Staff Profile
Robert Aguilar Photo



B.S. Marine Science, Stockton University, 1998
M.S. Zoology, North Carolina State University, 2003

Research Interests:

Long-term fish and invertebrate surveys, Estuarine and marine ecology, Population and community ecology, DNA barcoding, Invasive species, Active and passive biotelemetry of fish and invertebrates, Gut content analysis,  Electrofishing techniques, Blue Crab mark-recapture, Blue Crab population and fishery dynamics, Scientific diving, Biodiversity surveys, Herpetological monitoring, Anuran calling surveys

Contact Info:
Office: 443 482-2436
Fax: 443 482-2380
Smithsonian Environmental Research Center
PO Box 28 (USPS)
647 Contees Wharf Road (shipping)
Edgewater, MD 21037


  • Flowers, Emily M., Johnson, Andrew F., Aguilar, Robert and Schott, Eric J. (2018). Prevalence of the pathogenic crustacean virus Callinectes sapidus reovirus 1 near flow-through blue crab aquaculture in Chesapeake Bay, USA. Diseases of aquatic organisms, 129 (2) , 135-144.
  • Fuchs, Lauren D., Tupper, Todd A., Bozarth, Christine A., Fernandez, David and Aguilar, Robert. (2018). An investigation of co - infection by Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis and Ranavirus (FV3) in anurans of two natural areas in Anne Arundel County, Maryland and Fairfax County, Virginia, USA . Catesbeiana, 38 (1) , 44-55.
  • Ogburn, Matthew Bryan, Bangley, Charles W., Aguilar, Robert, Fisher, Robert A., Curran, Mary Carla, Webb, Sarah Fae and Hines, Anson H. (2018). Migratory connectivity and philopatry of cownose rays Rhinoptera bonasus along the Atlantic coast, USA. Marine Ecology Progress Series, 602 , 197-211.
  • Tupper, Todd A., Aguilar, Robert and Fuchs, Lauren D. (2018). Snake Fungal Disease:MD. Catesbeiana, 38 (1) , 78-79.
  • Zhang, Junlong, Yurchenko, Olga V., Lutaenko, Konstantin A., Kalachev, Alexander V., Nekhaev, Ivan O., Aguilar, Robert, Zhan, Zifeng and Ogburn, Matthew Bryan. (2018). A tale of two soft-shell clams: an integrative taxonomic analysis confirms Mya japonica as a valid species distinct from Mya arenaria (Bivalvia: Myidae) . Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society, 184 (3) , 605-622.
  • Aguilar, Robert, Ogburn, Matthew Bryan, Driskell, Amy C., Weigt, Lee A., Groves, Mary C. and Hines, Anson H. (2017). Gutsy genetics: identification of digested piscine prey items in the stomach contents of sympatric native and introduced warmwater catfishes via DNA barcoding. Environmental Biology of Fishes, 100 (4) , 235-336.
  • Fuchs, Lauren D., Tupper, Todd A., Sephapur, Tina, Aguilar, Robert and Bozarth, Christine A. (2017). A Survey of the Pathogenic Fungus, Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis, at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center, Anne Arundel County, Maryland. Catesbeiana, 37 (1) , 32-39.
  • Ogburn, Matthew Bryan, Spires, Jason, Aguilar, Robert, Goodison, Michael R., Heggie, Keira, Kinnebrew, Eva, McBurney, William, Richie, Kimberly D., Roberts, Paige M. and Hines, Anson H. (2017). Assessment of River Herring Spawning Runs in a Chesapeake Bay Coastal Plain Stream using Imaging Sonar. Transactions of the American Fisheries Society, 146 (1) , 22-35.
  • Tupper, Todd A., Fuchs, Lauren D., O'Connor-Love, Caitlin, Aguilar, Robert, Bozarth, Christine and Fernandez, David. (2017). Detection of the Pathogenic Fungus, Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis, in Anurans of Huntley Meadows Park, Fairfax County, Virginia. Catesbeiana, 37 (2) , 109-120.
  • Tupper, Todd A., Fuchs, Lauren D., Shaffer, Deborah L. and Aguilar, Robert. (2017). Snake Fungal Disease, Crotalus horridus. Catesbeiana, 37 (2) , 128-130.
  • Moran, Z., Orth, D. J., Schmitt, J. D., Hallerman, E. M. and Aguilar, Robert. (2016). Effectiveness of DNA barcoding for identifying piscine prey items in stomach contents of piscivorous catfishes. Environmental Biology of Fishes, 99 (1) , 161-167.
  • Tupper, Todd A., Aguilar, Robert, Sepahpur, Tina, Hay, Coline C. and Ebrahimi, Seyedes. (2016). A Survey of Amphibians at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center, Anne Arundel County, Maryland. A Survey of Amphibians at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center, Anne Arundel County, Maryland.2016 Virginia Natural History Society.Banisteria, Number , pages 12-24., 46 , 12-24.
  • Tupper, Todd A., Aguilar, Robert, Ferrara, Alyssa and Hay, Coline. (2015). Northern Water Snake (Nerodia s. sipedon) MD: Anne Arundel Co. Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (38053’24.81”N” 7603’27.04”W”). Catesbeiana, 35 (1) , 36-37.
  • Johnson, Eric G., Young, Alicia C., Hines, Anson H., Kramer, Margaret A., Bademan, Martha, Goodison, Michael R. and Aguilar, Robert. (2011). Field comparison of survival and growth of hatchery-reared versus wild blue crabs, Callinectes sapidus Rathbun. Journal of experimental marine biology and ecology, 402 (1-2) , 35-42.
  • Aguilar, Robert, Johnson, Eric, Hines, Anson H., Roberts, Paige, Goodison, Michael R. and Kramer, Margaret A. (2009). Population and Fishery Dymanics of Blue Crabs Callinectes Sapidus in a Subestuary of Chesapeake Bay. Journal of Shellfish Research, 28 (3) , 677-677.