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Baruch Institute

Faculty and Staff

Bruce Pfirrmann

Title: Research Resource Specialist
Belle W. Baruch Institute for Marine and Coastal Sciences
Phone: 843-904-9028
Office: BMFL 136

Baruch Marine Field Laboratory
University of South Carolina
2306 Crabhall Rd, Georgetown, SC 29440

Bruce Pfirrmann


Marine and coastal ecology, with a focus on the community ecology, life history, and habitat use of fishes and invertebrates (nekton) within estuaries.


2017 - MS, Marine Science, Virginia Institute of Marine Science

2013 - BS, Biology, William & Mary


2018 – Present: Research Resource Specialist, USC Baruch Marine Field Laboratory

2017 – 2018: Sea Grant Coastal Policy Fellow, Virginia Dept. of Conservation & Recreation


Coastal and Estuarine Ecology, SC Honors College (SCHC) 307, Spring (4 credits)

Ecosystems of the Lowcountry, SC Honors College (SCHC) 308, Spring (4 credits)


Dunn RP, Pfirrmann BW, Kimball ME (2021). Juvenile white shrimp (Litopenaeus setiferus) can be effectively implanted with passive integrated transponder tags. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology 540:151560.

Pfirrmann BW, Kimball ME, Mace MM, III, Turley BD (2021). Summer ichthyoplankton assemblage diversity within a southeastern United States estuary. Estuaries and Coasts 44(1):253-268.

Lefcheck JS, Pfirrmann BW, Fodrie FJ, Grabowski JH, Hughes AR, Smyth AR (2021). Consumption rates vary based on the presence and type of oyster structure: A seasonal and latitudinal comparison. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology 536:151501.

Pfirrmann BW, Seitz RD (2019). Ecosystem services of restored oyster reefs in a Chesapeake Bay tributary: abundance and foraging of estuarine fishes. Marine Ecology Progress Series 628:155-169.

Lefcheck JS, Hughes BB, Johnson AJ, Pfirrmann BW, Rasher DB, Smyth AR, Williams BL, Beck MW, Orth RJ (2019). Are coastal habitats important nurseries? A meta-analysis. Conservation Letters 12(4):e12645.

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