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Mark Butler

  • Mark Butler
  • Professor & Eminent Scholar
  • Department of Biological Sciences
  • 302k Mills Godwin Bldg
  • Norfolk, VA 23529
  • 757-683-3609
  • mbutler@odu.edu
  • Web Page
  • Education

    Florida State University, 1988
    Major: Biological Science
    Degree: Ph. D.
    Ohio State University, 1983
    Major: Zoology
    Degree: M.S.
    Wittenburg University, 1980
    Major: Biology
    Degree: B.A.
  • Research Interests

    Tropical marine ecology Lobster ecology
  • Expertise

    Biology
    Tropical Marine Ecology / Marine Fisheries Ecology / Biology of Crustacea and Sponges/ Biostatistics
    Oceanography
    Tropical Marine Ecology / Marine Fisheries Ecology / Biology of Crustacea and Sponges/ Biostatistics
    Statistics
    Tropical Marine Ecology / Marine Fisheries Ecology / Biology of Crustacea and Sponges/ Biostatistics
  • 2011: Virginia Outstanding Faculty of the Year, VA State Council of Higher Education
  • 2009: State Finalist: Outstanding Faculty of the Year Award, State Council of Higher Education
  • 2009: University Nominee, State Council of Higher Education Outstanding Faculty of the Year Award
  • 2008: Finalist, Doctoral Mentoring Award, Office of Graduate Studies, Old Dominion University
  • 2008: Hirschfield Award for Faculty Excellence in Teaching, Research & Service, College of Sciences, Old Dominion University
  • 2005: Award for Outstanding Teaching, Department of Biological Sciences, Old Dominion University
  • 1995: Best Paper in Fisheries Science, New Zealand Marine Sciences Conference
  • 1991: Most Inspiring Faculty Award, Old Dominion University
  • 1989: Best Oral Presentation in Basic Science, North American Benthological Society
  • 1988: Guyer Postdoctoral Fellowship, University of Wisconsin
  • 1986: Marine Science Fellowship, International Women's Fishing Association
  • 1986: Marine Science Graduate Fellowship, Aylesworth Foundation
  • 1983: College of Sciences Fellowship, Florida State University
  • 1980: Cum Laude, Motor Board Honorary, Tri-Beta Honorary, Wittenberg University
  • Contracts, Grants and Sponsored Research

    Ecological determinants of Hematodinium epidemics in the American Blue Crab
    Sponsoring Organization: National Science Foundation
    Date: 2007 - 2012
    Awarding Organization: Federal
    Investigators:Butler IV, M. J.; Shields, J. D.; Reese, K.; Wang, H.
    A proposal for shallow hard-bottom sponge community restoration research in the Everglades National Park
    Sponsoring Organization: Everglades National Park
    Date: 2009 - 2011
    Awarding Organization: Federal
    Investigators:Butler IV, M. J.
    Restoration of shallow sponge communities in the Florida Keys: Phase I
    Sponsoring Organization: NOAA - The Nature Conservancy Community Restoration Grant Program
    Date: 2009 - 2011
    Awarding Organization: Federal
    Investigators:Butler IV, M. J.; Behringer, D.
    The possible effects of the commercial trap fishery on a lethal viral disease (PaV1) in a spiny lobster
    Sponsoring Organization: Florida Sea Grant (administered at Univ. Florida)
    Date: 2008 - 2010
    Awarding Organization: State
    Investigators:Butler IV, M. J.; Behringer, D.
    Investigating the role of the spotted spiny lobster (Panulirus guttatus) in the recovery of the long-spined sea urchin (Diadema antillarium) on the coral reefs of the Florida Keys
    Sponsoring Organization: Save Our Reefs Program (administered at Univ. Florida)
    Date: 2008 - 2009
    Awarding Organization: Federal
    Investigators:Butler IV, M. J.; Behringer, D. C.
    Determining coral reef impacts associated with boat anchoring and user activity
    Sponsoring Organization: Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission, Wildlife Legacy Program (administered at Univ. Florida)
    Date: 2007 - 2009
    Awarding Organization: State
    Investigators:Butler IV, M. J.; Behringer, D. C.; Frazer, T.; Swett, R.; Watkins, R.
    Everglades restoration impacts on lobster: simulation modeling
    Sponsoring Organization: South Florida Water Management District
    Date: 2006 - 2008
    Awarding Organization: State
    Investigators:Butler IV, M. J.
    Connectivity of lobster populations in Mesoamerica
    Sponsoring Organization: Global Environment Fund, World Bank
    Date: 2005 - 2008
    Awarding Organization: Other
    Investigators:Butler IV, M. J.; Cowen, R.
    Disease dynamics in degraded nurseries: a viral disease in spiny lobster
    Sponsoring Organization: National Science Foundation
    Date: 2005 - 2008
    Awarding Organization: Federal
    Investigators:Butler IV, M. J.; Sheilds, J.; Ratzlaff, R.; Cooper, R.
    Disease Dynamics in Degraded Nurseries: Ecology of Viral Disease in a Social, Marine Animal
    Sponsoring Organization: National Science Foundation
    Date: 2005 - 2008
    Awarding Organization: Federal
    Investigators:Ratzlaff, R. E.; Butler IV, M. J.; Shields, J.; Cooper, R. A.
    Hard-bottom monitoring program for the Florida Keys
    Sponsoring Organization: Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission
    Date: 2005 - 2007
    Awarding Organization: Federal
    Investigators:Butler IV, M. J.; Matthews, T.; Hunt, J.
    Monitoring recruitment in protected areas in Mesoamerica
    Sponsoring Organization: National Fish & Wildlife Foundation, Coral Reef Conservation Fund
    Date: 2005 - 2006
    Awarding Organization: Federal
    Investigators:Butler IV, M. J.; Sale, P.; Arias, E.; Danilowicz, B.; Lindeman, K.; Steneck, R.; Usseglio, P.
    Hard-bottom dynamics in the Florida Keys: monitoring & targeted research
    Sponsoring Organization: NOAA Coastal Ocean Program
    Date: 2004 - 2006
    Awarding Organization: Federal
    Investigators:Butler IV, M. J.; Gordon, A. S.
    Metadata analysis of lobster recruitment in Florida
    Sponsoring Organization: Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
    Date: 2004 - 2004
    Awarding Organization: Federal
    Investigators:Butler IV, M. J.
    The behavioral and ecological effects of viral disease in Caribbean spiny lobster
    Sponsoring Organization: National Science Foundation
    Date: 2002 - 2004
    Awarding Organization: Federal
    Investigators:Butler IV, M. J.; Sheilds, J.; Ratzlaff, R.
    Epidemiological studies on spiny lobsters, Panulirus argus, infected with a pathogenic herpes-like virus
    Sponsoring Organization: NOAA/National Marine Fisheries Saltonstall-Kennedy Program
    Date: 2002 - 2003
    Awarding Organization: Federal
    Investigators:Ratzlaff, R. E.; Shields, J.; Butler IV, M. J.