Michelle L. Buckhorn
Position: Postdoctoral Researcher
Phone: (530) 752-5830
2008: University of California, Davis - Ph.D. Ecology
1999: University of California, Santa Cruz - B.A. Biology
My research interests are in marine conservation, marine community ecology, fisheries sustainability and MPA design and implementation. My Ph.D. project looked at the effects of serial depletion of predators on community structure and designing marine reserves to protect fisheries target species as well as local biodiversity in Loreto Marine Park, Baja California Sur. Many large predatory animals (sharks, groupers, snappers) in the region have declined and very little is known about their life histories or their ecological interactions and impact upon benthic communities. This project was a concerted effort to gather as much data as possible with regard to leopard grouper (Mycteroperca rosacea) life history: age and growth; reproductive strategies and behavior, ontogenetic changes in habitat usage, in order to more effectively manage the species before it becomes ecologically extinct like its congeners have: Mycteroperca jordani, Mycteroperca xenarcha, Mycteroperca prionura.
I am currently working on a tracking study of sevengill sharks in San Francisco Bay using movement patterns to assess population dynamics, habitat usage, and general natural history in order to manage another species that we have very little information on. This research is funded by the Aquarium of the Bay.
Buckhorn, M.L. Age and
growth of leopard grouper, Mycteroperca
in Loreto Marine Park, Baja California Sur. Western Society of
Naturalists 88th Annual Meeting. Ventura, California.