W. Linn Montgomery


Phone: 928-523-7505
Email: Linn.Montgomery@nau.edu
Office: Building 21, Room 403
Personal website 

Research/teaching interests

  • biology of fishes
  • physiology and ecology of reproduction and feeding

My teaching efforts at Northern Arizona have spanned from introductory non-majors to advanced graduate courses, with particular focus on the biology of fishes, fisheries management and conservation, and marine biology. 

Except for work on Atlantic salmon growth and reproduction in Eastern Canada, most of my personal research has dealt with feeding ecology, behavior and physiology, as well as reproductive behavior, of herbivorous fishes (particularly damselfishes and surgeonfishes) on tropical and subtropical reefs of the Red Sea, Western and Central Pacific, and Eastern Pacific. 

Present interests revolve around the biology of giant gut bacteria from surgeonfishes, the acquisition and uses of fatty acids in herbivorous fishes, and the history of biological exploration of the Gulf of California. 

Graduate and undergraduate students have been involved in several of these and related studies, but have also worked on the ecology or physiology of southwest freshwater fishes and invertebrates, as well as on bats and rattlesnakes.

Selected Publications

Bresler, V., W.L. Montgomery, L. Fishelson and P. Pollak.  1998.  Gigantism in a bacterium, Epulopiscium fishelsoni, correlates with complex patterns in arrangement, quantity and segregation of DNA.  J. Bacteriology 180 (21): 5601-5611

Mazeroll, A.I. and W.L. Montgomery.  1998.  Daily migrations of a coral reef fish in the Red Sea (Gulf of Aqaba): initiation and orientation.   Copeia 1998 (4): 893-905

Montgomery, W.L., T. Umino, H. Nakagawa, I. Vaughn and T. Shibuno.  1999.  Lipid storage and composition in tropical surgeonfishes (Teleostei: Acanthuridae).  Marine Biology 133 (1): 137‑144

Cleveland, A. and W.L. Montgomery.  2003.  Gut characteristics and assimilation efficiencies in two species of herbivorous damselfishes (Pomacentridae: Stegastesdorsopunicans and S. planifrons).  Marine Biology142: 35-44 

Flint, Joseph F., Dan Drzymalski, W. Linn Montgomery, Gordon Southam and Esther R. Angert. 2005.  Nocturnal Production of Endospores in Natural Populations of Epulopiscium-like Surgeonfish Symbionts.  J. Bacteriology 187 (21):  7460-7470

W.L. Montgomery and Bernstein, Y.  2008.  Rainbow Trout, Oncorhynchus mykiss (Walbaum, 1792):  A Technical Conservation Assessment.  USDA Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Region, Species Conservation Project.  (http://www.fs.fed.us/r2/projects/scp/assessments/rainbowtrout.pdf)

Montgomery, W.L.  2011.  Coral Reef Fishes:  Opportunities, Challenges and Concerns.  In: Coral Reefs: An Ecosystem in Transition.  Z. Dubinsky and N. Stambler, eds.  Springer.  Pp. 327-346