Thomas Fred Schultz

Thomas Fred Schultz

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

Director of Undergraduate Studies (MSC)

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


Van Audenhaege, L., A. Fariñas-Bermejo, T. Schultz, and C. Lee Van Dover. “An environmental baseline for food webs at deep-sea hydrothermal vents in Manus Basin (Papua New Guinea).” Deep Sea Research Part I: Oceanographic Research Papers 148 (June 1, 2019): 88–99.
Osterberg, J. S., K. M. Cammen, T. F. Schultz, B. W. Clark, and R. T. Di Giulio. “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, Kristina M., Thomas F. Schultz, W. Don Bowen, Michael O. Hammill, Wendy B. Puryear, Jonathan Runstadler, Frederick W. Wenzel, Stephanie A. Wood, and Michael Kinnison. “Genomic signatures of population bottleneck and recovery in Northwest Atlantic pinnipeds..” Ecology and Evolution 8, no. 13 (July 2018): 6599–6614.
Ogburn, M. B., D. J. Hasselman, T. F. Schultz, and E. P. Palkovacs. “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): 1083–92.
Jayasundara, Nishad, Pani W. Fernando, Joshua S. Osterberg, Kristina M. Cammen, Thomas F. Schultz, and Richard T. Di Giulio. “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): 8763–72.

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 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)
ENVIRON 393A: Research Independent Study (ENVIRON 393A: Research Independent Study)

Contact Information

135 Duke Marine Lab Rd, Box Xxxx
Beaufort, NC 28516


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