Cooperative Research Units
Education, Research And Technical Assistance For Managing Our Natural Resources
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Courses Taught

  • Fisheries Ecology Lectures and discussions will be used to provide an interactive exploration of the ecology of fishes related to management and conservation. Topics include: foraging and predator-prey theory, reproduction and early life-history, habitat selection and niche theory, competition, fish biodiversity, and response to anthropogenic climate change. (Tim Grabowski 2017)
  • Field Ichthyology Distribution, life-history, and habitat associations of Texas freshwater, estuarine, and marine fishes. Field identification and collection methods emphasized. Field trips required. (Tim Grabowski 2015)
  • Field Ichthyology Distribution, life-history, and habitat associations of Texas freshwater, estuarine, and marine fishes. Field identification and collection methods emphasized. Field trips required. (Tim Grabowski 2014)
  • Field Ichthyology Distribution, life-history, and habitat associations of Texas freshwater, estuarine, and marine fishes. Field identification and collection methods emphasized. Field trips required. (Tim Grabowski 2013)
  • Field Ichthyology Distribution, life-history, and habitat associations of Texas freshwater, estuarine, and marine fishes. Field identification and collection methods emphasized. Field trips required. (Tim Grabowski 2012)
  • Fisheries Ecology: Management and Conservation of Marine Resources in a Changing Ocean In order to reliably define the conditions under which fisheries can sustainably operate in the long-term, it is essential to have a thorough understanding of the influence of human activities and ocean climate on the ecology of the stocks in question. Climatic variation has been shown to affect behaviour and distribution of marine organisms. Changes in all of our major fish stocks have occurred in recent decades due to trends in ocean climate. Commercial fishing has also altered those which are exploited, at both the inter- and intra-stock levels. Most often, mortality imposed by fishing is considerably higher than that which occurs naturally. In addition, fishing is inherently selective. Accumulating evidence indicates that fishing has influenced the phenotypic and genetic structure, production, sustainability and recovery potential of harvested stocks.

    This course will focus on the ecology of exploited marine fish resources, with particular emphasis on the effects that ocean climate and human activities have on the physiology, biology and behaviour of fish populations.
    (Tim Grabowski 2011)
  • Marine Ecology Lectures, discussions, and laboratory exercises will be used to provide an interactive introduction to the ecology of the marine environment. Students will learn to apply general ecological concepts to specific marine ecosystems, with an emphasis on those of the North Atlantic. Topics include limitations of the physical environment, primary production, trophic dynamics and interactions, population dynamics and life history theory, and biogeography. Laboratory exercises will expose students to experimental design and analysis with an emphasis on communication with a scientific audience. (Tim Grabowski 2008)
  • Fish Ecology Lectures and discussions will be used to provide an interactive exploration of the ecology of fishes. Topics include: foraging, reproduction, habitat selection, niche, competition, and the mechanisms controlling fish biodiversity. Instruction includes both the status of a topic and appropriate research designs. The latter materials will be relevant to most animal taxa. (Tim Grabowski 2007)
  • Fish Physiology Basic fish physiology with an emphasis on the effects of environmental stresses on physiological functions of fish. Lectures focus on how the physiological systems in fishes have evolved in response to the daunting challenges of life in an aquatic environment. A comparative approach examining the different solutions various taxa have developed to meet these challenges is presented. (Tim Grabowski 2006)
  • Ichthyology Systematics, evolution, life history, anatomy and physiology, distribution, ecology, and current literature of fishes. Laboratory study of morphology and identification of U.S. genera with a focus on regional species. (Tim Grabowski 2005)
 

Current Staff

Federal Staff: 1

Masters Students: 1

Phd Students: 0

Post Docs: 0

University Staff: 1

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 7

Scientific Publications: 24

Presentations: 54

Hawaii Cooperative Fishery Research Unit Cooperators

  1. Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources
  2. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
  3. U.S. Geological Survey
  4. University of Hawaii