Welcome to the Nearshore Marine Fish Research Program at California State University Northridge
The Nearshore Marine Fish Research Program is dedicated to providing the scientific information necessary for the effective management of our near-shore fish resources. Even in this new age of scientific achievement in the marine sciences, much of the basic life history information on the NMFRP target species has major gaps; or are missing entirely.
With the exception of California halibut and kelp bass, with the partial exception of white seabass and spotted sand bass, very little is known about abundance, distribution, settlement, critical habitat, age and growth, reproductive behavior, food habits, population genetics and dispersal for these important recreational and commercial species. NMFRP is dedicated to filling in these gaps.
Individuals interested in volunteering for field assistance with NMFRP field contracts should contact Brent Haggin for more information and sampling schedule
"A masterful accomplishment--Allen, Pondella and Horn have assembled a talented team of experts who produce authoritative, up-to-date accounts. This book will be used as the primary text in many fish biology courses and as a valuable reference elsewhere. Here is a wealth of data waiting to be mined by legions of graduate students as they generate the new ideas that will motivate marine ecology for years."--Peter Sale, Editor of Coral Reef Fishes: Dynamics and Diversity in a Complex Ecosystem
"A copiously illustrated and comprehensive interpretation of the past, present, and future state of over 500 species of fishes in Californian waters. A compilation of virtually all the many important studies on the ecology of California marine fishes."--Bruce B. Collette, National Marine Fisheries Service and co-author of The Diversity of Fishes
Marine fishes have been intensively studied, and some of the fundamental ideas in the science of marine ecology have emerged from the body of knowledge derived from this diverse group of organisms. This unique, authoritative, and accessible reference, compiled by 35 luminary ecologists, evolutionary biologists, and ichthyologists, provides a synthesis and interpretation of the large, often daunting, body of information on the ecology of marine fishes. The focus is on the fauna of the eastern Pacific, especially the fishes of the California coast, a group among the most diverse and best studied of all marine ecosystems. A generously illustrated and comprehensive source of information, this volume will also be an important launching pad for future research and will shed new light on the study of marine fish ecology worldwide.
The contributors touch on many fields in biology, including physiology, development, genetics, behavior, ecology, and evolution. The book includes sections on the history of research, both published and unpublished data, sections on collecting techniques, and references to important earlier studies. --University of California Press
Dr. Larry Allen's new book on ecology of fishes is making waves
“The Ecology of Marine Fishes,” Biology Department chair Larry Allen’s monumental new reference work on the fishes that inhabit the eastern Pacific—especially those in the waters off the California and Baja California coastlines—is making waves in the marine world.
The first of its kind to deal with California and adjacent waters, the book is a “dream come true” for graduate students, said Scripps Institution of Oceanography doctoral candidate Brad Erisman, a former Allen student. They now can tap one source instead of spending “countless hours tracking down old manuscripts.”
Resource agencies, fisheries management associations and virtually anyone with an interest in coastal resources and management will find a trove of information in “The Ecology of Marine Fishes.”
A $40,000 grant from the Packard Foundation, along with monies from the American Fisheries Society, enabled Allen and his co-editors—biology professors Daniel Pondella II of Occidental College and Michael Horn of CSU Fullerton—to publish the full-color volume.
Described as a “masterful accomplishment” by marine biologists such as Peter Sale, a University of Windsor professor and an international authority on communities of fish in coral reef habitats, “The Ecology of Marine Fishes” is expected to earn a place as the primary text in university-level fish biology courses, and to serve as a cornerstone for future research in the field.--csun.edu