G. Joan Holt
The University of Texas at Austin
Marine Science Institute
Ph.D., Fisheries Science, Texas A&M University, 1976
M.A., Biology, The University of Texas at Arlington, 1972
B.S., Biology, The University of Texas at Arlington, 1964
Dr. G Joan Holt is a world-renowned marine scientist and mariculture researcher. For over 38 years, Dr. Holtís work has addressed vital issues surrounding fish ecology,
captive culture, and development. With projects that encompass physical, chemical, and biological aspects of the early life history of marine fish species, Dr. Holt has
provided actionable information and guidance to decision-makers that impact one of earthís most utilized resources.
While applied conservation, responsible aquaculture, and interdisciplinary cooperation have been central goals within every category of Dr. Holtís research, her strong
interpersonal ethic has enhanced UTMSIís Fisheries and Mariculture Laboratory (FAML)ís reputation as a leading research facility. Her mentorship has helped aspiring professionals
earn 6 PhDs and 17 Masters Degrees in Marine Science, and become respected scientists at leading research institutions.
Her ability to work with leaders from academia, government, non-profit, and private industry has attracted funding from a wide range of sources.
Dr. Holt has been part of ground-breaking research, including the captive spawning and rearing of red drum (Sciaenops ocellatus), Cobia (Rachycentron canadum)
and several ornamental fish species.
Currently, Dr. Holtís research focuses on captive fish nutrition, ornamentals, and fisheries ecology, along with investigations in fish physiology.
Her team continues to add to an extensive list of peer-reviewed publications, and attract visitors from abroad and locally. Her routine public outreach events
and initiatives have supported the University of Texas Marine Science Instituteís efforts to highlight the value of marine science and research to the general public.
Dr. Holt also teaches a graduate course, Larval Fish Ecology, at the University of Texas Marine Science Institute (UTMSI).
Fisheries & Ecology