Andre Buchheister, Ph.D.

Current Research Interests

My research integrates ecological modeling, advanced statistics, fieldwork, and laboratory methods to answer both basic and applied questions in fisheries science. I specifically focus on four, interrelated research areas: 1) science in support of ecosystem based fisheries management, 2) structure, function, and drivers of fish communities and marine ecosystems, 3) trophic dynamics and predator-prey interactions, and 4) fish population dynamics.


B.S. Biology (Marine Biology concentration), 2002, Duke University
M.S. Marine Science (Fisheries Science concentration), 2008, College of William & Mary
Ph.D. Marine Science (Fisheries Science concentration), 2013, College of William & Mary

Courses Taught

FISH 260 - Fish Conservation and Management
FISH 460 - Advanced Fish Conservation and Management
FISH 458/558 - Fish Population Dynamics
SCI 100 – Becoming a STEM Professional
STAT 333 - Linear Regression Models / ANOVA
STAT 406/506 – Sampling Design and Analysis
STAT 410/510 – Modern statistical methods

Current Graduate Students

Name Thesis
Jason Shaffer
Alex Juan
Claire Stuart


* denotes graduate student

  •  Osborn, K.*, T. Mulligan, and A. Buchheister. 2021. Seasonal fish communities in three Northern California estuaries. Western North American Naturalist 81(4): 485–502.
  • Anstead, Kristen A., Katie Drew, David Chagaris, Matt Cieri, Amy M. Schueller, Jason McNamee, Andre Buchheister, Geneviève Nesslage, Jim H. Uphoff, Michael J. Wilberg, Alexei Sharov, Micah Dean, Jeffrey Brust, Mike Celestino, Shanna Madsen, Sarah Murray, Max Appelman, Joseph Ballenger, Joana Brito, Ellen Cosby, Caitlin Craig, Corrin Flora, Kurt Gottschall, Robert J. Latour, Eddie Leonard, Ray Mroch, Josh Newhard, Derek Orner, Chris Swanson, Jeff Tinsman, Edward D. Houde, Thomas J. Miller, and Howard Townsend. 2021. The Path to an Ecosystem Approach for Forage Fish Management: a Case Study of Atlantic Menhaden. Frontiers in Marine Science 8:607657. 
  • Drew, K., M. Cieri, A.M. Schueller, A. Buchheister, D. Chagaris, G. Nesslage, J.E. McNamee and J.H. Uphoff Jr. 2021. Balancing Model Complexity, Data Requirements, and Management Objectives in Developing Ecological Reference Points for Atlantic Menhaden. Frontiers in Marine Science 8:608059. 
  • Howell, D., A. Schueller, J.W. Bentley, A. Buchheister, D. Chagaris, M. Cieri, K. Drew, M. G. Lundy, D. Pedreschi, D. Reid, and H. Townsend. 2021. Combining ecosystem and single-species modelling to provide ecosystem-based fisheries management advice within current management systems. Frontiers in Marine Science 7:607831. 
  • Woodland, R., A. Buchheister, R. J. Latour, C. Lozano, E. D. Houde, C. J. Sweetman*, M. Fabrizio, T. Tuckey. 2021.  Environmental drivers of forage fishes and benthic invertebrates at multiple spatial scales in a large temperate estuary.  Estuaries and Coasts 44:921-938.
  • Chagaris, D., K. Drew, A. Schueller, M. Cieri, J. Brito, and A. Buchheister. 2020. Ecological Reference Points for Atlantic Menhaden Established Using an Ecosystem Model of Intermediate Complexity. Frontiers in Marine Science 7:606417. 
  • SEDAR. 2020. SouthEast Data, Assessment and Review (SEDAR) 69 – Atlantic Menhaden Ecological Reference Points Stock Assessment Report. SEDAR, North Charleston SC. 560 pp. available online at:   
  • Sprowles, A. , K. Goldenberg, P. D. Goley, S. Ladwig, F. J. Shaughnessy, K. J. Malloy, C. R. Baldy, M. M. Mola, J. R. Smith, M. A. Hemphill-Haley, M. J. Michalak, C. P. Till, A. P. O'Dowd, G. Black, P. L. Siering, E. Cashman, A. M. F. Tomescu, M. P. Hurst, B. Mazzag, S. Manor, D. R. Oliver, J. R. Dunk, J. Abell, M. S. Gunther, A. Buchheister, R. Saunders, J. Floss, E. Sullivan, S. Ben-Zvi, and M. D. Johnson. 2019. Place-Based Learning Communities on a Rural Campus: Turning Challenges into Assets. Learning Communities Research and Practice, 7(1), Article 6.
  • Buchheister, A., T. J. Miller, and E. D. Houde. 2017. Evaluating ecosystem-based reference points for Atlantic Menhaden. Marine and Coastal Fisheries. 9:457-478. doi: 10.1080/19425120.2017.1360420.
  • Buchheister, A., T. J. Miller, E. D. Houde, D. H. Secor, and R. J. Latour. 2016. Spatial and temporal dynamics of Atlantic menhaden (Brevoortia tyrannus) recruitment in the Northwest Atlantic Ocean. ICES Journal of Marine Sciences. 73:1147-1159.
  • Buchheister, A., and R. J. Latour. 2016. Dynamic trophic linkages in a large estuarine system – support for supply-driven dietary changes using delta generalized additive models. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences. 73:5-17.
  • Buchheister, A., M. J. Wilberg, T. J. Miller, and R. J. Latour. 2015. Simulating bottom-up effects on predator productivity and consequences for the rebuilding timeline of a depleted population. Ecological Modelling. 311:48-62.
  • Buchheister, A., and R. J. Latour. 2015. Food habits and trophic guild structure of a diverse fish assemblage in Chesapeake Bay, U.S.A. Journal of Fish Biology. 86:967-992.
  • Lefcheck, J. S., A. Buchheister, K. M. Laumann, M. A. Stratton, K. L. Sobocinski, S. T. C. Chak, T. R. Clardy, P. L. Reynolds, R. J. Latour, and J. E. Duffy. 2014. Dimensions of biodiversity in Chesapeake Bay demersal fishes: patterns and drivers through space and time. Ecosphere 5(2):14.
  • Buchheister, A., C. F. Bonzek, J. Gartland, and R. J. Latour. 2013. Patterns and drivers of the demersal fish community of Chesapeake Bay. Marine Ecology Progress Series 481:161-180.
  • Buchheister, A. and R. J. Latour. 2011. Trophic ecology of summer flounder in lower Chesapeake Bay inferred from stomach content and stable isotope analyses. Transactions of the American Fisheries Society 140:1240-1254.
  • Wilson, M. T., A. Buchheister, and C. Jump. 2011. Regional variation in the annual feeding cycle of juvenile walleye pollock (Theragra chalcogramma) in the western Gulf of Alaska. Fishery Bulletin 109:316-326.
  • Buchheister, A. and R. J. Latour. 2010. Turnover and fractionation of carbon and nitrogen stable isotopes in tissues of a migratory coastal predator, summer flounder (Paralichthys dentatus). Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 67:445-461.
  • Wilson, M. T., C. Jump, A. Buchheister. 2009. Ecology of small neritic fishes in the western Gulf of Alaska. II. Consumption of krill in relation to krill standing stock and the physical environment. Marine Ecology Progress Series 392:239-251.
  • Mazur, M. M., M. T. Wilson, A. B. Dougherty, A. Buchheister, and D. A. Beauchamp. 2007. Temperature and prey quality effects on growth of juvenile walleye pollock Theragra chalcogramma (Pallas): A spatially explicit bioenergetics approach. Journal of Fish Biology 70:816-836.
  • Buchheister, A., M. T. Wilson, R. J. Foy, and D. A. Beauchamp. 2006. Seasonal and geographic variation in condition of juvenile walleye pollock in the western Gulf of Alaska. Transactions of the American Fisheries Society 135:897-907.
  • Buchheister, A. and M. T. Wilson. 2005. Shrinkage correction and length conversion equations for walleye pollock (Theragra chalcogramma), capelin (Mallotus villosus), and eulachon (Thaleichthys pacificus). Journal of Fish Biology 67:541-548.