Curriculum Vitae


Curriculum Vitae

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.

Professional Experience:

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.

Teaching Experience:

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

Other courses

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.

Grant Reviewer:

National Research Foundation

Northeast Consortium

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

Journal Reviews:

Acta Adriatica

Acta Palaeontologica Polonica

African Journal of Marine Science

Alaska Sea Grant

Australian Journal Marine and Freshwater Research

Bay Nature

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

Fishery Bulletin

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 Biology

Marine Ecology Progress Series

Marine and Freshwater Research

Marine Fisheries Review

Memoirs of Museum Victoria

New Zealand Journal of Marine and Freshwater Research

Northwestern Naturalist

NOAA Technical Report NOAA 90

NOAA Technical Report NOAA 115

Oxford University Press

Proceedings of the Royal Society B

Polar Biology

Scientia Marina

South African Journal Marine Science

Southeastern Naturalist

University of California Press

University Oklahoma Press

Zoological Studies