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Hunter Lenihan joined the Bren School faculty at the University of California, Santa Barbara in fall 2001. He also holds an affiliate appointment in the Interdepartmental Graduate Program in Marine Science. Lenihan held a previous postion as a fishery biologist with the National Marine Fisheries Service. He received his PhD in Marine Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and earned an MS degree in Marine Science at Moss Landing Marine Laboratories. His other degrees include a BS in Conservation Resource Studies at the University of California, Berkeley.

Lenihan's primary research interests lie in the fields of fisheries, conservation, and restoration ecology. Much of his recent work relates to three main topics. He is examining impacts of marine reserves on populations of target species, fishery yields, and fishing communities. He is also exploring ecological and oceanographic processes that regulate coral populations, the major objective of which is to develop techniques for coral reef restoration. In addition, Lenihan is working with disease physiologists to isolate and cultivate disease-resistant abalone that will be used in population enhancement efforts. Lenihan's overall objective is to help advance marine resource management through the application of quantitative, conceptual, and practical tools developed in basic ecology.



Curriculum Vitae

Curriculum Vitae


Selected Publications

Garner, K, S. Suh, H.S. Lenihan, and A.A. Keller. 2015. Species sensitivity distributions for engineered nanomaterials. Environmental Science and Technology 49: 5753-5759.

Lenihan, H.S., J.L. Hench, S.J. Holbrook, R.J. Schmitt, and M. Potoski. 2015.  Hydrodynamics influence coral performance through simultaneous direct and indirect effects. Ecology 96: 1540-1549.

Guenther, C., D. Lopez-Carr, and H.S. Lenihan. 2015. Differences in lobster fishing effort before and after MPA establishment. Applied Geography 59: 78-87.

Yau, A.J., H.S. Lenihan, and B.E. Kendall. 2014. Management priorities vary with self-recruitment in harvested sedentary marine populations. Ecological Applications 24: 1490-1504.

Worm, B., and H.S. Lenihan. 2014. Threats to marine ecosystems: overfishing and habitat degradation. Pages 449-476 in M.R. Bertness, B.J. Silliman, and J. Stachowicz (eds.) Marine Community Ecology and Conservation. Sinauer Press (Chapter 20).

Bielmyer-Fraser, G., T. Jarvis, H.S. Lenihan, and R.J. Miller. 2014. Cellular partitioning of nanoparticulate versus dissolved metals in marine phytoplankton. Environmental Science and Technology 48: 13443−13450.

Corsi, I., G.N. Cherr, H.S. Lenihan, J. Labille, M. Hassellov, L. Canesi, F. Dondero, G. Frenzilli, D. Hristozov, V. Puntes, C. Della Torre, A. Pinsino, G. Libralato, A. Marcomini, E. Sabbioni, and V. Matranga. 2014. Common strategies and technologies for the ecosafety assessment and design of nanomaterials entering the marine environment. ACS Nano 8: 9694–9709. 

Conway, J., S.K. Hanna, H.S. Lenihan, and A.A. Keller. 2014. Effects and implications of trophic transfer and accumulation of CeO2 nanoparticles in a marine mussel. Environmental Science and Technology 48: 1517–1524.

Hanna, S.K., R.J. Miller, and H.S. Lenihan. 2014. Deposition of carbon nanotubes by a marine suspension feeder revealed by chemical and isotopic tracers. Journal of Hazardous Materials 279: 32-37.

Wilson, J.R., M.C. Kay, S.R. Valencia, and H.S. Lenihan. 2014. Integration of marine reserves in the assessment of data-poor fisheries. Conservation Letters 7: 451-458.

Muller, E.B., S.K. Hanna, S.K., R.J. Miller, H.S. Lenihan, and R.M. Nisbet. 2014. Impact of engineered Zinc Oxide nanoparticles on the energy budgets of Mytilus galloprovincialis. Journal of Sea Research 94: 29-36.

Ben-Horin, T., H.S. Lenihan, and K.D. Lafferty. 2013. "Variable intertidal temperature explains why disease endangers black abalone." Ecology 94: 161-168.

Hanna, S.K., R.J. Miller, and H.S. Lenihan. 2013. Accumulation and toxicity of copper oxide engineered nanoparticles in a marine mussel. Nanomaterials 4: 535-547.

Adeleye, A., A.A. Keller, H.S. Lenihan, and R.J. Miller. 2013. Persistence of commercial nanoscaled zero-valent iron (nZVI) and by products. Journal of Nanoparcticle Research 15: 1-18.

Jarvis, T., R.J. Miller, H.S. Lenihan, and G. Bielmyer. 2013. Toxicity of ZnO nanoparticles to the copepod, Acartia tonsa, exposed through a phytoplankton diet. Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry 32: 1264-1269.

Hanna, S.K., R.J. Miller, D. Zhou, A.A. Keller, and H.S. Lenihan. 2013. Accumulation and toxicity of metal oxide nanoparticles in a soft-sediment estuarine amphipod. Aquatic Toxicology 142-143: 441-446.

Hanna, S.K., R.J. Miller, E.B. Muller, R.M. Nisbet, and H.S. Lenihan. 2013. Impact of Zinc Oxide nanoparticles on the individual performance of Mytilus galloprovincialis. PLoS ONE 8: e61800. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0061800.

Needles, L.A., S.E. Lester, R. Ambrose, A. Andren, M. Beyeler, M.S. Connor, J.E. Eckman, B.A. Costa-Pierce, S.D. Gaines, K.D. Lafferty, H.S. Lenihan, J. Parrish, M.S. Peterson, A.E. Scaroni, J.S. Weis, and D.E. Wendt. 2013. Managing bay and estuarine ecosystems for multiple services. Estuaries and Coasts 38: 35-38.

Wilson, J.R., M.C. Kay, J. Colgate, R. Qi, and H.S. Lenihan. 2012. Small-scale spatial variation in population dynamics and fishermen response in a coastal marine fishery. PLoS ONE 7:e52837.doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0052837.

Holden, P.R., R.M. Nisbet, H.S. Lenihan, R.J. Miller, G. Cherr, J. Schimel, and J. Gardea-Torresdey. 2013. "Ecological Nanotoxicology: Integrating Nanomaterial Hazard Considerations Across the Subcellular, Population, Community, and Ecosystem Levels." Accounts of Chemical Research 46: 812-822.

Xia, T., D. Malasarn, S. Lin, Z. Ji, H. Zhang, R. J. Miller, A. A. Keller, R. M. Nisbet, B. H. Harthorn, H. A. Godwin, H. S. Lenihan, R. Liu, J. Gardea-Torresday, Y. Cohen, L. Madler, P. A. Holden. J. I. Zink, and A. E. Nel. 2013. "Implementation of a Multidisciplinary Approach to Solve Complex Nano EHS Problems by the UC Center for Environmental Implications of Nanotechnology." Small 9: 1428-1443.

Keller, A.A., K. Garner, R.J. Miller, and H.S. Lenihan. 2012. "Toxicity of nano Zero-Valent Iron to freshwater and marine organisms." PLoS ONE 7(8):e43983.doi:10.1371/journal.pone.004398

Kay, M.C., H.S. Lenihan, C. Miller, and J.R. Wilson. 2012. "Collaborative assessment of CA spiny lobster (Panularis interruptus) population and fishery responses to marine reserves." Ecological Applications 22: 322-335.

Guenther, C., H.S. Lenihan, L. Grant, D. Lopez-Carr, and D.R. Reed. 2012. "Trophic cascades in kelp forests caused by lobster fishing are not ubiquitous." PLoS ONE 7(11): e49396.doi:10.1371

Miller, R.J., S. Bennett, A.A. Keller, S. Pease, and H.S. Lenihan. 2012. "TiO2 nanoparticles are phototoxic to marine phytoplankton." PLoS ONE 7(1):e30321.doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0030321

Lenihan, H.S., S.J. Holbrook, R.J. Schmitt, and A.J. Brooks. 2011. "Influence of corallivory, competition, and habitat structure on coral community shifts." Ecology 92: 1959-1971.

Beck, M.W., R. Brumbaugh, L. Airoldi, A. Carranza, L. Coen, C. Crawford, O. Defeo, G.J. Edgar, B. Hancock, M.C. Kay, H.S. Lenihan, M. Luckenbach, C. Toropova, and G. Zhang. 2011. "Shellfish reefs at risk globally and recommendations for ecosystem revitalization." Bioscience 60: 107-116.

Thomas, C.R., S. George, A.M. Horst, Z. Ji, R.J. Miller, J.R. Peralta-Videa, S. Pokhrel, L. M??dler, J.L. Gardea-Torresday, P.A. Holden, A.A. Keller, H.S. Lenihan, A.E. Nel, and J.I. Zink. 2011. "Nanomaterials in the environment: from materials to high-throughput screening to organisms." ACS Nano 5: 13-20.

Lenihan, H.S. and P.J. Edmunds. 2010. "Response of juvenile branching corals to damage from corallivores in varying water flow and temperature." Marine Ecology Progress Series 409: 51-63.

Depletion, degradation, and recovery potential of estuaries and coastal seas with H. Lotze et al., Science

Introduction of non-native oysters: ecological effects and restoration implications with J. Ruesink et al., Annual Review of Ecology, Evolution, and Systematics

Conserving oyster reef habitat with Pete Peterson, Fishery Bulletin

Variation in marine benthic community composition allows discrimination of multiple stressors with Pete Peterson et al., Marine Ecology Progress Series

Predation structures deep-sea hydrothermal vent communities with F. Micheli et al., Ecological Monographs

Cascading of habitat degradation with J. Byers et al., Ecological Applications

Historical overfishing and the recent collapse of marine ecosystems with J. Jackosn et al., Science

Resolving a fishery conflict by ecological experimentation with F. Micheli, Fishery Bulletin

Physical-biological coupling on oyster reefs, Ecological Monographs

Influence of multiple environmental stressors on disease in oysters with S. Shelton et al., Limnology and Oceanography

How habitat degradation through fishery disturbance enhances impacts of hypoxia on oyster reefs with Pete Peterson et al., Ecological Applications

How flow speed influences oyster growth with J. Allen, Limnology and Oceanography

Natural and anthropogenic disturbances to marine benthic communities in Antarctica with J. Oliver, Ecological Applications