Journal Articles


Rowell TJ, Aburto-Oropeza O, Cota-Nieto JJ, Steele MA, Erisman BE. 2019. Reproductive behaviour and concurrent sound production of Gulf grouper Mycteroperca jordani (Epinephelidae) at a spawning aggregation site. Journal of Fish Biology. DOI:10.1111/jfb.13888.


Ahern AM, Gómez-Gutiérrez J, Aburto-Oropeza O, Burton RS, Saldierna-Martínez RJ, Johnson AJ, Harada AE, Sánchez-Uvera AR, Erisman B, Castro Arvizú DI, Burton RS. 2018. DNA sequencing of fish eggs and larvae reveals high species diversity and seasonal changes in spawning activity in the southeastern Gulf of California. Marine Ecology Progress Series 592:159-179.

Asch R, Erisman B. 2018. Spawning aggregations act as a bottleneck influencing climate change impacts on a critically endangered reef fish. Diversity and Distributions 2018; 24: 1712-1728. .

Biggs C, Lowerre-Barbieri S, Erisman B. 2018. Reproductive resilience of an estuarine fish in the eye of a hurricane. Biology Letters 14: 20180579.

Bolser DG, Grüss A, Lopez MA, Reed EM, Mascareñas-Osorio I, Erisman BE. 2018. The influence of sample distribution on growth model output for a highly-exploited marine fish, the Gulf Corvina (Cynoscion othonopterus). PeerJ 6:e5582.

Cota-Nieto JJ, Erisman B, Aburto-Oropeza O, Moreno-Baez M, Hinojosa-Arango G, Johnson AF. 2018. Participatory management in a small scale coastal fishery – Punta Abreojos, Pacific Coast Peninsula in Baja California Sur, Mexico. Regional Studies in Marine Science 18:68-79.

Egerton JP, Johnson AF, Turner J, LeVay L, Mascarenas-Osorio I, Aburto-Oropeza O. 2018. Hydroacoustics as a tool to examine the effects of Marine Protected Areas and habitat type on marine fish communities. Scientific Reports. Scientific Reports 8:47. [PDF]

Egerton J, Al-Ansi M, Abdallah M, Walton M, Hayes J, Turner J, Erisman B, Al-Maslamani I, Mohannadi M, Le Vay L. 2018. Hydroacoustics to examine fish association with shallow offshore habitats in the Arabian Gulf. Fisheries Research 199:127-136. [PDF]

Erisman BE, Barreiros JP, Rhodes KL, Warner RR. 2018. Fake spawns and floating particles: A rebuttal of Karkarey et al. “Alternative reproductive tactics and inverse size-assortment in a high-density fish spawning aggregation”. BMC Ecology 18: 48.

Grüss A, Biggs C, Heyman W, Erisman B. 2018. Prioritizing monitoring and conservation efforts for fish spawning aggregations in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico. Scientific Reports 8:8473.


Aburto-Oropeza O, López-Sagástegui C, Moreno-Baáez M, Mascareñas-Osorio I, Jiménez-Esquivel V, Johnson AF, Erisman B. 2017. Endangered species, ecosystem integrity, and human livelihoods. Conservation Letters.

Egerton JP, Johnson AF, Le Vay L, McCoy CM, Semmens BX, Heppell SA, Turner JR. 2017. Hydroacoustics for the discovery and quantification of Nassau grouper (Epinephelus striatus) spawning aggregations. Coral Reefs 36:589-600. [PDF]

Erisman B, Cota Nieto JJ, Moreno-Baez M, Aburto-Oropeza O. 2017. Vulnerability of spawning aggregations of a coastal marine fish to a small-scale fishery. Marine Biology 164:100. [PDF]

Erisman B, Rowell T. 2017. A sound worth saving: acoustic characteristics of a massive fish spawning aggregation. Biology Letters 13:20170656.

Galland GR, Erisman BE, Aburto-Oropeza O, Hastings PA. In Press. Contribution of cryptobenthic fishes to estimating community dynamics of subtropical reefs. Marine Ecology Progress Series. 584: 175-184. doi:

Johnson AF, Giron-Nava A, Erisman B, Sala E, Velarde E, Ezcurra E, Aburto-Oropeza A. 2017. Letter to the editor – environmental development – comment on Arreguín et al. 2017. Environmental Development 23:72-75. doi:10.1016/j.envdev.2017.05.004.

Johnson AF, Moreno-Baez M, Giron-Nava A, Corominas J, Erisman B, Ezcurra E, Aburto-Oropeza O. 2017. A spatial method to calculate small-scale fisheries effort in data poor scenarios. PLoS One 12(6): e0179114. [PDF]

Rowell TJ, Demer DA, Aburto-Oropeza O, Cota Nieto JJ, Hyde JR, Erisman BE. 2017. Estimating fish abundance at spawning aggregations from courtship sound levels. Scientific Reports. Scientific Reports 7:3340. [PDF]

Walton ME, Hayes J, Al-Ansi M, Abdallah M, Al Maslamani I, Al-Mohannadi M, Al-Shaikh I, D’Urban Jackson T, Szostek C, Egerton JP, Kaiser MJ, Le Vay L. 2017. Towards spatial management of fisheries in the Gulf: benthic diversity, habitat, and fish distributions from Qatari waters. ICES Journal of Marine Science. doi:


Biggs CR, Nemeth RS. 2016. Spatial and temporal use patterns of two snapper species at a multi-species spawning aggregation. Marine Ecology Progress Series. 558 129-142.

Lowerre-Barbieri S, DeCelles G, Pepin P, Catalan IA, Karnauskas M, Muhling B, Erisman B, Cadrin S, Alós J, Ospina-Alvarez A, Stachura MM, Tringali M, Walters Burnsed S, and Paris C. 2016. Reproductive resilience: a paradigm shift in understanding spawner and recruit processes in exploited marine fishes. Fish and Fisheries 18:285-312. DOI:10.1111/faf/12180. [PDF]


Aburto-Oropeza O, Ezcurra E, Moxley J, Sanchez-Rodriguez A, Mascarenas-Osorio I, Sanchez-Ortiz C, Erisman B, Ricketts T. 2015. A framework to assess the health of rocky reefs linking geomorphology, community assemblage, and fish biomass. Ecological Indicators 52:353-361. doi:10.1016/j.ecolind.2014.12.006. [PDF]

Biggs CR, Nemeth RS (2015) Movement and resident times of dog and cubera snapper within a spawning aggregation in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Proc. 67th Gulf and Caribbean Fisheries Institute. Bridgetown, Barbados 240-245.

Erisman B, Heyman W, Aburto-Oropeza O, Ezer T, Nemeth R, Pittman S, Kobara S. 2015. Fish spawning aggregations: where well-placed management actions can yield big benefits for fisheries and conservation. Fish and Fisheries. DOI: 10.1111/faf/12132. [PDF]

Erisman B, Mascareñas I, Lopez-Sagastegui C, Moreno-Baez M, Jimenez-Esquivel V, Aburto-Oropeza O. 2015. A comparison of fishing activities between two coastal communities within a biosphere reserve in the Upper Gulf of California. Fisheries Research 164:254-265. [PDF]

Erisman BE, Asch R. 2015. Spatio-temporal interactions between fish spawning aggregations, fisheries, and climate change. Proceedings of the 67th Gulf and Caribbean Fisheries Institute, 3-7 November 2014, Bridgetown, Barbados. In press.

Hastings PA, Craig MT, Erisman BE, Hyde JR, Walker HJ. 2015. Fishes of marine protected areas near La Jolla, California. Bulletin of the Southern California Academy of Sciences 113:200-213. [PDF]

Jackson AM, Munguia-Vega A, Beldade R, Erisman BE, Bernardi G. 2015. Incorporating historical and ecological genetic data for leopard grouper (Mycteroperca rosacea) into marine reserve design in the Gulf of California. Conservation Genetics 16:811-822. [PDF]

Leslie HM, Nenadovic M, Basurto X, Sievanen L, Aburto-Oropeza O, Cota Nieto JJ, Erisman BE, Finkbeiner E, Hinojosa-Arango G, Moreno-Baez M, Nagavarapu S, Walsh Reddy S, Sanchez A, Siegel K, Ulibarria-Valenzuela JJ, Hudson Weaver A. 2015. Operationalizing the social-ecological systems framework to assess sustainability. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 112:5979-5984. doi:10.1073/pnas.1414640112.. [PDF]

Paterson CN, Chabot CL, Robertson JM, Erisman BE, Cota-Nieto JJ, Allen LG. 2015. The genetic diversity and population structure of barred sand bass, Paralabrax nebulifer: a historically important fisheries species off southern and Baja California. California Cooperative Oceanic and Fisheries Investigations Reports 56:97-109. [PDF]


Erisman BE, McKinney-Lambert C, Sadovy de Mitcheson Y. 2014. Sad farewell to C. Lavett-Smith’s iconic Nassau spawning aggregation site. Proceedings of the Gulf and Caribbean Fisheries Institute 66:421-422. [PDF]

Erisman BE, Apel A, MacCall A, Roman- Rodriguez M, Fujita R. 2014. The influence of gear selectivity and spawning behavior on a data-poor assessment of a spawning aggregation fishery. Fisheries Research 159:75-87. doi:10.1016/j.fishres.2014.05.013. [PDF]

Miller E, Erisman BE. 2014. Long-term trends of southern California’s kelp and barred sand bass populations: a fishery-independent assessment. California Cooperative Oceanic and Fisheries Investigations Reports 55:119-127.[PDF]

Munguia-Vega A, Jackson A, Guido Marinone S, Erisman B, Moreno-Baez M, Giron-Nava A, Pfister A, Aburto-Oropeza O, Torre J. 2014. Asymmetric connectivity of spawning aggregations of a commercially important marine fish using a multidisciplinary approach. Peer J 2:e511 [PDF]

TinHan T, Erisman B, Aburto-Oropeza O, Weaver A, Vazquez-Arce D, Lowe C. 2014. Residency and seasonal movements in Lutjanus argentiventris and Mycteroperca rosacea at Los Islotes Reserve, Gulf of California. Marine Ecology Progress Series 501:191–206. [PDF]


Erisman BE, Petersen CW, Hastings PA, Warner RR. 2013. Phylogenetic perspectives on the evolution of functional hermaphroditism in teleost fishes.Integrative and Comparative Biology 2013:1-19. DOI: 10.1093/icb/ict077 [PDF]

Gherard K, Erisman BE, Rowell K, and Allen LG. 2013. Fisheries dependent estimates of growth, development, and reproduction of Gulf corvina Cynoscion othonopterus. Bulletin of the Southern California Academy of Sciences 112:1-18. [PDF]

Rife A, Aburto-Oropeza O, Hastings PA, Erisman B, Ballantyne F, Gerber L, and Sala E. 2013. Effects of a multi-use marine protected area on the reef fish assemblage and fisheries landings in the Gulf of California, Mexico. Journal of Environmental Management 117:276-283. [PDF]


Erisman BE, Aburto-Oropeza O, Gonzalez-Abraham C, Mascareñas-Osorio I, Moreno-Báez M, and Hastings PA. 2012. Spatio-temporal dynamics of a fish spawning aggregation and its fishery in the Gulf of California. Scientific Reports 2:284. DOI: 10.1038/srep00284 [PDF]

Rife A, Erisman B, Sanchez A, and Aburto-Oropeza O. 2012. When good intentions aren’t enough: insights on networks of “paper park” marine protected areas. Conservation Letters 6:200-212. [PDF]

Sadovy de Mitcheson Y, Erisman BE. 2012. The social and economic importance of aggregating species and the biological implications of fishing on spawning aggregations. Pp. 225-284 in Eds. Y. J. Sadovy de Mitcheson and P. L. Colin, Reef Fish Spawning Aggregations: Biology, Research and Management. Springer, New York. [PDF]


Aburto-Oropeza O, Erisman BE, Galland GR, Mascarenas-Osorio I, Sala E, and Ezcurra E. 2011. Large recovery of fish biomass in a no-take marine reserve. PLoS One 6 (8):e23601 [PDF]

Erisman BE, Allen LG, Pondella DJ II, Claisse J, Miller E, and Murray J. 2011. Illusions of Plenty: hyperstability masks collapses in two recreational fisheries that target fish spawning aggregations. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 68:1705-1716. [PDF]

Erisman BE, and Hastings PA. 2011. Evolutionary Transitions in the Sexual Patterns of Fishes: Insights from a Phylogenetic Analysis of the Seabasses (Teleostei:Serranidae). Copeia 2011 (3):357-364. [PDF]

Erisman BE, Galland G, Mascareñas I, Moxley J, Aburto-Oropeza O, Walker HJ, Hastings PA, and Ezcurra E. 2011. Coastal fishes of Islas Marías Archipelago, Mexico. Zootaxa 2985:26-40. [PDF]

Erisman BE, Paredes GA, Plomozo-Lugo T, Cota-Nieto J, Hastings PA, and Aburto-Oropeza O. 2011. Spatial structure of commercial marine fisheries in Northwest Mexico. ICES Journal of Marine Science 68:564-571. [PDF]

Mascareñas-Osorio I, Erisman B, Moxley J, Balart E, and Aburto-Oropeza O. 2011. Checklist of conspicuous reef fishes of Bahía de los Ángeles, Baja California, Mexico, with comments on their ecological biogeography. Zootaxa 2922:60-68. [PDF]


Craig MT, and Erisman BE. 2010. A competitive following association between two reef fishes and the Jewelled Moray in the Gulf of California, Mexico. Coral Reefs 29 (3):813. [PDF]

Erisman BE, Mascareñas I, Paredes G, Aburto-Oropeza, O, and Hastings, PA. 2010. Seasonal, annual, and long-term trends for commercial fisheries of aggregating reef fishes in the Gulf of California, Mexico. Fisheries Research 106: 279-288. [PDF]

Erisman BE, Paredes G, Mascareñas-Osorio I, and Aburto-Oropeza O. 2010. Interactions between small-scale fisheries and fish spawning aggregations: a case study of the Gulf corvina. Proceedings of the World Small Scale Fisheries Congress, Bangkok, Thailand. [PDF]


Erisman BE, Craig MT, and Hastings PA. 2009. Reproductive biology of the Panama Graysby, Cephalopholis panamensis (Teleostei:Epinephelidae), from the Gulf of California. Journal of Fish Biology 76:1312-1328. [PDF]

Erisman BE, Craig MT, and Hastings PA. 2009. A phylogenetic test of the size-advantage model: evolutionary changes in mating behavior influence the loss of sex change in a fish lineage. American Naturalist 174 (3):1-12. [PDF]

Erisman BE, Konotchick T, and Blum S. 2009. Observations of spawning in the leather bass, Dermatolepis dermatolepis, at Cocos Island, Costa Rica. Environmental Biology of Fishes 85:15-20. [PDF]


Aburto-Oropeza, O, Erisman B, Valdez-Ornelas V, and Danemann G. 2008. Commercially Important Serranid Fishes from the Gulf of California: Ecology, Fisheries, and Conservation. Ciencia y Conservacíon 2008 (1):1-23. [PDF]

Erisman BE, Rosales-Casian J, and Hastings PA. 2008. Evidence of gonochorism in a grouper, Mycteroperca rosacea, from the Gulf of California, Mexico. Environmental Biology of Fishes 82:23–33. [PDF]


Erisman BE, Buckhorn ML, and Hastings PA. 2007. Spawning patterns in the leopard grouper, Mycteroperca rosacea, in comparison with other aggregating groupers. Marine Biology 151:1849–1861. [PDF]


Erisman BE, and Allen LG. 2006. Reproductive behavior of a temperate serranid fish, Paralabrax clathratus (Girard), from Santa Catalina Island, California, U.S.A. Journal of Fish Biology 68:157-184. [PDF]


Erisman BE, and Allen LG. 2005. Color Patterns and Associated Behaviors in the Kelp Bass, Paralabrax clathratus (Teleostei: Serranidae). Bulletin of the Southern California Academy of Sciences 104:45-62. [PDF]


Adreani MS, Erisman BE, and Warner RR. 2004. Observations of courtship and spawning behavior in the California sheephead, Semicossyphus pulcher (Pisces: Labridae). Environmental Biology of Fishes 71:13-19. [PDF]