Brian W. Bowen

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Roman, J. and B.W. Bowen. 2000. The mock turtle syndrome: genetic identification of turtle meat purchased in the southeast United States. Animal Conservation 3:61-65.

Campton, D.E., A.L. Bass, F.A. Chapman, and B.W. Bowen. 2000. Genetic distinction of pallid, shovelnose, and Alabama sturgeon: emerging species and the U.S. endangered species act. Conservation Genetics 1:17-32.

Avise, J.E., W.S. Nelson, B.W. Bowen, and D. Walker. 2000. Phylogeography of colonially-nesting seabirds, with special reference to global matrilineal patterns in the sooty tern (Sterna fuscata). Molecular Ecology 9:1783-1792.

Muss, A., D.R. Robertson, C.A. Stepien, P. Wirtz, and B.W. Bowen. 2001. Phylogeography of the genus Ophioblennius: the role of ocean currents and geography in reef fish evolution. Evolution 55:561-572.

Colborn, J., R.E. Crabtree, J.B. Shaklee, E. Pfeiler, and B.W. Bowen. 2001. The evolutionary enigma of bonefishes (Albula spp.): cryptic species and ancient separations in a globally-distributed shorefish. Evolution 55:807-820.

Bowen, B.W., A.L. Bass, L.A. Rocha, W.S. Grant and D.R. Robertson. 2001. Phylogeography of the trumpetfish (Aulostomus spp.): ring species complex on a global scale. Evolution 55:1029-1039.

Rankin-Baransky, K., C.J. Williams, A.L. Bass, B.W. Bowen, and J.R. Spotila. 2001. Origin of loggerhead turtle (Caretta caretta) strandings in the northwest Atlantic as determined by mtDNA analysis. J. Herpetology 35:638-646.

Rocha, L.A., A.L. Bass, D.R. Robertson, and B.W. Bowen. 2002. Adult habitat preferences, larval dispersal, and the comparative phylogeography of three Atlantic surgeonfishes (Teleostei: Acanthuridae) Molecular Ecology 11:243-252.

Quattro, J.M., T.W. Greig, D.K. Coykendoll, B.W. Bowen, and J.D. Baldwin. 2002. Genetic issues in aquatic species management: the shortnose sturgeon (Acipenser brevirostrum) in the southeastern United States. Conservation Genetics 3:155-166.

Branch, L.C., A.-M. Clark, P.E. Moler, and B.W. Bowen. 2003. Habitat specificity, fragmented landscapes, and the phylogeography of three lizards in Florida scrub. ø 4:199-212.

Bowen, B.W. 2003. What is a loggerhead turtle? The genetic perspective. In A.B. Bolten and B. Witherington (eds.) The Biology of Loggerhead Sea Turtles. Smithsonian Institution Press, Washington, D.C.

Lecomte, F.L., W.S. Grant, J.J. Dodson, R. Rodriguez-Sanchez, and B.W. Bowen. 2004. Living with uncertainty: genetic imprints of climate shifts in East Pacific anchovy (Engraulis mordax) and sardine (Sardinops sagax). Molecular Ecology 13: 2169-2182.

Bowen, B.W., A.L. Bass, S.-M. Chow, and 16 others. 2004. Natal homing in juvenile loggerhead turtles (Caretta caretta). Molecular Ecology 13: 3797-3808.

Briggs, J.C., B.W. Bowen and M.A. Rex. 2004. Introduction to Biogeography of the Sea. Pp. 233-237 In Lomolino and Brown (eds.) Frontiers in Biogeography. Sinauer Associates, Sunderland MA.

Rocha, L.A., D.R. Robertson, J. Roman, and B.W. Bowen. 2005. Ecological speciation in tropical reef fishes. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London Series B 272:573-579.

Bowen, B.W., A.L. Bass, L. Soares, and R.J. Toonen. 2005. Conservation implications of complex population structure: lessons from the loggerhead turtle (Caretta caretta). Molecular Ecology 14: 2389-2402.

Bowen, B.W. and J. Roman. 2005. Gaia’s handmaidens: the Orlog model for conservation biology. Conservation Biology 19: 1037-1043.

Grant, W.S., R.W. Leslie, and B.W. Bowen. 2005. Molecular genetic assessment of bipolarity in the anchovy genus Engraulis. Journal of Fish Biology 67: 1242–1265.

Rocha, L.A., D.R. Robertson, C.R. Rocha, J.L. Van Tassell, M.T. Craig, and B.W. Bowen. 2005. Recent invasion of the tropical Atlantic by an Indo-Pacific coral reef fish. Molecular Ecology 14: 3921-3928.

Bowen, B.W., A. Muss, L.A. Rocha, and W.S. Grant. 2006. Shallow mtDNA coalescence in Atlantic pygmy angelfishes (genus Centropyge) indicates a recent invasion from the Indian Ocean. Journal of Heredity 97: 1-12.

Duncan, K.M., A.P. Martin, B.W. Bowen, and G.H. de Couet. 2006. Global phylogeography of the scalloped hammerhead shark (Sphyrna lewini). Molecular Ecology 15: 2239-2251

Bowen, B.W., A.L. Bass, A.J. Muss, J. Carlin, and D.R. Robertson. 2006. Phylogeography of two Atlantic squirrelfishes (family Holocentridae): Exploring pelagic larval duration and population connectivity. Marine Biology 149: 899-913.

Grant, W.S., and B.W. Bowen. 2006. Living in a tilted world: climate change and geography limit speciation in Old World anchovies (Genus Engraulis). Biological Journal of the Linnaean Society 88: 673-690.

Daly-Engel, T., R. Grubbs, K. Holland, R.J. Toonen, and B.W. Bowen. 2006. Multiple paternity assessments for three species of congeneric sharks (Carcharhinus) in Hawaii. Environmental Biology of Fishes 76: 419-424.

Bowen, B.W., W.S. Grant, Z. Hillis-Starr, D. Shaver, K.A. Bjorndal, A.B. Bolten, and A.L. Bass. 2007. Mixed stock analysis reveals the migrations of juvenile hawksbill turtles (Eretmochelys imbricata) in the Caribbean Sea. Molecular Ecology 16:49-60.

Daly-Engel, T., R. Grubbs, B.W. Bowen, and R.J. Toonen. 2007. Frequency of multiple paternity in an unexploited tropical population of sandbar sharks (Carcharhinus plumbeus). Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Science 64: 198-204.

Craig, M.T., J.A. Eble, D.R. Robertson, B.W. Bowen. 2007. High genetic connectivity across the Indian and Pacific Oceans in the reef fish Myripristis berndti (Holocentridae). Marine Ecology Progress Series 334: 245–254.

Schultz, J.K., R.L. Pyle, E. DeMartini, and B.W. Bowen. 2007. Genetic homogeneity among color morphs of the flame angelfish, Centropyge loriculus. Marine Biology 151: 167-175.

Friedlander, A., J. Caselle, J. Beets, C. Lowe, B.W. Bowen, T. Ogawa, K. Kelly, T. Calitri, M. Lange, and B. Anderson. 2007. Aspects of the biology, ecology, and recreational fishery for bonefish at Palmyra Atoll National Wildlife Refuge, with comparisons to other Pacific Islands. Pp. 28-56 In J.S. Ault (ed.) Biology and Management of the world tarpon and bonefish fisheries. CRC Press, Boca Raton, FL

Bowen, B.W., S.A. Karl, and E. Pfeiler. 2007. Resolving evolutionary lineages and taxonomy of bonefishes (Albula spp.). Pp. 147-154 In J.S. Ault (ed.) Biology and Management of the world tarpon and bonefish fisheries. CRC Press, Boca Raton, FL

Bird, C.J., B.S. Holland, B.W. Bowen, and R.J. Toonen. 2007. Contrasting population structure in three endemic Hawaiian limpets (Cellana spp.) with similar life histories. Molecular Ecology 16:3173-3186.

Rocha, L.A., M.T. Craig, and B.W. Bowen. 2007. Phylogeography and the conservation genetics of coral reef fishes. Coral Reefs Invited Review 26: 501-512.

Bowen, B.W. 2007. Sexual harassment by a male green turtle (Chelonia mydas). Marine Turtle Newsletter 117:10.

Bowen, B.W., and S.A. Karl. 2007. Population genetics and phylogeography of sea turtles. Invited review, Molecular Ecology 16: 4886–4907.

Castro A.L.F., Stewart B.S., Wilson S.G., Hueter R.H., Meekan M.G., Motta P.J., Bowen B.W., Karl S.A. 2007. Population genetic structure of the world’s largest fish, the whale shark (Rhincodon typus). Molecular Ecology 16: 5183-5192.

Floeter, S.R., Rocha, L.A., Robertson, D.R., Joyeux, J.C., Smith-Vaniz, W., Barreiros, J.P., Wirtz, P., Edwards, A.J., Ferreira, C.E.L., Gasparini, J.L., Bowen, B.W., Bernardi, G. 2008. Atlantic reef fish biogeography and evolution. Journal of Biogeography 35: 22-47.

Baker, P., J.D. Austin, B.W. Bowen, and S.M. Baker. 2008. Range-wide population structure and history of the northern quahog (Mercenaria mercenaria) inferred from mitochondrial DNA sequence data. ICES Journal of Marine Science 65:155-163.

Rocha, L.A. and B.W. Bowen. 2008. Speciation in coral reef fishes. Journal of Fish Biology 72, Invited Review, 1101-1121.

Rocha, L.A., C. R. Rocha, D.R. Robertson, and B. W. Bowen. 2008. Comparative phylogeography of Atlantic reef fishes indicates both origin and accumulation of diversity in the Caribbean. BMC Evolutionary Biology 8:157.

Theisen, T.C., B.W. Bowen, W. Lanier, and J.D. Baldwin. 2008. High connectivity on a global scale in the pelagic wahoo, Acanthocybium solandri (tuna family Scombridae). Molecular Ecology 17: 4233–4247.

Schultz, J.K., K.A. Feldheim, S.H. Gruber, M.V. Ashley, B.W. Bowen. 2008. Global phylogeography and seascape genetics of the lemon sharks (genus Negaprion). Molecular Ecology 17: 5336-5348

Bienfang, P., B. Oben, S. DeFelice, P. Moeller, K. Huncik, P. Oben, R. Toonen, T. Daly-Engel, and B. Bowen.  2008. Ciguatera: Detection of neurotoxins in carnivorous reef fish from Cameroon coast, West Africa. African Journal of Marine Science 30:533-540.

Schultz, J.K., J.D. Baker, R.J. Toonen, B.W. Bowen. 2009. Extremely low genetic diversity in the endangered Hawaiian monk seal (Monachus schauinslandi). Journal of Heredity 100:25-33.

Eble, J.A., R.J. Toonen, B.W. Bowen. 2009. Endemism and dispersal: comparative phylogeography of three surgeonfish species across the Hawaiian Archipelago. Marine Biology 156:689–698.

Andrews, K.R., L. Karczmarski, W.W.L. Au, S. Rickards, C.A. Vanderlip, B.W. Bowen, R.J. Toonen. 2010. Rolling stones and stable homes; Social structure, habitat diversity, and population genetics of the Hawaiian spinner dolphin (Stenella longirostris). Molecular Ecology 19:732-748.

Gaither, M.R., R.J. Toonen, D.R. Robertson, S. Planes, and B.W. Bowen. 2010. Genetic evaluation of marine biogeographic barriers: perspectives from two widespread Indo-Pacific snappers (Lutjanus spp.). Journal of Biogeography 37:133-147.

McBride, R.S., C.R. Rocha, R. Ruiz-Carus, and B.W. Bowen. 2010. A new species of Elops (Elopiformes: Elopidae) from the North Atlantic Ocean. Zootaxa 2346:29-41.

Gaither, M.R., B.W. Bowen, R.J. Toonen, S. Planes, V. Messmer, J. Earle, D.R. Robertson. 2010. Genetic consequences of introducing allopatric lineages of Bluestriped Snapper (Lutjanus kasmira) to Hawaii. Molecular Ecology 19: 1107 - 1121.

Daly-Engel, T.S., R.D. Grubbs, K.W. Feldheim, B.W. Bowen, R.J. Toonen. 2010. Is multiple paternity beneficial or unavoidable? Low multiple paternity and genetic diversity in the shortspine spurdog shark (Squalus mitsukurii). Marine Ecology Progress Series 403:255-267.

Reece, J.S., B.W. Bowen, K. Joshi, V. Goz, A.F. Larson. 2010. Phylogeography of two moray eels indicates high dispersal throughout the Indo-Pacific. Journal of Heredity 101:391 – 402.

Grant, W.S., F. Lecomte, B.W. Bowen. 2010. Biogeographical contingency and the evolution of tropical anchovies Cetengraulis from temperate Engraulis. Journal of Biogeography 37:1352 – 1362.

Gaither, M.R., R.J. Toonen, L. Sorenson, B.W. Bowen. 2010. Isolation and characterization of microsatellite markers for the Crimson Jobfish, Pristipomoides filamentosus (Lutjanidae). Conservation Genetics Resources 2:169-172.

Craig, M.T., J. Eble, B.W. Bowen. 2010. Origins, ages, and populations histories: Comparative phylogeography of endemic Hawaiian butterflyfishes (genus Chaetodon). Journal of Biogeography 37:2125 – 2136.

Reece, J.S., B.W. Bowen, D.G. Smith, A.F. Larson. 2010. Molecular phylogenetics of moray eels (Murenidae) demonstrates multiple origins of a shell-crushing jaw (Gymnomuraena, Echidna) and multiple colonizations of the Atlantic Ocean. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 57:829 – 835.

Wallace, B.P., A.D. DiMatteo, B.J. Hurley, E.M. Finkbeiner, A.B. Bolten, M.Y. Chaloupka, B.J. Hutchinson, F.A. Abreu-Grobois, D. Amorocho, K.A. Bjorndal, J. Bourjea, B.W. Bowen, R. Briceño Dueñas, P. Casale, B.C. Choudhury, A. Costa, P.H. Dutton, A. Fallabrino, A. Girard, M. Girondot, M.H. Godfrey, M. Hamann, M. López-Mendilaharsu, M.A. Marcovaldi, J.A. Mortimer, J.A. Musick, R. Nel, J.A. Seminoff, S. Troëng, B. Witherington, R.B. Mast. 2010. Regional management units for marine turtles: A novel framework for prioritizing conservation and research across multiple scales. PLoS One 5(12): e15465. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0015465

DiBattista, J.D., C. Wilcox, M.T. Craig, L.A. Rocha, B.W. Bowen. 2011. Phylogeography of the Pacific Blueline Surgeonfish Acanthurus nigroris reveals a cryptic species in the Hawaiian Archipelago. Journal of Marine Biology, Article ID 839134

Eble, J.A., L.A. Rocha, M.T. Craig, B.W. Bowen. 2011. Not all larvae stay close to home: Long-distance dispersal in Indo-Pacific reef fishes, with a focus on the Brown Surgeonfish (Acanthurus nigrofuscus). Journal of Marine Biology, Article ID 518516

Toonen, R.J., K.R. Andrews, I.B. Baums, C.E. Bird, C.T. Concepcion, T.S. Daly-Engel, J.A. Eble, A. Faucci, M.R. Gaither, M. Iacchei, J.B. Puritz, J.K. Schultz, D.J. Skillings, M. Timmers, B.W. Bowen. 2011. Defining boundaries for applying ecosystem-based management: A multispecies case study of marine connectivity across the Hawaiian Archipelago. Journal of Marine Biology, Article ID 460173

DiBattista J.D., Feldheim, K.A., B.W. Bowen. 2011. Microsatellite DNA markers for population genetic and hybridization analysis of two closely related surgeonfish species, Acanthurus nigricans and Acanthurus leucosternon. Conservation Genetic Resources 3:159 – 162.

Schultz, J.K., J.D. Baker, R.J. Toonen, A.L. Harting, B.W. Bowen. 2011. Range-wide genetic connectivity of the Hawaiian monk seal and implications for transplantation. Conservation Biology 25:124-132.

Bjorndal, K.A., B.W. Bowen, M. Chaloupka, L.B. Crowder, S.S. Heppell, C.M. Jones, M.E. Lutcavage, D. Policansky, A.R. Solow, and B.E. Witherington. 2011. Better science needed for restoration in the Gulf of Mexico. Science 330:437 - 438.

Bird, C.E., B.S. Holland, B.W. Bowen, R.J. Toonen. 2011. Diversification of endemic sympatric limpets (Cellana spp.) in the Hawaiian Archipelago. Molecular Ecology 20:2128 – 2141.

Eble, J.,A., R.J. Toonen, L.L. Sorensen, L. Basch, Y. Papastamatiou, B.W. Bowen. 2011. Escaping paradise: Larval export from Hawaii in an Indo-Pacific reef fish, the Yellow Tang (Zebrasoma flavescens). Marine Ecology Progress Series 428:245 – 258.

Gaither, M.R., B.W. Bowen, T.-R. Bordenave, L.A. Rocha, S.J. Newman, J.A. Gomez, L. van Herwerden, M.T. Craig. 2011. Phylogeography of the reef fish Cephalopholus argus (Epinephelidae) indicates Pleistocene isolation across the Indo-Pacific Barrier with contemporary overlap in the Coral Triangle. BMC Evolutionary Biology 11:189 doi:10.1186/1471-2148-11-189

Reece, J.S., B.W. Bowen, A. Larson. 2011. Long larval duration in moray eels (Muraenidae) ensures ocean-wide connectivity despite differences in adult niche breadth. Marine Ecology Progress Series In press

Wallace, B.P., A.D. DiMatteo, A.B. Bolten, M.Y. Chaloupka, B.J. Hutchinson, F.A. Abreu-Grobois, J.A. Mortimer, J.A. Seminoff, D. Amorocho, K.A.Bjorndal, J. Bourjea, B.W. Bowen, R. Briseño Dueñas, P. Casale, B.C. Choudhury, A. Costa, P.H. Dutton, A. Fallabrino, E.M. Finkbeiner, A. Girard, M.Girondot, M. Hamann;B.J. Hurley, M. Lopez-Mendilaharsu, M.A. Marcovaldi, J.A. Musick, R. Nel, N.J. Pilcher, S. Troëng, B. Witherington, R.B. Mast. 2011. Global conservation priorities for marine turtles. PLoS One In press

Briggs, J.C., B.W. Bowen. 2011. A realignment of marine biogeographic provinces with particular reference to fish distributions. Journal of Biogeography In press


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