OCCRI Researchers

Title: Professor
Name: Mark Hixon
Institution: Oregon State University
Department: Zoology

University of California at Santa Barbara: 1979: Ph.D. Population and Aquatic Biology 1974: M.A. Ichthyology and Ecology 1973: B.A. Environmental Biology

Research Theme: My research focuses on the ecology of coastal marine fishes on both temperate rocky reefs and tropical coral reefs, although I have studied a variety of other organisms, including seaweeds and hummingbirds. My major research interests include population dynamics — particularly the mechanisms that naturally regulate population sizes — and community ecology — particularly the mechanisms that affect and maintain local species diversity — especially in the context of sustaining fisheries and conserving biodiversity.

Research Fields:

Ecology and Ecosystem Management
Impacts Ecosystems and Populations

Professional Activities:

Editorial Board of Coral Reefs (1997-2010), Ecology and Ecological Monographs (1998- present)

NOAA & DOI Marine Protected Areas Federal Advisory Committee: Member (2003-2010), Chair (2006-2009)

National Science Foundation Geosciences Advisory Committee (2006-2008): Chair of Ocean Science Subcommittee (2007-2008)

Communication Partnership for Science and the Sea (COMPASS): Board of Scientific Advisors (2004-present)

Bahamas National Trust: Science Advisory Committee (2006-present)

Selected Publications:

Caley, M.J., M.H. Carr, M.A. Hixon, T.P. Hughes, G.P. Jones, and B.A. Menge. 1996. Recruitment and the local dynamics of open marine populations. Annual Review of Ecology and Systematics 27:477-500.

Murray, S.N., R.F. Ambrose, J.A. Bohnsack, L.W. Botsford, M.H. Carr, G.E. Davis, P.K. Dayton, D. Gotshall, D.R. Gunderson, M.A. Hixon, J. Lubchenco, M. Mangel, A. MacCall, D.A. McArdle, J.C. Ogden, J. Roughgarden, R.M. Starr, M.J. Tegner, and M.M. Yoklavich. 1999. No-take reserve networks: protection for fishery populations and marine ecosystems. Fisheries 24(11):11-25.

Berkeley, S.A., M.A. Hixon, R.J. Larson, and M.S. Love. 2004. Fisheries sustainability via protection of age structure and spatial distribution of fish populations. Fisheries 29(8):23-32.

Francis, R.C., M.A. Hixon, M.E. Clarke, S.A. Murawski, and S. Ralston. 2007. Ten commandments for ecosystem-based fisheries scientists. Fisheries 32:219 -233.

Hixon, M.A. 2009. Garden of ghosts. Pages 50-51 in R. Hayes (ed.) Thoreau’s Legacy: American Stories About Global Warming. Union of Concerned Scientists/Penguin Classics Book Partnership; Cambridge, Massachusetts. (www.ucsusa.org/americanstories)