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

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

Curriculum Vitae: William G.R Crampton

Contact Information:

University of Florida ,
Florida Museum of Natural History,
Gainesville , FL, 32611-7800 ,
United States of America .
Office Tel: + 1 352 392 1721 ex. 478
Fax: + 1 352 846 0287
Email: willc@flmnh.ufl.edu

Personal Information:

Date of birth: April 30 1969.
Place of birth: Canterbury, England
Nationality: British/Irish
Marital Status: Single
Languages: English, Portuguese (fluent)

Areas of Specialization:

  • Evolutionary Ecology of Neotropical Electric Fishes
  • Animal Communication
  • Tropical Aquatic Biodiversity
  • Conservation and Management of Amazonian Fishes and Fisheries

Education:

1994–1997 Ph.D. University of Oxford, UK.

1989–1992 B.A. First Class Honours. University of Oxford, UK.

1983–1988 Simon Langton Grammar School, Canterbury, UK

Honours/Awards

1993–1996 Fisheries Society of the British Isles Graduate Scholarship.

1993–1996 Old Members' Graduate Scholarship to Jesus College Oxford.

1991 University of Oxford Gibb's Prize for the top First Class degree in Zoology.

1991 Elected Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, London.

Employment

2002–2005 Assistant Scientist (Faculty position): Florida Museum of Natural History, University of Florida

1998–2001 Staff Researcher and Director of Biodiversity Research. Mamirauá Institute, Amazonas, Brazil, Brazilian Ministry of Technology (MCT).

1996–1997 Post-doctoral Scholarship for Visiting Foreign Researcher. Brazilian National Research Council (CNPq) Brazil.

1988–1989 Assistant Technical Officer, Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries & Food, U.K

Teaching

2003 Electric Fish Biology: A practical and theoretical course. Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, Porto Alegre, Brazil.

2002 Principles and Methods of Neotropical Aquatic Zoology, Universidad Nacional de la Amazonía Peruana, Iquitos, Peru.

2001- Lectures in Macroevolution, Ichthyology, Introduction to Evolution. University of Florida, Department of Zoology.

2001- Co-supervision of 1 M.Sc. student. University of Florida Department of Zoology.

1994–1997 Department Tutor and College Lecturer (Evolution, Animal Behaviour), University of Oxford, Department of Zoology.

Active Research Grants

2002-2005 National Science Foundation. DEB-0102593. Aquatic faunal survey of a Peruvian Amazon floodplain. US $ 325,000 (3 years). Co-Principal Investigator (with Dr. J.S. Albert, PI).

2003 National Science Foundation-REU (Research Education for Undergraduates) Supplement to NSF DEB-0102593. US $ 12,000 (1 year), Co-Principal Investigator (with Dr. J.S. Albert, PI).

2003 All Catfish Species Inventory. NSF. DEB-0315963. Subaward: Inventory of catfish species from terra firme rainforest streams of the Río Ucayali Basin, Peru, with collection of specimens, digital images and tissue samples. US $ 3000 (2 years), Principal Investigator.

Previous Research Grants

1999–2001 Brazilian National Research Council (CNPq). 381597/97-0. Diversity and ecology of fishes in the Upper Amazon floodplain. US $ 127,058 (3 years), Principal Investigator.

1998 Department for International Development. Biology and conservation of the ornamental discus fish Symphysodon aequifasciatus. US $ 27,000 (2 years), Principal Investigator.

Professional Service

1999 – Journal manuscript reviews. Acta Amazonica (2), Anais da Academia Brasileira de Ciências (2),Biota Colombiana (1), Journal of Ethology (1), Neotropical Ichthyology (1). Zootaxa (2), Conservation book chapters (6).

2000 Consultant to European Commission Biodiversity in Development Project.

1998–1999 Executive Committee. Brazilian biodiversity working group. Brazilian Academy of Sciences.

Ichthyological Field Work

1994– Brazil: Region of Tefé, Amazonas. Ongoing long-term multi-habitat sampling program.

2002– Peru: Ongoing biannual Expeditions to Reserva Nacional Pacaya Samiria, Loreto.

2004 Brazil: Rio Grande do Sul.

2004 Peru: Rio Nanay

2004 Ecuador: Rio Palenque (Pacific Slope).

2004 Venezuela: Amazonas, Bolivar, Carobobo.

2004 Peru: Loreto, Jenaro Herrera.

2003 Brazil: Rio Grande do Sul.

2003 Venezuela: Apure.

2003 El Salvador: Chalatanango.

2002 Brazil: Amazonas, Rio Negro.

2002 Peru: Loreto, Rio Nanay.

Publications (36)

Evolution, Ecology and Systematics (26):

Crampton, W.G.R ., and Albert, J.S. (2005) Evolution of Electric Signal Diversity in Gymnotiform fishes. In. Fish communication (Ed. B.G Kapoor, F. Ladich, S.P. Collin, P. Moller). Scientific Publisher Inc. Enfield, in press.

Albert, J.S. and Crampton, W.G.R. (2005) Diversity and Phylogeny of Neotropical Electric Fishes (Gynotiformes). In: (T.E. Bullock, C.D. Hopkins, A. N. Popper, F.R. Fay, Eds.) Electroreception. Cornell University Press. in press.

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

Crampton, W.G.R ., Thorsen, D.H., Albert, J.S. (2004). Three new species from a diverse and sympatric assemblage of the electric fish Gymnotus (Ostariophysi: Gymnotidae) in the lowland Amazon Basin, with notes on ecology. Copeia in press

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

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

Crampton, W.G.R . & Hopkins, C.D. Nesting and paternal care in the weakly electric fish Gymnotus (Gymnotiformes: Gymnotidae) with descriptions of larval and adult electric organ discharges of two species (2004)Copeiain press.

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

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

Crampton, W.G.R ., Hulen, K.G., Albert, J.S. (2004) Redescription of Sternopygus obtusirostris Steindachner (Gymnotiformes, Sternopygidae) from the Amazon Basin, with descriptions of ecology and electric organ discharges. Ichthyological Exploration in Freshwaters15 (1) 121-134.

Crampton, W.G.R. and Albert, J.S. (2004). Redescription of Gymnotus coatesi (Gymnotiformes, Gymnotidae), a Rare Species of Electric Fish from the Lowland Amazon Basin, with Descriptions of Osteology, Electric Signals and Ecology. Copeia2004 (3) 525-533.

Crampton, W.G.R ., Hulen, K.G., Albert, J.S. (2004) Sternopygus branco, a new species of Neotropical electric fish (Gymnotiformes: Sternopygidae) from the lowland Amazon Basin, with descriptions of osteology, ecology and electric organ discharges. Copeia, 2004 (2) 244-258.

Crampton, W.G.R., Thorsen, D.H., and Albert, J.S. (2003). Steatogenys ocellatus, a new species of Neotropical electric fish (Gymnotiformes: Hypopomidae) from the lowland Amazon Basin. Copeia, 2004 (1) 78-91.

Crampton, W.G.R. and Albert, J.S. (2003). Redescription of Gymnotus coropinae (Gymnotiformes, Gymnotidae), an often misidentified species of Neotropical electric fish, with notes on natural history and electric signals. Zootaxa, 348 1-20.

Crampton, W.G.R., Lovejoy, N.R., and Albert, J.S. (2003). Gymnotus ucamara: a new species of Neotropical electric fish from the Peruvian Amazon (Ostariophysi: Gymnotidae), with notes on ecology and electric organ discharges. Zootaxa, 277 1-18.

Albert, J.S. and Crampton, W.G.R. (2003). Seven new species of the Neotropical electric fish Gymnotus (Teleostei: Gymnotiformes) with a redescription of G. carapo (Linnaeus). Zootaxa, 28 1-54.

Julian, D., Crampton, W.G.R., Wolhgemuth, S.E., and Albert, J.S. (2003). Oxygen consumption in weakly electric Neotropical Fishes. Oecologia. 137 (4): 502-511.

Albert, J.S., and Crampton, W.G.R. (2003). Family Hypopomidae: Bluntnose knifefishes. pp. 494-496. In. Checklist of Freshwater Fishes of South and Central America (Ed. Reis, R., Kullander, S.O., Ferraris, C.J.), Edipucrs, Porto Alegre.

Albert, J.S. & Crampton, W.G.R (2001). Five new species of Gymnotus (Gymnotiformes, Teleostei) from an Upper Amazon floodplain, with descriptions of electric organ discharges and ecology. Ichthyol. Explor. Freshwaters. 12 (3), 241-266.

Henderson, P. A., Hamilton, W. D. and Crampton, W. G. R. (1998). Evolution and diversity in Amazonian floodplain communities. pp. 385-419. In Dynamics of Tropical Communities (ed. D. M. Newbery, H. H. T. Prins and N. D. Brown), Blackwell Science, Oxford.

Crampton, W. G. R. (1998). Effects of anoxia on the distribution, respiratory strategies and electric signal diversity of gymnotiform fishes. J. Fish Biol.53 (Supp. A)307-330.

Crampton, W. G. R. (1998). Electric signal design and habitat preferences in a species rich assemblage of gymnotiform fishes from the Upper Amazon basin. Anais da Academia Brasileira de Ciências, 70 (4) 805-847.

Henderson, P.A. & Crampton, W.G.R. (1997). A comparison of fish diversity and density from nutrient rich and poor waters lakes in the Upper Amazon. J. Trop. Ecol. 13 (2) 175-198.

Paxton, C.G.M., Crampton, W.G.R., Burgess, P. (1996). Miocene deposits in the Amazonian foreland basin. Science273 123.

Crampton W.G.R. (1996). Gymnotiform fish: an important component of Amazonian flood plain fish communities. J. Fish Biol., 48 130-134.

Crampton W.G.R . & Hurst, L.D. (1994). True kin recognition, in the form of somatic incompatibility, has multiple independent origins. Anim. Behav., 47 230-234.

Books (1):

Queiroz, H.L. & Crampton, W. G. R , Eds. (1999). Estratégias para Manejo de Recursos Pesqueiros em Mamirauá. CNPq. Brasília. 208 pp.

Biodiversity Conservation (9):

Crampton W.G.R., Castello, L., Viana, J.P. (2004). Fisheries in the Amazon várzea: historical trends, current status, and factors affecting sustainability. pp. 76-98. In. People and nature: wildlife conservation in South and Central America (ed. K. Silvius, R. Bodmer, J. Fragoso), Columbia University Press, New York.

Crampton W.G.R., Viana, J.P., Castello, L., Damasceno, J.M.B.(2004). Fisheries management in the Mamirauá Sustainable Development Reserve. pp. 99-122. In. People and nature: wildlife conservation in South and Central America (ed. K. Silvius, R. Bodmer, J. Fragoso), Columbia University Press., New York.

Viana, J.P., Damasceno, J.M.B., Castello, L., Crampton, W.G.R. (2004). Economic incentives for sustainable community management of fishery resources in the Mamirauá Sustainable Development Reserve, Amazonas, Brazil. pp.139-154. In. People and nature: wildlife conservation in South and Central America (ed. K. Silvius, R. Bodmer, J. Fragoso), Columbia University Press.

Crampton, W.G.R. (2001). Diversidad y Conservación de los Peces de la Cuenca Amazónica. pp. 121-140. In. Amazonía: Orientaciones para el Desarrollo Sostenible .  (ed. S.F. Paitán S.F), Universidad Nacional de la Amazonía Peruana, Lima, Peru.

Crampton W.G.R (1999). The impact of the ornamental fish trade on the discus Symphysodon aequifasciatus: A case study from the flood plain forests of Estação Ecológica Mamirauá. pp. 29-44. In: (Padoch, C., Ayres, J.M., Pinedo-Vasquez, M. & Henderson, A. eds.) Varzea: Diversity, Development and Conservation of Amazonia's Whitewater Floodplains. New York Botanical Garden Press. New York.

Crampton, W. G. R . (1999). Os peixes da Reserva Mamirauá: diversidade e história natural na planície alagável da Amazônia. pp. 10-36. In: (H. L. Queiroz & W. G. R. Crampton eds.) Estratégias para Manejo de Recursos Pesqueiros em Mamirauá. Sociedade Civil Mamirauá/CNPq. Brasília.

Crampton, W. G. R . (1999). Plano de manejo para o uso sustentável de peixes ornamentais na Reserva Mamirauá. pp. 159-176. In: (H. L. Queiroz & W. G. R. Crampton eds.) Estratégias para Manejo de Recursos Pesqueiros em Mamirauá. Sociedade Civil Mamirauá/CNPq. Brasília.

Crampton, W.G.R & Viana, J.P. (1999). Conservação e diversificação econômica da pesca nas várzeas do alto Rio Solimões: uma breve revisão e sugestões para um futuro sustentável. pp. 209 - 226. In: (T.G. Fang, O.L. Montenegro, and R.E. Bodmer eds.) Manejo y Conservacion de Fauna Silvestre en America Latina . Instituto de Ecologia, La Paz.

Queiroz, H.L. & Crampton, W. G. R. (1999). O manejo integrado de recursos pesqueiros em Mamirauá. pp.177-190. In: (H. L. Queiroz and W. G. R. Crampton eds.) Estratégias para Manejo de Recursos Pesqueiros em Mamirauá . Sociedade Civil Mamirauá/CNPq. Brasília.