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Douglas Long  |  Interests  |  Scholarship  |  Service  

Interests

  • research and goals
    My research spans many aspects of evolution, ecology, biogeography, paleontology, conservation of vertebrate organisms, but are concentrated into these three core areas: 1) Elasmobranch Biology: Ongoing studies into the evolutionary biology and systematics of sharks, rays, and chimeras include the predatory dynamics of the great white shark, biogeography of sharks, and the discovery and description of new species of skates, sharks, and chimeras. (2) Evolutionary History of Sharks: Investigating the fossil record of sharks unravels complexities of their evolution, taxonomic relationships, present-day distribution patterns, and responses to climate change. This research has been conducted primarily in the western United States, but also in Antarctica and Chile. (3) Functional Morphology of Shark Dental Systems: Next to mammals, sharks have the most anatomically complex and functionally diverse teeth in the vertebrate world. Understanding how teeth function for prey capture sheds light on how these dentitions evolved. Conversely, teeth show features inherited from their ancestors, and as such, can be used to better reconstruct evolutionary patterns and taxonomic relationships among and between different lineages of sharks. (4) Systematics and Biogeography of Deep Sea Fishes: this research, primarily based on recent deep-water expeditions, aims to better understand the taxonomy and distributional patterns of deep-sea fishes, and is primarily focused in the eastern Pacific Ocean and the southeastern Indian Ocean. Major focus has been on the Galapagos Islands, including the description of several new species. I am also engaged in other areas of research, including avian conservation, with an emphasis on application of restoration ecology, aviculture and captive propagation of birds for reintroduction and management projects. As a native Californian, I am also interested in the current distribution, evolutionary history, ecology, and conservation of native California mammals, birds, reptiles, and fishes, with particularl emphasis on marine mammals. My research and educational activities have taken me to over 60 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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