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Some of Dr. Dove’s research highlights include:

  1. Co-leading the group that sequenced and assembled the genome of the whale shark, the first shark to have its genome fully assembled.
  2. Describing, with collaborators, the largest aggregation of whale sharks known to science, contributing to the creation of a new marine protected area in Yucatan Mexico
  3. Discovering potential whale shark mating grounds in St Helena, south Atlantic, and contributing to the protection best-practice management of this species in the UK overseas territory
  4. Planning and execution of expeditionary filed work in Galapagos (Ecuador), St Helena (UKOT), Indonesia and Mexico
  5. Describing a new non-infectious disease in American lobsters related to environmental changes, which contributed to the 1999 collapse of the Long Island Sound lobster fishery.
  6. Documenting for the first time the presence of the Asian fish tapeworm in Australian freshwater fishes, introduced with the European carp
  7. Describing new genera and species of ciliate and flatworm parasites in Australian fishes

 Selected publications (or go to Full Bibliography or to his ResearchGate profile or OrcID profile):

Draft sequencing and assembly of the whale shark genome. The first fully-sequenced elasmobranch genome provides a freely-available data set for comparative genomics and immunogenomics studies and a model of productive collaboration between public aquariums and academic science, with non-traditional funding.


 Metabolomics for exotic animals.  This essay arose from an invited presentation by Dr Dove at the Nutrition Advisory Group meeting in Kansas City in late 2010.  In it, he argues that a wholistic approach to biochemistry using NMR and MS metabolomic tools is a very powerful approach to help study poorly understood exotic species in zoos and aquariums.


Using metabolomics to look for biomarkers of health in whale sharks.  A unique collaboration with chemists and biochemists from Georgia Institute of technology resulted in the first exploration of the biochemistry of the world’s largest fish, and the discovery of dozens of helpful chemical markers of health in this species. 

Lobster shell disease.  With colleagues and students from the School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences at Stony Brook University, Dr. Dove explored in two papers in Journal of Shellfish Research the roles of bacteria and the immune system in the presentation of the disfiguring condition called epizootic shell disease, which has plagued lobsters in southern New England in recent years.  


Bacterial communities on fish skin and their role in disease.  USGS microbiologist Rocco Cipriano studies the disease furunculosis in salmon as a model of the host-pathogen relationship.  In this peer-reviewed chapter, he and Dr. Dove show how furunculosis is not a one-pathogen one-host problem but really starts as a dysfunction of the microbial community on the fish’s skin and ends when equilibrium is restored.   

Acquisition and Husbandry of whale sharks. In this peer-reviewed chapter from a US-Russian exchange meeting on aquatic animal health, Dr. Dove and other scientists and staff from Georgia Aquarium describe the logistics of whale shark acquisition and preliminary data on whale shark biology gleaned from working with them in an aquarium setting. 


An unprecedented aggregation of whale sharks.  An exceptional annual gathering of the worlds largest fish off Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula is the current focus of Dr. Dove’s research.  The sharks come to feed on tuna spawn.  PLoS One is open access, so you can go to the link and read about this amazing biological event for yourself! Coauthored with colleagues fromProject Domino


Descriptive haematology of the whale shark.  This paper fromAquatic Biology, co-authored with Jill Arnold from the National Aquarium in Baltimore and Dr. Tonya Clauss from Georgia Aquarium, describes for the first time the blood cells and serum chemistry of the world’s largest fish.  More sophisticated studies on chemistry of whale shark serum followed, and these should be published early in 2011.  


Whale sharks open research doors. In this popular science article published in Connect, the magazine of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, Dr. Dove describes how the collection of whale sharks at Georgia Aquarium is proving a boon for researchers.  It is facilitating studies never before possible, including husbandry, behaviour, veterinary care, functional anatomy, metabolomics and genomics.


Building and maintaining the largest live reef exhibit in the world. Dr. Dove was a co-author on this invited chapter describing the design and maintenance of “mega-reef” exhibits, based on experiences with Georgia Aquarium’s Indo-Pacific tank.  Since that time, Steinhart Aquarium at the California Academy of Sciences has opened a reef exhibit slightly larger than the Indo-Pacific exhibit at Georgia Aquarium and the two institutions now collaborate on these tremendously difficult systems.

Description of excretory calcinosis, a new disease of American lobsters.     The collapse of the Long Island Sound lobster fishery prompted NY State to establish its first marine disease laboratory. There Dr. Dove published in Diseases of Aquatic Organisms about a fatal new disease wherein calcium deposits form like sand grains throughout the tissues of the body.  Subsequent experimental studies confirmed that environmental causes (read: global warming) are harming lobster populations.

Haematological disorders of fish.  Dr. Tonya Clauss, chief veterinarian at Georgia Aquarium, was the lead author on this review of blood diseases of fish for the Veterinary Clinics of North America, which includes both elasmobranchs and teleosts, and conditions such as anemia, bacterial infections (septicemias like Aeromonas and Vibrio), viral infections, parasite infestations such as trypanosomes, and circulating cell neoplasias (cancers).  

Neutral Theory in parasite assemblages.  Neutral Theory is an ecological framework that accounts for the distribution of animal abundance with simple “neutral” processes like birth/death rates and immigration/ emigration rates, without resorting to processes like competition (which were long though to be more important).  In this opinion piece in Journal of Parasitology, Dr. Dove shows that Neutral Theory is hard to apply to parasite communities mostly because they are hard to define in a way that works for the NT models.

The first report of QPX disease in NY hard clams.  Quahog Parasite Unknown (QPX) is better known these days - its a thraustochytrid protist related to slime molds - but it is nonetheless an important and damaging disease in hard clam fisheries and aquaculture.  During his time at Stony Brook University, Dr. Dove published in the Journal of Aquatic Animal Health the first description of this disease in NY waters, based on material from an outbreak in Raritan Bay

A review of species accumulation curves and their applications in parasite ecology.  The more you sample, the fewer news species you find.  That’s the basic tenet of Species Accumulation Curves.  But, when they are applied to parasite communities, you can learn a lot about how diversity is distributed, and even about how species might be interacting with each other.  Dr. Dove reviewed SAC’s with the help of his PhD advisor Dr. Tom Cribb in this Trends in Parasitology paper

Bothriocephalus in Australia. The Asian fish tapeworm, Bothriocephalus acheilognathi, is a damaging but little known pest parasite that has accompanied common carp on their spread around the world.  Part of Dr. Dove’s dissertation work showed where in Australia and in what host species the tapeworm occurs. 


An introduction to fish parasitology and portal to the literature for aquarists.  In 2001, Dr. Dove co-authored this introduction to the major parasite groups in fish with Dr. George Benz (Middle Tennessee State U.) and Dr. Stephen “Ash” Bullard (Auburn University)




51. Dove, A.D.M. (2014) Foraging and ingestive behaviors of whale sharks, Rhincodon typus, in response to chemical stimulus cues. Biological Bulletin. (in press) 228: xx-xx
50. Read T.D, Petit R.A. III, Joseph S.J., Alam M.T., Weil M.R., Ahmad M., Bhimani R., Vuong J.S., Haase C.P., Webb D.H., A.D.M. Dove (2015) Sequencing and assembly of the nuclear genome of the world’s largest fish, the whale shark: Rhincodon typus Smith 1828. PeerJ. Pre-print 837
49.  Dove A.D.M., Clauss T.M., Marancik D.P. and Camus A.C.  (2015) Some Emerging Diseases of Elasmobranchs in Aquariums. In: (M. Smith ed.) Elasmobranch Husbandry Manual 2nd Ed. (in press) BOOK CHAPTER
48.  McClain C.R., Balk M., Benfield M.C., Branch T.A., Chen C., Cosgrove J.A., Dove, A.D.M., Helm R.R., Hochberg E., Gaskins L., Lee F., Marshall A., McMurray S., Schanche C., Stone S.N. and Thaler A.D. (2014)  Sizing ocean giants: Patterns of intraspecific size variation in marine megafauna. PeerJ. e715.
47.  Hacohen-Domené A., Martínez-Rincón R., Galván-Magaña F., Cárdenas-Palomo N., de la Parra-Venegas R., Galván B. and Dove A.D.M. (2014)  Habitat suitability and environmental factors affecting whale shark (Rhincodon typus) aggregations in the Mexican Caribbean. Environmental Biology of Fishes. (in press)
46.  Sadana R., Major T., Dove A.D.M. and Stasko J. (2014) OnSet: A Visualization Technique for Large-scale Binary Set Data. IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics (in press)
45.  Bik H.M., Dove A.D.M., Goldstein M.C., Helm R., MacPherson R., Martini K., Warneke A. and McClain C. (2014)  Ten simple rules for effective online outreach. PLOS Computational Biology.  (in press)
44.  Cipriano R.C., Smith M.L., Dove A.D.M. and Styczynski M.P. (2014) Differential lipid and metabolite levels in response to spawning-induced inappetence in Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar).  Journal of Fish Biology. (submitted)
43.  Clingham E., Brown J., Henry L., Beard A. and Dove A.D.M. (2014) Evidence that St Helena island is important multi-use habitat for whale sharks, Rhincodon typus, with the first description of mating in this species. PeerJ. (submitted)
42.  Cipriano R.C., Smith M.L., Dove A.D.M. and Styczynski M.P. (2014) Differential lipid and metabolite levels in response to spawning-induced inappetence in Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar).  Metabolomics. (submitted)
41.  Dove, A.D.M. (2014) Foraging and ingestive behaviors of whale sharks, Rhincodon typus, in response to chemical olfactory cues. Biological Bulletin. (submitted)
40.  Alam M.D., Pettit R.A., Read T.D. and Dove A.D.M. (2014) The complete mitochondrial genome sequence of the world’s largest fish, the whale shark (Rhincodon typus) and its comparison with those of related shark species. Gene.
39.  Webb D.W., Marrero C., Ellis H., Merriwether L. and Dove A.D.M. (2013) A simple reagent-free spectrophotometric assay for monitoring metronidazole therapy in aquarium water.   Journal of Aquatic Animal Health. 25: 165-170
38.  Dove A.D.M., Leisen J., Zhou M., Byrne J.J., Lim-Hing K., Webb H.D., Gelbaum L., Viant M.R., Kubanek J. and Fernández F.M. (2012) Biomarkers of Whale Shark Health: a Metabolomic Approach.  PLoS ONE 7(11): e49379   doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0049379 
37.  Marancik D.P., Dove A.D.M. and Camus A.C. (2012) Experimental infection of yellow stingrays, Urobatis jamaicensis with the marine leech Branchellion torpedinis. Diseases of Aquatic Organisms. 101: 51-60.doi:10.3354/dao02508
36.  Dove A.D.M. (2013) Metabolomics has great potential for clinical and nutritional care and research with exotic animals. Zoo Biology. 32(3): 246-250. Published online 29 May 2012  doi: 10.1002/ZOO.21024
35.  Haman K.H., Norton T.M., Thomas A.C., Dove A.D.M. and Tseng, F. (2012) Baseline Health Parameters and species comparisons between free-ranging Atlantic sharpnose (Rhizoprionodon terraenovae), bonnethead (Sphyrna tiburo), and spiny dogfish (Squalus acanthias) sharks in Georgia, Florida, and Washington.  Journal of Wildlife Diseases.  48(2): 295-306
34.  Homerding M., McElroy A., Taylor G., Dove A.D.M. and Allam, B. (2012) Investigation of epizootic shell disease in American lobsters (Homarus americanus) from Long Island Sound: II. Immune parameters in lobsters and relationships to the disease.  Journal of Shellfish Research. 31(1): 495-504 
33.  Bell S.L., Allam B., McElroy A., Dove A.D.M. and Taylor G.T. (2012) Investigation of epizootic shell disease in American lobsters (Homarus americanus) from Long Island Sound: I. Characterization of associated microbial communities.  Journal of Shellfish Research. 31(1): 473-484.
32.  Marancik D., Berliner A.L., Cavin J.M., Clauss T.M., Dove A.D.M., Sutton D.A., Wickes B.L., Camus A.C. (2011) Disseminated fungal infection in two species of captive sharks. Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine. 42(4): 686-693.
31.  De la Parra Venegas R., Hueter R., Cano J.G., Tyminski J., Remolina J.F.G., Maslanka M., Ormos A., Weigt L., Carlson B., and Dove A.D.M. (2011) An unprecedented aggregation of whale sharks, Rhincodon typus, in Mexican coastal waters of the Caribbean Sea. PLoS ONE. 6 (4) DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0018994
30.  Cipriano, R.C. and Dove, A.D.M. (2011) Far From Superficial: Microbial Diversity Associated With the Dermal Mucus of Fish. In: Health and Diseases of Aquatic Organisms: Bilateral Perspectives (R. Cipriano and I. Schelkunov eds).  Proceedings of the 3rd US/Russian Bilateral Exchange on Aquatic Animal Health. MSU Press: East Lansing Michigan. pp. 156-167.
29.  Cipriano, R.C., Bowser, P.R., Dove, A.D.M., Goodwin, A. and Puzach C. (2011) Prominent Emerging Diseases Within the United States. In: Health and Diseases of Aquatic Organisms: Bilateral Perspectives(R. Cipriano and I. Schelkunov eds).  Proceedings of the 3rd US/Russian Bilateral Exchange on Aquatic Animal Health. MSU Press: East Lansing Michigan. pp. 6-17.
28.  Dove, A.D.M., Coco C., Binder T., Schreiber C., Davis R., Carlson B. and Clauss T.M.  (2011) Acquisition, husbandry and veterinary care of whale sharks in a public aquarium setting.  In: Health and Diseases of Aquatic Organisms: Bilateral Perspectives (R. Cipriano and I. Schelkunov eds).  Proceedings of the 3rdUS/Russian Bilateral Exchange on Aquatic Animal Health. MSU Press: East Lansing Michigan. pp. 251-258. 
27.  Dove, A.D.M., Clauss, T.M. and Arnold, J. (2010) Blood cells and serum chemistry in the world’s largest fish: the whale shark, Rhincodon typus, Smith 1828.  Aquatic Biology. 10: 177-184. doi: 10.3354/ab00252
26.  Clauss, T.M., Dove, A.D.M. and Arnold, J. (2008) Haematologic disorders of fish.  Veterinary Clinics of North America: Exotic Animal Practice. 11(3): 445-462.
25.  Carlson, B., Curlee, K., Hall, K. and Dove, A.D.M. (2008) Designing and maintaining a large closed-system reef exhibit at the Georgia Aquarium.  In: Advances in Coral Husbandry in Public Aquaria.  Vol II.  Lewis R.J. and Janse M. eds.  Burgers Zoo: Arnem, the Netherlands. pp.255-268. (Book Chapter)
24.  Bartlett, S.L., Wooster, G.A., Sokolowski, M.S., Dove, A.D.M. and Bowser, P.R. (2008) Naturally-occurring bacteraemia in American lobsters, Homarus americanus Milne-Edwards, in the Long Island Sound, USA.  Journal of Aquatic Animal Health.  31(1): 19-25 
23.  Dove, A.D.M. & Cribb, T.H. (2006)  Species accumulation curves and their use in parasite ecologyTrends in Parasitology 22(12): 568-74
22.  Vianna, R.T., Boeger, W.A. and Dove, A.D.M. (2007) Neotropical Monogenoidea XX.  Scutualatusmagnoancoratus gen. n. et sp. n. (Gyrodactylidae) from the South American electric eels, Electrophoruselectricus (Gymnotidae: Gymnotiformes), and redescription of Mormyrogyrodactylus gemini from the African bulldog, Marcusenius macrolepidotus (Mormyridae, Osteoglossiformes).  Acta Zoologica. 88: 89-94. 
21. Sokolowski, M.S. and Dove, A.D.M. (2006) Histopathological examination of wild American eels infected with Anguillicola crassus.  Journal of Aquatic Animal Health. 18(4): 257–262. 
20. Dove, A.D.M. (2006) Defining parasite communities is a challenge for neutral theory.  Journal of Parasitology.  92(3): 673-675.
19. Clarke, L.M., Dove, A.D.M. and Conover, D.O. (2006)  Prevalence, intensity and effect of a nematode parasite, Philometra cf saltatrix, in the ovaries of bluefish, Pomatomus saltatrix.  Fisheries Bulletin.  104:118-124. 
18. Dove, A.D.M., Sokolowski, M.S., Bartlett, S.L. and Bowser, P.R. (2005) Spatiotemporal variation in serum chemistry of the lobster Homarus americanus.  Journal of Fish Diseases.  28: 663-675
17. Dove, A.D.M., Allam, B., Powers, J.J. and Sokolowski, M.S. (2005).  A simple thermal stress experiment with the lobster, Homarus americanus. Journal of Shellfish Research.  24(3): 761-765
16. Dove, A.D.M. (2005) Ultrastructural features of excretory calcinosis in the lobster, Homarus americanus.  Journal of Fish Diseases.  28(5): 313-316.
15. Dove, A.D.M., Bowser, P.R. and Cerrato, R.M. (2005) Histological analysis of an outbreak of QPX disease in hard clams, Mercenaria mercenaria, in New York.”  Journal of Aquatic Animal Health.  16:246-250.
14. Dove, A.D.M. and O’Donoghue, P.J. (2005)  Trichodinids (Ciliophora: Trichodinidae) from native and exotic Australian freshwater fishes.  Acta Protozoologica.  44: 51-60.
13. Sangster, C., Dove, A.D.M. & Bowser, P.R. (2004) Diplostomum in pond-reared Walleye Stizostedion vitreum: implications of a management strategy for control.  Aquaculture.  236: 95-102.
12. Dove, A.D.M., LoBue, C.P., Bowser, P.R. & Powell, M. (2004)  Excretory calcinosis: a new fatal disease of wild American lobsters, Homarus americanus.  Diseases of Aquatic Organisms.  58: 215-221.
11. Benz, G.W., Bullard, S.A., and Dove, A.D.M. (2001)  Metazoan parasites of fishes: synoptic information and portal to the literature for aquarists.  Proceedings of the American Zoo and Aquarium Association  AZA: Silver Spring MD. pp.1-15.
10. Chambers, C.B., Cribb, T.H. & Dove, A.D.M. (2001) Lecithocladium invasor n. sp. with a description of the pathology it causes in Naso vlamingii. Parasitology Research. 87: 666-673
9.  Dove, A.D.M. & Fletcher, A.S. (2000) Host range and geographical distribution of Bothriocephalusacheilognathi in Australia. Journal of Helminthology. 74: 121-127
8.  Dove, A.D.M. (2000) Richness patterns in the parasite communities of introduced poeciliid fishes.Parasitology. 120: 609-627.
7.  Dove, A.D.M. (1999) A new index of interactivity in parasite communities. International Journal for Parasitology. 29: 915-920. 
6.  Cribb, T.H.; Anderson, G.R.; and Dove, A.D.M. (1999) Pomphorhynchus heronensis and restricted movement of Lutjanus carponotatus on the Great Barrier Reef. Journal of Helminthology. 74: 53-56
5.  Dove, A.D.M. & Ernst, I. (1998) Concurrent invaders - four exotic species of Monogenea now established on exotic freshwater fishes in Australia. International Journal for Parasitology. 28: 1755-1764.
4.  Dove, A.D.M. (1998) A silent tragedy - parasites and exotic freshwater fishes in Australia. Proceedings of the Royal Society of Queensland. 107: 109-113. 
3.  Dove, A.D.M. & Cribb, T.H. (1998) Two new genera, Provitellus and Ovipusillus, and four new species of monorchiid digeneans from carangid fishes of Australia. Systematic Parasitology. 41(1): 21-33.
2.  Dove, A.D.M., Cribb, T.H., Mockler, S.P. & Lintermans, M. (1997) The Asian fish tapeworm,Bothriocephalus acheilognathi, in Australian freshwater fishes. Marine and Freshwater Research. 48: 181-183.
1.  DoveA.D.M. & Cribb, T.H. (1995) Coomera: a new genus of Fellodistomidae (Digenea) fromMonodactylus argenteus (Monodactylidae) of southern Queensland, Australia. International Journal for Parasitology. 25: 1159-1162.