DAVID A. EBERT, Ph.D.
A PDF copy of my CV can be downloaded here.
Post-Doctorate, South African Museum, Cape Town, South Africa
Ph.D., Ichthyology & Fisheries Sciences, Rhodes University, Grahamstown, South Africa
M.A., Marine Biology, Moss Landing Marine Laboratories, San Jose State University, Moss Landing, California, U.S.A.
B.A., Zoology, Humboldt State University, Arcata, California, U.S.A.
A.A., General, Hartnell Community College, Salinas, California, U.S.A.
Current position since 2002: Program manager/Adjunct faculty, Pacific Shark Research
Center, Moss Landing Marine Laboratories.
1991-2001 Vice President, US Abalone, a California-based aquaculture business that I co-founded.
2001-2003 Realtor, Coldwell Banker – American Home Realty.
1985-2005 President, Ocean Resources Consulting Associates, a California-based
environmental consulting business that I co-founded.
Graduate courses Moss Landing Marine Laboratories
Topics in Marine Ecology: Advanced Ichthyology
Large Marine Ecosystems of the World: an integrated approach to understanding marine ecosystems
Advanced Topics in Marine Ecology: Systematics of marine organisms
Biology of Chondrichthyan Fishes
Guest lecturer, Moss Landing Marine Laboratories
Professor, National Taiwan Fisheries College, Kee-Lung, Taiwan. Taught English conversation to Chinese university students. The class was designed to help improve the students proficiency in English conversation as most were planning to attend graduate school in the United States
Professor, Hartnell Community College. Marine Ecology and Oceanography.
Teacher, North Monterey County Unified School District
Instructor, Monterey Bay Aquarium. Taught semi-annual course on “Sharks and Rays of Monterey Bay”
Professional Achievements and Qualifications:
Board of Directors, American Elasmobranch Society
Board Member, IUCN Shark Specialist Group Northeastern Pacific
Board Member, Oceania Chondrichthyan Society
Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee representative for Moss Landing Marine Laboratories
Research faculty representative, Moss Landing Marine Laboratories. Represent the research faculty interests and concerns.
Museum committee chair, Moss Landing Marine Laboratories. Organize the MLML museum collection and develop guidelines for its use.
Organizer, Stable Isotope Working Group (Spring 2005). Organized bi-weekly group meetings at MLML to review and discuss papers related to techniques involving the use of stable isotope analysis for ecological studies. Several invited speakers gave presentations on their research to the group. The goal is to develop projects using this technique as applied to ecological studies.
Scientist, Alaska Fisheries Science Center, National Marine Fisheries Service, 2002 Eastern Bering Sea Continental Slope Survey. My primary project was to investigate the reproductive biology of Bering Sea skates. I examined over 1,300 specimens, comprising at least nine species during this 25 day cruise. In addition, I saved tissue samples from all species collected for future genetic studies. To date, one publication has resulted with another currently in preparation. Baseline data gathered from this cruise was used to develop four Masters theses projects which are currently ongoing.
Research affiliate, Shark Research Center, South African Museum. Developed and coordinated a network of survey sites along the South African and Namibian coasts to collect and record cartilaginous fishes. I worked closely with the commercial and recreational fishing industry to develop this program. This project has lead to the collection of several undescribed species, numerous range extensions, and new records of
cartilaginous fishes to the southern African fauna. Results from this program have been published in numerous peer review journals and a book culminating nearly 25 years of research is currently in preparation and will be published by the University of California Press.
Senior ichthyologist, R/V Africana, Sea Fisheries Research Institute research ship. I participated on a series of research cruises (1987-1990) to investigate coastal and deepsea fish fauna as part of the Benguela Ecosystem Program in the southeastern Atlantic Ocean. Chief responsibilities included the identification, collection, preservation, and photographic record of all fishes. To date, 12 publications have resulted from this project.
Senior scientist, R/V Benguela, Sea Fisheries Research Institute research ship. I participated on a series of research cruises to investigate coastal and deepsea fish fauna in the southwestern Indian Ocean. Chief responsibilities were to coordinate and oversee scientific activities on these cruises including the identification, collection, preservation, and photographic record of all fishes. Three publications have resulted from this project to date.
Research fellowship, National Taiwan Fisheries College, Kee-Lung, Taiwan. I conducted an intense fishery survey of the cartilaginous fish fauna around Taiwanese waters. Results from the study to date have lead to the descriptions of 5 new species with several additional new species currently being described. At least 30 or more species previously unknown from this region have been identified to date.
Consultant and on-air personality for several television documentary programs on aquaculture and elasmobranchs produced for national and international production companies.
Consultant, surveyed the feasibility and potential of developing abalone aquaculture facilities in China.
Consultant, Fitzgerald Marine Reserve, San Mateo County. Conducted a floral and faunal survey of the Reserve, and an experimental abalone seeding project to enhance the red abalone population of the Reserve.
Consultant, abalone enhancement project, California Department of Fish and Game.
Develop techniques to seed abalone veliger larvae and juvenile abalone, and to monitor their dispersal, survivorship, and growth.
National Research Foundation
North Pacific Research Board
New Hampshire Sea Grant
Symposia and Workshops:
Organizer, Chondrichthyan Symposium, 8th Indo-Pacific Fish Conference (2009)
Organizer, Skate Symposium, American Elasmobranch Society meeting (2006)
Organizer, Sixth National Oceanographic Symposium, Stellenbosch, South Africa, Elasmobranch Symposium (1987)
Keynote speaker, Oceania Chondrichthyan Society (2008)
Invited speaker, Second Cowshark Conference, Seattle, WA (2006)
Invited speaker, American Fishery Society, Anchorage, AK (2005)
Invited speaker, IUCN Shark Specialist Group, Deepsea Chondrichthyans (2003)
Participant, IUCN Shark Specialist Group, Western North Pacific/SE Asia Red List Workshop (2007)
Participant, IUCN Shark Specialist Group, Global Batoid Red List Workshop (2004)
Participant, IUCN Shark Specialist Group, North and Central American Red List Workshop (2004)
Participant, IUCN Shark Specialist Group, Southern African Red List Workshop (2003)
Committees and Panels (Past and present):
American Elasmobranch Society Board of Directors
American Elasmobranch Society Nominating committee and Student awards judge
IACUC committee member representing MLML
Oceania Chondrichthyan Society Board of Directors
International Union Conservation of Nature Shark Specialist Group
Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council
Business and Tourism Activity Panel, MBNMS – Board Chairman
Sanctuary Currents Symposium science award poster judge
The Otter Project – Director
California Aquaculture Association (CAA) – Director
CAA, Governmental Affairs committee member
US Abalone, Director
Community and Professional Affiliations (Past and present):
American Elasmobranch Society
American Fisheries Society
American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists
Business and Tourism Activity Panel, MBNMS
California Aquaculture Association
Conservation Working Group, MBNMS
Friends of Moss Landing Marine Laboratories
Gilbert Ichthyological Society
International Union for the Conservation of Nature Shark Specialist Group
Northeastern Pacific Shark Specialist Group (IUCN)
Oceania Chondrichthyan Society
Research Activity Panel, MBNMS
Shark Research Center, South African Museum, Cape Town, South Africa
The Otter Project
Western Society of Naturalist
Acta Palaeontologica Polonica
African Journal of Marine Science
Alaska Sea Grant
Australian Journal Marine and Freshwater Research
Bulletin of Marine Science
California Fish and Game Quarterly
California’s Living Marine Resources and Their Utilization
California Cooperative Oceanic Fisheries Investigations (CalCOFI)
Cambridge University Press
Caribbean Journal of Science
CSIRO Special Publications
Environmental Biology Fishes
ICES Journal of Marine Biology
Japanese Society of Systematic Zoology – Species Diversity
Journal of Fish Biology
Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom
Journal of Morphology
Journal Shellfish Biology
Journal of the World Aquaculture Society
Marine Ecology Progress Series
Marine and Freshwater Research
Marine Fisheries Review
Memoirs of Museum Victoria
New Zealand Journal of Marine and Freshwater Research
NOAA Technical Report NOAA 90
NOAA Technical Report NOAA 115
Oxford University Press
Proceedings of the Royal Society B
South African Journal Marine Science
University of California Press
University Oklahoma Press