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About ehilton

Eric J. Hilton received his Bachelor’s degree in Wildlife Ecology and Management from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst in 1996, and his Ph.D. in Organismic and Evolutionary Biology, also from UMass Amherst, in 2002. Before coming to VIMS in 2007, he conducted post-doctoral research in the Geology Department at the Field Museum of Natural History, Chicago, and the Division of Fishes of the U.S. National Museum of Natural History (Smithsonian Institution) in Washington, D.C. He is a broadly trained vertebrate zoologist, with a primary research interest in the anatomy, evolution, and diversification of the ray-finned fishes, a group of animals that includes over half of all living vertebrates. He uses a multidisciplinary approach to study evolution, drawing on the data and techniques of paleontology, comparative anatomy, developmental biology, biogeography, and histology. Other ongoing research projects include the ecology of larval fishes in the Chesapeake Bay, the biology and management of Atlantic sturgeon, and monitoring the population of American shad in Virginian waters. He oversees the growth and use of the VIMS Ichthyological Collection, teaches the course in the diversity of fishes, and trains graduate students and post-doctoral researchers.

In the steps of giants

Here we are, in Paris, for a much too short visit to this great city (though I think both of us are quite anxious to get home!).  We arrived from Bucharest on Sunday afternoon. After unloading a few of our … Continue reading

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Oct 31: Connections in a small field

There really aren’t that many of us out there – us being systematists and taxonomists interested in the relationships and classification of fishes. Think for instance, how many people around the world there are in any other industry – the … Continue reading

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Oct 23: Time Travel

We just completed our first leg of our trip—on Friday we finished up at the Zoological Institute in St. Petersburg, Russia. Working generally 10:30 am to 8:00 pm every day in a 60-square foot X-ray room/darkroom/visitor lab, Casey and I … Continue reading

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Oct 19: Why Sturgeons?

After a long series of flights, including a trans-Atlantic ride to Paris on the new Airbus A380, we arrived in St. Petersburg, Russia on Sunday evening. The Airbus A380 is known as the “Big One.” It is definitely big, and … Continue reading

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