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White Shark Book Features Marine Biology Faculty, Alumni Authors

Published: May 1, 2012

White shark aficionados and marine biologists can learn more about these magnificent animals in a new book, Global Perspectives on the Biology and Life History of the White Shark, from CRC Press, in which two faculty members and six alumni of CSULB’s internationally recognized Shark Lab co-authored seven of its 32 chapters.

Editor Michael L. Domeier of the Marine Conservation Science Institute in Fallbrook, Calif., compiled the latest shark research findings from experts on four continents, inspired by the 2010 International White Shark Symposium.

“This degree of contribution clearly establishes CSULB as a major institution involved in research on white sharks,” said Christopher G. Lowe, professor of marine biology and director of the Shark Lab, who encourages students to participate in his studies. He contributed to six chapters including:

“Captive Feeding and Growth of Young-of-the-Year White Sharks (Carcharodon carcharias) at the Monterey Bay Aquarium,” and “Oxygen Consumption Rate of Young-of-the-Year White Sharks (Carcharodon carcharias) During Transport to the Monterey Bay Aquarium,” both with alumnus Juan M. Ezcurra, associate curator of elasmobranchs at the aquarium; and with researchers Henry F. Mollet, Lara A. Ferry and John B. O’Sullivan.

“Heavy Metals, Trace Elements, and Organochlorine Contaminants in Muscle and Liver Tissue of Juvenile White Sharks (Carcharodon carcharias) from the Southern California Bight,” with alumni Christopher G. Mull, a Ph.D. student at Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, B.C.; Mary E. Blasius, research technician at CSULB’s Institute for Integrated Research in Materials, Environments and Society; and John B. O’Sullivan.

“Historic Fishery Interactions with White Sharks in the Southern California Bight,” with CSULB full-time lecturer Gwen D. Goodmanlowe; alumni Erica T. Jarvis and Tom J. Mason, both marine biologists at the California Department of Fish and Game (DFG); Mary E. Blasius; and John B. O’Sullivan.

“Back to the Wild: Release of Juvenile White Sharks from the Monterey Bay Aquarium,” with Juan M. Ezcurra; alumna and DFG marine biologist Kerri A. Loke-Smith; Mary E. Blasius; as well as Kevin C. Weng; John B. O’Sullivan; Chuck E. Winkler; Timothy J. Sippel; Salvador J. Jorgensen and Michael J. Murray.

Shark book cover

“Responding to the Risk of White Shark Attack: Updated Statistics, Prevention, Control Methods and Recommendations,” with Tobey H. Curtis, Barry D. Bruce, Geremy Cliff, Sheldon F. J. Dudley, A. Peter Klimley, Alison A. Kock, Robert N. Lea, John E. McCosker, Gregory B. Skomal, Jonathan M. Werry and John G. West.

In addition, alumnus Daniel Cartamil, a postdoctoral researcher at the Scripps Institute of Oceanography in La Jolla, co-authored “Incidental Catch and Ecological Observations of Juvenile White Sharks (Carcharodon carcharias) in Baja California, Mexico, and its Conservation Implications” with Omar Santana-Morales, Oscar Sosa-Nishizaki, Miguel A. Escobedo-Olvera, Erick C. Oñate-González and John B. O’Sullivan.

For more information, visit the CSULB Shark Lab website.

–Anne Ambrose