Seaman, Jr., William

Professor Emeritus, Coastal Fishes, Habitats & Fisheries

William Seaman is Professor Emeritus and a founding member of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences at the University of Florida. Dr. Seaman’s research and technology transfer emphasis has been on coastal fishes, habitats and fisheries. He has contributed to developing the scientific basis for design of artificial reefs, their responsible use in fisheries and ecosystem management, and multi-disciplinary evaluation of their performance, worldwide. He established and taught for 10 years UF’s first fishery science course. Seaman was an invited organizer and lecturer for the European Union-sponsored short course “Design and Management of Artificial Reefs for Fisheries,” attended by 28 professionals from 13 countries, in Zaragoza, Spain (May 2007), the first such program in the world. He has been an invited speaker at nine international fishery-related conferences since 2000.

Dr. Seaman is a Certified Fisheries Scientist of the American Fisheries Society (AFS), a former president of the Florida Chapter of AFS, and an elected Fellow of the American Institute of Fisheries Research Biologists. He has held sabbatical research appointments at the University of Hawaii and the Oceanographic Museum of Monaco. As an undergraduate, his inspiration to work with fishes came from Edward Raney, the colorful and legendary mentor for a generation of U.S. ichthyologists. His graduate major professor was the renowned Carter Gilbert.

Additional service to the University of Florida included associate directorship of the Florida Sea Grant College Program (until 2006), with responsibility for extensive grantmaking and managing statewide research, education and extension aimed at sustainable conservation and use of coastal and ocean resources (see He founded the Florida Marine Biotechnology Summit series, the only forum of its kind in the nation, and chaired the first five events. He has served on review panels for the National Science Foundation and is a former editor of the North American Journal of Fisheries Management. He has authored 90 publications.

Note to Students:

Professor Seaman does not have laboratory facilities or financial support for graduate students, but is available for consultation on research ideas concerning coastal habitats and environmental sustainability and education.

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