Research in my lab deals broadly with diversity of fishes; taxonomic diversity, ecological diversity, and diversity of environmental adaptation. I study taxonomy, morphology, life history, and ecology of freshwater fishes.  I collect fishes in the field, I work with specimens archived in museums, and I use molecular techniques to study relationships of fishes based on DNA sequences.  Ongoing work includes studies of systematics, taxonomy, community ecology and life history of stream fishes, especially darters (Percidae: Etheostomatinae), suckers (Catostomidae), and minnows (Cyprinidae), and responses of these and other fishes to environmental degradation.


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B.S. Biology, University of New Orleans, 1979.

M.S. Biology, University of New Orleans, 1981.

Ph.D. Zoology, University of Oklahoma, 1985.

Postdoctoral, University of Illinois, 1985-88


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Recent publications (since 2010)


Grace, M.A., M.H. Doosey, H. L. Bart and G. J. P. Naylor. 2015. First record of Mollisquama sp. (Chondrichthyes: Squaliformes: Dalatiidae) from the Gulf of Mexico, with a morphological comparison to the holotype description of Mollisquama parini Dolganov. Zootaxa (in press)

Simon, Thomas P., Charles C. Morris, Bernard R. Kuhajda, Carter R. Gilbert, Henry L. Bart Jr, Nelson Rios, Paul M. Stewart, Thomas P. Simon IV, Mitt Denney. 2015. Fishes of the Choctawhatchee River System in Southeastern Alabama and Northcentral Florida. Southeastern Fishes Council Proceedings 01/2015; 55(1):1-54. [pdf]

Yu, Kai, Xin Dang, Henry Bart Jr. and Yixin Chen. 2014. Robust Model-based Learning via Spatial-EM Algorithm. IEEE Transactions on Knowledge and Data Engineering.

DOI 10.1109/TKDE.2014.2373355. [pdf]

Schmidt, Ray C., Henry L. Bart Jr, Wanja D. Nyingi, Nathan N. Gichuki. 2014. Phylogeny of suckermouth catfishes (Mochokidae: Chiloglanis) from Kenya: the utility of Growth Hormone introns in species level phylogenies. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 79:415-421. [pdf]

Doosey, Michael H. and Henry L. Bart Jr. 2014. Buffalofishes. Pp 258-263, In: M. Eberle (Ed.), Fishes of Kansas. University Press of Kansas, Lawrence, KS. [pdf]

Jenkins, J. A., H. L. Bart Jr., J. D. Bowker, P. R. Bowser, J. R. MacMillan, J. G. Nickum, J. W. Rachlin, J. D. Rose, P. W. Sorensen, B. E. Warkentine, and G. W. Whitledge. 2014. Guidelines for the Use of Fishes in Research. American Fisheries Society, Bethesda, Maryland. [pdf]

Jenkins, J. A., H. L. Bart Jr., J. D. Bowker, P. R. Bowser, J. R. MacMillan, J. G. Nickum, J. W. Rachlin, J. D. Rose, P. W. Sorensen, B. E. Warkentine, and G. W. Whitledge. 2014. Guidelines for Use of Fishes in Research - Revised and Expanded, 2014. Fisheries.[pdf]

Church, J. R. Schmidt, H. Bart Jr, X. Dang, Y. Chen. 2013. Straightening 3-D Surface Scans of Curved Natural History Specimens for Taxonomic Research. Computer and Information Science, 215-229.[pdf]

Tang, K.L., M. K. Agnew, M.V. Hirt, D.N. Lumbantobins, M.E. Raley, T. Sado., V-H. Teoh, L. Yang, H.L. Bart, P.M. Harris. S. He, M. Miya, K. Saitoh, A.M. Simons, R.M. Wood, R.L. Mayden. 2013. Limits and phylogenetic relationships of East Asian fishes in the subfamily Oxygastrinae (Teleostei: Cypriniformes: Cyprinidae). Zootaxa 3681 (2): 101–135. [pdf]

Suttkus, R.D., H.L. Bart Jr. and D. A. Etnier. 2012. A new darter of the subgenus Oligocephalus, genus Etheostoma, from southeastern Texas and southwestern Louisiana. Tulane Studies in Zoology and Botany 32(1): 6-30. [pdf]

Clements, M.D., H. L. Bart Jr. and D. L. Hurley. 2012. A different perspective on the phylogenetic relationships of the Moxostomatini (Cypriniformes: Catostomidae) based on cytochrome-b and Growth Hormone intron sequences. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 63:159–167. [pdf]

Doosey, M.H. and H. L. Bart Jr. 2011. Morphological variation of the palatal organ and chewing pad of catostomidae (Teleostei: Cypriniformes). J. Morphology 272: 1092-1108. [pdf]

Tang, K. L. M.K. Agnew, W-J. Chen, M.V. Hirt, M.E. Raley, T. Sado, L.M. Schneider, L. Yang, H. L. Bart Jr., S. He, H. Liu, M, Miya, K, Saitoh, A.M. Simons, R.M. Wood, R.L. Mayden. 2011. Phylogeny of the gudgeons (Teleostei: Cyprinidae: Gobioninae). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 61: 103–124. [pdf]

Cashner, M.F., K.R. Piller, H.L. Bart Jr. 2011. Phylogenetic relationships of the North American cyprinid subgenus Hydrophlox. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 59: 725–735. [pdf]

Albert, J.S., H.L. Bart Jr. and Roberto E. Reis. 2011. Species richness and cladal diversity. pp 89-104 In: J.S. Albert and R.E. Reis (Eds.) Historical Biogeography of Neotropical Freshwaters. University of California Press. [pdf]

Saitoh, K., T. Sado, M.H. Doosey, H.L. Bart Jr., J.G. Inoue, M. Nishida, R.L. Mayden, and M. Miya. 2011. Evidence from mitochondrial genomics supports the lower Mesozoic of South Asia as the time and place of basal divergence of cypriniform fishes (Actinopterygii: Ostariophysi). Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society 161:633–662. [pdf]

Cashner, M.F. and H. L. Bart Jr. 2010. Reproductive Ecology of Nest Associates: Use of RFLPs to Identify Cyprinid Eggs. Copeia 2010(4): 554-557.[pdf]

Bart, H.L. Jr., M.D. Clements, R. E. Blanton, K. R. Piller, D. L. Hurley. 2010. Discordant molecular and morphological evolution in buffalofishes (Actinopterygii: Catostomidae). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 56 (2010) 808–820. [pdf]

Bart, H.L. Jr., P.C. Reneau, M.H. Doosey, C.D. Bell. 2010. Evolutionary divergence of duplicate copies of the growth hormone gene in suckers (Actinopterygii: Catostomidae). International Journal of Molecular Sciences 11: 1090-1102. [pdf]

Doosey, M. H., H. L. Bart, Jr., K. Saitoh, and M. Miya. 2010. Phylogenetic relationships of Catostomid Fishes (Actinopterygii: Cypriniformes) based on Mitochondrial ND4/ND5 Gene Sequences. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 54 (2010) 1028–1034. [pdf]

Chen, Y., S. Huang, H. Chen, and H. L. Bart, Jr. 2010. Joint feature selection and classification for taxonomic problems within fish species complexes. Pattern Analysis and Applications 13 (2): 23–34. [pdf]


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Ongoing research projects


Systematics of Fishes of Subfamily Ictiobinae

Systematics and Biodiversity of Cypriniformes

Machine Learning in Taxonomic Research


Current Positions


Director, Tulane University Biodiversity Research Institute (Formerly, Tulane University Museum of Natural History, 1993-present)

Curator of Fishes Royal D. Suttkus Fish Collection (1992-present)

Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Tulane University (2007-present)

Editor of Tulane Studies in Zoology and Botany and Occasional Papers Tulane University Museum of Natural History (1994-present).


Informatics and Collection-related research


I led the effort to digitize and manually georeferenced records of the Royal D. Suttkus Fish Collection and a 10-year effort to make curatorial improvements to the RDS Fish Collection. I directed the development of the GEOLocate Software Platform (Nelson E. Rios, Lead Developer) which supports large-scale, automated georeferencing of digitized collection locality records. I also direct the Fishnet2 network of fish collection databases.

I also collaborate in or direct externally-funded research on fish systematics, taxonomy, specimen imaging and analysis.


Fishnet II (Collaborative)

Tulane University Biodiversity Research Institute





Ray Schmidt, Ph.D. Biology, Tulane University 2013

Mollie Cashner, Ph.D. Biology, Tulane University, 2010

Michael Doosey, Ph.D. Biology, Tulane University, 2009

Mark Clements, Ph.D. Biology, Tulane University, 2008

Rebecca Johansen, Ph.D. Biology, Tulane University, 2007

Jeanine Burse, Ph.D., Biology, Tulane University, 2004

Kyle Piller, Ph.D., Biology, Tulane University, 2001

Christoph Walser, Ph.D., Biology, Tulane University, 1996

Justin Mann, M.S., Biology, Tulane University, 2012

Myra Kunas, M.S., Biology, Tulane University, 2003

Jason Tipton, M.S., Biology, Tulane University, 2002

Joseph Buckley, M.S., Biology, Tulane University, 1995

Dianne Greenfield, M.S., Biology, Tulane University, 1995

Andrea Brooks, M.S. Zoology and Wildlife Science, Auburn University, 1993

Jeffrey Harbaugh, M.S., Zoology and Wildlife Science, Auburn University, 1994


Postdoctoral Research Associates

Chuck Bell, 2005-2006

Paulette Reneau, 2008-2011

Michael Doosey, 2012-present

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Human diversity efforts


I coordinated Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Minority training programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels at Tulane from 1996-2012.  I served as Campus Coordinator for the Tulane Campus Program in the Louis Stokes Louisiana Alliance for Minority Participation (1996-2010) and Co-PI and Project Director for the Graduate Alliance for Education in Louisiana (STEM minority doctoral training program) from 2002-2012.  I actively involve minorities in my research in ecology and systematics and work to recruit minorities to careers in these areas.

Tulane LS-LAMP Program

Graduate Alliance for Education in Louisiana



Contact Information


Tulane University Biodiversity Research Institute
Building A-3, Wild Boar Rd.
Belle Chasse, LA 70037
E-mail address:
Voice: 504-394-1711
Fax: 504-394-5045

Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Tulane University
Room 310, Dinwiddie Hall,
6823 St. Charles Ave.
New Orleans LA 70118
504-862-8706 (fax)

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