Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute

Scott Hamilton, Ph.D.

Moss Landing Marine Labs

Using biogeography to inform fisheries management and conservation

Wednesday — May 16, 2012
Pacific Forum — 3:00 p.m.

Dr. Scott Hamilton is the new Ichthyology professor at Moss Landing Marine Laboratories and specializes on studying the ecology, conservation, and management of nearshore rocky reef fishes in tropical and temperate regions. In this talk, he will first discuss research in southern California investigating geographic variation in demography, life history, and trophic ecology of California sheephead, an important predatory fish in kelp forests. Then, the talk will describe ways to explicitly incorporate geographic variability into fisheries models with the goal of improving fisheries yield by managing populations on smaller scales. Lastly, he will discuss patterns of biogeographic variation in fish community structure in the Channel Islands and lessons learned about how to incorporate geographic variation into evaluations of the performance of California's first network of marine protected areas.


Next: May 30—Marc Mangel, PhD