Research Team and Acknowledgements

This research project would not have been possible without collaborative assistance from a number of people in addition to the general PIs of the project. The principal investigators of this project are Drs. Richard L. Mayden (Saint Louis University), Phillip M. Harris (The University of Alabama), and Kevin J. Roe (Delaware Museum of Natural History).

Graduate students working on this project included now Drs. David A. Neely (Saint Louis University), Steven L. Powers (Reinhardt College). Undergraduate students working on this study include Mary Owens, Jolena Epps, Beth Ewing, Katie Chartrand, John Caldieraro, Lauren Hocutt, and Angela Hammonds.

Several people kindly provided specimens for inclusion in this study. We sincerely thank Rudy Arndt, Brooks Burr, Anthony Echelle, Anna George, Bernard Kuhajda, Nick Lang, John Lyons, Andrew Simons, Peter Unmack, Peter Wainwright, Ed Wiley, and Rob Wood for kindly providing some specimens used in this study. The states of Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, Maryland, Mississippi, Missouri, New Jersey, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, and Wisconsin provided scientific collection permits. Paula Mabee, Peter Wainwright, and George Lauder have all been long-time supporters and interested parties in our research. We thank them for their time and effort that they have graciously provided to help us better understand these fishes.

Finally, of course, we thank the National Science Foundation and the reviewers of our proposal and our manuscripts for providing excellent input to improve this long-term study to understand the evolution of sunfishes and basses.

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Fish illustrations by Joseph R. Tomelleri and used with permission.