Dr. Eric Hoffmayer is an Assistant Research Scientist at the University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast Research Laboratory, Center for Fisheries Research and Development in Ocean Springs, MS. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Mississippi in 2003, where he studied stress physiology and energetics of coastal sharks. He then accepted a post-doctoral position in the Department of Coastal Sciences at the University of Southern Mississippi’s Gulf Coast Research Laboratory studying the vertical and horizontal distributions of fish larvae at the Gulf of Mexico’s largest oceanic current, The Loop Current.
Dr. Hoffmayer’s research interests are relatively broad and encompass such areas as essential fish habitat, movement and habitat use patterns, life history, and ecological physiology of fishes. Current funded research projects include the movement patterns and essential fish habitat of dusky and silky sharks in the Gulf of Mexico, the seasonal abundance and distribution of coastal shark species in the north central Gulf of Mexico, the identification and characterization of spotted sea trout spawning habitat in Mississippi coastal waters using passive acoustics, and the seasonal movements and occurrence of whale sharks in the northern Gulf of Mexico.