Franklin F. Snelson, Jr.

December, 2003

Current Address

Department of Biology

University of Central Florida

Orlando, FL 32816-0990

Phone: Office (407) 823-5394



B.S. 1965: North Carolina State University. Major in Zoology.

Ph.D. 1970: Cornell University. Major in Ichthyology.

Positions Held

1981 - Present: Professor, University of Central Florida

1981 - 1988: Chairman, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Central Florida

1974 - 1981: Associate Professor, University of Central Florida

1970 - 1974: Assistant Professor, University of Central Florida

1963 - 1965: Curatorial Assistant, North Carolina State Natural History Museum

Professional Speciality

Ichthyology, especially, ecology, systematics, and evolution of fishes. Other areas of concentration in vertebrate zoology, marine biology, evolutionary biology, and systematic zoology.

Honors, Awards, and Service

Public Health Service Predoctoral Research Fellowship, Cornell University, 1965 - 1970.

UCF College of Arts & Sciences Award for Academic Excellence in Research, 1982.

DOE Sabbatical Fellow, Savannah River Ecology Laboratory, 1989-1990.

A new species of fish, Notropis snelsoni (Robison, 1985) named in recognition of contributions to fish systematics.

President, Southeastern Fishes Council.

Board of Governors, American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists.

Board of Directors and Treasurer, American Elasmobranch Society.

UCF Teacher Improvement Program Award, 1995.

Research Associate, Florida Museum of Natural History, 2002-present.

Research Scientist, Florida Program for Shark Research, 2002-present.

Current Research Interests

Biology of sharks and stingrays.

Biodiversity of fishes in the Florida Keys.

Relevant Experience and Accomplishments


Seven years as Chairperson of comprehensive Biological Sciences department with 18 faculty, 7 staff, 400 undergraduate majors, and 30 M.S. graduate students.

Five years as Coordinator of M.S. graduate program.


Taught seven different courses at the university undergraduate and graduate level.

Graduated twenty M.S. graduate students with thesis; currently directing two graduate students.


Experience in writing grant and contract proposals, reports, etc.

Principal investigator or coinvestigator on competitive grants and contracts totaling more than $800,000 since 1970.

Field work in fresh waters throughout the eastern US and in marine waters around Florida and the northern Gulf of Mexico.

Average 10 days per year at sea aboard research vessels and submersibles since 1980.


Associate Editor (Ichthyology) for the journal American Midland Naturalist, 1982-1986.

Florida Sea Grant Program Campus Coordinator, 1980-2002.

Florida Institute of Oceanography Advisory Board, 1979-2003.

Reviewer for national and international journals and granting agencies.

Professional consultation with industry and governmental organizations.

Selected Peer Reviewed Publications (Total of 35)

Snelson, F. F., Jr. 1971. Notropis mekistocholas, a new herbivorous cyprinid fish endemic to the Cape Fear River basin, North Carolina. Copeia 1971(3):449-462.

Snelson, F. F., Jr. 1972. Systematics of the subgenus Lythrurus, genus Notropis (Pisces: Cyprinidae). Bulletin of the Florida State Museum, Biological Sciences 17(1):1-92.

Snelson, F. F., Jr. and W. L. Pflieger. 1975. Redescription of the redfin shiner, Notropis umbratilis, and its subspecies in the central Mississippi River basin. Copeia 1975(2): 231-249.

Snelson, F. F., Jr. and J. D. Wetherington. 1980. Sex ratio in the sailfin molly, Poecilia latipinna. Evolution 34(1):308-319.

Snelson, F. F., Jr. and S. E. Williams. 1981. Notes on the occurrence, distribution, and biology of elasmobranch fishes in the Indian River lagoon system, Florida. Estuaries 4(2):110-120.

Snelson, F. F., Jr. 1982. Indeterminate growth in males of the sailfin molly, Poecilia latipinna. Copeia 1982(2): 296-304.

Snelson, F. F., Jr. 1983. Ichthyofauna of the northern part of the Indian River lagoon system, Florida. Florida Scientist 46:187-206.

Snelson, F. F., Jr., T. J. Mulligan, and S. E. Williams. 1984. Food habits, occurrence, and population structure of the bull shark, Carcharhinus leucas, in Florida coastal lagoons. Bulletin of Marine Science 34:71-80.

Turner, J. S. and F. F. Snelson, Jr. 1984. Population structure, reproduction and laboratory behavior of the introduced Florida population of Belonesox belizanus (Poeciliidae). Environmental Biology of Fishes 10:89-100.

Snelson, F. F., Jr., J. D. Wetherington, and H. L. Large. 1986. The relationship between interbrood interval and yolk loading in a generalized poeciliid fish, Poecilia latipinna. Copeia 1986:295-304.

Snelson, F. F., Jr., S. E. Williams-Hooper, and T. H. Schmid. 1988. Reproduction and ecology of the Atlantic stingray, Dasyatis sabina, in Florida coastal lagoons. Copeia 1988:729-739.

Snelson, F. F., Jr. 1989. Social and environmental control of life history traits in poeciliid fishes, pp. 149-161. In: G. K. Meffe and F. F. Snelson, Jr. (eds), Ecology and Evolution of Livebearing Fishes (Poeciliidae). Prentice Hall, Englewood Cliffs, NJ.

Snelson, F. F., Jr., S. E. Williams-Hooper, and T. H. Schmid. 1989. Biology of the bluntnose stingray, Dasyatis sayi, in Florida coastal lagoons. Bulletin of Marine Science 45:15-25.

Meffe, G. K. and F. F. Snelson, Jr. 1993. Lipid dynamics during reproduction in two livebearing fishes, Gambusia holbrooki and Poecilia latipinna. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 50:2185-2191.

Johnson, Michael R. and F. F. Snelson, Jr. 1996. Reproductive life history of the Atlantic stingray, Dasyatis sabina (Pisces, Dasyatidae), in the freshwater St. Johns River, Florida. Bulletin of Marine Science 59(1):74-88.

Amesbury, E. and F. F. Snelson, Jr. 1997. Spine replacement in a freshwater population of the Atlantic Stingray, Dasyatis sabina. Copeia 1997(1):220-223.

Snelson, F. F., Jr., L. E. L. Rasmussen, M. R. Johnson, and D. L. Hess. 1997. Serum concentrations of steroid hormones during reproduction in the Atlantic stingray, Dasyatis sabina. General and Comparative Endocrinology108:67-79.


G. K. Meffe and F. F. Snelson, Jr. (eds) 1989. Ecology and Evolution of Livebearing Fishes (Poeciliidae). Prentice Hall, Englewood Cliffs, NJ.

Other Scholarly Works

Thirty-four popular articles, abstracts, and other non-peer reviewed works.

Eleven major grant and contract reports.

Thirty-eight papers presented before regional or national peer audiences since 1975.