About the Lab

We study the evolution of fishes with an emphasis on taxonomy (describing new species), phylogenetics (how are the species related), and how their morphology interacts with their ecology. Our lab has served as leaders in two of the largest fish taxonomy projects, the All Catfish and All Cypriniformes Species Inventories. This research has brought us to nearly every continent and to some of the most remote places on the planet. We primarily study freshwater fishes, but students have completed projects on marine fishes as well.

As part of our fieldwork, we collect fishes, whole specimens and tissues. Most of those specimens are placed in the Auburn University Museum Fish Collection located in the Biodiversity Learning Center. The collection now contains over 65,000 jars of fishes and over 700,000 specimens. These specimens are studied here and sent on loan to researchers around the world.

New Grants in 2014

Posted on 23 December 2014

Jon Armbruster and Matt Niemiller received a Section 6 Grant through the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources to continue work on the Southern Cavefish (Typhlichthys subterraneus) in Alabama. Several new species remain to be described and we need to check the distribution of several of the potential species.

Nathan Lujan and Jon Armbruster received a grant from the Coypu Foundation to survey the upper Ireng River of Guyana. The Ireng is a tributary of the Takutu/Branco Rivers and ultimately drains into the Amazon. It is the main hole that we have not examined in the Pakaraima Mountains of Guyana.

Awards at the South Eastern Fishes Council Meeting

Posted on 23 December 2014

Ed Burress won best student paper and Pam Hart won best poster at the Southeastern Fishes Council Meeting in November in Asheville, NC.

Milton Tan Wins ASIH Stoye Award

Posted on 23 December 2014

Milton won the Stoye Award for best student presentation at the American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists Meeting in Albuquerque, New Mexico. His talk was on miniaturization in danionine minnows. Also attending were Malorie Hayes (who presented a poster on African small barb relationships), Paul Wieczorek (who gave a talk on ecomorphology of introduced species in Alabama), and Jon Armbruster (who gave a talk for Shobnom Ferdous) on Asian Catfishes of the genus Mystus.