Keith Dunton

Photo of Keith Dunton Associate Professor
Monmouth University
Monmouth Univ. Bio Dept, 400 Cedar Avenue
400 Cedar Avenue
West Long Branch, New Jersey 07764-1804
Phone: 732-571-4432

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Research Disciplines: Research Interests:

acoustic telemetry, Atlantic sturgeon, sharks, rays, marine migrations, satellite tagging, eDNA

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Biographical Sketch

Dr. Dunton is a fisheries ecologist with 17 years’ experience working on fisheries, community ecology, and ecosystem dynamics. He has authored 17 peer-reviewed papers and contributed to over 40 professional talks at professional conferences related to fisheries biology, ecology, and management. Over the last ten years he maintained several large acoustic telemetry arrays (NY, NJ, and DE) and has surgically implanted over 700 fish on a variety of species including Atlantic sturgeon, winter skates, striped bass, coastal sharks, monkfish, and dogfish including wind specific projects.  He managed as chief scientist multiple long-term trawl surveys as well as analyzed long-term trawl datasets and has worked on commercial gillnet boats to target Atlantic sturgeon.  Current research focuses on monitoring and tagging Atlantic sturgeon at Naval Weapons Station Earle, working with recreational anglers to monitor post-release effects on sharks, and comparing the trawl surveys with eDNA samples.


  • Ph.D. 2014:  Marine and Atmospheric Sciences. School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences, Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, New York. 
  • M.S. 2005:   Marine and Atmospheric Sciences. School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences, Brook University, Stony Brook, New York. 
  • B.S. 2001:    Biology. Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, New York 

Ongoing and Recent CESU Projects

Other Research

Currently funded and active projects:

  • Acoustic telemetry to monitoring of fishes within planned export cable for South Fork Wind Farm
  • Temporal and spatial monitoring of the Endangered Atlantic Sturgeon (Acipenser oxyrinchus) in Sandy Hook and Raritan Bay
  • Survivorship and post-released behavior of prohibited sharks captured in the land-based recreational shark Fishery.
  • Investigating Environmental DNA (eDNA) as a tool for biological monitoring of the lower Hudson – Raritan Estuary.
  • eDNA fisheries monitoring survey for Orsted Ocean Wind

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