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Nearshore Marine Fish Research Program

The programatic hierarchy



Research Scientists

Allen Lab Students (Sept 2015)

Stephanie Benseman; J. R. Clark; Lorna Macfarlane; Ali Meyer; Brian Peña; Calvin Won

Past NMFRP students


Marine Biology Grad Student Association

Southern California Marine Institute

UCSB San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station Mitigation Monitoring Program

Ocean Studies Institute Diving Program

Vantuna Research Group at Occidental College

The Love Lab at UCSB


Larry G. Allen

Larry Allen

Chair and Professor of Biology
Department of Biology

18111 Nordhoff Street

Northridge, CA 91330-8303


B.A. Biology, California State University, Fullerton, 1974

M.A. Biology, California State University, Fullerton, 1976

Ph.D. Biology, University of Southern California, 1980

Curriculum Vita (pdf)

Research Interests

I have extensive experience working on the community ecology of California coastal marine fishes particularly those that occur in the bays, estuaries and harbors of Southern California. In addition, recent efforts have dealt with fish assemblages in kelp bed and rock reefs in Southern California. Past research has also included investigations into biogeography of bay/estuarine and coastal marine fishes. My experience into the field of systematics has centered on the development and classification of clingfishes (Gobiesociformes) and wreckfishes (Polyprionidae). Currently, my students and I are investigating life history, ecology, population genetics, and recruitment mechanisms of several important commercial species of fishes including giant sea bass, soupfin sharks, white seabass, California halibut, kelp bass, barred sand bass, and spotted sand bass.

The Ecology of Marine Fishes: California and Adjacent Waters (UC Press)

"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

The Ecology of Marine 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.

ILLUSTRATIONS FROM THE BOOK available for download.