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Since 2006, scientists working at the Cape Eleuthera Institute have produced scholarship on a wide range of topics in the fields of marine and ecological sciences. Learn more about the work of our researcher/scholars.


Piacenza SEH, Piacenza JR, Faller KJ II, Robinson NJ, Siegfried TR (2022) Design and fabrication of a stereo-video camera equipped unoccupied aerial vehicle for measuring sea turtles, sharks, and other marine fauna. PLOS ONE 17(10): e0276382. 

Robinson, N. J., Mills, S., St Andrews, L., Sundstrom, A., Thibodeau, J., Yaney-Keller, A., & Gatto, C. R. (2022). Representation in sea turtle science: Slow progress towards gender equity and globalization revealed from thirty years of symposium abstracts. Frontiers in Marine Science, 9:943056.

Irschick, D.J., Christiansen, F., Hammerschlag, N., Martin, J., Madsen, P., Wyneken, J., Brooks, A., Gleiss, A., Fossette, S., Siler, C., Gamble, T., Fish, F., Siebert, U., Patel, J., Xu, Z., Kalogerakis, E., Medina, J., Mukherji, A., Mandica, M., Zotos, S., Detwiler, J., Perot, B., Lauder, G., 3D Visualization Processes for Recreating and Studying Organismal Form, ISCIENCE (2022).

Knotek, R.J., Brooks, E.J., Howey, L.A., Gelsleichter, J.G., Talwar, B.S.Winchester, M.M., Jordan, L.K., Williams, S., Bond, M.E., Brooks, A.M. and Shipley, O.N., 2022. Merging technologies and supervised classification methods to quantify capture behavior on hook-and-line. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology555, p.151782.

Talwar, B. S., Anderson B., … & Schneider, E.V.C., Simpson, N., Dulvy, N.K. (2022) Extinction risk, reconstructed catches and management of chondrichthyan fishes in the Western Central Atlantic Ocean.

Talwar, B. S., Bradley, D., Berry, C., Bond, M. E., Bouyoucos, I. A., Brooks, A. M., Raguse, C., Schneider, E. V. C., … & Brooks, E. J. (2022). Estimated life-history traits and movements of the Caribbean reef shark (Carcharhinus perezi) in The Bahamas based on tag-recapture dataMarine Biology169(5):1-19.

Postaire, B. D., Feldheim, K. A., Clementi, G. M., Quinlan, J., van Zinnicq Bergmann, M. P. M., Brooks, E. J., … & Chapman, D. D. (2022). Small localized breeding populations in a widely distributed coastal shark species. Conservation Genetics, 23(1):51-61.

Talwar, B. S., Anderson, B., Avalos-Castillo, C. G., del Pilar Blanco-Parra, M., Briones, A., Cardeñosa, D., … Schneider, E. V… & Dulvy, N. K. (2022). Extinction risk, reconstructed catches, and management of chondrichthyan fishes in the Western Central Atlantic OceanbioRxiv.

Miller, M. W., Latijnhouwers, K. R., Bickel, A., Mendoza‐Quiroz, S., Schick, M., Burton, K., & Banaszak, A. T. (2022). Settlement yields in large‐scale in situ culture of Caribbean coral larvae for restoration. Restoration Ecology30(3):e13512.

Odzer, M. N., Brooks, A. M. L., Heithaus, M. R., and Whitman, E. R. (2022). Effects of environmental factors on the detection of subsurface green turtles in aerial drone surveys. Wildlife Research 49, 79–88


Brooks, A.M.L., Whitman, E., Connett, S., Bjorndal, K. 2001.’Bahamas’. In: Nalovic, M.A., Ceriani, S.A., Fuentes, M.M.P.B., Pfaller, J.B., Wildermann, N.E., Uribe-Martínez, A., Cuevas, E. (eds.) (2021), Sea turtles in the North Atlantic & Wider Caribbean Region. MTSG Annual Regional Report 2021. Report to the IUCN SSC Marine Turtle Specialist Group.

St. Andrews, L. C., Hoefer, S., Boyd, L., Paladino, F. V., & Robinson, N. J. (2021). Healing of Skin Biopsies in Wild Juvenile Green Turtles, Chelonia mydas. Chelonian Conservation and Biology: Celebrating 25 Years as the World’s Turtle and Tortoise Journal20(2), 300-303.

Boyd, L., Zardus JD, Knauer CM and Wood LD (2021) Evidence for Host Selectivity and Specialization by Epizoic Chelonibia Barnacles Between Hawksbill and Green Sea Turtles. Front. Ecol. Evol. 9:807237. doi: 10.3389/fevo.2021.807237

Louda, J.W., Singh White, A.J., and Brooks, A.M.L. 2021. Pigment-Based Chemotaxonomy of Seagrass Epiphyte Communities; Variables to Consider and uses in Ecosystem Assessment and Monitoring. Examines Mar Biol Oceanogr. 4(3). EIMBO. 000588. DOI: 10.31031/EIMBO.2021.04.000588

Moyer, J. K., Brooks, A. M. L., Irschick, D. J. 2021. Field-Based Feeding Performance and Kinematics of Bull Sharks, Carcharhinus leucas (Carcharhiniformes: Carcharhinidae). Ichthyology & Herpetology 109, No. 4, 2021, 963–977

Gollner, S., Colaço, A., Gebruk, A., Halpin, P.N., Higgs, N., Menini, E., Mestre, N.C., Qian, P.Y., Sarrazin, J., Szafranski, K. and Van Dover, C.L., 2021. Application of scientific criteria for identifying hydrothermal ecosystems in need of protection. Marine Policy, 132:104641.

Hoefer, S., Mills, S., Pinou, T. and Robinson, N.J. (2021) What the Dead Tell Us about the Living: Using Roadkill to Analyze the Diet and Endoparasite Prevalence in Two Bahamian Snakes. Ichthyology & Herpetology, 109(3):685-690.

Higgs, N.D. (2021) Impact of the the COVID-19 pandemic on a queen conch (Aliger gigas) fishery in The Bahamas. PeerJ, 9:e11924.

Schneider, E. V. C., Brooks, E. J., Cortina, M. P., Bailey, D. M., Killen, S. S., Van Leeuwen, T. E. (2021). Design and deployment of an affordable and long-lasting deepwater subsurface fish aggregation device. Caribbean Naturalist, 83: 1-16.

Zeinert, L. R., Brooks, A. M., Couturier, C., & McGaw, I. J. (2021). Potential use of the Caribbean spider crab Maguimithrax spinosissimus for biofouling removal on marine aquaculture cages. Aquaculture, 737202.

van Zinnicq Bergmann M.P.M., Postaire B.D., Gastrich K., Heithaus M.R., Hoopes L.A., Lyons K., Papastamatiou Y.P., Schneider E.V.C., Strickland B.A., Talwar B.S., Chapman D.D., Bakker J. (2021) Elucidating shark diets with DNA metabarcoding from cloacal swabs. Molecular Ecology Resources, 00:1-12.

Shipley O.N., Henkes G.A., Gelsleichter J., Morgan C.R., Schneider E.V.C., Talwar B.S., Frisk M.G. (2021) Shark tooth collagen stable isotopes (δ15N and δ13C) as ecological proxies. Journal of Animal Ecology, 00:1-14.

Queiroz, N., … Brooks, E.J., Brooks, A. et al. (2021) Reply to: Shark mortality cannot be assessed by fishery overlap alone. Nature 595, E8-E16.

Thomas, A., Nicolls, T., Finlayson, M. (2021) Climate Change & The Bahamas: Information Brief. 

Robinson, N. J., Johnsen, S., Brooks, A., Frey, L., Judkins, H., Vecchione, M., & Widder, E. (2021). Studying the swift, smart, and shy: Unobtrusive camera-platforms for observing large deep-sea squid. Deep Sea Research Part I: Oceanographic Research Papers, 172, 103538.

Bates A.E., Primack R.B., Duarte C.M… Higgs, N.D. et al. (2021) Global COVID-19 lockdown highlights humans as both threats and custodians of the environment. Biological Conservation, 20:109175.

Siegfried T.R., Fuentes M.M.P.B… Robinson, N. et al. (2021) Validating the use of stereo-video cameras to conduct remote measurements of sea turtles. Ecology and Evolution, 00: 1– 12.

Prohaska B.K., Talwar B.S., Grubbs R.D. 2021. Blood biochemical status of deep-sea sharks following longline capture in the Gulf of Mexico. Conservation Physiology, 9 (1):coaa113,


Howell, K.L., Hilario, A., … Higgs, N.D., et al. 2020. A decade to study deep-sea life. Nature Ecology and Evolution.

Howell, K.L., Hilario, A., … Higgs, N.D., et al. 2020. A Blueprint for an Inclusive, Global Deep-Sea Ocean Decade Field Program. Frontiers in Marine Science, 7:584861.

O’Shea, O. et al. 2020. Novel insights into the diet of southern stingrays and Caribbean whiptail rays. Marine Ecology Progress Series 655:157–170.

Irschick D.J., Bot J., Brooks, A. et al. 2020. Using 3D photogrammetry to create accurate 3D models of sea turtle species as digital voucher specimens. Herpetological Review. 51:709-715.

Talwar B.S., Bouyoucos, I.A., Brooks, E.J., Brownscombe J.W., Suski, C.D., Cooke, S.J., Grubbs, R.D., and Mandelman, J.W. 2020. Variation in behavioural responses of sub-tropical marine fishes to experimental longline capture. ICES Journal of Marine Science.

Hoefer, S., Robinson N.J. 2020. Tail bifurcation in a brown anoleAnolis sagrei (Duméril & Bibron, 1837). Herpetology Notes 13:333-5.

Hoefer, S., Robinson N.J., Jones A. 2020. Cubophis vudii vudii (Bahamian Racer). Diet. Herpetological Review 51:346-347.

Talwar, B.S., Stein, J.A., Connett, S.M., Liss, S.A., Brooks, E.J. 2020. Results of a fishery-independent longline survey targeting coastal sharks in the eastern Bahamas between 1979 and 2013. Fisheries Research, 230.

Trehern, R., Raguse, C., Bigelow, W., Garg, A., Hauptman, H., Brooks, A., Van Leeuwen, TE., Hawkes, LA. 2020. The effect of salinity on behavioural interactions between native Schoolmaster snapper (Lutjanus apodus) and invasive lionfish (Pterois spp.). Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology.

Trehern, R.H., Garg, A., Bigelow, W.B., Hauptman, H., Brooks, A., Hawkes, L.A. and Van Leeuwen, T.E. 2020. Low salinity negatively affects metabolic rate, food consumption, digestion, and growth in invasive lionfish Pterois spp. Marine Ecology Progress Series. 644, 157-171.

Schwanck, T., Schweinsberg, M., Lampert, K., Guttridge, T., Tollrian, R., O’Shea, O. 2020. Linking local movement and molecular analysis to explore philopatry and population connectivity of the southern stingray Hypanus americanus. Journal of Fish Biology. 1-14.

Hoefer, S., Mills, S. & Robinson, N. J. 2019. Autohaemorrhaging in a Bahamian Pygmy Boa, Tropidophis curtus barbouri. Herpetological Bulletin, 150, 39-40.

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