Alan Friedlander

Scientist, National Geographic Society

Coral Reef Community Ecology, Fisheries Science, Marine Conservation Biology, and Traditional Marine Resource Use and Management








Research Interests

My major research areas of interest are coral reef community ecology, fisheries science, marine conservation biology, and traditional marine resource use and management. I have been examining population regulation in marine fishes throughout the Hawaiian Archipelago, the Caribbean, and the wider Indo-Pacific region, with particular emphasis on responses to exploitation, disturbance, and habitat quality. One of my current major research efforts involves the development of biogeographic approaches to integrate information on the distribution of habitats and associated species to characterize species affinities, define biologically relevant marine protected area (MPA) boundaries, and evaluate MPA effectiveness. Through the combination of remote sensing, GIS, and comprehensive ecological studies, we are developing large-scale, spatially-explicit, and statistically robust evaluations of MPAs as well as exploring the relationship between coral reef habitat complexity and coral reef fish population dynamics at multiple broad spatial scales to inform future MPA design.

Selected Publications

Friedlander AM, SA Sandin, EE DeMartini, E Sala. 2010. Habitat-specific characterization of the fish assemblage at a piscivore-dominated, pristine atoll in the central Pacific. Marine Ecology Progress Series. In press.

Papastamatiou, Y.P., Caselle, J.E., Lowe, C.G., Friedlander, A.M. 2009. Scale-dependent effects of habitat on movements and path structure of reef sharks at a predator-dominated atoll. Ecology 90:996-1008

Wedding L and Friedlander A.M. 2008. Determining the influence of seascape structure on coral reef fishes in Hawaii using a geospatial approach. Marine Geodesy 31:246-266