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.
Collaborative Research with Students
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. Dr. Jordan is always seeking highly motivated students to conduct research in his lab. Send an email or drop by his office to discuss research openings. Note that names with asterisks in the Recent Publications section below indicate student co-authors! Dr. Jordan is on sabbatical leave AY18-19.
- Reeves*, D.B., W.B. Tate, H.L. Jelks, and F. Jordan. 2016. Response of Okaloosa Darters to stream restoration. North American Journal of Fisheries Management 36:1375-1385, 2016.
- 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.
Ph.D. in Zoology from University of Florida; B.S. and M.S. in Biological Sciences from Florida State University
- Animal Behavior
- Biology of Fishes
- Biology of Organisms lecture and lab
- Ecology & Evolution
- Marine Biology and Conservation
- Tropical Ecology (study abroad to Belize, Roatan, Ecuador, etc.)
- Marine Ecology and Marine Fish Ecology (LUMCON courses)
Areas of Expertise
Ecology, Conservation, Wetlands, Streams, Fishes, Marine Biology, Narfling the Garthok