, Witt C. (2014) Specimen collecting: an essential tool. Science 344: 814-815


Lessios, H. A. and Robertson, D.R. 2013. Speciation on a round planet: Phylogeography of the goatfish genus Mulloidichthys. Journal of Biogeography, pp. 1-12

Baldwin CC, Robertson DR. 2013. A new Haptoclinus blenny (Teleostei: Labrisomidae) from deep reefs off Curaçao, southern Caribbean, with comments on relationships of the genus. Zookeys 306: 71-81; doi:10.3897/zookeys.306.5198

Luiz OJ Jr, Allen AP, Robertson DR, Floeter SR, Kulbiki M, Vigliola L, Becheler R, Madin JS. 2013 Adult and larval traits as determinants of geographic range size among tropical reef fishes. PNAS. 110: 16498-16502

Robertson DR. 2013. Who Resembles Whom? Mimetic and Coincidental Look-Alikes among Tropical Reef Fishes. PLoS ONE 8: e54939. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0054939


Choat JH, Klanten OS, van Herwerden L, Robertson DR, Clements KD Pattern and process in the evolutionary history of parrotfishes (Family Labridae). Biological Journal of the Linnaean Society

Polidoro B, Brooks T, Carpenter K., Edgar G, Henderson S, Sanciangco J, Robertson DR. 2012 Patterns of extinction risk and threat for marine vertebrates and habitat-forming species in the Tropical Eastern Pacific. Marine Ecology Progress Series. 448: 93-104

Luke Tornabene, James L. van Tassell & D. Ross Robertson. 2012. Microgobius urraca (Teleostei: Gobiidae), a new species of goby from the tropical eastern Pacific. Zootaxa 3347:41-55

Lasso-Alcala O, Posada J, Van Tassell J, Robertson DR, Fariña A. 2012 Geographic distribution of twinhorn blenny, Coralliozetus cardonae (Actinopterygii: Perciformes: Chaenopsidae), with records from the southern Caribbean. Acta Ichthyologica et Piscatoria 41: 59-64.

Rocha LR, Brito A, Robertson DR. 2012 Sparisoma choati, a new species of parrotfish (Labridae:Scarinae) from the tropical eastern Atlantic. Zootaxa 3152: 61-67


Fitzpatrick JM, Carlon DB, Lippe C, Robertson DR . 2011 The west Pacific diversity hotspot as a source or sink for new species? population genetic insights from the IndoPacific parrotfish Scarus rubroviolaceus. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution. 20: 219-234

Lasso-Alcalá O, Nunes JLS, Lasso C, Posada J, Robertson DR, Piorski NM, Van Tassell J, Tommaso Giarrizzo T, Gondolo G 2011 Invasion of the Indo-Pacific blenny Omobranchus punctatus (Perciformes: Blenniidae) on the Atlantic Coast of Central and South America Neotropical Ichthyology, 9: 571-578

Luiz OJ, Madin JS, Robertson DR, Rocha LA, Wirtz P, Floeter SR. 2012 Ecological traits influencing range expansion across large oceanic dispersal barriers: insights from tropical Atlantic reef fishes. Proceedings of the Royal Society B. 279: 1033-1040


Michelle R. Gaither, Brian W. Bowen, Robert J. Toonen, Serge Planes, Vanessa Messmer, John Earle and D. Ross Robertson. 2010. Genetic consequences of introducing allopatric lineages of Bluestriped Snapper (Lutjanus kasmira) to Hawaii. Molecular Ecology. Vol 19 issue 6, 1107-1121

Miloslavich P, Díaz, JM, Klein E, Alvarado, Díaz C, Gobin J, Escobar- Briones E, Cruz JJ, Weil E, Cortés J, Bastidas AC, Robertson DR, Zapata FA, Martín A, Castillo J, Kazandjian A, Ortiz M. 2010 Marine Biodiversity in the Caribbean: regional estimates and distribution patterns. Plos One 5:1-25

Winters KL, van Herwerden L, Choat JH, Robertson DR. 2010 Phylogeography of the Indo-Pacific parrotfish Scarus psittacus: isolation generates distinctive peripheral populations in two oceans. Marine Biology 157: 1679-1691

DR Robertson, WF Smith-Vaniz. 2010. Use of clove oil in collecting coral reef fishes for research. Mar Ecol Prog Ser. Vol. 401: 295–302

Alva-Campbell Y, Floeter S R, Robertson D R, Bellwood D R, Bernardi G. 2010 Evolutionary history and modes of speciation of Holacanthus angelfishes (Pomacanthidae). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution. 56: 456-461

Michelle R. Gaither, Robert J. Toonen, D. Ross Robertson, Serge Planes and Brian W. Bowen. 2010. Genetic evaluation of marine biogeographical barriers: perspectives from two widespread Indo-Pacific snappers (Lutjanus kasmira and Lutjanus fulvus). Journal of Biogeography. Volume 37 Issue 1, 133 - 147

Winters KL, van Herwerden L, Choat JH, Robertson DR. 2010 Phylogeography of the Indo-Pacific parrotfish Scarus psittacus: isolation generates distinctive peripheral populations in two oceans. Marine Biology 157: 1679-1691

Miloslavich P, Díaz, JM, Klein E, Alvarado, Díaz C, Gobin J, Escobar- Briones E, Cruz JJ, Weil E, Cortés J, Bastidas AC, Robertson DR, Zapata FA, Martín A, Castillo J, Kazandjian A, Ortiz M. 2010 Marine Biodiversity in the Caribbean: regional estimates and distribution patterns. Plos One 5:1-25


Craig MT, Graham RT, Torres RA, Hyde JR, Freitas MO, Ferreira BP, Hostim- Silva M, Gerhardinger LC, Bertoncinis AA, Robertson DR.. 2009. How many species of goliath grouper are there? Cryptic genetic diversity in a threatened marine fish and the resurrection of a geopolitical species. Endangered Species Research 7: 167-174

Robertson DR, Cramer K. 2009. Marine shore-fishes and biogeographic subdivisions of the Tropical Eastern Pacific. Marine Ecology Progress Series 380: 1-17

Robertson, D. R., J. H. Christy, R. Collin, R. G. Cooke, L. D’Croz, K. W. Kaufmann, S. Heckadon Moreno, J. L. Mate, A. O’Dea, and M. Torchin. 2009. The Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute: Marine research, education, and conservation in Panama. Smithsonian Contributions to Marine Sciences. 38: 73-93.

Macpherson E, Hastings PA, Robertson DR. 2009. Macroecological patterns among marine fishes. In: JD. Witman & KRoy (eds) Marine Macroecology. U Chicago Press. Pp 122-152

R Beldade, JB Heiser, DR Robertson, JL Gasparini, SR Floeter, G Bernardi. 2009. Historical biogeography and speciation in creole wrasses (labridae, Clepticus). Marine Biology. 156: 679-687

Paddack MJ, Aguilar C, Appeldoorn RS, Beets J, Burkett EW, Chittaro PM, Clarke K, Esteves R, Fonseca AC, Forrester GE, Friedlander AM, García-Sais J, González-Sansón G, Jordan LKB, McClellan D, Miller MW, Molloy P, Mumby PJ, Nagelkerken I, Nemeth M, Navas-Camacho R, Pitt J, Polunin NVC, Reyes-Nivia MC, Robertson DR, Ramírez AR, Salas E, Smith SR, Spieler RE, Steele MA, Williams ID, Wormald C, Watkinson AR, Reynolds J, Côté IM. 2009. Recent Caribbean-wide declines in reef fish abundance. Current Biology.19: 1-6


Robertson DR 2008 Global biogeographic databases on marine fishes: caveat emptor. Diversity and Distributions. 14: 891-892

D. Ross Robertson and William F. Smith-Vaniz. 2008. Rotenone: An Essential but Demonized Tool for Assessing Marine Fish Diversity. Vol. 58 No. 2 - BioScience 165

Horne JB, van Herwerden L, Choat JH, Robertson DR. 2008 High population connectivity across the Indo-Pacific: congruent lack of phylogeographic structure in three reef fish congeners, Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution. 49: 629-638

Rocha LA, Rocha CR, Robertson DR, Bowen BW 2008 Comparative phylogeography of Atlantic reef fishes indicates both origin and accumulation of diversity in the Caribbean. BMC Evolutionary Biology 8: 157-172

Choat JH and Robertson DR (2008). An ecological survey of the St Helena and Ascension Island populations of the Jack (Epinephelus adscensionis) with a review of management options. Report to the St Helena Government, 83 pp.

Domingues VS, Alexandrou M, Almada VC, Robertson DR, Brito ASRS, Bernardi G 2008 Tropical fishes in a temperate sea: evolution of the wrasse Thalassoma pavo and the parrotfish Sparisoma cretense in the Mediterranean and the adjacent Macaronesian and Cape Verde Archipelagos . Marine Biology 154: 465-474.

Floeter, S, Rocha L, Robertson DR, Joyeux J-C, Smith-Vaniz W, Wirtz P, Edwards AJ, Barreiros JP, Ferriera CEL, Gasparini JL, Brito A, Falcon M, Bowen BW, Bernandi G. 2008 Atlantic reef fish biogeography and evolution. Journal of Biogeography 35: 22-47

Trip EL, Choat JH, Wilson DT, Robertson DR. 2008 Inter-oceanic analysis of demographic variation in a widely distributed Indo-Pacific coral reef fish. Marine Ecology Progress Series 373: 97-109


Kirstie L. Kaiser. 2007. The Festivus. A publication of the San Diego Shell Club. The Recent Molluscan Fauna of Île Clipperton (Tropical Eastern Pacific).

Debrot D, Choat JH, Posada JM, Robertson, DR 2007 High densities of the large bodied parrotfishes (Scaridae) at two Venezuelan offshore reefs: comparison among four localities in the Caribbean. Proc 60th Gulf & Caribb Fish Inst Nov 5-9, 2007; Punta Cana, Dominican Rep., 335-337.

Craig M T, Eble JA, Bowen BW. Robertson DR 2007 High genetic connectivity across the Indian and Pacific Oceans in the reef fish Myripristis berndti (Holocentridae). Marine Ecology Progress Series 334: 245-254.


Zapata F, Robertson DR. 2006 How many shore-fish species are there in the Tropical Eastern Pacific? Journal of Biogeography. 34: 38-51.

Lessios HA, Robertson DR. 2006 Crossing the impassable: genetic connections in 20 reef fishes across the Eastern Pacific Barrier. Proceedings of the Royal Society (B). 273: 2201-2208

Bowen BW, Bass AL, Muss AJ, Carlin J, Robertson DR. 2006 Phylogeography of two Atlantic squirrelfishes (Family Holocentridae): exploring links between pelagic larval duration and population connectivity. Marine Biology. 149: 899-913

Robertson DR, Karg F, Moura R, Victor BC, Bernardi G. 2006 Mechanisms of speciation and faunal enrichment in Atlantic parrotfishes. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution. 40: 795-807

Craig MT, Hastings PA, Pondella DJ, Robertson DR, Rosales-Casián JA. 2006 Phylogeography of the flag cabrilla, Epinephelus labriformis (Serranidae): implications for the biogeography of the Tropical Eastern Pacific and the early stages of speciation in a marine shore fish. Journal of Biogeography 33: 969-979


Bergenius MJA, McCormick MI, Meekan MG and Robertson DR 2005 Environmental influences on the planktonic growth, and the duration and magnitude of settlement of a coral reef fish. Marine Biology 147:291-300

Robertson DR, Choat JH, Posada JM, Pitt J, Ackerman JL. 2005. Ocean surgeonfish Acanthurus bahianus II. Fishing effects on longevity, size and abundance? Marine Ecology Progress Series 295: 245-256.

Mora C & Robertson DR. 2005. Factors shaping the range-size frequency distribution of the endemic fish fauna of the Tropical Eastern Pacific. Journal of Biogeography 32: 277-286.

Robertson DR, Ackerman JL, Choat JH, Posada JM, Pitt J . 2005. Ocean surgeonfish Acanthurus bahianus I. The geography of demography. Marine Ecology Progress Series 295: 229-244.

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