Alumnus: Buckhorn

 


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Dr. Buckhorn implanting a telemetry tag in a sevengill shark.

Michelle L. Buckhorn

Position: Postdoctoral Researcher

Campus Address:
1334 Academic Surge
Department of Wildlife, Fish, & Conservation Biology

Phone: (530) 752-5830

Email: spam free email link to Dr. Buckhorn

Degrees:

2008: University of California, Davis - Ph.D. Ecology

1999: University of California, Santa Cruz - B.A. Biology

Research Interests:

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.

Publications: 

Book:
Buckhorn, M.L. Guide to the Marine Fishes from the Gulf of California. American Fisheries Society. In press.

Journal Articles:
Erisman, B.E., M.L. Buckhorn, et al. (2007). "Spawning patterns in the leopard grouper, Mycteroperca rosacea, in comparison with other aggregating groupers." Marine Biology (Berlin) 151(5): 1849-1861.

Presentations:

Buckhorn, M.L. Age and growth of leopard grouper, Mycteroperca rosacea, in Loreto Marine Park, Baja California Sur. Western Society of Naturalists 88th Annual Meeting. Ventura, California.

Buckhorn, M.L. Leopard grouper, Mycteroperca rosacea, spawning aggregations in Loreto Marine Park, Baja California Sur. American Fisheries Society 137th Annual Meeting. San Francisco, California.

Buckhorn, M.L. Age and growth of leopard grouper, Mycteroperca rosacea, in Loreto Marine Park, Baja California Sur. American Fisheries Society 137th Annual Meeting. San Francisco, California.

Erisman, B.E., M.L. Buckhorn, P.A. Hastings. Unusual spawning patterns in the leopard grouper (Mycteroperca rosacea) from the Gulf of California: Implications for conservation and management. Western Society of Naturalists 86th Annual Meeting. Monterey California.

Buckhorn, M.L. Reef organism diversity in relation to leopard grouper spawning sites in Loreto Marine Park: Implications for management. Invited symposium speaker. MPAs: Fitting the Pieces into the Fisheries Mosaic. American Fisheries Society 135th Annual Meeting. Anchorage Alaska.

Buckhorn, M.L. Reef organism diversity in relation to leopard grouper spawning aggregation sites. Western Society of Naturalists 85th Annual Meeting. Rohnert Park, California.

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