PhD Perpignan, France
Rhodes University Post-doctoral Research Fellow
'phone +27 76 051-9503
FAX +27 46 622-8959
Aquatic ecology and conservation, fish reproduction and trophic ecology, early life stages of fish, environment-community linkages, fisheries science, multivariate statistics.
Some recent publications
Ponton D, Carassou L, Raillard S, Borsa P (accepted) Geometric morphometrics as a tool for identifying Emperor fish (Lethrinidae) larvae and juveniles. Journal of Fish Biology.
Carassou L, Hernandez FJ, Powers SP, Graham WM (2012) Spatial, seasonal and depth-related structure of ichthyoplankton assemblages along a cross-shelf gradient in the northcentral Gulf of Mexico. Transactions of the American Fisheries Society, 141:1137-1150.
Carassou L, Wantiez L, Ponton D, Kulbicki M (2012) Can differences in the structure of larval, juvenile, and adult coral-reef fish assemblages be detected at the family level? Austral Ecology, 37:374-382.
Lecchini D, Carassou L, Frederich B, Nakamura Y, Mills SC, Galzin R (2012) Effects of alternate reef states on coral reef fish habitat associations. Environmental Biology of Fishes, 94:421-429.
Carassou L, Dzwonkowski B, Hernandez FJ, Powers SP, Park K, Graham WM (2011) Environmental influences on juvenile fish abundances in a river-dominated coastal system. Marine and Coastal Fisheries: Dynamics, Management, and Ecosystem Science, 3(1): 411-427.
Hernandez FJ, Carassou L, Muffelman S, Powers SP, Graham WM (2011) Comparison of two plankton net mesh sizes for ichthyoplankton collection in the northern Gulf of Mexico. Fisheries Research 108:327-335.
Carassou L, Le Borgne R, Rolland E, Ponton D (2010) Spatial and temporal distribution of zooplankton related to the environmental conditions in the coral reef lagoon of New Caledonia, southwest Pacific. Marine Pollution Bulletin 61(7-12):367-374.
Borsa P, Collet A, Carassou L, Ponton D, Chen WJ (2010) Multiple nuclear and mitochondrial genotyping identifies emperors and large-eye breams (Teleostei: Lethrinidae) and reveals new large-eye bream species. Biochemical Systematics and Ecology 38:370-389.
Carassou L, Ponton D (2009) Relative importance of water column and zooplankton variables in the determination of late-stage larvae assemblage structure in coastal waters of a coral reef lagoon. Scientia Marina 73S1:73-84.
Carassou L, Le Borgne R, Ponton D (2009) Diet of pre-settlement larvae of coral-reef fish: selection of prey types and sizes. Journal of Fish Biology 75:707-715.
Carassou L, Mellin C, Ponton D (2009) Assessing the diversity and abundances of larvae and juveniles of coral reef fish: a synthesis of six sampling techniques. Biodiversity and Conservation 18(2):355-371.