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Frank Jordan

Moon and Verna Landrieu Distinguished Professor of Biological Sciences

Frank Jordan
Frank Jordan

Dr. Jordan joined the Department of Biological Sciences in 1997. His philosophy about teaching is that faculty should strive to make their courses both interesting and challenging. He believes that faculty should set high expectations, clearly articulate these expectations, and create a friendly and supportive learning environment that encourages students to go beyond these expectations. Faculty should engage students in discussions about major concepts, get them into the lab and field early and often to test hypotheses about these concepts, and encourage them to develop written and oral skills necessary to effectively communicate their findings to others. Dr. Jordan and his students study the ecology of freshwater and estuarine systems, with special emphasis on the biology, management, and conservation of fishes. He is also interested in developing and evaluating new methods for monitoring and modeling population dynamics of aquatic organisms.

Recent Publications

  • Jordan, F. and D.A. Arrington. 2014. Piscivore responses to enhancement of the damaged Kissimmee River ecosystem. Restoration Ecology 22:418-425.
  • Holt, D.E., H.L. Jelks, and F. Jordan. 2013. Movement and longevity of imperiled Okaloosa Darters (Etheostoma okaloosae). Copeia 2013:653-659.
  • Hughey, M.C., D.C. Heins, H.L. Jelks B.A. Ory, and F. Jordan. 2012. Variation in reproductive life history traits between two populations of Blackbanded Darters (Percina nigrofasciata). Copeia 2012:714–721.
  • Austin, J. D., H.L. Jelks, W. Tate, A. R. Johnson, and F. Jordan. 2011. Population genetic structure and conservation genetics of endangered Okaloosa darters (Etheostoma okaloosae). Conservation Genetics 12:981-989.
  • Jordan, F., H.L. Jelks, S. Bortone, and R.M. Dorazio. 2008. Comparison of visual survey and seining methods for a benthic stream fish. Environmental Biology of Fishes 81:313-319.

Classes Taught

  • Biology of Organisms
  • Biology of Fishes
  • Animal Behavior
  • Tropical Ecology
  • Marine Biology and Conservation
  • Marine Ecology and Marine Fish Ecology (LUMCON courses)

Areas of Expertise

Ecology, Conservation, Wetlands, Streams, Fishes, Marine Biology, Narfling the Garthok