Mark Morales

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B.S. Environmental Systems; Ecology, Behavior, Evolution. 2014. UC, San Diego.

Research Interests

Broadly, I am interested in: 1) the effects of natural climate variability and anthropogenic climate change on the growth, recruitment, mortality, and distribution of commercial, recreational and ecologically important fishes within the California Current System; 2) marine food web dynamics; and 3) single-species, multi-species and ecosystem fisheries modeling. My research aims to produce sound science that can be operationalized by resource managers.

As a second year PhD student (2016-2017) at UC Santa Cruz, co-advised by Prof. Mark Carr and Dr. Elliot Hazen (SWFSC), I will be investigating the role of interannual variability of oceanic currents and lower trophic level production (i.e. phytoplankton and zooplankton) on the growth and movement of larval/juvenile shelf/shelf-slope rockfishes with an application to recruitment dynamics. I will be using a wide range of tools like regional ocean models, nutrient-phytoplankton-zooplankton models, individual-based bioenergetic/movement models and state-of-the-art statistical methods for my dissertation. I am currently developing collaborations within the Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Ocean Sciences, and Applied Mathematics and Statistics departments at UCSC, as well as within the Southwest Fisheries Science Center’s (SWFSC) Environmental Research Division (ERD) and the Fisheries Ecology Division (FED) at Pacific Grove and Santa Cruz, respectively.

I also collaborate with scientists in Mexico to investigate the role of climate forcing on small pelagic fishes (e.g. sardine and anchovy).

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