Research Publications

Comprehensive incentives for reducing Chinook salmon bycatch in the Bering Sea walleye Pollock fishery:  Individual tradable encounter credits.  2018.  George Sugihara, Afredo Giron-Nava, et al.  Regional Studies in Marine Science 22: 70-81
Declining oxygen in the global ocean and coastal waters.  2018.  Denise Breitburg, Lisa A. Levin, Daniel Conley et al. Science 359 (6371), eaam 7240. DOI: 10.1126/science.aam7240.
The balance between concepts and complexity in Ecology.  2018. Andrew F. Johnson and Susanna Lidstrom. Nature Ecology  Evolution 2:585-587
An interdisciplinary approach to evaluate the status of large-bodied Serranid fisheries: The case of Magdalena-Almejas Bay lagoon complex, Baja California Sur, Mexico. 2017. Erauskin-Extramiana, M, Herzka SZ, Hinojosa-Arango G, Aburto-Oropeza O.   Ocean & Coastal Management. 145:21-34.


Evaluating the promise and pitfalls of a potential climate change-tolerant sea urchin fishery in southern California. 2017. Kirk N. Sato, Jackson Powell, Dave Rudie, and Lisa A. Levin.  ICES Journal of Marine Science doi:10.1093/icesjms/fsx225.
Estimating fish abundance at spawning aggregations from courtship sound levels. 2017  Rowell, TJ, Demer DA, Aburto-Oropeza O, Cota-Nieto JJ, Hyde JR, Erisman BE.  Scientific Reports. 7:3340.
Variability and host density independence in inductions-based estimates of environmental lysogeny. Knowles, B, Bailey B, Boling L, Breitbart M, Cobian-Guemes A, del Campo J, Edwards R, Felts B, Grasis J, Haas AF, Katira P, Kelly LW, Luque A, Nulton J, Paul L, Peters G, Robinett N, Sandin S, Segall A, Silveira C, Youle M, Rohwer F.  2017. Nature Microbiology. 2
Characterization of Methane-Seep Communities in a Deep-Sea Area Designated for Oil and Natural Gas Exploitation off Trinidad and Tobago. 2017.  Diva J. Amon, Judith Gobin, Cindy L. Van Dover, Lisa A. Levin, Leigh Marsh and Nicole A Raineault. Front. Mar. Sci. 30 October 2017.
The central importance of ecological spatial connectivity to effective coastal marine protected areas and to meeting the challenges of climate change in the marine environment. Carr, Robinson, Wahle, Davis, Kroll, Murray, Schumacker, Williams. 2017. Aquatic Conservation 27(S1):6-29.
First live records of the ruby seadragon (Phyllopteryx dewysea, Syngnathidae). 2017. Greg W. Rouse, Josefin Stiller and Nerida G. Wilson. Marine Biodiversity Records 10:2
 A 3,000 year record of Caribbean reef urchin communities reveals causes and consequences of long-term decline in Diadema antillarum. 2017. Cramer, KL, O’Dea A, Carpenter C, Norris RD.   Ecography. : Blackwell Publishing Ltd   10.1111/ecog.02513   Abstract
Geographic differences in persistent organic pollutant levels of yellowfin tuna. 2017. Nicklisch, SCT, Bonito LT, Sandin S, Hamdoun A.  Environ Health Perspect. 125:067014.
A budget of algal production and consumption by herbivorous fish in an herbivore fisheries management area, Maui, Hawaii.  Emily L.A. Kelly, Yoan Eynaud et al.  2017.  Ecosphere 8(8):e01899.10.1002/ecs2.189
Porites superfusa mortality and recovery from a bleaching event at Palmyra Atoll USA. 2017.  Furby, KA, Smith JE, Sandin SA. Peerj. 5
Physiological and ecological implications of ocean deoxygenation for vision in marine organisms. Lillian R. McCormick and Lisa A. Levin. 2017
Phil.Trans.R. Soc A375:20160322
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
Methods for isolation and quantification of microfossil fish teeth and elasmobranch dermal denticles (ichthyoliths) from Marine sediments. 2017.  Siebert, Cramer, Hastings, Norris. Paleontologia Electronica 20:1-14.
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
Size-structural shifts reveal intensity of exploitation in coral reef fisheries. 2017. Zgliczynski, BJ, Sandin SA. Ecological Indicators. 73:411-421.
Phylogenomic Insight into Salinispora (Bacteria, Actinobacteria) Species Designations.. 2017.  Millan-Aguinaga, Chavarria KL, Ugalde JA, Letzel AC, Rouse GW, Jensen PR.  Scientific Reports 7, Article number 3564 doi:10.1038/s41598-017-02845-3
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 


Crown-of-Thorns Starfish Larvae Can Feed on Organic Matter Released from Corals.  2016. Ryota Nakajima  Diversity 8, 18.  DOI:10.3390/d8040018
A new genus and species of Cataegidae (Gastropoda: Seguenzioidea) from eastern Pacific Ocean methane seeps. 2016. Greg W. Rouse and Anders Waren. Novapex 17(4): 59-66
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