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Marc Mangel


Center for Stock Assessment Research

Distinguished Professor
University of California, Santa Cruz

Ph.D., University of British Columbia
Applied Mathematics and Statistics, 1978

Research Expertise

Fisheries Ecology And Evolution
Quantitative Methods
Predator-Prey Interactions




Dr. Marc Mangel is Distinguished Professor in the Department of Applied Mathematics and Statistics at the University of California Santa Cruz (UCSC), and is Director of the Center for Stock Assessment Research (CSTAR), a partnership between the UCSC and the Santa Cruz Laboratory of the National Marine Fisheries Service. His research program focuses on ecology, evolution and behavior, and uses mathematical methods to solve biological and ecological problems. Dr. Mangel has studied several key forage populations, and has done extensive work on their abundance and distribution, foraging behavior, and predator-prey interactions in various ecosystems. Dr. Mangel’s group is currently using quantitative tools to develop practical approaches to Ecosystem Based Fishery Management.

Dr. Mangel has won many prestigious awards, and he is a Fellow of the California Academy of Sciences, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the Royal Society of Edinburgh. He has served on federal and international panels including the Scientific Committee for the Conservation of Antarctic Living Marine Resources, the National Marine Fisheries Service Ecosystem Advisory Panel, the Science Advisory Board of the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis, and the Special Commitee on Seals, which advises the British government on the status and conservation of seals in the UK. Dr. Mangel’s editorial appointments on the boards of academic journals are numerous, and he was co-editor of the journal Behavioral Ecology from 1994-1999.


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Recent Selected Publcations

Cresswell, K.A., J. Wiedenmann, and M. Mangel. 2008. Can macaroni penguins keep up with climate- and fishing-induced changes in krill? Polar Biology 31: 641-649.

Wiedenmann, J., K. Creswell, and M. Mangel. 2008. Temperature-dependent growth of Antarctic krill: predictions for a changing climate from a cohort model. Marine Ecology Progress Series 358: 191-202.

Wolf, N. and M. Mangel. 2008. Multiple hypothesis testing and the declining-population paradigm in Steller sea lions. Ecological Applications 18: 1932-1955.

Eliassen, S., C. Jørgensen, M. Mangel, and J. Giske. 2008. Exploration or exploitation: life expectancy changes the value of learning in foraging strategies. Oikos 116: 513-523.

Abrahams, M.V., M. Mangel, and K. Edges. 2007. Predator-prey interactions and changing environments: who benefits? Philosophical Transcations of the Royal Society B 362: 2095-2104.

Wolf, N. and M. Mangel. 2007. Strategy, compromise, and cheating in predator-prey games. Evolutionary Ecology Research 9: 1293-1304.

Wolf, N., J. Melbourne, and M. Mangel. 2006. The method of multiple hypotheses and the decline of Steller sea lions in western Alaska. Pg 275-293 in Top Predators in Marine Ecosystems. Their Role in Monitoring and Management (I. Boyd, S. Wanless and C.J. Camphusen editors), Cambridge University Press.

Mangel, M. and N. Wolf. 2006. Predator diet breadth and prey population dynamics. Pg 279-285 in Whales, Whaling, and Ocean Ecosystems (J.A. Estes, D.P. Demaster, D.F. Doak, T.M. Williams and R.L. Brownell, Jr. editors). University of California Press, Berkeley.

Mangel, M. and P.S. Levin. 2005. Regime, phase and paradigm shifts: making community ecology the basic science for fisheries. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B 360: 95-105.

Munch, S.B., M.L. Snover, G.M. Watters, and M. Mangel. 2005. A unified treatment of top-down and bottom-up control of reproduction in populations. Ecology Letters 8: 691-695.

Pikitch, E.K., C. Santora, E.A. Babcock, A. Bakun, R. Bonfil, D.O. Conover, P. Dayton, P. Doukakis, D. Fluharty, B. Heneman, E.D. Houde, J. Link, P.A. Livingston, M. Mangel, M.K. McAllister, J. Pope, and K.J. Sainsbury. 2004. Ecosystem-based fishery management. Science 305: 346-347.

Ish, T., E.J. Dick, P.V. Switzer, and M. Mangel. 2004. Environment, krill and squid in Monterey Bay: from fisheries to life histories and back again. Deep-Sea Research II 51: 849-862.

Alonzo, S.H., P.V. Switzer, and M. Mangel. 2003. An ecosystem-based approach to management: using individual behavior to predict indirect effects of Antarctic krill fisheries on penguin foraging. Journal of Applied Ecology 40: 692-702.

Alonzo, S.H., P.V. Switzer, and M. Mangel. 2003. Ecological games in space and time: The distribution and abundance of Antarctic krill and penguins. Ecology 84: 1598-1607.

Mangel, M., A. Constable, A. and G. Parkes. 2000. A review of approaches to fisheries management, based on ecosystem considerations, with particular emphasis on species interactions. Marine Resource Assessment Group (MRAG) Americas Report.

Fluharty, D., P. Aparicio, C. Blackburn, G. Boehlert, F. Coleman, P. Conkling, R. Costanza, P. Dayton, R. Francis, D. Hanan, K. Hinman, E. Houde, J. Kitchell, R. Langton, J. Lubchenco, M. Mangel, R. Nelson, V. O'Connell, M. Orbach, and M. Sissenwsine. 1999. Ecosystem-based Fishery Management. A Report to Congress by the Ecosystem Advisory Panel. US Department of Commerce, National Marine Fisheries Service.

Marinovic, B. and M. Mangel. 1999. Krill can shrink as an ecological adaptation to temporarily unfavorable environments. Ecology Letters 2: 338-343.

Nonacs, P., P.E. Smith, and M. Mangel. 1998. Modeling foraging in the northern anchovy (Engraulis mordax): individual behavior can predict school dynamics and population biology. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 55: 1179-1188.

Mangel, M. and P.V. Switzer. 1998. A model at the level of the foraging trip for the indirect effects of krill (Euphausia superba) fisheries on krill predators. Ecological Modelling 105: 235-256.