Hunter Lenihan (Homepage)Associate Professor
Bren School of Environmental Science and Management
University of California
Santa Barbara, CA 93106
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Research interests: Applied marine ecology, fisheries management, social-ecological interactions of marine resource use
My students and I conduct research in fisheries biology, ecology and management in partnership with Santa Barbara Channel fishermen, environmental NGOs, the CA Department of Fish and Game, NOAA-National Marine Fisheries, NOAA-National Marine Sanctuary Program, and the SBC LTER. We are generating and testing theories and methods for the sustainable harvest of rocky reef fish and invertebrates (primarily lobster and abalone) in the Southern California Bight. Our current efforts focus on marine reserves and the development of ecological and socio-economic models of fishery management. We collaborate with fishermen, SBC LTER and other partners to collect socio-economic data, fisheries independent data inside and outside of reserves, and fishery dependent data from ship-board and port sampling collected outside of reserves.