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


Hasselman, DJ, Anderson, EC, Argo, EE, Bethoney, ND, Gephard, SR, Post, DM, Schondelmeier, BP, Schultz, TF, Willis, TV, Palkovacs, EP, and Taylor, E. "Genetic stock composition of marine bycatch reveals disproportional impacts on depleted river herring genetic stocks." Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 73, no. 6 (June 2016): 951-963.
Cammen, KM, Schultz, TF, Rosel, PE, Wells, RS, and Read, AJ. "Genomewide investigation of adaptation to harmful algal blooms in common bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus)." Molecular ecology 24, no. 18 (September 2015): 4697-4710.
Johnson, SB, Warén, A, Tunnicliffe, V, Dover, CV, Wheat, CG, Schultz, TF, and Vrijenhoek, RC. "Molecular taxonomy and naming of five cryptic species of Alviniconcha snails (Gastropoda: Abyssochrysoidea) from hydrothermal vents." Systematics and Biodiversity 13, no. 3 (May 4, 2015): 278-295.
Hasselman, DJ, Argo, EE, McBride, MC, Bentzen, P, Schultz, TF, Perez-Umphrey, AA, and Palkovacs, EP. "Human disturbance causes the formation of a hybrid swarm between two naturally sympatric fish species." Molecular ecology 23, no. 5 (March 2014): 1137-1152.
Palkovacs, EP, Hasselman, DJ, Argo, EE, Gephard, SR, Limburg, KE, Post, DM, Schultz, TF, and Willis, TV. "Combining genetic and demographic information to prioritize conservation efforts for anadromous alewife and blueback herring." Evolutionary Applications 7, no. 2 (February 2014): 212-226.


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)