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David Kerstetter, Ph.D.

David Kerstetter
Associate Professor

NSU's Halmos College of Arts and Sciences
Department of Marine and Environmental Sciences
Fisheries Laboratory:

Honors Courses

  • HONR 2020D Invasive Species Ecology and Management

Honors Engagement

  • Occasional instructor for honors courses (e.g., HONR 1000T Science in the News)
  • Regularly attend Honors College events
  • Mentors honors student thesis projects

 Research Focus

  • Fisheries conservation engineering methods
  • Fisheries biology (age/growth/reproduction, behavior)
  • Fisheries policy and socioeconomics
  • Seabird ecology


  • Ph.D., Marine Science, College of William and Mary
  • M.S., Marine Science, College of William and Mary
  • M.S., Public Policy, College of William and Mary
  • B.A., Political Science, Edinboro University of Pennsylvania

Dr. Kerstetter conducted satellite tagging of pelagic fishes from recreational gear and descriptive research of commercial fishing gear in the southeastern United States. He has continued other biological investigations of billfish and swordfish, tunas, elasmobranchs, and commercial fishing gear technology, including aging and biogeochemical trophic analyses, and participated in the development and continuing execution (five years as Weighmaster) of an annual scholarship-generating fishing tournament for the Guy Harvey Oceanographic Research Center marine science program. Dr. Kerstetter is an appointed member of four federal fisheries advisory committees, in addition to serving NSU as a member of the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC).

He created and taught the graduate Marine Fisheries Science course for NSU, as well as additional courses in Coastal PolicyInvasive Species Ecology and Management, and Marine Avian Ecology. Dr. Kerstetter is a major advisor to a number of thesis-track graduate students in the NSU Master of Science program in marine science. Additionally, he teaches the Sharks and Their RelativesBiology of Fishes, and Introduction to Marine Science courses for undergraduate biology and marine biology majors.

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