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Douglas Long  |  Interests  |  Scholarship  |  Service  


  • research and goals

    My research spans many aspects of evolution, ecology, biogeography, paleontology, and conservation of vertebrate organisms, but are concentrated into these four core areas: (1) Elasmobranch Biology: ongoing studies into the evolutionary biology of sharks, rays, and chimeras.  Past projects include the predatory dynamics of the great white shark, paleoecology of fossil shark communities, and discovery and description of new species of skates, sharks, and chimeras from the Galapagos Islands.(2) Deepwater Fishes: research on the paleontology, evolutionary history, biogeography, and taxonomy of deepwater fishes, including the description of several new species.(3) Avian Conservation: special emphasis on application of restoration ecology, aviculture and captive propagation of birds for reintroduction and management projects, with specific attention to psittacines (parrots), butocerids (hornbills), columbids (doves), and cathartids (New World vultures) in several projects worldwide.(4) California Vertebrates: varied projects on the current distribution, evolutionary history, ecology, and conservation of native California mammals, birds, reptiles, and fishes, with special emphasis on marine mammals.   My research activities have taken me to over 50 countries on six continents, and as a science liaison to the press, I have been on PBS, CNN, BBC, dozens of local news outlets, and have been on Discovery Channel's Shark Week several times. Please see the Scholarship section for a list of selected research papers.

  • Education

    I earned my B.S. in Biological Anthropology at the University of California, Riverside (1988); a M.A. in Paleontology (1990) and a Ph.D. in Integrative Biology (1994) at the University of California, Berkeley; and two postdoctoral assignments at the California Academy of Sciences.

  • Lecture and Experience

     I have lectured at the University of California, Berkeley, at the California State Universities of Sonoma and San Francisco, and began teaching at Saint Mary's College in 1994. Currently, I am also a Research Associate in the Departments of Ornithology & Mammalogy and Ichthyology, both at the California Academy of Sciences.

  • Educational Outreach
    Quest Science Television, KQED: Ice Age Bay Area. 12 November 2008.
  • Educational Outreach
    KQED Forum radio program: White Sharks of the Bay Area. 22 June 2011.
  • Educational Outreach
    KQED Forum radio program: California Biodiversity and the new Gallery of California Natural Sciences. 21 May 2013
  • Educational Outreach
    KALW Your Call radio forum: Global Commons - Whales and Sharks. 7 December 2008.
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