Research Publications

A spatial method to calculate small-scale fisheries effort in data poor scenarios. Andrew F. Johnson, Marcia Moreno-Baez, Jose Alfredo Giron Nava, Octavio Aburto-Oropeza. PLoS ONE 12(4) · April 2017.  DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0174064
Vulnerability of spawning aggregations of a coastal marine fish to a small-scale fishery.  Brad Erisman, Juan Jose Cota-Nieto, Maracia Moreno-Baez, Octavio Aburto-Oropezqa.  Marine Biology. March 2017.   DOI: 10.1007/s00227-017-3135-8
Coastal Exploitation Throughout Marismas Nacionale Wetlands in Northwest Mexico. Nadia Rubio, Octavio Aburto-Oropeza, Jeremy BC Jackson, E. Ezcurra.  Tropical Conservation Science. January 2017. DOI:10.1177/1940082917697261
Poor fisheries struggle with U.S. import rule.  Johnson AF, Caillat M, et al.  Science Letters. Science 10 Mar 2017, Vol 355, Issue 6329, pp1031-1032

Endangered Species, Ecosystem Integrity, and Human Livelihoods.
Octavio Aburto-Oropeza, Catalina Lopez-Sagastegui, Marcia Moreno-Baez.. Conservation Letters. February 2017

Prehistorical and historical declines in Caribbean coral reef accretion rates driven by loss of parrotfish. 2017. Cramer, KL, O’Dea A, Clark TR, Zhao J-xin, Norris RD. Nature Communications.]10.1038/ncomms14160

Hydroacoustics for the discovery and quantification of Nassau grouper (Epinephelus striatus) spawning aggregations. 2017. Egerton, JP, Johnson AF, Le Vay L, McCoy CM, Semmens BX, Heppell SA, Turner JR.    Coral Reefs. :1-12.   10.1007/s00338-017-1542-4 


Endangered Species, Ecosystem Integrity, and Human Livlihoods. 2016. Octavio Aburto-Oropeza. Conservation Letters.

Coastal landforms and accumulation of mangrove peat increase carbon sequestration and storage.  2016. Paula Ezcurra, Exequiel Ezcurra, Pedro Garcillan, Matthew Costa, Octavio Aburto-Oropeza. PNAS. Vol 113. No. 6 pp 4404-4409

Spatial ecology and conservation of Manta birostris in the Indo-Pacific. 2016. Joshua D. Steart, Calivin Beale, Daniel Fernando, Abraham Sianipar, Ronald S. Burton, Brice X Semmens, Octavio Aburto-Oropeza.  Biological Conservation.

Latitudinal regionalization of epibenthic macroinvertebrate communities on rocky refs in the Gulf of California. 2016. Caralos Sanchez, Octavio Aburto-Oropeza, Alexandra Sanchez.
Marine Biology ResearchMarine Biology Research 2016

Poster: 100 Years of Research on Kelp Forest Ecosystems in California and Baja California. 2016.  Arturo Ramirez-Valdez, Maria Bagur, Andrew F. Johnson, Octavio Aburto-Oropeza, Ed Parnell, Paul K. Dayton   Ramirez-Valdez_etal 2016._Poster_WSN_Kelp

Defining “serious harm” to the marine environment in the context of deep-seabed mining.  2016.  Lisa A. Levin et al. Marine-Policy 74:245-259

Property rights for fishing cooperatives: how (and how well) do they work?
2016. Aburto-Oropeza, O., Leslie, H.M., Mack-Crane, A., Nagavarapu, S., Reddy, S.M.W. & Sievanen, L.  World Bank Econ Rev, lhw001.

The leafy seadragon, Phycodurus eques, a flagship species with low but structured genetic variability. 2016. Josefin Stiller, Nerida G. Wilson, Stephen Donnellan, Greg W. Rouse The Journal of heredity DOI: 10.1093/jhered/esw075

Barriers to gene flow in common seadragons (Syngnathidae:Phyllopteryx taeniolatus2016. Nerida G. Wilson, Josefin Stiller, Greg W. Rouse. Conservation Genetics

Temporal and spatial dynamics of ‘trophy’ sized demersal fishes off the California coast, 1966-2013. 2016. Lyall Bellquist, Brice X Semmens. Marine Ecology Progress Series 547DOI: 103354/meps11667

Fish Ecology and Evolution in the World’s Oxygen Minimum Zones and Implications of Ocean Deoxygenation. 2016. N.D. Gallo and L.A. LevinIn: Barbara E. Curry, editor, Advances in Marine Biology, Vol 74, Oxford: Academic Press pp. 117-198 ISBN 978-0-12-803607-5

Re-evaluating the health of coral reef communities: baselines and evidence for human impacts across the central Pacific.
2016.  Smith J.E., Brainard R., Carter A., Grillo S., Edward C., Harris J., Lewis L., Obura D., Rohwer F., Sala E., Vroom P.S., Sandin S.

Specialized morphology corresponds to a generalist diet: linking form and function in smashing mantis shrimp crustaceans
2016.  deVries M.S., Stock B.C., Christy J.H., Goldsmith G.R., Dawson T.E. Oecologia doi:10.1007/s00442-016-3667-5

Free-living calamyzin chrysopetalids (Annelida) from methane seeps, anoxic basins, and whale falls 2016. Watson C., Ignacio Carvajal J., Sergeeva N.G., Pleijel F., Rouse G.W. Journal of the Linnean Society.

The Effect of Background Music in Shark Documentaries on Viewers’ Perceptions of Sharks
2016. Nosal A.P., Keenan E.A., Hastings P.A., Gneezy, A. PLOS ONE

Eighty-five million years of Pacific Ocean gyre ecosystem structure: long-term stability marked by punctuated change
2016. Elizabeth Sibert, Richard Norris, Jose Cuevas, Lana Graves. Proceedings of the Royal Society B

Redrawing the map: mtDNA provides new insight into the distribution and diversity of short-finned pilot whales in the Pacific Ocean 2016 Amy Van Cise, Phillip Morin, Robin Baird, Aimee Lang, Kelly Robertson, Susan Chiver, Robert Brownell Jr., Karen Martien.

An Ecosystem Services Perspective for the Oceanic Eastern Tropical Pacific: Commercial Fisheries, Carbon Storage, Recreational Fishing, and Biodiversity 2016.  Summer Martin, Lisa Ballance, and Ted Groves. Frontiers in Marine Science

New deep-sea species of Xenoturbella and the position of Xencoelomorpha
2016. Rouse G.W. et al. Nature 530(7588):94-97


Rarity in mass extinctions and the future of ecosystems.
2015 Pincelli M. Hull et. al.  Nature 528: 345-351

The Oceans and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change
2015 Yassir Eddebbar, Natalya Gallo, and Lauren Linsmayer
ASLO 69-72

The Deep Ocean Under Climate Change
2015 Lisa A. Levin and Nadine Le Bris
Science Vol. 350 no. 6262 pp. 766-768
DOI: 10.1126/science.aad0126

Supplying the marine food requirements for an increasing human population.
2015. Alfredo Girón-Nava and Octavio Aburto-Oropeza
DOI: 10.13022/M3C30T

Compromising the Ecology of the Deep
2015. Lisa Levin – The Huffington Post Blog

Devolution of the Seas: The Consequences of Ocean Destruction
Alan B. Sielen 2015. Foreign Affairs Anthology Series

Quantifying scales of spatial variability in algal turf assemblages on coral reefs.
2015.  J.L. Harris, L.S. Lewis, J.E. Smith.  Marine Ecology Progress Series. Vol 532:41-57