Chris Chabot

Chris Chabot
Office location:
MG 4112



My research is focused on the conservation and speciation of sharks, rays, and ray-finned fishes. Past and present projects have used molecular genetic methods to investigate hybridization, phylogeographic patterns, phylogenetic relationships, and reproductive strategies (e.g., polyandry and multiple paternity) within these taxa. Future projects will be focused on the generation of tens of thousands of genetic markers by next-generation sequencing in order to explore genetic diversity within exploited and endangered taxa at both historic and contemporary time scales, measure population connectivity on a finer scale than presently possible, and to search for signals of selection by way of comparative transcriptomics.


Ph.D. Biology 2013 University of California, Los Angeles

M.S. Biology 2007 California State University, Northridge

B.S. Biology 2004 California State Polytechnic University, Pomona


Bio 100: Introductory Biology

Bio 106: Biological Principles I

Bio 322: Evolution

Peer-Reviewed Publications

Chabot, C.L. 2015. Microsatellite loci confirm a lack of gene flow among globally distributed populations of the tope shark, Galeorhinus galeus (Triakidae). Journal of Fish Biology, DOI: 10.1111/jfb.12727

Chabot, C.L., Espinoza, M., Mascareñas-Osorio, I., and Rocha-Olivares, A. 2015. Population structure and gene flow in the brown smoothhound shark, Mustelus henlei, in the northeastern Pacific. Ecology and Evolution, DOI: 10.1002/ece3.1458

Chabot, C.L., Hawk, H.A., and Allen, L.G. 2015. Low contemporary effective population size detected in the Critically Endangered Giant Sea Bass, Stereolepis gigas. Fisheries Research, 172: 71-78

Franklin, M.P., Chabot, C.L., and Allen, L.G. An investigation into the population structure of white seabass, Atractoscion nobilis, in California and Mexican waters using microsatellite DNA analysis. Journal of the Southern California Academy of Sciences (submitted)

Martinez-Takeshita, N., Purcell, C.M., Chabot, C.L., Craig, M.T., Paterson, C.N., Hyde, J.R., and Allen, L.G. 2015. A tale of three tails: cryptic speciation in a globally distributed marine fish of the genus Seriola. Copeia, 103(2): 357-368

Paterson, C.N., Chabot, C.L., Robertson, J.M., Erisman, B., Cota-Nieto, J.J., and Allen, L.G. 2015. The genetic diversity and population structure of barred sand bass, Paralabrax nebulifer: a historically important fisheries species off southern and Baja California. CalCOFI Reports, 56: 1-13

Purcell, C., Chabot, C.L., Martinez-Takeshita, N., Craig, M.T., Allen, L.G., and Hyde, J. 2015. Developing a genetic baseline for the yellowtail amberjack species complex, Seriola lalandi sensu latu, to assess and preserve variation in wild populations of these globally important aquaculture species. Conservation Genetics, 16(6): 1475-1488

Chabot, C.L. and Haggin, B.M. 2014. Frequency of multiple paternity varies between two populations of brown smoothhound shark, Mustelus henlei. Marine Biology, 161(4): 797-804

Chabot, C.L. 2012. Characterization of 11 microsatellite loci for the brown

smooth-hound shark, Mustelus henlei (Triakidae), discovered with next-

generation sequencing. Conservation Genetics Resources, 4(1): 23-25

Chabot, C.L. and Nigenda, S. 2011. Characterization of 13 microsatellite loci for the tope shark, Galeorhinus galeus, discovered with next-generation sequencing and their utility for eastern Pacific smooth-hound sharks (Mustelus). Conservation Genetics Resources, 3(3): 553-555

Chabot, C.L. and Allen, L.G. 2009. Global population structure of the tope (Galeorhinus galeus) inferred by mitochondrial control region sequence data. Molecular Ecology, 18: 545-552

Chabot, C.L., Carlisle, A.B., and Ebert, D.A. Galeorhinus galeus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. (submitted)

Chabot, C.L., Nehmens, M., and Carlisle, A.B. Squatina californica. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. (submitted)

Chabot, C.L., Vasquez, V., and Ebert, D.A. Mustelus henlei. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. (submitted)

Lyons, K., Wegner, N.C. and Chabot, C.L. Alopias pelagicus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. (submitted)

Vasquez, V., Chabot, C.L., and Ebert, D.A. Mustelus californicus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. (submitted)