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William L. Shelton

Professor Emeritus of Biology


Ph.D., University of Oklahoma
M.S., Oklahoma State University
B.A.., Oklahoma State University

wshelton@ou.edu
SH 306

curriculum vitae

Research

My current research interests are in fish culture with particular emphasis on reproductive biology. Long-term international collaborative studies have been a particularly important component of my activities. Management of reproduction is vital to aquaculture, as many fishes of economic importance do not reproduce away from their natural habitat, therefore, spawning   must be accomplished through induced means.  A related consideration for some fishes is that reproduction may be unwanted or recruitment excessive, and therefore control is desirable.  Examples include introduction of exotic species where prevention of naturalization is required or where recruitment of an otherwise viable culture species adversely affects individual growth. 
These various problems have been addressed through hormone-induced spawning, steroid- induced sex reversal, interspecific hybridization, and/or chromosome manipulation at fertilization. These research activities have included four species of Chinese carps, several species of tilapia, and common carp, all of which are exotic fishes; native species have included striped bass, channel catfish, largemouth bass, paddlefish and sturgeon.

 I have been active in more general fishery biology investigations, particularly reservoir and large river fisheries, including the evaluation of sampling techniques.  Emphasis has been on predator/prey and growth relationships involving striped bass and largemouth bass with shads and bluegill.

Recent Publications

  • Shelton, W.L., S.D. Mims, K.J. Semmens and R. Cuevas-Uribe. 2018. Artificial propagation of paddlefish: An overview of developments. Pages XXX-XXX in J.A. Schooley and D. Scharnecchia, editors. Paddlefish: Ecological, Aquacultural, and Regulatory Challenges to Managing a Global Resource. American Fisheries Society, Special Publication  XXX, Symposium proceedings, 2-5 February 2017, Oklahoma City, OK.
  • Shelton, W.L. and R. Snow. 2017. Recruitment of two non-native river-spawning fishes in Lake Texoma, Oklahoma and Texas. Proc. Okla. Acad. Sci. 97: 61-66.
  • Dzyuba, V., B. Dzyuba, W.L. Shelton, J. Cosson, M. Rodina, O. Linhart and S. Boryshpolets. 2017. In vitro sperm maturation in sturgeons and American paddlefish: Initial comparative observations. Abstract, Eighth International Sturgeon Symposium, 11—17 September 2017, Vienna, Austria. .
  • Dzyuba, B., J. Cosson, V. Dzyuba, P. Fedorov, M. Rodina, V. Tuckova, O. Linhart, W.L. Shelton, C. Steinbach, M . Papadaki, C. Mylonas and S. Boryshpolets. 2017. Influence of spawning season on hormonal stimulation on the sperm maturation process in sterlet Acipenser ruthenus. Abstract, Eight International Sturgeon Symposium, 11-17 September 2017, Vienna, Austria.
  • Dzyuba, B., J. Cosson, V. Dzyuba, P.  Federov. M. Rodina, V. Tuckova, O. Linhart, W.L. Shelton, C. Steinbach, M. Papadaki, C. Mylonas, and S. Boryshpolets. 2017. Influence of spawning season on the sperm maturation process in sterlet Acipenser ruthenus. Abstract, Eighth International Sturgeon Symposium, 11—17 September 2017, Vienna, Austria. .
  • Gomelsky, B. and W.L. Shelton. 2018. Sex manipulation in carps. Pages XX-XX, Chapter 41 in H. Wang, F. Piferrer and S. Chen, editors. Sex Control in Aquaculture. Wiley-Blackwell (in print ISBN: 978-1-119-12726-0).
  • Dzyuba, B., J. Cosson, V. Dzyuba, P. Fedorov, O. Bondarenko, M. Rodina, O. Linhart, W.L. Shelton, S. Boryshopolets. 2017. Sperm maturation in sturgeon (Actinopterygii, Acipenseriformes): A review. Theriogenology. 97:134-138.
  • Linhart, O., W.L. Shelton, V. Tuckova, M. Rodina and S.A.M. Siddique. 2016. Effects of temperature on in vitro short-term storage of sterlet sturgeon (Acipenser ruthenus) ova.  Reproduction in Domestic Animals, 51:165-170 (doi: 10.1111/rda.12661).
  • Mims, S.D. and W. L. Shelton, eds. 2015. Paddlefish Aquaculture. Wiley-Blackwell Publishers, 320 pp.
  • Shelton, W.L. 2015. Introduction. Pages 1-10, in S.D. Mims & W.L. Shelton, editors. Paddlefish Aquaculture, Wiley-Blackwell.
  • Shelton, W.L. 2015. Biology. Pages 11-76 in S.D. Mims & W.L. Shelton, editors. Paddlefish Aquaculture, Wiley-Blackwell
  • Mims, S.D. and W.L. Shelton. 2015. Propagation and early culture techniques. Pages 77-128 in Paddlefish Aquaculture, Wiley-Blackwell.
  • Shelton, W.L. and S.D. Mims. 2012. Evidence for female heterogametic sex determination in paddlefish Polyodon spathula based on gynogenesis. Aquaculture 356-357: 116-118.