Lin, Junda

Biological Sciences

Personal Overview

I am also the Director, Institute for Marine Research (IMR).  IMR was designed to coordinate the management of shared marine facilities in the university, including the Vero Beach Marine Laboratory ( and the Evinrude Marine Operations Center ( It also encourages inter-disciplinary research and integrates marine related activities with external governmental and non-governmental institutions, foundations, agencies and industry.

Educational Background

B.S. Xaimen University 1982
M.S. Rutgers University 1985
Ph.D. University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill 1989

Professional Experience

Associate Professor, Florida Tech, 1996-2002
Assistant Professor, Florida Tech, 1991-1996
Biostatistician, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, 1990-1991
Postdoctoral Fellow, Smithsonian Environmental Research Center

Board of Directors, World Aquaculture Society, 2008-2011
Associate Editor, Journal of World Aquaculture, 2003-
Editorial Board, Journal of Shellfish Research, 2008-

Current Research

One of my lab's focuses is to develop aquaculture technology for marine ornamental species. Virtually all of the marine fishes and invertebrates marketed in the aquarium trade industry are collected from coral reef ecosystems. Extensive and destructive collection of these animals can directly deplete the target species that already under threat from habitat loss or degradation and indirectly damage the delicate coral reef ecosystem. Aquaculture of marine ornamental species is recognized as a viable alternative to wild collection. We have studied the basic biological processes of several shellfish and fish species, evaluated their aquaculture potential and developed cultivation technology.

Another area of our research is the basic biological and ecological processes of marine animals, including chemical ecology, pollution, reproductive biology and sexual selection.

Selected Publications

Ho, NKP, Ho ALFC, Underwood GD, Underwood A, Zhang D, and J Lin, 2015. A simple molecular protocol for the identification of hybrid Western Atlantic seahorses, Hippocampus erectus × H. reidi, and potential
consequences of hybrids for conservation. Journal of Zoo and Aquarium Research, 3(1):11-20.

Shuai Zhang, Linglin Fu, Yanbo Wang, and Junda Lin, 2014. Alterations of protein expression in response to crowding in the Chinese shrimp (Fenneropenaeus chinensis). Aquaculture 428-429:135-140.

Yanhong Zhang, Qiang Lin, Nancy Kim Pham, Huixian Zhang, and Junda Lin, 2014. Genetic variations in two seahorse species (Hippocampus mohnikei and Hippocampus trimaculatus): evidence for middle Pleistocene population expansion. PLOS ONE, 9(8) e105494.

Du, H., J. Lin, and C. Zuercher, C. 2012. Injection efficiency of mass culture of microalgae could be improved by using venturi. Bioresource Technology, 107:131-134.

Zhu, J., D. Zhang, J. Lin and M. S. Grace, 2012.  Aesthetascs in Lysmata spp. shrimp: sexual dimorphism and relationship with social environments.  Mar. Biol., 159:507-517. DOI 10.1007/s00227-011-1831-3.

Ho, A., C. Pruett, and J. Lin, 2012. Population genetic structure, coloration, and morphometrics of yellowhead jawfish, Opistognathus aurifrons (Perciformes: Opistognathidae) in the Caribbean.  Mar. Ecol. Prog. Ser., 444:275-287.

Qin, G., Q. Lin, L. Huang, and J. Lin, 2012. Effect of broodstock origin, background and substrate color on skin coloration of three-spotted seahorses Hippocampus trimaculatus Leach, 1814. J. Exp. Mar. Biol. Ecol. 10.1016/j.jembe.2012.02.007

Zhang, D., J. A. Terschak, M. A. Harley, J. Lin and J. D. Hardege, 2011.  Simultaneously hermaphroditic shrimp use lipophilic cuticular hydrocarbons as contact sex pheromones.  Plos One 6(4):1-7. Doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0017720

Zhang, D., F. Yin and J. Lin, 2011. Criteria for assessing juvenile quality of the lined seahorse, Hippocampus erectus. Aquaculture 322-323:255-258.

Rhyne, A. L., Zhang, D., Lin, J., Schizas, N. 2009. Not any two will do: DNA divergence and interpopulation reproductive compatibility in a simultaneous hermaphroditic shrimp, Lysmata wurdemanni. Marine Ecology Progress Series, 388:185-195.

Laramore, S., J. Scarpa, C. R. Laramore and J. Lin. 2009. Virulence variation of White Spot Syndrome virus in shrimp. Journal of Aquatic Animal Health, 21:82-90.

Maliao, R. J., R. G. Turingan and J. Lin, 2008. Phase-shift in coral reef communities in The Florida Keys Mational Marine Sanctuary (FKNMS), USA. Marine Biology, 154:841-853.

Huang, C., S. Zhu, J. Lin, and Q. Dong, 2008. Imposex of Mauritia arabica (Linnaeus) on the south-eastern coast of China. J. Mar. Biol. Assoc. UK, 88(7):1451-1457.

Rhyne, A.L. and J. Lin, 2006. A western peppermint shrimp complex: redescription of Lysmata wurdemanni (Gibbes), description of four new species and remarks on L. rathbunae Chace (Crustacea: Decapoda: Hippolytidae). Bull. Mar. Sci., 79(1):165-204.