Thomas Fred Schultz

Thomas Fred Schultz

Assistant Professor of the Practice and Director, Marine Conservation Molecular Facility

I am broadly interested in how organisms adapt the their environment at a molecular level.  My research is largely focused on  conservation genetics in wild populations of marine organisms and my lab employs a combination of molecular, genetic, and genomic tools.  My lab is currently working on conservation genetics and hybridization in river herring, populations of juvenile summer flounder using the Pamlico Sound as a nursery, environmental selection of blue crabs in Lake Mattamuskeet, identifying genes involved in barnacle adhesion, and use of environmental DNA to detect anadromous fish and species composition in the ichthyoplankton.

In The News


Osterberg, JS, Cammen, KM, Schultz, TF, Clark, BW, and Di Giulio, RT. "Genome-wide scan reveals signatures of selection related to pollution adaptation in non-model estuarine Atlantic killifish (Fundulus heteroclitus)." Aquatic Toxicology (Amsterdam, Netherlands) 200 (July 2018): 73-82.

Cammen, KM, Schultz, TF, Don Bowen, W, Hammill, MO, Puryear, WB, Runstadler, J, Wenzel, FW, Wood, SA, and Kinnison, M. "Genomic signatures of population bottleneck and recovery in Northwest Atlantic pinnipeds." Ecology and Evolution 8, no. 13 (July 2018): 6599-6614.

Ogburn, MB, Hasselman, DJ, Schultz, TF, and Palkovacs, EP. "Genetics and Juvenile Abundance Dynamics Show Congruent Patterns of Population Structure for Depleted River Herring Populations in the Upper Chesapeake Bay." North American Journal of Fisheries Management 37, no. 5 (September 3, 2017): 1083-1092.

Jayasundara, N, Fernando, PW, Osterberg, JS, Cammen, KM, Schultz, TF, and Di Giulio, RT. "Cost of Tolerance: Physiological Consequences of Evolved Resistance to Inhabit a Polluted Environment in Teleost Fish Fundulus heteroclitus." Environmental science & technology 51, no. 15 (August 2017): 8763-8772.

Thaler, AD, Saleu, W, Carlsson, J, Schultz, TF, and Van Dover, CL. "Population structure of Bathymodiolus manusensis, a deep-sea hydrothermal vent-dependent mussel from Manus Basin, Papua New Guinea." PeerJ 5 (January 2017): e3655-.

Recent Grants


BIOLOGY 293A: Research Independent Study (BIOLOGY 293A: Research Independent Study)
ENVIRON 593: Independent Studies and Projects (ENVIRON 593: Independent Studies and Projects)
BIOLOGY 491: Independent Study: Advanced Topics (BIOLOGY 491: Independent Study: Advanced Topics)
BIOLOGY 571A: Sojourn in Singapore: Urban Tropical Ecology (BIOLOGY 571A: Sojourn in Singapore: Urban Tropical Ecology)
ENVIRON 391-1: Independent Study (ENVIRON 391-1: Independent Study)

Contact Information

135 Duke Marine Lab Rd, Box_xxxx
Beaufort, NC 28516


Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (1996)