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Aaron Carlisle

Aaron Carlisle

Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Hopkins Marine Station


I am a postdoctoral researcher at Hopkins Marine Station of Stanford University working on the trophic and spatial ecology of marine and estuarine fishes, in particular elasmobranchs (sharks, skates and rays). My research interests are broadly focused on how the abiotic and biotic environment and organismal biology interact to influence the behavior, distribution, and ecology of species, and how these interactions impact their population dynamics, life history strategies and ecosystem roles. I believe that it is important to not only address fundamental questions in biology and ecology, but to also conduct applied research that can be used to help manage and conserve species and ecosystems in an ocean that is rapidly changing due to human activity and climate change.

Academic Appointments

Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Hopkins Marine Station

Professional Education

Doctor of Philosophy, Stanford University, BIOL-PHD (2012)
Bachelor of Arts, Princeton University, Ecology and Evolutionary Bio. (1999)
Master of Science, San Jose State University, Marine Science (2006)


Chang, C.-H., Jang-Liaw, N.-H., Lin, Y.-S., Carlisle, A., Hsu, H. H., Liao, Y.-C., & Shao, K.-T. (2016). The complete mitochondrial genome of the salmon shark, Lamna ditropis (Chondrichthyes, Lamnidae). MITOCHONDRIAL DNA, 27(1), 316–317.

Madigan, D. J., Carlisle, A. B., Gardner, L. D., Jayasundara, N., Micheli, F., Schaefer, K. M., … Block, B. A. (2015). Assessing niche width of endothermic fish from genes to ecosystem. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 112(27), 8350–8355.

Hughes, B. B., Levey, M. D., Fountain, M. C., Carlisle, A. B., Chavez, F. P., & Gleason, M. G. (2015). Climate mediates hypoxic stress on fish diversity and nursery function at the land-sea interface. PROCEEDINGS OF THE NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, 112(26), 8025–8030.

Carlisle, A. B., Litvin, S. Y., Hazen, E. L., Madigan, D. J., Goldman, K. J., Lea, R. N., & Block, B. A. (2015). Reconstructing habitat use by juvenile salmon sharks links upwelling to strandings in the California Current. MARINE ECOLOGY PROGRESS SERIES, 525, 217–228.

Carlisle, A. B., Goldman, K. J., Litvin, S. Y., Madigan, D. J., Bigman, J. S., Swithenbank, A. M., … Block, B. A. (2015). Stable isotope analysis of vertebrae reveals ontogenetic changes in habitat in an endothermic pelagic shark. PROCEEDINGS OF THE ROYAL SOCIETY B-BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES, 282(1799).

Madigan, D. J., Baumann, Z., Carlisle, A. B., Hoen, D. K., Popp, B. N., Dewar, H., … Fisher, N. S. (2014). Reconstructing transoceanic migration patterns of Pacific bluefin tuna using a chemical tracer toolbox. ECOLOGY, 95(6), 1674–83.

Field, J. C., Litvin, S. Y., Carlisle, A., Stewart, J. S., Gilly, W. F., & Ruiz-Cooley, R. I. (2014). Stable isotope analysis of Humboldt squid prey: Comment on Miller et al. (2013). MARINE ECOLOGY PROGRESS SERIES, 500, 281–285.

Lyons, K., Carlisle, A., Preti, A., Mull, C., Blasius, M., O'Sullivan, J., … Lowe, C. G. (2013). Effects of trophic ecology and habitat use on maternal transfer of contaminants in four species of young of the year lamniform sharks. MARINE ENVIRONMENTAL RESEARCH, 90, 27–38.

Madigan, D. J., Litvin, S. Y., Popp, B. N., Carlisle, A. B., Farwell, C. J., & Block, B. A. (2012). Tissue Turnover Rates and Isotopic Trophic Discrimination Factors in the Endothermic Teleost, Pacific Bluefin Tuna (Thunnus orientalis). PLOS ONE, 7(11).

Madigan, D. J., Carlisle, A. B., Dewar, H., Snodgrass, O. E., Litvin, S. Y., Micheli, F., & Block, B. A. (2012). Stable Isotope Analysis Challenges Wasp-Waist Food Web Assumptions in an Upwelling Pelagic Ecosystem. SCIENTIFIC REPORTS, 2.

Carlisle, A. B., Kim, S. L., Semmens, B. X., Madigan, D. J., Jorgensen, S. J., Perle, C. R., … Block, B. A. (2012). Using Stable Isotope Analysis to Understand the Migration and Trophic Ecology of Northeastern Pacific White Sharks (Carcharodon carcharias). PLOS ONE, 7(2).

Carlisle, A. B., Perle, C. R., Goldman, K. J., & Block, B. A. (2011). Seasonal changes in depth distribution of salmon sharks (Lamna ditropis) in Alaskan waters: implications for foraging ecology. CANADIAN JOURNAL OF FISHERIES AND AQUATIC SCIENCES, 68(11), 1905–1921.

Carlisle, A. B., & Starr, R. M. (2010). Tidal movements of female leopard sharks (Triakis semifasciata) in Elkhorn Slough, California. ENVIRONMENTAL BIOLOGY OF FISHES, 89(1), 31–45.

Carlisle, A. B., & Starr, R. M. (2009). Habitat use, residency, and seasonal distribution of female leopard sharks Triakis semifasciata in Elkhorn Slough, California. MARINE ECOLOGY PROGRESS SERIES, 380, 213–228.