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Why Is This Research Important?

Many commercially important fishery species are under threats that endanger their long-term viability. We seek to better understand the nature of species-specific behaviors within their habitat and assess the impact human intervention is having upon marine populations. This will allow us to better manage all species, especially economically important species, by protecting essential habitats, managing fish stocks and, ensuring that areas open to fishing are informed about practices that will sustain marine species populations and human livelihoods.

Sherman, K.D., Paris, J.R., King, R.A., Moore, K.A., Dahlgren, C.P., Knowles, L.C., Stump, K., Tyler, C.R., Stevens, J.R. (2020) RAD-seq analysis and in situ monitoring of Nassau grouper reveal fine-scale population structure and origins of aggregating fish. Frontiers in Marine Science 7:157, doi: 10.3389/fmars.2020.00157

Sherman, K.D., Shultz, A.D., Dahlgren, C.P., Thomas, C., Brooks, E., Brooks, A., Brumbaugh, D.R., Gittens, L., Murchie, K. (2018) Contemporary and emerging fisheries in The Bahamas – conservation and management challenges, achievements and future directions. Fisheries Management and Ecology 25:319-331, doi: 10.1111/fme.12299

Paris, J.R., Sherman, K.D., Bell, E., Boulenger, C., Delord, C., El-Mahdi, M.B.M., Fairfield, E.A., Griffiths, A.M., Gutmann Roberts, C., Hedger, R,D., Holman, L.E., Hooper, L.H., Humphries, N.E., Katsiadaki, I., King, R.A., Lemopoulos, A., Payne, C.J., Peirson, G., Richter, K.K., Taylor, M.I., Trueman, C.N., Hayden, B., Stevens, J.R. (2018) Understanding and managing fish populations: keeping the toolbox fit for purpose. Journal of Fish Biology 92:727–751, doi:10.1111/jfb.13549

Sherman, K.D., King, R.A., Dahlgren, C.P., Simpson, S.D., Stevens, J.R., Tyler, C.R. (2017) Historical processes and contemporary anthropogenic activities influence genetic population dynamics of Nassau grouper (Epinephelus striatus) within The Bahamas. Frontiers in Marine Science 4:393, doi:10.3389/fmars.2017.00393

Stump, K., Dahlgren, C., Sherman, K., Knapp, C.R. (2017) Nassau grouper migration patterns during full moon suggest collapsed historic fish spawning aggregation and evidence of an undocumented aggregation. Bulletin of Marine Science 93:375–389

Dahlgren, C. P., Buch, K., Rechisky, E., Hixon, M. A. (2016) Multi-year tracking of Nassau grouper spawning migrations. Marine and Coastal Fisheries 8:522–535

Sherman, K.D., Dahlgren, C.P., Stevens, J.R., Tyler, C.R. (2016) Integrating Population Biology into Conservation Management for Endangered Nassau Grouper (Epinephelus striatus). Marine Ecology Progress Series 554:263-280

Patterson-Maura, O. Sherman, K. (2018) Nassau Grouper Policy Brief. Nassau, The Bahamas. 7pp

Sherman. K.D., Dahlgren, C.P., Knowles, L.R. (2018) Nassau Grouper (Epinephelus striatus) Conservation Management Plan for The Commonwealth of The Bahamas. Prepared for the Department of Marine Resources, Nassau, Bahamas

Dahlgren, C. (2014) Review of the benefits of no-take zones. A report to the Wildlife Conservation Society 104 pp.

Sherman, K.D., Dahlgren, C.P., Brumbaugh, D.R., Knowles, L.C. (2013) Tourism and coral reef health in the Exuma Cays Land and Sea Park. Proceedings of the 65th Gulf and Caribbean Fisheries Institute. GCFI 65:234-242

Parker, K.E., Ward, J.O., Eggleston, E.M., Federov E, Everett Parkinson J, Dahlgren, C.P., Cunning R. (2020) Characterization of a thermally tolerant Orbicella faveolata reef in Abaco, The Bahamas. Coral Reefs, doi: 10.1007/s00338-020-01948-0

Dahlgren C.,K. Sherman, L. Haines, L. Knowles, K. Callwood (2020) Bahamas Coral Reef Report Card Volume 2: 2015-2020

Sherman, K. (2020) New Providence Stony Coral Tissue Loss Disease Preliminary Assessment. Nassau, Bahamas. Report submitted to the Department of Marine Resources. 9pp

Dahlgren, C. (2020) Rapid assessment of the occurrence of stony coral tissue loss disease (SCTLD) along the southern coast of Grand Bahama, Bahamas

Dahlgren, C., Kramer, P.R., Lang, J., Sherman, K. (2014) New Providence and Rose Island, Bahamas Coral Reef Report Card.

Dahlgren, C., Sherman, K., Lang, J., Kramer, P.R., Marks, K. (2016) Bahamas Coral Reef Report Card volume 1: 2011-2013.

Sherman, K.D., Dahlgren, C.P., Brumbaugh, D.R., Knowles, L.C. (2013) Tourism and coral reef health in the Exuma Cays Land and Sea Park. Proceedings of the 65th Gulf and Caribbean Fisheries Institute. GCFI 65:234-242

Dahlgren, C., Sherman, K. (2019) An assessment of the queen conch resources of the East Grand Bahama National Park. Nassau, The Bahamas. 9pp

Sherman KD and Dahlgren CP (2020) Marine biophysical monitoring plan for The Bahamas National Protected Area System (BNPAS). Submitted to the Bahamas National Trust, Nassau, Bahamas

Dahlgren C.,K. Sherman, L. Haines, L. Knowles, K. Callwood (2020) Bahamas Coral Reef Report Card Volume 2: 2015-2020

Dahlgren, C., Sherman, K. (2020) Preliminary assessment of Hurricane Dorian’s impacts on coral reefs of Abaco and Grand Bahama. Report submitted to the Government of The Bahamas. 28pp

Anderson, L., Dahlgren, C., Knowles, L., Jupp, L., Cant-Woodside, S., Albury-Smith, S., McKinney-Lambert, C., Lundy, A. (2018) 20 by 20 White paper: Marine protection plan for expanding The Bahamas Marine Protected Areas Network to meet The Bahamas 2020 declaration. 137 pp

Knowles, J. E., Green, A. L., Dahlgren, C., Arnett, F., Knowles, L. (2017) Expanding The Bahamas marine protected area network to protect 20% of the marine and coastal environment by 2020: a gap analysis. 66 pp

Dahlgren, C., Kramer, P.R., Lang, J., Sherman, K. (2014) New Providence and Rose Island, Bahamas Coral Reef Report Card.

Dahlgren, C., Sherman, K., Lang, J., Kramer, P.R., Marks, K. (2016) Bahamas Coral Reef Report Card volume 1: 2011-2013.

Green, A., Knowles, J., Dahlgren, C., Arnett, F., Knowles, L., Albury-Smith, S. (2016) Bahamas protected: Realizing the 2020 goal to effectively manage and expand Bahamian marine protected areas. A report prepared for the Ministry of the Environment for The Bahamas on the ecological gap analysis workshop held in Nassau, New Providence (September 13-14th, 2016) The Nature Conservancy, Bahamas National Trust, and Bahamas Reef Environment Educational Foundation, Nassau, Bahamas. 41 pp

Brumbaugh, D.R., Dahlgren, C.P. (2014) Monitoring program for The Bahamas National Protected Area System. Methods for assessing the ecological condition of coral reefs, seagrasses and mangroves. (ed.) Sherman, K.D. Report submitted to the BEST Commission under the GEF FSP Pilot 3 Demonstration Project “Tourism and coral reef health in the Exuma Cays Land and Sea Park”. 22 pp

Sherman, K.D., Knowles, L.C. Anderson, L.S. (2014) Rapid ecological assessment for the expansion of Lucayan National Park. Report for The Bahamas National Trust. 34 pp

Sherman, K.D., Paris, J.R., King, R.A., Moore, K.A., Dahlgren, C.P., Knowles, L.C., Stump, K., Tyler, C.R., Stevens, J.R. (2020) RAD-seq analysis and in situ monitoring of Nassau grouper reveal fine-scale population structure and origins of aggregating fish. Frontiers in Marine Science 7:157, doi: 10.3389/fmars.2020.00157

Sherman, K.D., Shultz, A.D., Dahlgren, C.P., Thomas, C., Brooks, E., Brooks, A., Brumbaugh, D.R., Gittens, L., Murchie, K. (2018) Contemporary and emerging fisheries in The Bahamas – conservation and management challenges, achievements and future directions. Fisheries Management and Ecology 25:319-331, doi: 10.1111/fme.12299

Paris, J.R., Sherman, K.D., Bell, E., Boulenger, C., Delord, C., El-Mahdi, M.B.M., Fairfield, E.A., Griffiths, A.M., Gutmann Roberts, C., Hedger, R,D., Holman, L.E., Hooper, L.H., Humphries, N.E., Katsiadaki, I., King, R.A., Lemopoulos, A., Payne, C.J., Peirson, G., Richter, K.K., Taylor, M.I., Trueman, C.N., Hayden, B., Stevens, J.R. (2018) Understanding and managing fish populations: keeping the toolbox fit for purpose. Journal of Fish Biology 92:727–751, doi:10.1111/jfb.13549

Sherman, K.D., King, R.A., Dahlgren, C.P., Simpson, S.D., Stevens, J.R., Tyler, C.R. (2017) Historical processes and contemporary anthropogenic activities influence genetic population dynamics of Nassau grouper (Epinephelus striatus) within The Bahamas. Frontiers in Marine Science 4:393, doi:10.3389/fmars.2017.00393

Stump, K., Dahlgren, C., Sherman, K., Knapp, C.R. (2017) Nassau grouper migration patterns during full moon suggest collapsed historic fish spawning aggregation and evidence of an undocumented aggregation. Bulletin of Marine Science 93:375–389

Dahlgren, C. P., Buch, K., Rechisky, E., Hixon, M. A. (2016) Multi-year tracking of Nassau grouper spawning migrations. Marine and Coastal Fisheries 8:522–535

Sherman, K.D., Dahlgren, C.P., Stevens, J.R., Tyler, C.R. (2016) Integrating Population Biology into Conservation Management for Endangered Nassau Grouper (Epinephelus striatus). Marine Ecology Progress Series 554:263-280

Patterson-Maura, O. Sherman, K. (2018) Nassau Grouper Policy Brief. Nassau, The Bahamas. 7pp

Sherman. K.D., Dahlgren, C.P., Knowles, L.R. (2018) Nassau Grouper (Epinephelus striatus) Conservation Management Plan for The Commonwealth of The Bahamas. Prepared for the Department of Marine Resources, Nassau, Bahamas

Dahlgren, C. (2014) Review of the benefits of no-take zones. A report to the Wildlife Conservation Society 104 pp.

Sherman, K.D., Dahlgren, C.P., Brumbaugh, D.R., Knowles, L.C. (2013) Tourism and coral reef health in the Exuma Cays Land and Sea Park. Proceedings of the 65th Gulf and Caribbean Fisheries Institute. GCFI 65:234-242

Parker, K.E., Ward, J.O., Eggleston, E.M., Federov E, Everett Parkinson J, Dahlgren, C.P., Cunning R. (2020) Characterization of a thermally tolerant Orbicella faveolata reef in Abaco, The Bahamas. Coral Reefs, doi: 10.1007/s00338-020-01948-0

Dahlgren C.,K. Sherman, L. Haines, L. Knowles, K. Callwood (2020) Bahamas Coral Reef Report Card Volume 2: 2015-2020

Sherman, K. (2020) New Providence Stony Coral Tissue Loss Disease Preliminary Assessment. Nassau, Bahamas. Report submitted to the Department of Marine Resources. 9pp

Dahlgren, C. (2020) Rapid assessment of the occurrence of stony coral tissue loss disease (SCTLD) along the southern coast of Grand Bahama, Bahamas

Dahlgren, C., Kramer, P.R., Lang, J., Sherman, K. (2014) New Providence and Rose Island, Bahamas Coral Reef Report Card.

Dahlgren, C., Sherman, K., Lang, J., Kramer, P.R., Marks, K. (2016) Bahamas Coral Reef Report Card volume 1: 2011-2013.

Sherman, K.D., Dahlgren, C.P., Brumbaugh, D.R., Knowles, L.C. (2013) Tourism and coral reef health in the Exuma Cays Land and Sea Park. Proceedings of the 65th Gulf and Caribbean Fisheries Institute. GCFI 65:234-242

Dahlgren, C., Sherman, K. (2019) An assessment of the queen conch resources of the East Grand Bahama National Park. Nassau, The Bahamas. 9pp

Sherman KD and Dahlgren CP (2020) Marine biophysical monitoring plan for The Bahamas National Protected Area System (BNPAS). Submitted to the Bahamas National Trust, Nassau, Bahamas

Dahlgren C.,K. Sherman, L. Haines, L. Knowles, K. Callwood (2020) Bahamas Coral Reef Report Card Volume 2: 2015-2020

Dahlgren, C., Sherman, K. (2020) Preliminary assessment of Hurricane Dorian’s impacts on coral reefs of Abaco and Grand Bahama. Report submitted to the Government of The Bahamas. 28pp

Anderson, L., Dahlgren, C., Knowles, L., Jupp, L., Cant-Woodside, S., Albury-Smith, S., McKinney-Lambert, C., Lundy, A. (2018) 20 by 20 White paper: Marine protection plan for expanding The Bahamas Marine Protected Areas Network to meet The Bahamas 2020 declaration. 137 pp

Knowles, J. E., Green, A. L., Dahlgren, C., Arnett, F., Knowles, L. (2017) Expanding The Bahamas marine protected area network to protect 20% of the marine and coastal environment by 2020: a gap analysis. 66 pp

Dahlgren, C., Kramer, P.R., Lang, J., Sherman, K. (2014) New Providence and Rose Island, Bahamas Coral Reef Report Card.

Dahlgren, C., Sherman, K., Lang, J., Kramer, P.R., Marks, K. (2016) Bahamas Coral Reef Report Card volume 1: 2011-2013.

Green, A., Knowles, J., Dahlgren, C., Arnett, F., Knowles, L., Albury-Smith, S. (2016) Bahamas protected: Realizing the 2020 goal to effectively manage and expand Bahamian marine protected areas. A report prepared for the Ministry of the Environment for The Bahamas on the ecological gap analysis workshop held in Nassau, New Providence (September 13-14th, 2016) The Nature Conservancy, Bahamas National Trust, and Bahamas Reef Environment Educational Foundation, Nassau, Bahamas. 41 pp

Brumbaugh, D.R., Dahlgren, C.P. (2014) Monitoring program for The Bahamas National Protected Area System. Methods for assessing the ecological condition of coral reefs, seagrasses and mangroves. (ed.) Sherman, K.D. Report submitted to the BEST Commission under the GEF FSP Pilot 3 Demonstration Project “Tourism and coral reef health in the Exuma Cays Land and Sea Park”. 22 pp

Sherman, K.D., Knowles, L.C. Anderson, L.S. (2014) Rapid ecological assessment for the expansion of Lucayan National Park. Report for The Bahamas National Trust. 34 pp

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