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The Fish Ecology Lab focuses on several areas of research concerning the population ecology and assemblage structure of coastal fishes, especially concerning the early life stages of rocky reef and estuarine fishes. To learn about several of our projects, click  on the links below:
 

Current Projects

Southern California

Consequences of predation threat for a macrophyte-associated fish
Ecological consequences of toxicant exposure in estuarine fishes
Evaluating the efficacy of marine protected areas for rocky reef fishes
Impacts of anthropogenic and natural sounds on juvenile coastal fishes
Role of habitat area and topographic complexity on the distribution and abundance of rocky reef fishes

 

Northern California 

Biological and oceanographic drivers of larval condition, settlement, and recruitment in rockfishes
Effects of toxicant exposure and habitat structural complexity on predation of an estuarine fish

 

Past Projects

Southern California

Consequences of habitat disturbance and recovery to recruitment and the abundance of kelp forest fishes
Ecological implications of physiological condition in temperate fishes
Effects of habitat fragmentation and patch size on recruitment and the abundance of kelp forest fishes
Evaluating eelgrass site quality by the settlement, performance, and survival of a marine fish

Fish-habitat associations and the role of disturbance in surfgrass beds
Habitat-dependent recruitment of two reef fishes at multiple spatial scales
Habitat structure and recruitment of temperate reef fishes
Habitat structure, predation, and the distribution of an intertidal sculpin

Larval supply, settlement, and recruitment of fishes in eelgrass beds in a southern California embayment
Linking swimming performance to population demography in fishes
 
Patterns of invertebrate settlement in kelp forests
Positive indirect effects of reef fishes on kelp performance
Predation by fishes and trophic ecology in eelgrass beds
Predator-mediated recruitment and size of kelp-associated fishes 
Predator size and recruitment of temperate reef fishes
Relative importance of habitat attributes to predation risk in a temperate reef fish

Swimming performance and the ecology of the early life stages of temperate fishes

California

Genetic structure of leopard shark (Triakis semifasciata) populations in California waters
Trophic ecology of the common thresher (Alopias vulpinus) and shortfin mako (Isurus oxyrinchus)

Hawaii

Habitat associations and aggregation of recruit fishes on Hawaiian coral reefs
Recruitment and habitat associations of reef fishes in the main and northwest Hawaiian Islands

 

Publications ( * denotes graduate student, ** denotes undergraduate student)

Hixon, M.A., T.W. Anderson, K.L. Buch, D. W. Johnson, J.B. McLeod, and C.D. Stallings. 2012. Density dependence and population regulation in marine fish: a large-scale, long-term field manipulation. Ecological Monographs (in press; preprint) .
 

*Lewis, L.S., and T.W. Anderson. 2012. Top-down control of epifauna by fishes enhances seagrass production. Ecology (in press; preprint ).
 

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Hunsicker, M.E., L. Ciannelli, K.M. Bailey, J.A. Buckel, J.W. White, J.S. Link, T.E. Essington, S.Gaichas, T.W. Anderson, R.D. Brodeur, K.S Chan, K. Chen, G. Englund, K.T. Frank, V. Freitas, M.A. Hixon, T. Hurst, D.W. Johnson, J.F. Kitchell, D. Reese, G.A. Rose, H. Sjodin, W.J. Sydeman, H.W. van der Veer, K. Vollset, and S. Zador. 2011. Functional responses and scaling in predator–prey interactions of marine fishes: contemporary issues and emerging concepts. Ecology Letters 14:1288-1299.
 

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DeMartini, E.E., T.W. Anderson, A.M. Friedlander, and J.P. Beets. 2011. Predator biomass, prey density, and species composition effects on group size in recruit coral reef fishes. Marine Biology 158:2437-2447.
 

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White, J.W., L.W. Botsford, M.L. Baskett, L.A.K. Barnett, *R.J. Barr, and A. Hastings. 2011. Linking models and monitoring data for assessing performance of no-take marine reserves. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment 9:390–399.
 

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DeMartini, E.E., T.W. Anderson, J.C. Kenyon, J.P. Beets, and A.M. Friedlander. 2010. Management implications of juvenile reef fish habitat preferences and coral susceptibility to stressors. Marine and Freshwater Research 61:1-9.
 

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*Deza, A.A., and T.W. Anderson. 2010. Habitat fragmentation, patch size, and the distribution and abundance of kelp forest fishes. Marine Ecology Progress Series 416:229-240.
 

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**Farlin, J.P., *L.S. Lewis, T.W. Anderson, and C.T. Lai. 2010. Functional diversity in amphipods revealed by stable isotopes in an eelgrass ecosystem. Marine Ecology Progress Series 420:277–281.
 

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*Floyd, E.Y., and T.W. Anderson. 2010. Interactive effects of nutritional condition and refuge availability on survival of a temperate reef goby. Marine Ecology Progress Series 407:257-269.
 

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*O'Connor, K.C., and T.W. Anderson. 2010. Consequences of habitat disturbance and recovery to recruitment and the abundance of kelp forest fishes. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology 386:1-10. 
 

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*Floyd, E.Y., J.P. Geist, and I. Werner. 2008. Acute, sublethal exposure to a pyrethroid insecticide alters behavior, growth, and predation risk in larvae of the fathead minnow (Pimephales promelas). Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry 27:1780-1787.
 

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*Galst, C.A., and T.W. Anderson. 2008. Fish-habitat associations and the role of disturbance in surfgrass beds. Marine Ecology Progress Series 365:177-186.

 

Anderson, T.W. 2007. Guide to identification and surveying of near shore fishes. In Sampling biodiversity in coastal communities -- NaGISA protocols for seagrass and macroalgal habitats (P.R. Rigby, K. Iken, and Y. Shirayama, eds.). Kyoto University Press, Kyoto p. 90-92.

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Anderson, T.W., M.H. Carr, and M.A. Hixon. 2007. Patterns and mechanisms of variable settlement and recruitment of a coral reef damselfish, Chromis cyanea. Marine Ecology Progress Series 350:109-116.

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*Davenport, A.C., and T.W. Anderson. 2007. Positive indirect effects of reef fishes on kelp performance: the importance of mesograzers. Ecology 88:1548-1561.

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DeMartini, E.E., and T.W. Anderson. 2007. Habitat associations and aggregation of recruit fishes on Hawaiian coral reefs. Bulletin of Marine Science 81:139-152.

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*Floyd, E.Y., R. Churchwell, and J.J. Cech, Jr. 2007. Effects of water velocity and trash rack architecture on fish passage and interactions: a simulation. Transactions of the American Fisheries Society 136:1177-1186.

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*Lewallen, E.A., T.W. Anderson, and A.J. Bohonak. 2007. Genetic structure of leopard shark (Triakis semifasciata) populations in California watersMarine Biology 152:599-609.

*Webber, J.D., S.N. Chun, T.R. MacColl, L.T. Mirise, A. Kawabata, E.K. Anderson, T.S. Cheong, L. Kavvas, M.M. Rotondo, K.L. Hochgraf, R. Churchwell, and J.J. Cech, Jr. 2007. Upstream swimming performance of adult white sturgeon: effects of partial baffles and a ramp. Transactions of the American Fisheries Society 136:402-408.

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Reed, D.C., S.C. Schroeter, D. Huang, T.W. Anderson, and R.F. Ambrose. 2006. Quantifying the performance of different artificial reef designs in mitigating losses to kelp bed fishes in southern California. Bulletin of Marine Science 78:133-150.

Steele, M.A., and T.W. Anderson. 2006. Predation. In Ecology of marine fishes: California and adjacent waters (L.G. Allen, M.H. Horn, and D.J. Pondella II, eds.). University of California Press, Berkeley, p. 428-448.

*Andrews, K.S., and T.W. Anderson. 2004. Habitat-dependent recruitment of two temperate reef fishes at multiple spatial scales. Marine Ecology Progress Series 277:231-244.

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Anderson, T.W., C.T. Bartels, M.A. Hixon, E. Bartels, M.H. Carr, and J.M. Shenker. 2002. Current velocity and catch efficiency in sampling settlement-stage larvae of coral-reef fishes. Fishery Bulletin 100:404-413.

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Carr, M.H., T.W. Anderson, and M.A. Hixon. 2002. Biodiversity, population regulation, and the stability of coral-reef fish communities. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 99:11241-11245.

Anderson, T.W. 2001. Predator responses, prey refuges, and density-dependent mortality of a marine fish. Ecology 82:245-257.

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