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LEO G. NICO, Ph.D.
Research Fishery Biologist/Ichthyologist



LEO G. NICO, Ph.D. U.S. Geological Survey
Southeast Ecological Science Center
Nonindigenous Fishes Research Program
SESC-Gainesville
7920 NW 71st St.
Gainesville, FL 32653
Office Phone: 352-264-3501
Fax: 352 378-4956
Email: lnico@usgs.gov
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CURRICULUM VITAE - JUNE 2009

CURRENT POSITION

1993-present Research Fishery Biologist, Nonindigenous Fishes Research Program, Southeast Ecological Science Center, U.S. Geological Survey, Gainesville, FL. (Center formerly part of U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service 1993; National Biological Service 1993-1996; and U.S. Geological Survey 1996-present)

EDUCATION

Ph.D. Zoology, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida, 1991. Dissertation: Trophic Ecology of Piranhas (Characidae: Serrasalminae) from Savanna and Forest Regions in the Orinoco River Basin of Venezuela. (Committee Co-Chairs: Horst Schwassmann and Carter Gilbert)

M.Sc. Biology, Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville, Illinois, 1982. Thesis: Life History and Ecology of Orinoco Basin Annual Killifish. (Committee Chair: Jamie E. Thomerson)

B.A. Biology with Departmental Honors, Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville, Illinois, 1979.

RESEARCH INTERESTS

Distribution, ecology, natural history, and ecological effects of nonindigenous fishes, with emphasis on introduced foreign and transplanted fishes found in North America. Distribution, ecology, and systematics of Neotropical freshwater fishes.

PUBLICATIONS


BOOKS

Nico, L. G., J. D. Williams, and H. L. Jelks. 2005. Black Carp: Biological Synopsis and Risk Assessment of an Introduced Fish. American Fisheries Society Special Publication 32, Bethesda, Maryland. 337 p. (see: http://www.afsbooks.org/x51032xm.html)

Fuller, P., L. G. Nico, and J. D. Williams. 1999. Nonindigenous fishes introduced to inland waters of the United States. American Fisheries Society Special Publication 27. American Fisheries Society, Special Publication 27, Bethesda, Maryland. 620 pp. (see: http://www.afsbooks.org/x51027xm.html)

OTHER PUBLICATIONS

Nico, L.G., W.F. Loftus, and J.P. Reid. 2009. Interactions between non-native armored suckermouth catfish (Loricariidae: Pterygoplichthys) and native Florida manatee (Trichechus manatus latirostris) in artesian springs. Aquatic Invasions 4(3):doi:10.3391/ai.2009.4.3 [published Online First: 8 July 2009]. (pdf available online at http://www.aquaticinvasions.net/2009/AI_2009_4_3_Nico_etal.pdf)

Nico, L.G., H.L. Jelks, and T. Tuten. 2009. Non-Native suckermouth armored catfishes in Florida: Description of nest burrows and burrow colonies with assessment of shoreline conditions. Aquatic Nuisance Species Research Bulletin 9: 1-30. (PDF File)

Nico, L.G. and H.L. Jelks 2009. The Black Carp (Mylopharyngodon piceus) in North America: An Update, in D. C. Chapman and M. H. Hoff (editors). Proceedings of the Asian Carp Symposium. American Fisheries Society Symposium, Bethesda, MD. (IN PRESS)

Kolar, C.S., W.R. Courtenay, and L.G. Nico. 2009. Managing undesired or invading species. In W.A. Hubert and M.C. Quist (editors). Inland Fisheries Management in North America, third edition. American Fisheries Society, Bethesda, MD. (IN PRESS)

Murie, D.J., D.C. Parkyn, L.G. Nico, J.J. Herod, and W.F. Loftus. 2009. Age, differentical growth, and natural mortality rates in unexploited populations of Florida gar, an apex predator in the Florida Everglades. Fisheries Management and Ecology 16(4):315-322. Journal Abstract

Murie, D.J., D.C. Parkyn, W.F. Loftus and L.G. Nico. 2009. Variable growth and longevity of yellow bullhead (Ameiurus natalis) in the Everglades of south Florida, USA. Journal of Applied Ichthyology 25:740-745.

Schofield, P.J., and L.G. Nico. 2009. Salinity tolerance of non-native Asian Swamp Eels (Teleostei: Synbranchidae) in Florida, USA: Comparison of three populations and implications for dispersal. Environmental Biology of Fishes 85:51-59. (PDF File)

Winemiller, K.O., H. Lopez-Fernandez, D.C. Taphorn, L.G. Nico, and A. Barbarino-Duque. 2008. Fish assemblages of the Casiquiare River, a corridor and zoogeographic filter for dispersal between the Orinoco and Amazon basins. Journal of Biogeography 35:1551-1563. (pdf available online at http://wfscnet.tamu.edu/winemiller/lab/PDFs/Winemiller%20et%20al%20JBI%202008.pdf or contact Leo Nico)

Nico, L.G., W.H. Beamish, and P. Musikasinthorn. 2007. Discovery of the invasive Mayan Cichlid fish "Cichlasoma" urophthalmus (Günther) in Thailand, with comments on other introductions and potential impacts. Aquatic Invasions 2(3):197-214. (Available online as: http://www.aquaticinvasions.ru/2007/AI_2007_2_3_Nico_etal.pdf)

Freeman, B., L.G. Nico, M. Osentoski, H.L. Jelks, and T.M. Collins. 2007. Molecular systematics of Serrasalmidae: Deciphering the identities of piranha species and unraveling their evolutionary histories. Zootaxa 1484: 1-38. (Available online as: http://www.mapress.com/zootaxa/2007f/zt01484p038.pdf)

Schofield, P. J., and L.G. Nico. 2007. Toxicity of 5% Rotenone to Nonindigenous Asian Swamp Eels. North American Journal of Fisheries Management 27:453-459. (pdf available from publisher)

Schofield, P. J., J. D. Williams, L. G. Nico, P. Fuller, and M. R. Thomas. 2005. Foreign Nonindigenous Carps and Minnows (Cyprinidae) in the United States-A Guide to their Identification, Distribution, and Biology. Scientific Investigations Report 2005-5041. U.S. Geological Survey, Tallahassee, Florida. 103 p. (Available online as http://fisc.er.usgs.gov/Carp_ID/index.html)

Hill, J. E., L. G. Nico, C. E. Cichra, and C. R. Gilbert. 2005. Prey Vulnerability to Peacock Cichlids and Largemouth Bass Based on Predator Gape Size and Prey Body Depth. Proceedings of the Southeastern Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies 58:47-56. (pdf available online: http://www.seafwa.org/resource/dynamic/private/PDF/Hill-47-56.pdf)

Nico, L. G. 2005. Changes in the Fish Fauna of the Kissimmee River Basin, Peninsular Florida: Non-Native Additions. Pages 523-556 in J.N. Rinne, R.M. Hughes, and B. Calamusso (editors). Historical Changes in Large River Fish Assemblages of the Americas. American Fisheries Society Symposium 45, Bethesda, MD.

Montaña, C.G., D.C. Taphorn, L.G. Nico, C.A. Lasso, O. León-Mata, A. Giraldo, O. M. Lasso-Alcalá, C. DoNascimiento, and N. Milani. 2005. Fishes of the Ventuari River drainage, Amazonas State, Venezuela: 1) results of investigation; and 2) list of fish species. Pages 123-128 and 214-223, in C.A. Lasso, J.C. Señaris, L.E. Alonsi, and A.L. Flores, (editors). Rapid assessment of the biodiversity of the aquatic ecosystems of the Ventuari and its confluences with the Orinoco River, Amazonas State, Venezuela. RAP Bulletin of Biological Assessment, volume 30. Conservation International, Washington, D.C. (PDF Available: http://biosurvey.conservation.org/portal/server.pt/gateway/PTARGS_0_127583_126908_0_0_18/30%20RAP%20Bulletin.pdf)

Nico, L. G., and A. M. Muench. 2004. Nests and nest habitats of the invasive catfish Hoplosternum littorale in Lake Tohopekaliga, Florida: A novel association with non-native Hydrilla verticillata. Southeastern Naturalist 3(3):451-466. (pdf available from publisher)

Collins, T., J. Trexler, L.G. Nico, and T. Rawlings. 2002. Genetic diversity in a morphologically conservative invasive taxon: Multiple introductions of swamp eels to the southeastern United States. Conservation Biology 16(4):1024-1035. (pdf available from Leo Nico)

Nico, L.G. 2001. Alexander von Humboldt (1769-1859): Contributions to knowledge of New World fishes. Pages 127-164 in G. Aymard (editor). Alexander von Humboldt: Homenaje al Bicentenario de su llegada a tierras Venezolanas (16 de julio-1799 al 26 de novienbre-1800). BioLlania, Special Edition No. 7 (Guanare, Venezuela). (pdf available from Leo Nico)

Nico, L. G., and J. J. Herod. 2001. [review of] R. Claudi and J. H. Leach (eds.), 2000, Nonindigenous Freshwater Organisms: Vectors, Biology, and Impacts, Lewis Publishers, Boca Raton, Florida, 464 pages. Transactions of the American Fisheries Society 130(2):347-348. (pdf available from publisher)

Nico, L. G., and R. T. Martin. 2001. The South American suckermouth armored catfish, Pterygoplichthys anisitsi (Pisces: Loricariidae) in Texas, with comments on foreign fish introductions in the American Southwest. Southwestern Naturalist 46(1):98-104. (pdf available from publisher)

Nico, L. G., and P. Fuller. 1999. Spatial and temporal patterns of nonindigenous fish introductions in the United States. Fisheries 24(1):16-27. (pdf available from publisher)

Frederick, P. C., M. G. Spalding, M. S. Sepulveda, G. E. Williams, L. G. Nico, and R. Robins. 1999. Exposure of great egret (Ardea albus) nestlings to mercury through diet in the Everglades ecosystem. Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry 18(9):1940-1947. (pdf available from publisher)

Retzer, M., L. G. Nico, and F. Provenzano. 1999. Two new species of Acestridium (Siluriformes: Loricariidae) from southern Venezuela, with observations on camouflage and color change. Ichthyological Exploration of Freshwaters 10(4):313-326. (pdf available from publisher)

Soares-Port, L. M., S. J. Walsh, L. G. Nico and J. M. Netto. 1999. A new species of Gelanoglanis from the Orinoco and Amazon river basins, with comments on miniaturization within the genus (Siluriformes: Auchenipteridae: Centromochlinae). Ichthyological Exploration of Freshwaters 10(1):63-72. (pdf available from publisher)

Nico, L. G., S. J. Walsh, and R. H. Robins. 1996. An introduced population of the South American callichthyid catfish Hoplosternum littorale in the Indian River Lagoon system, Florida. Florida Scientist 59:189-200.

Nico, L. G., and M. C. C. de Pinna. 1996. Confirmation of Glanapteryx anguilla (Siluriformes, Trichomycteridae) in the Orinoco River basin of Venezuela, with notes on the habitats of the Glanapteryginae. Ichthyological Exploration of Freshwaters 7(1):27-32. (pdf available from publisher)

Nico, L. G., D. J. Schaeffer, D. C. Taphorn, and A. Barbarino-Duque. 1994. Agricultural chemical screening and detection of chlorpyrifos in fishes from the Apure drainage, Venezuela. Fresenius Environmental Bulletin 3:685-690. (pdf available from Leo Nico)

Nico, L. G., and D. C. Taphorn. 1994. Mercury in fish from gold mining regions in the upper Cuyuni River system, Venezuela. Fresenius Environmental Bulletin 3:287-292. (pdf available from Leo Nico)

Nico, L. G. and M. Morales. 1994. Nutrient values of piranha (Characidae: Serrasalminae) food items. Copeia 1994(2):524-528. (pdf available from publisher)

Isbrücker, I. J., H. Nijssen, and L. G. Nico. 1992. Leporacanthicus triactis, a new loricariid fish from upper Orinoco River tributaries in Venezuela and Colombia (Pisces, Siluriformes, Loricariidae) (in German). Die Aquarien- und Terrarienzeitschrift (DATZ) 46(1):30-34.

Thomerson, J. E., L. G. Nico, and D. C. Taphorn. 1992. Rivulus tecminae, a new killifish from Amazonas Territory, Venezuela (Rivulidae, Cyprinodontiformes). Ichthyological Exploration of Freshwaters 2(4): 289-296. (pdf available from publisher)

Thomerson, J. E., L. G. Nico, and D. C. Taphorn. 1991. Rivulus immaculatus, a new killifish from Venezuela (Cyprinodontiformes, Rivulidae). Copeia 1991(2): 323-328. (pdf available from publisher)

Nico, L. G. 1991. Fishes of the night. Part 1. The electric eel. Tropical Fish Hobbyist 39 (January): 12-14,17,20,22.

Nico, L. G. 1991. Fishes of the night. Part 2. The weakly electric gymnotoids. Tropical Fish Hobbyist 39 (February): 10,13-18.

Nico, L. G. 1990. Feeding chronology of juvenile piranhas, Pygocentrus notatus, in the Venezuelan llanos. Environmental Biology of Fishes 29: 51-57. (pdf available from publisher)

Thomerson, J. E., D. C. Taphorn, and L. G. Nico. 1990. Distribution of annual fishes (Pisces-Rivulidae) in the Rio Unare basin, Venezuela (in Spanish). BioLlania 7: 33-38. (pdf available from Leo Nico)

Nico, L. G., and J. E. Thomerson. 1989. Ecology, food habits and spatial interactions of Orinoco Basin annual killifish. Acta Biologica Venezuelica 12 (3-4): 106-120. (pdf available from Leo Nico)

Nico, L. G. 1989. Geographic distribution: Siren intermedia nettingi. SSAR Herpetological Review 20(1): 11.

Nico, L. G., and D. C. Taphorn. 1988. Food habits of piranhas in the low llanos of Venezuela. BioTropica 20(4): 311-321. (pdf available from publisher)

Nico, L. G., D. C. Taphorn and J. E. Thomerson. 1987. Limnological data on the habitat of annual fishes (Cyprinodontidae) in the Venezuelan Llanos with a key to fish identification. BioLlania 5: 129-144. (In Spanish.) (pdf available from Leo Nico)

Nico, L. G., and D. C. Taphorn. 1986. Those bitin' fish from South America. Tropical Fish Hobbyist 34 (4): 24-27,30-34,36,40-41,56-57.

Nico, L. G., and D. C. Taphorn. 1985. Diet of Acestrorhynchus microlepis (Pisces: Characidae) in the low llanos of Venezuela. Copeia 1985(3): 794-796. (pdf available from publisher)

Nico, L. G., and D. C. Taphorn. 1984. Limnology of Orinoco Basin annual killifish pools. Journal of the American Killifish Association, Technical Paper 24: 3-16. (pdf available from Leo Nico)

Nico, L. G., and D. C. Taphorn. 1984. Biology of the tropical drum, Plagioscion squamosissimus, in the "Fernando Corrales" module of UNELLEZ, Apure State. Revista UNELLEZ de Ciencia y Tecnologia. No. 2, pp. 31-39. (In Spanish.) (pdf available from Leo Nico)

UNPUBLISHED REPORTS

Nico, L.G. 1981. Avian ecological investigation of Kaskaskia River Fish and Wildlife Area. Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville. Final report submitted to Illinois Department of Conservation. i-iii + 72 pp. (pdf available from Leo Nico)

Nico, L.G. 1983. Avian ecological investigation of the Horseshoe Lake Recreation Area. Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville. Final report submitted to Illinois Department of Conservation. i-iv + 80 p + 4 appendices. (pdf available from Leo Nico)

TECHNICAL PRESENTATIONS

Nico, L.G. and H. L. Jelks. "Non-Native Armored Catfishes in Florida: Description of Nest Burrows and Burrow Colonies with Preliminary Assessment of Shoreline Impacts." 15th International Conference on Aquatic Invasive Species (ICAIS), Nijmegen, The Netherlands (September 23-27, 2007). (Talk) (INVITED) [see http://www.icais.org/html/info_intro.html]

Winemiller, K., H. López Fernández, D.C. Taphorn, L.G. Nico, and A. Barbarino-Duque. "The Rio Casiquiare Removed the Physical Barrier Between the Orinoco and Amazon Basins and Replaced it With an Environmental Filter." Joint Meeting of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists, including 87th annual meeting of the American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists, St. Louis, Missouri (July 11-16, 2007). (Talk)

Nico, L.G. and H. L. Jelks. "Nest Burrows and Burrow Colonies of Introduced Loricariid Catfishes (Genus Pterygoplichthys) in Florida." Joint Meeting of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists, including 87th annual meeting of the American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists, St. Louis, Missouri (July 11-16, 2007). (Talk)

Nico, L.G. "Invasive Fishes in the USA." Burapha University, Bangsaen Campus, Department of Aquatic Sciences seminar (October 14, 2006, Bangsaen, Chonburi Province, Thailand). (Talk) (INVITED)

Nico, L.G. and H. L. Jelks. "The Black Carp in North America: An Update." Symposium entitled The Invasive Asian Carps in North America: A Forum to Understand the Biology and Manage the Problem (August 22-23, 2006, Peoria, IL). (Talk) (INVITED)

Nico, L.G. "Black Carp and the Aquatic Nuisance Species Task Force Risk Process: from Test Case to the Present" National Risk Assessment Methods Workshop, Burlington, Ontario, Canada (June 21-23, 2006). (Talk) (INVITED)

Loftus, W.F., and L.G. Nico. Diet and Trophic Positions of Introduced Asian Swamp Eels from Disjunct Florida Locations. 2006 Greater Everglades Ecosystem Restoration (GEER) Conference, Buena Vista, Florida (June 5-9, 2006). (Poster) [see http://conference.ifas.ufl.edu/GEER2006/]

Nico, L.G. and H. L. Jelks. Burrows of Loricariid Catfishes. Workshop on a Conceptual Model of Loricariid Establishment and Impacts in North America and Develping a Loricariid Risk Assessment Tool, held in Gainesville, Florida (May 30-31, 2006). (Talk) (INVITED)

Jelks, H.L. L.G. Nico, W.F. Smith-Vaniz, W.F. Loftus, and J.D. Williams. Cichlids in Florida: Nonindigneous Fishes Invading a Changing Landscape. 14th International Conference on Aquatic Invasive Species, held in Key Biscayne, Florida (May 14-19, 2006). (Poster) (INVITED) [see http://www.icais.org/html/info_intro.html]

Nico, L.G. and H. L. Jelks. The Black Carp (Mylopharyngodon piceus) in North America: Probable Establishment and Potential Ecological Impacts. 14th International Conference on Aquatic Invasive Species, held in Key Biscayne, Florida (May 14-19, 2006). (Poster) (INVITED) [see http://www.icais.org/html/info_intro.html]

Osentoski, M.F., T.M. Collins, and L.G. Nico. Genetic analysis of the diversity, origins, and pathways of introduction of nonindigeneous swamp eels (Synbranchidae) in the United States. 14th International Conference on Aquatic Invasive Species, held in Key Biscayne, Florida (May 14-19, 2006). (Talk) (INVITED) [see http://www.icais.org/html/info_intro.html]

Schofield, P.J., and L.G. Nico. A test of rotenone for control of non-indigenous Asian swamp eels. Gulf and South Atlantic Panel, Aquatic Nuisance Species Task Force meeting, Atlanta, GA. (April 2006). (Talk) (INVITED).

Nico, L.G. USGS-FISC research on invasive fishes: past projects and future challenges. The 26th Annual Meeting of the Florida Chapter American Fisheries Society. 4-H Camp Ocala, Altoona, Florida. (February 21-23, 2006). (Talk) (INVITED)

Murie, D.J., D.C. Parkyn, W.F. Loftus, and L.G. Nico. Variable growth and longevity of Yellow Bullhead in south Florida. The 26th Annual Meeting of the Florida Chapter American Fisheries Society. 4-H Camp Ocala, Altoona, Florida. (February 21-23, 2006). (Poster) (INVITED)

OUTREACH PRODUCTS (in part)

USGS Nonindigenous Aquatic Species Database. The scientist is the senior author on more than 200 of the original species accounts on nonindigenous fishes that are served on the USGS-SESC internet web site: http://nas.er.usgs.gov/.

Video of Asian Swamp Eels on USGS Multimedia Gallery. Video shows predatory behavior of captive individuals (1 min 44 sec) - by Leo Nico, (30 June 2006). Video title: Asian swamp eels: Predation on juvenile largemouth bass. Made available to USGS Multimedia Gallery, Febrary 2009: http://gallery.usgs.gov/videos/101.

Asian Swamp Eel Information and Identification Bulletin. Cited as: Nico, L. G. 2009. Asian swamp eel (family: Synbranchidae; genus: Monopterus). U.S. Geological Survey Nonindigenous Species Information Bulletin. Revision 18 March 2009. File Link

INTERNATIONAL ACTIVITIES (in part)

ECUADOR AND GALAPAGOS ISLANDS: Technical assistance currently being provided at the request of the US Department of Interior's international office, US Agency for International Development, and government of Ecuador involving a proposed project to exterminate non-native fish introduced into a natural lake in the Galapagos Islands. First phase of project involved field work on the island of San Cristobal in August, 2007. Second phase of field work completed in January-February 2008. Presently preparing manuscripts describing results of the project and these will be submitted for publication in scientific journal.

RUSSIA: United States-Russia Invasive Species Workshop. Invited delegate representing U.S. Geological Survey for purpose of exchanging information and promoting discussion with Russian scientists on subject of nonindigenous species. Also presented a talk on black carp. Borok, Russia, 27-31 August 2001.

CANADA: Invited scientist representing U.S. Geological Survey at a meeting held at the Canadian Museum of Nature. Provided information on the use of risk assessment for evaluating introduced fishes (presented to an audience of Canadian government officials and others). Ottawa, Canada, 7-10 July 1996.

BRAZIL: United States-Brazil Environmental Mission. Represented U.S. Department of Interior, National Biological Survey, as member of invited multidisciplinary U.S. team conducting discussions with Brazilian scientists and officials on various environmental issues, including nonindigenous species. Brasilia, Brazil, 17-24 July 1994.

SOUTH AMERICA: Investigator on numerous studies and expeditions in South America during period 1980-present, totaling more than 4+ years spent in country (mostly Venezuela and Brazil). Most recently, this included position as field investigator and consultant on National Geographic-sponsored expeditions to the Casiquiare River drainage of southern Venezuela, January 1999 and January 2000. Previous field work in the Casiquiare was in Spring 1985 during expedition with the botanists Basil Stergios and Gerardo Aymard.

VENEZUELA: Member of interdisciplinary team of scientists and technicians during 7 expeditions to remote regions of the Orinoco River Basin in southern Venezuela for purpose of inventorying natural resources. Expeditions were sponsored by the Venezuelan government (CVG Tecnica Minera) and included field work in the following drainages: 1) Rio Caura (Mar-Apr 1989); 2) Sipapo-Guayapo rivers (12 May-7 Jun 1989); 3) Lower Rio Ventuari and tributaries (17 Sept-16 Oct 1989); 4) Atabapo-Atacavi rivers (23 Oct-17 Nov 1989); 5) Ocamo-lower Padamo-Matacuni rivers (16 Jan-16 Feb 1990); 6) Rio Mavaca (Jan-Feb 1991 ); 7) Supamo-Parapapoy rivers (Nov-Dec 1992).

LECTURES AND SEMINARS (partial listing, only including those dating to start of 1990)

1992. "Tropical forests and conservation" presentation to graduate students, Environmental Studies program, Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville, Illinois (February 1992).

1992. "How to measure and interpret species diversity: I. Species diversity indices; II. Multivariate statistics - cluster analysis" presentation to Environmental Studies graduate class, Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville, Edwardsville, Illinois (March 2, 1992).

1992. "The trophic ecology of piranhas from forest and savanna regions of Venezuela" Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville, Illinois. Biological Sciences Colloquium in Ecology, Evolution and Environment - Seminar Talk (May 18, 1992).

1992. "Conservation issues in the Neotropics" presentation to Environmental Studies graduate class, Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville, Edwardsville, Illinois (October 22, 1992).

1993. "Environmental assessment methods: I. Species diversity indices; II. Multivariate statistics - cluster analysis" presentation to Environmental Studies graduate class, Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville, Edwardsville, Illinois (March 1993).

1994. "Nonindigenous fishes of the United States" Invited Seminar Talk, Department of Zoology, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida (22 November 1994).

1995. "Introduced fishes and other foreign species in the U.S." Invited classroom seminar talk presented to college students in Teaching Zoo program, Santa Fe Community College, Gainesville, Florida (15 March 1995).

1996. "Tracking introduced fishes in the United States." Invited Seminar Talk, Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences, Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas (17 April 1996).

1997. Invited seminar on Avon Park Air Force Range Aquatic Faunal Survey. Presented to the Environmental Flight, U.S. Air Force, Avon Park Air Force Range, Avon Park, Florida. (30 Oct1997).

1999. Invited lecture on Asian swamp eel and other Florida invaders, undergraduate course on Biological Invaders, Agronomy Department, University of Florida, Gainesville (instructor: Dr. Alison Fox) (Oct 1999).

2000. Invited lecture on Asian swamp eel and other Florida invaders, undergraduate course on Biological Invaders, Agronomy Department, University of Florida, Gainesville (instructor: Dr. Allison Fox) (1 Nov 2000).

2001. Invited lecture on Asian swamp eel and other Florida invaders, undergraduate course on Biological Invaders, Agronomy Department, University of Florida, Gainesville (instructor: Dr. Allison Fox) (31 Oct 2001).

2002. Invited lecture on Introduced swamp eel, undergraduate course on Biological Invaders, Agronomy Department, University of Florida, Gainesville (instructor: Dr. Allison Fox) (30 Oct 2002).

2003. Invited lecture on Introduced swamp eels and nonindigenous fishes, undergraduate course on Biological Invaders, Agronomy Department, University of Florida, Gainesville (instructor: Dr. Allison Fox) (3 Sept 2003).

2004. Invited lecture on Introduced swamp eels and nonindigenous fishes, undergraduate course on Biological Invaders, Agronomy Department, University of Florida, Gainesville (instructor: Dr. Allison Fox) (27 Oct 2004).

2005. Invited lecture on Introduced swamp eels and nonindigenous fishes, undergraduate course on Biological Invaders, Agronomy Department, University of Florida, Gainesville (instructor: Dr. Allison Fox) (5 Oct 2005).

2006. Invited lecture on Introduced swamp eels and nonindigenous fishes, undergraduate course on Biological Invaders, Agronomy Department, University of Florida, Gainesville (instructor: Dr. Allison Fox) (4 Oct 2006).

2006. Invited lecture on "Non-native Fishes" - graduate course on Ichthyology (Zoology 6456), Department of Zoology, University of Florida, Gainesville (instructor: Dr. Larry Page) (27 Nov 2006). Presentation available on university website: http://www.zoo.ufl.edu/COURSES/ZOO6456/Page/2006-Fall/.

2007. Invited lecture on Introduced swamp eels and nonindigenous fishes, undergraduate course on Biological Invaders, Agronomy Department, University of Florida, Gainesville (instructor: Dr. Allison Fox) (5 Sept 2007).

GRADUATE STUDENTS/GRADUATE STUDENT COMMITTEE SERVICE

1999 to 2004; Ph.D. (Completed). Committee member for Dr. Jeffrey Hill, Department of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences, University of Florida, Ph.D. dissertation: "Exotic Peacock Cichlids Cichla ocellaris and Native Largemouth Bass Micropterus salmoides in Southeast Florida: Application of the Competitive Exclusion Principle." (Chair: Dr. Chuck Cichra)

2003 to 2008; Ph.D. (Completed). Committee member for Ms. Colette Jacono, Department of Agronomy, University of Florida, Ph.D. student, dissertation title: "Seed bank and regeneration ecology of an annual invasive sedge (Scleria lacustris) in Florida wetlands." (Chair: Dr. Alison Fox)

2006 to 2008; MSc. (Completed). Committee member for Mr. Kevin Thompson, Department of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences, University of Florida, thesis title: "Native mosquitofish as biotic resistance to invasion: Predation on two nonindigenous poeciliids." (Chair: Dr. Jeffrey Hill)

2006 to present; Ph.D. committee member for Mr. Craig Duxbery, Department of Biology, University of Central Florida (Orlando), Ph.D. student: "Research topic: invasive armored catfishes." (Chair: Dr. David G. Jenkins)

HONORS, AWARDS, RECOGNITION (partial list)

Mulitple awards for government service.

The scientist has been especially honored by having three new species of South American freshwater fishes named for him:

1) Rivulus nicoi, described by Thomerson and Taphorn [1992. Two new annual killifishes from Amazonas Territory, Venezuela (Cyprinodontiformes: Rivulidae). Ichthyological Explorations of Freshwaters 3(4):377-384]. Etymology: (p. 382) "Named in honor of the collector, Leo G. Nico, in recognition of the many contributions he has made to the study of Venezuelan fishes."

2) Acanthobunocephalus nicoi, described by Friel [1995. Acanthobunocephalus nicoi, a new genus and species of miniature banjo-catfish from the upper Orinoco and Casiquiare rivers, Venezuela (Siluriformes: Aspredinidae). Ichthyological Explorations of Freshwaters 6(1):89-95]. Etymology: (p. 94) "Specific name patronymic in honor of Leo G. Nico, who collected the type series of this new taxon."

3) Lasiancistrus nicoi, described by Armbruster and Provenzano [2000. Four new species of the suckermouth armored catfish genus Lasiancistrus (Loricariidae: Ancistrinae). Ichthyological Explorations of Freshwaters 11(3):241-254]. Etymology: (p. 251) "Named for Leo Nico … in appreciation of the fact that he collected most of the known specimens of this species."



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