Evolution of Species and Electric Signal Diversity
in the Neotropical Electric Fish Gymnotus

Project Description | Gymnotus | Personnel | Photographs | Signal Analysis | Bibliography

Curriculum Vitae: James S. Albert

CONTACT INFORMATION

Florida Museum of Natural History
University of Florida
Gainesville, FL 32611-7800
Office Tel: +1 352-392-1721 x 499
Fax: +1 352-846-0287
Email: albert@flmnh.ufl.edu

AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION

  • Comparative Vertebrate Morphology
  • Phenotypic Evolution
  • Systematic Ichthyology
  • Tropical Aquatic Biodiversity

Education

1991 – 1995. Ph.D. University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan

1988 – 1991. MSc. University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan

1985 – 1987. B.A. cum laude, University of California, Berkeley, California

1982 – 1984. Brandeis University, Waltham, Massachusetts

1978 – 1982. Laguna Beach High School, Laguna Beach, California

Teaching Positions

2005 - Assistant Professor, Department of Biology, University of Louisiana

1999 – 2004 Assistant Professor, Department of Zoology, University of Florida

1999 – 2004 Graduate Faculty, University of Florida

1995 – 1999 Assistant Professor, Nippon Medical School

1988 – 1995. Teaching Assistant, Department of Biology, University of Michigan

Courses Taught

2005 - Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy, Department of Biology, University of Louisiana

2001 – 2004. Ichthyology, University of Florida

1999. Vertebrate Zoology, University of Florida

1995 – 1998. Human Gross Anatomy, Neuroanatomy; Animal Evolution, Nippon Medical School

1994. Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy, University of Michigan

1993. Introductory Biology, Department of Biology, University of Michigan

COURSE DEVELOPMENT (syllabi available upon request):

Ichthyology, Department of Biology, University of Louisiana.

Ichthyology, Department of Zoology, University of Florida.

Principles and Methods of Neotropical Aquatic Zoology, Universidad Nacional de Amazonas Peruana (UNAP), Iquitos, Peru.

Research Positions

1999 – 2004 Assistant Curator of Ichthyology, Florida Museum of Natural History, University of Florida

1995 – 1999. Assistant Scientist, Nippon Medical School, Tokyo.

1995 – 1999. Adjunct Scientist, National Science Museum, Tokyo. With T. Uyeno & K. Matsuura.

1992 – 1995. Research Assistant, University of Michigan. With R. Davis.

1991. Research Assistant, University of California, San Diego. With G. Northcutt.

1990. Research Assistant, Nippon Medical School, Tokyo. With H. Ito.

1988 – 1995. Research Assistant, Museum of Zoology, University of Michigan, With W.L. Fink.

1987 – 1988. Research Assistant, California Academy of Sciences. With W. Eschmeyer.

1985 – 1987. Research Assistant, Museum of Paleontology, University of California, Berkeley. With J. Gregory.

SumMary of Research PROJECTS in progress

2002 – 2005. Proyecto Ucamara: a three-year faunal survey of the Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve in the Peruvian Amazon. With Co-PI Dr. W. Crampton (FLMNH) and eight additional senior investigators [ http://www.flmnh.ufl.edu/fish/tropical/ucamara/projectdescription.html ]. NSF-DEB-0215388 .

2002 – 2005. Improvements to the Florida Museum of Natural History Ichthyological Collection, a three-year project to systematize collections and modernize facilities for long term study of biodiversity in Neotropical fishes [ http://www.flmnh.ufl.edu/fish/Collection/collection.htm] . NSF DEB-0138633.

2004 – 2005 Systematics and descriptions of new species in four Neotropical electric fish genera: Brachyhypopomus (8 n. spp.); Rhabdolichops (2 n. spp.); Steatogenys (2 n. spp.); Sternopygus (2 n. spp.).

2005 – 2008. Evolution of species and signal diversity in the Neotropical electric fish Gymnotus. With W. Crampton (FLMNH), N.R. Lovejoy (University of Manitoba), & A. Caputi (Universidad de Montevideo, Uruguay). NSF Systematics and Population Biology, in review.

2004 – 2009. Functional Genomics and Evolution of the Electric Organ in Neotropical Electric Fishes (Gymnotiformes). Grant proposal preparation: NSF Frontiers in Integrative Biological Research (FIBR). With M. Sussman (University of Wisconsin).

RESEARCH Grants (1999 - 2003)

2002 – 2005. NSF DEB-0215388: Aquatic faunal survey of a Peruvian Amazon floodplain. With W. Crampton, Co-PI. $ 325,001.

2004. NSF-REU (from 4/04) Research Education for Undergraduates supplement to NSF DEB-0215388: $12,000.

2003. NSF-REU 0317278 Research Education for Undergraduates supplement to NSF DEB-0215388: $12,000.

2002 – 2005. NSF DEB-0138633: Improvements to the Florida Museum of Natural History Ichthyological Collection. $375,000 .

2002. University of Florida Research Opportunity Fund, Faunal survey in the Peruvian Amazon. $25,000.

2002. Center for Latin American Studies travel grant for Dr. N.R. Lovejoy (University of Manitoba). $750.

2001. University of Florida Research Opportunity Fund, Organizational Meeting for Faunal survey in the Peruvian Amazon. $10,000.

2000. NSF DIP-0084704: Planning visit for faunal survey of floating meadows in western Amazonia, Iquitos, Peru. $7,620.

2000. NSF DEB-0084120: Workshop on Global Priorities for Coelacanth Research and Conservation in the 21st Century, 9th International Coral Reef Symposium, Denpasar, Indonesia. $20,050.

1999. Research Grant, Public Television Company of Japan (NHK), $20,000.

PUBLICATIONS

Monographs:

2001. Albert, J.S. Species diversity and phylogenetic systematics of American knifefishes (Gymnotiformes, Teleostei). Misc. Publ. Mus. Zool. University of Michigan, 190:1-127.

Original journal articles (* corresponding author):

2004. Albert*, J.S., W.G.R. Crampton, D.H. Thorsen and N.R. Lovejoy. Phylogenetic systematics and historical biogeography of the Neotropical electric fish Gymnotus (Teleostei: Gymnotiformes). Systematic and Biodiversity, in press.

2004. Albert*, J.S. and W.L. Fink. Phylogenetic relationships of fossil Neotropical electric fishes (Osteichthyes: Gymnotiformes) from the Upper Miocene of Bolivia. Journal Vertebrate Paleontology, in press.

2004. Albert*, J.S., N.R. Lovejoy and W.G.R. Crampton. Miocene tectonism and the separation of cis- and trans-Andean river basins: Evidence from Neotropical fishes. Journal of South American Earth Sciences, in press.

2004. Crampton*, W.G.R. and J.S. Albert. A redescription of Gymnotus coatesi, with notes on osteology, natural history and electric signals. Copeia, 525-533.

2004. Crampton*, W.G.R. and J.S. Albert. A redescription of the Neotropical electric fish S. obtusirostris (Steindachner) (Gymnotiformes, Sternopygidae) from the lowland Amazon basin, with descriptions of ecology and electric organ discharges. Ichthyological Exploration Freshwaters, in press.

2004. Crampton*, W.G.R., D.H. Thorsen, and J.S. Albert. Three new species from a diverse assemblage of Gymnotus (Gymnotidae) in the Upper Amazon. Copeia, in press.

2004. Crampton*, W.G.R., D.H. Thorsen, and J.S. Albert. Steatogenys ocellatus, a new species of Neotropical electric fish (Gymnotiformes: Hypopomidae) from the lowland Amazon Basin. Copeia, 2004: 78-91.

2004. Crampton*, W.G.R., K. Hulen, and J.S. Albert. Sternopygus branco, a new species of Neotropical electric fish (Gymnotiformes: Sternopygidae) from the lowland Amazon basin, with descriptions of ecology and electric organ discharges. Copeia, 2004: 244-258.

2004. Hulen, K., W.G.R. Crampton, and J.S. Albert. Phylogenetic systematics and historical biogeography of the Neotropical electric fish Sternopygus (Gymnotiformes, Teleostei). Systematic and Biodiversity, in press.

2004. Fernandes*, F.M.C., J.S. Albert, M. Daniel-Silva, C.E. Lopes, W.G.R. Crampton, and L.F. Almeida-Toledo. A new Gymnotus (Teleostei: Gymnotidae) from the Pantanal wetlands of Brazil and adjacent drainages. Zootaxa, in press.

2004. Lovejoy*, N.R., J.S, Albert, and W.G.R. Crampton. Miocene marine incursions and marine/freshwater transitions: Evidence from Neotropical Fishes. Journal of South American Earth Sciences, in press.

2004. Maldonado-Ocampo, J.A, and J.S. Albert*. Gymnotus ardilai: a new species of Neotropical electric fish (Ostariophysi: Gymnotidae) from the Rio Magdalena of Colombia. Zootaxa , in press . 2003. Albert*, J.S. and W.G.R. Crampton. Seven new species of the Neotropical electric fish Gymnotus (Teleostei, Gymnotiformes) with a redescription of G. carapo (Linnaeus). Zootaxa, 287: 1-54.

2003. Crampton*, W.G.R. and J.S. Albert. A redescription of Gymnotus coropinae, an often misidentified species of gymnotid fish, with notes on ecology and electric organ discharge. Zootaxa, 348: 1-20.

2003. Crampton*, W.G.R., N.R. Lovejoy, and J.S. AlbertGymnotus ucamara: a new species of Neotropical electric fish from the Peruvian Amazon (Ostariophysi: Gymnotidae). Zootaxa, 277: 1-18.

2003. Julian, D., Crampton, W.G.R., Wolgemuth, S. and J.S. Albert*. Oxygen consumption by weakly electric Neotropical fishes. Oecologia, 137(4): 502-511.

2003. Maldonado-Ocampo, J.A, and J.S. Albert*. Species diversity of gymnotiform fishes in Colombia, Biota Colombiana, 4(2): 147-165. 2002. Albert, J.S. Eternal vigilance on an Amazon floodplain. Current Biology, 12(13): 442-443.

2001. Albert*, J.S. and W.G.R. Crampton. Five new species of Gymnotus (Teleostei: Gymnotiformes) from an Upper Amazonian floodplain, with descriptions of electric organ discharges and ecology. Ichthyological Exploration of Freshwaters, 12(3): 241-226.

2000. Northcutt*, R.G., P.H. Holmes, and J.S. Albert. Distribution and innervation of lateral line organs of the Channel Catfish. J Journal Comparative Neurology, 421: 570-592.

1999. Albert*, J.S., N. Yamamoto, M. Yoshimoto, N. Sawai, and H. Ito. Visual thalamotelencephalic pathways in the sturgeon Acipenser, a non-teleost actinopterygian fish. Brain Behavior and Evolution 53(3): 156-172.

1999. Albert*, J.S., F.M. Fernandes-Matioli, and L.F. de Almeida-Toledo. New species of Gymnotus (Gymnotiformes, Teleostei) from Southeastern Brazil: Towards the deconstruction of Gymnotus carapo. Copeia1999(2): 410-421.

1999. Ito*, H., M. Yoshimoto, J.S. Albert, N. Yamamoto, and N. Sawai. Retinal projections and distribution patterns of retinal ganglion cells in a sturgeon (Acipenser transmontanus), a non-teleost actinopterygian fish. Brain Behavior and Evolution 53(3): 127-141.

1999. Yamamoto*, N., M. Yoshimoto, J.S. Albert, N. Sawai, and H. Ito. Tectal fiber connections in a nonteleost ray-finned fish, the sturgeon Acipenser transmontanus. Brain Behavior and Evolution 53(3): 142-155.

1998. Albert*, J.S., M.J. Lannoo, and T. Yuri. Testing mechanisms of neural evolution in gymnotiform electric fishes using phylogenetic character data. Evolution 52(6): 1760-1780.

1998. Yamamoto*, N., Y. Oka, M. Yoshimoto, N. Sawai, J.S. Albert, and H. Ito. Gonadotropin-releasing hormone neurons in the gourami midbrain: a double labeling study by immunocytochemistry and tracer injection. NeuroscienceLetters 240: 50-52.

1997. Ito*, H., M. Yoshimoto, J.S. Albert, Y. Yamane, N. Yamamoto, N. Sawai, and A. Kaur. Terminal morphology of two branches arising from a single stem-axon of pretectal (PSm) neurons, in the common carp Cyprinus carpio (Teleostei: Cypriniformes). Journal Comparative Neurology, 378: 379-388.

1997. Yoshimoto*, M., J.S. Albert, N. Sawai, M. Shimizu, N. Yamamoto, and H. Ito. Telencephalic ascending gustatory system in a cichlid fish, Oreochromis (Tilapia) niloticus. Journal Comparative Neurology, 392: 209-226.

1996. Albert*, J.S. and W.L. Fink. Sternopygus xingu, a new species of electric fish (Gymnotoidei, Teleostei) from South America, with comments on the phylogenetic position of Sternopygus. Copeia, 1996(1): 85-102.

1996. Lundberg*, J.G., C.C. Fernandes, J.S. Albert, and M. Garcia. Magosternarchus , a new genus with two new species of electric fish (Gymnotiformes: Apteronotidae) from the Amazon River basin, South America. Copeia,1996(3):657-670.

1995. Albert*, J.S. and R.R. Miller. Gymnotus maculosus: A new species of electric fish from Middle America (Chordata: Teleostei: Gymnotoidei), with a key to the species of Gymnotus. Proceedings Biological Society Washington, 108(4): 662-678.

1992. Eernisse*, D.J., J.S. Albert, and F.E. Anderson. Annelida and Arthropoda are not sister taxa: a phylogenetic analysis of spiralian metazoan morphology. Systematic Biology, 41: 305-330.

Book chapters (peer-reviewed):

2005. Albert, J.S.and W.G.R. Crampton. Diversity and phylogeny of Neotropical electric fishes. In Electroreception. T.H. Bullock, C.D. Hopkins, A.N. Popper, and R.R. Fay, (eds.). In press. 2005. Crampton, W.G.R. and J.S. Albert. Evolution of Electric Signal Diversity in Gymnotiform Fishes. In S.P. Collin, B.G. Kapoor, F. Ladich, P. Moller (eds.), Fish Communication. Science Publisher, Inc. New York. In press.

2003a. Albert, J.S. Family Sternopygidae. Pp 493-497 In: R.E. Reis, S.O. Kullander & C.J. Ferraris, Jr. (eds). Checklist of the Freshwater Fishes of South and Central America. Edipucrs, Porto Alegre, 735p.

2003b. Albert, J.S. Family Apterontoidae. Pp 503-508 In: R.E. Reis, S.O. Kullander & C.J. Ferraris, Jr. (eds). Checklist of the Freshwater Fishes of South and Central America. Edipucrs, Porto Alegre, 735p.

  • Albert , J.S. and W.G.R. Crampton. Family Hypopomidae. Pp 500-502 In: R.E. Reis, S.O. Kullander & C.J. Ferraris, Jr. (eds). Checklist of the Freshwater Fishes of South and Central America. Edipucrs, Porto Alegre, 735p.

2000. Albert, J.S., R. Froese, and D. Paulay. The Brains Table. Pp. 234-237 in FishBase 2000, Concepts, design anddata sources. R. Froese, and D. Paulay, eds., ICLARM, Manilla.

1998. Albert, J.S. and R. Campos-da-Paz. Phylogenetic Systematics of Gymnotiformes with Diagnoses of 58 clades. Pp. 419-446 in Phylogeny and Classification of Neotropical Fishes (L. Malabarba, R.E. Reis, R.P. Vari, C.A.S. de Lucena, and Z.M.S. de Lucena, eds.), Museu de Ciências e Tecnologia, Porto Alegre.

1998. Campos-da-Paz, R. and J.S. Albert. History of the classification of American knifefishes (Gymnotiformes). Pp. 401-417 in Phylogeny and Classification of Neotropical Fishes (L. Malabarba, R.E. Reis, R.P. Vari, C.A.S. de Lucena, and Z.M.S. de Lucena, eds.), Museu de Ciências e Tecnologia, Porto Alegre.

1999. Albert, J.S., R. Froese, R. Bauchot, and H. Ito. Diversity of brain size in fishes: preliminary analysis of a database including 1174 species in 45 orders. Pp. 647-656 in 5th Indo-Pacific Fish Conference Proceedings (B. Seret and J.Y. Sire, eds.), Societe Francaise d'Ichtyologie, Paris.

Webpages (peer-reviewed):

1995. Albert, J.S., and J.G. Lundberg. Gymnotiformes (American Knifefishes), Tree of Life Internet page. http://phylogeny.arizona.edu.