Pelagic Research center



From our UNH Congressional earmarks in 2006 to 2008, LPRC awarded ~$2.4 million in extramural grants to encourage research on a variety of large pelagic species. In total, we funded 14 projects, at 10 research institutions. Below is a list of the projects LPRC has supported.

Parameter optimization of habitat-driven spatial dynamics of Atlantic bluefin tuna with conventional and electronic tagging data.
P. Lehodey, I. Senina, and F. Royer, CLS America
J. Sibert, Pelagics Fisheries Research Program

Technological development and adaptation of small-scale satellite tags to characterize long-term dispersal patterns and early life history of neonate sea turtles
K. Mansfield, University of Miami
J. Wyneken, Florida Atlantic University
D. Rittschof, Duke University

Estimation of effective population size (Ne) in the heavily over-exploited north Atlantic bluefin tuna (Thunnus thynnus ).
J. McDowell and J. Graves VIMS/College of William and Mary

Can bottom-up effects influence energetic condition of Atlantic bluefin tuna in the Gulf of Maine?
J. Stockwell, J. Runge, A. Pershing and G. Sherwood,
Gulf of Maine Research Institute

Reconstructing diet histories and migration pathways of bluefin tuna from compound-specific stable isotope analyses of scales and bone
S. Thorrold and L. Houghton, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Leatherback turtle foraging habitats in the north Atlantic: Implications for fisheries interactions
A. Southwood, UNC - Wilmington
D. Kirby, The Secretariat of the Pacific Community

Habitat utilization, movement patterns, and post-release survivorship of porbeagle sharks (Lamna nasus) captured on longline in the North Atlantic
G. Skomal, Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries
L. Natanson, and N. Kohler Apex Predators Investigation NOAA/NMFS
D. Bernal, University of Massachusetts
C. Sepulveda, Pfleger Institute of Environmental Research

Distribution, migration and behavior of the ocean sunfish, Mola mola , in the north Atlantic
W. Hunt Howell, and I. Potter, University of New Hampshire

Genetic discrimination of Bluefin tuna spawned in the Mediterranean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico
J. Graves, J. McDowell, and J. Carlsson, VIMS/College of William & Mary

Towards long-term tracking of billfish
K. Holland and D. Itano, University of Hawaii

Assessment of natal homing and mixing of Atlantic bluefin tuna using 13 C and Δ18 O signatures in otoliths
J. Rooker, Texas A&M University
D. Secor, University of Maryland
J. Neilson, Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada

PCBs as novel tracers for determining Bluefin tuna (Thunnus thynnus) population mixing in the North Atlantic
R. Dickhut, VIMS/College of William & Mary
A. Deshpande, Northeast Fisheries Science Center

Spatial ecology of marine turtles in the Eastern Atlantic
M. Coyne and P. Halpin, Duke University
B. Godley, University of Exeter in Cornwall
M. Fedak, PhD, University of St. Andrews

Technological development of a high resolution, rapid survey capability to identify spawning habitat of large pelagic fishes
R. Cowen, University of Miami