John E. McCosker

  • Senior Scientist and Chair
  • Aquatic Biology

My research focus has combined field and laboratory studies of aquatic animal evolution and behavior, ranging from microscopic bioluminescent bacteria to macroscopic man-eating elasmobranchs.

 

During my tenure as Director of Steinhart Aquarium, I was able to take advantage of the multiple water systems, the talented support staff, and the vast diversity of genetic material on display. It provided me with research opportunities ranging from studies of the symbiotic relationship of flashlight fishes and the bacteria which they house, to the husbandry of endangered winter-run Sacramento River chinook salmon (Oncorhynchus tshawytscha), to solving such practical problems as the cause of the submarine noise in Sausalito Harbor and the removal of eels from offshore petroleum structures. (See "The History of Research at the California Academy of Sciences' Steinhart Aquarium and Department of Aquatic Biology" by J. E. McCosker, 2007, Proceedings of the California Academy of Sciences, 58:171-195.)

 

Through studies of white shark (Carcharodon carcharias) behavior, my students and I have discovered the true significance of "publish or perish." Fortunately, the former, not the latter, has resulted in a book, a series of scientific publications, and public broadcast films (NOVA, BBC, National Geographic, and others) that have changed our understanding of white shark behavior and helped to formulate public safety policies for coastal waters and create legislation to protect that species. As a result, white shark behavior is now explainable and somewhat predictable, providing recreational users of the nearshore with lifesaving advice.

 

My studies of tropical snake eels and moray eels have added an important dimension to the understanding of bony fish evolution. These successful but poorly know groups have, through their evolution, become specialized through anatomical reduction rather than elaboration. Numerous new species, morphologies, and adaptations remain to be described.

 

The Academy has a century-long tradition of Galapagos studies. The insular endemism of the ichthyofauna is not unlike that of the terrestrial fauna. I have made numerous collections and studies using scuba as well as deepwater submersibles to 1000 meters depth. Through the analysis and description of the fishes and their habitats, I hope to contribute to the understanding of nearshore fish evolution and island biogeography, as well as to advise the government of Ecuador concerning its resource management.

BA Occidental College (1967)

PhD Scripps Institution of Oceanography (1973)

DSc, honoris causa, Occidental College (1987)

Research Fellow, Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (1970-1971)

Lecturer, University of California, San Diego (1973)

Adjunct Professor, San Francisco State University (1975-present)

Director, Steinhart Aquarium (1973-1995)

Interim Executive Director, California Academy of Sciences (1989-1990, 1994-1995)

McCosker Chair of Aquatic Biology, California Academy of Sciences (1995-present).

TECHNICAL PAPERS AND BOOKS

 

McCosker, J.E. 2010. (Review of) Eels at the Edge: Science, Status, and Conservation Concerns. Edited by John M. Casselman and David K. Cairns. American Fisheries Society Symposium, Volume 58. Quarterly Review of Biology 85(1):118.

 

McCosker, J.E. & R.H. Rosenblatt. 2010. The Fishes of the Galápagos Archipelago: An Update. Proceedings of the California Academy of Sciences 61(suppl.II, no.11):167-195.

 

Poss, S.G., McCosker, J.E. and C.C. Baldwin. 2010. A new species of Scorpaenodes (Pisces: Scorpaenidae) from the Galápagos and Cocos Island with discussions on the limits of Scorpaenodes and Thysanichthys. Proceedings of the California Academy of Sciences 61(2):233-265. (250)

 

McCosker, J.E., W. Chen and H. Chen. 2009. Comments on the snake eel genus Xyrias (Anguilliformes:Ophichthidae) with the description of a new species. Zootaxa 2289:61-67. (249)

 

Motomura, H. and J.E. McCosker. 2009. Second specimen of the Costa Rican scorpionfish, Scorpaena cocosensis (Scorpaenidae):the first record from the Galapagos Islands, with fresh color notes on the species. Biogeography 11:135-137. (248)

 

McCosker, J.E. 2009. Families Muraenidae, Synaphobranchidae, Ophichthidae, Nemichthyidae, Congridae, Nettastomatidae and Serrivomeridae. Pp. 76-89 In K. Nakaya, M. Yabe, H. Imamura, R. Carmena & M. Yoshida, eds. Deep-Sea Fishes of Peru. Japan Deep Sea Trawlers Association, Tokyo. (247)

 

McCosker, J.E. and J.E. Randall. 2008.  A New Species of Indo-Pacific Moray Eel (Anguilliformes: Muraenidae) From Indonesia.  Proceedings of the California Academy of Sciences 59(16):715-717. (246)

 

McCosker, J.E. and P. Wirtz. 2008. Notes on Brachysomophis atlanticus from the Cape Verde Archipelago. Proceedings of the California Academy of Sciences 59(16):711-714. (245)

 

Smith, D.G. and J.E. McCosker. 2008. Family Ophichthidae Snake Eels, Worm Eels. In Fishes of Australia's Southern Coast, M. Gomon et al., eds. New Holland Pub., Sydney. Pp. 166-169. (243)

 

McCosker, J.E. 2008. Trachyscorpia osheri and Idiastion hageyi, Two New Species of Deepwater Scorpionfishes (Scorpaeniformes:Sebastidae, Scorpaenidae) from the Galápagos Islands. Proceedings of the California Academy of Sciences 59(3):113-123. (240)

 

Edgar, G.J., P.F. Langhammer, G. Allen, T.M. Brooks, J. Brodie, W. Crosse, N. De Silva, L.D.C. Fishpool, M.N. Foster, D.H. Knox, J.E. McCosker, R. McManus, A.J.K. Millar and R. Mugo. 2008 (published online, 23 April). Key Biodiversity Areas as globally significant target sites for the conservation of marine biological diversity. Aquatic Conservation:Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems. (239)

 

Glynn, P.W., I.C. Enochs, J.E. McCosker and A.N. Graefe. 2008. First record of a pearlfish, Carapus mourlani, inhabiting the aplysiid opisthobranch mollusc Dollabella auricularia. Pacific Science 62(4):593-601. (241)

 

McCosker, J.E. 2007. The history of research at the California Academy of Sciences' Steinhart Aquarium and Department of Aquatic Biology. Proceedings of the California Academy of Sciences 58(11):171-195. (235)

 

McCosker, J.E. 2007. Luthulenchelys heemstraorum, a new genus and species of snake eel (Anguilliformes:Ophichthidae) from KwaZulu-Natal, with comments on Ophichthus rutidoderma (Bleeker, 1853) and its synonyms. Smithiana. Bulletin 7:3-7. (236)

 

McCosker, J.E. and J.E. Randall. 2007. A new genus and species of mud-dwelling moray eel (Anguilliformes:Muraenidae) from Indonesia. Proceedings of the California Academy of Sciences 58(22):469-476. (237)

 

McCosker, J.E. and S.W. Ross. 2007. A new deepwater species of the snake eel genus Ophichthus (Anguilliformes:Ophichthidae) from North Carolina. Copeia 2007(4):783-787. (238)

 

McCosker J.E., D. Boseto and A. Jenkins. 2007. Redescription of Yirrkala gjellerupi (Weber & de Beaufort, 1916), a poorly-known freshwater Indo-Pacific Snake Eel (Anguilliformes:Ophichthidae). Pacific Science 61(1):141-144. (232)

 

McCosker, J.E. 2006. A New Species of Deepwater Worm-eel, Scolecenchelys castlei (Anguilliformes:Ophichthidae), from New Zealand and Australia, with comments on S. breviceps and S. macroptera. Journal of the Royal Society of New Zealand 36(1):17-26. (226)

 

McCosker, J.E. 2006. A New Species of Sand Eel, Yirrkala moorei (Anguilliformes:Ophichthidae), from the South Pacific. Proceedings of the California Academy of Sciences 57(10):335-339. (227)

 

McCosker, J.E. 2006. Symbiotic relationships. In Ecology of Marine Fishes. L. G. Allen et al., eds. University of California Press, Berkeley. Pp. 554-563. (228)

 

McCosker, J.E. and A.L. Stewart. 2006. Additions to the New Zealand eel fauna with the descriptionof a new moray, Anarchias supremus (Teleostei:Muraenidae), and comments on the identity of Gymnothorax griffini Whitley and Phillips. Journal of the Royal Society of New Zealand 36(2):83-95. (229)

 

McCosker, J.E. and R.N. Lea. 2006. White Shark Attacks Upon Humans in California and Oregon, 1993-2003. Proceedings of the California Academy of Sciences 57(17):479-501. (230)

 

McCosker, J.E. 2006. Notes and comments on some eastern Atlantic snake eels (Anguilliformes:Ophichthidae). Proceedings of the California Academy of Sciences 57(short comm):736-738. (231)

 

Allen, G.R., J.E. McCosker, N.J. Cross, D.J. Bray and D.F. Hoese. 2006. Muraenidae. Pp. 243-259, in D.F. Hoese et al. (eds.)  

Zoological Catalogue of Australia. Volume 35 Pisces. Australian Government Publishing Service, Canberra. (233)

 

McCosker, J.E., G.R. Allen, D.F. Hoese, J.E. Gates and D.J. Bray. 2006. Ophichthidae. Pp. 264-277, in D.F. Hoese et al. (eds.) Zoological Catalogue of Australia. Volume 35 Pisces. Australian Government Publishing Service, Canberra. (234)

 

McCosker, J.E. and J.E. Randall. 2005. Notes on the snake eels of the genera Apterichtus and Ichthyapus (Anguilliformes:Ophichthidae) of the Central and South Pacific, with the description of a new species. Zootaxa 800:1-11. (223)

 

McCosker, J.E. 2005. A New Species of Deepwater Snake Eel, Ophichthus pullus (Anguilliformes:Ophichthidae), from Angola and Guinea-Bissau. Proceedings of the California Academy of Sciences 56(36):669-674. (225)

 

Mincarone, M.M. and J.E. McCosker. 2004. Eptatretus lakeside sp. nov., a New Species of Five-Gilled Hagfish (Myxinidae) from the Galápagos Islands. Proceedings of the California Academy of Sciences 55(6):162-168. (215)

 

McCosker, J.E. 2004. A new species of finless snake eel (Anguilliformes:Ophichthidae) from Ascension Island, with comments on Ichthyapus acutirostris. Proceedings of the California Academy of Sciences 55(7):169-173. (216)

 

McCosker, J.E. and D. G. Smith. 2004. The Argus moray, Muraena argus, added to the California fauna. Proceedings of the California Academy of Sciences 55(short comm.):246-247. (217)

 

McCosker, J.E., S. Anderson, J. Richards, and M. Love. 2004. First record of the Cape cigarfish, Cubiceps capensis (family Nomeidae), from California waters. Cal Fish and Game 90(3):157-159. (219)

 

Robertson, D.R., J.S. Grove and J.E. McCosker. 2004. Tropical transpacific shore fishes. Pacific Science 58(4):507-565. (220)

 

McCosker, J.E., J.S. Stephens and R.H. Rosenblatt. 2003. Cottoclinus canops, a new genus and species of blenny (Perciformes:Labrisomidae) from the Galápagos Islands. Proceedings of the California Academy of Sciences. 54(8):155-160. (208)

 

McCosker, J.E. 2003. Ophichthidae. In Carpenter, K. E. ed. FAO species identification guide for fishery purposes. The living marine resources of the Western Central Atlantic. FAO, Rome. Vol 2:724-733. (211)

 

Tighe, K.A. and J.E. McCosker. 2003. Two new species of the genus Chlopsis (Teleostei:Anguilliformes:Chlopsidae) from the Southwestern Pacific. Zootaxa 236:1-8. (212)

 

McCosker, J.E., R.H. Bustamante and G. M. Wellington. 2003. The freshwater eel, Anguilla marmorata, discovered in Galápagos. Noticias de Galápagos No. 62:2-6. (213)

 

McCosker, J.E. 2002. Notes on Hawaiian snake eels (Pisces:Ophichthidae), with comments on Ophichthus bonaparti. Pacific Science, 56(1):23-34. (204)

 

Randall, J.E. and J.E. McCosker. 2002. Parapercis lata, a new species of sandperch (Perciformes:Pinguipedidae) from the Central Pacific. Proceedings of the California Academy of Sciences. 53(8):87-93, 1 pl. (205)

 

McCosker, J.E. and J.E. Randall. 2002. Ophichthys melanochir Bleeker, 1865, A Junior Synonym of the Highfin Snake Eel Ophichthus altipennis (Kaup, 1856). Copeia 2002(3):798-799. (206)

 

Böhlke, E.B. and J.E. McCosker. 2001. The moray eels of Australia and New Zealand, with the description of two new species (Anguilliformes:Muraenidae). Records of the Australian Museum 53(1):71-102. (195)

 

McCosker, J.E. and J.E. Randall. 2001. A revision of the snake-eel genus Brachysomophis (Anguilliformes:Ophichthidae), with the description of two new species and comments on the species of Mystriophis. Indo-Pacific Fishes number 33. 32 pp. (196)

 

McCosker, J.E. and R.J. Lavenberg. 2001. Gordiichthys combibus, a new species of eastern Pacific sand-eel (Anguilliformes:Ophichthidae). Rev. Biol. Trop. 49 supl. 1:7-12. (199)

 

McCosker, J.E. and D.R. Robertson. 2001. Aplatophis zorro, a new species of eastern Pacific snake-eel, with comments on New World ophichthid distributions (Anguilliformes:Ophichthidae). Rev. Biol. Trop. 49 supl. 1:13-19. (200)

 

Iwamoto, T. and J.E. McCosker. 2001. Notes on Galapagos grenadiers (Pisces, Gadiformes, Macrouridae), with the description of a new species of Coryphaenoides. Rev. Biol. Trop. 49 supl. 1:21-27. (201)

 

Baldwin, C.C. and J.E. McCosker. 2001. Wrasses of the Galapagos Islands, with the description of a new deepwater species of Halichoeres (Perciformes:Labridae). Rev. Biol. Trop. 49 supl. 1:89-100. (202)

 

Munroe, T.A. and J.E. McCosker. 2001. Redescription of Symphurus diabolicus, a poorly-known, deep-sea tonguefish (Pleuronectiformes:Cynoglossidae) from the Galapagos Archipelago. Rev. Biol. Trop. 49 supl. 1:185-191. (203)

 

McCosker, J.E. and Y.-Y. Chen. 2000. A new species of deepwater snake-eel, Ophichthus aphotistos, with comments on Neenchelys retropinna (Anguilliformes:Ophichthidae) from Taiwan. Ichthyological Research, 47(4):353-357. (191)

 

Böhlke, E.B. and J.E. McCosker. 2000. Family Muraenidae. Pp. 584-585 in A checklist of the fishes of the South China Sea. Randall, J.E. and K.K.P. Lim, eds. 2000. Supplement no. 8, Raffles Bull. Zool. (193)

 

McCosker, J.E. 2000. Family Ophichthidae. P. 586 in A checklist of the fishes of the South China Sea. Randall, J.E. and K.K.P. Lim, eds. 2000. Supplement no. 8, Raffles Bull. Zool. (194)

 

Claro, R., R. G. Gilmore, C. R. Robins and J.E. McCosker. 2000. Nuevos registros para la ictiofauna marina de Cuba. Avicennia 12/13:19-24. (207)

 

Bradbury, M.G., J.E. McCosker, and D.J. Long. 1999. Batfishes of the Galápagos Islands with descriptions of two new species of Dibranchus (Teleostei:Ogcocephali). Rev. Français Ich., 25(3-4):79-88. (179)

 

McCosker, J.E. 1999. Pisces Anguilliformes:Deepwater snake eels (Ophichthidae) from the New Caledonia region, Southwest Pacific Ocean. In A. Crosnier (ed.), Résultats des Campagnes MUSORSTOM, Vol. 20. Mém. Mus. natn. d'Hist. nat. 180:571-588. (181)

 

Long, D.J. and J.E. McCosker. 1999. A new species of deepwater skate, Rajella eisenhardti, (Chondrichthyes:Rajidae), from the Galápagos Islands. Proceedings of the Biological Society of Washington. 112(1):45-51. (182)

 

Castle, P.H.J. and J.E. McCosker. 1999. A new genus and two new species of myrophine worm-eels, with comments on Muraenichthys and Scolecenchelys (Anguilliformes:Ophichthidae). Rec. Aust. Mus. 51(2):113-122. (184)

 

D.G. Smith and J.E. McCosker. 1999. Family Ophichthidae. Pp. 1662-1669 in Carpenter, K. E. and V. H. Niem (eds). FAO species identification guide for fishery purposes. The living marine resources of the Western Central Pacific. Vol. 3. Batoid fishes, chimaeras and bony fishes part 1 (Elopidae to Linophrynidae). Rome, FAO:1397-2066. (185)

 

Böhlke, E.B., J.E. McCosker, and D.G. Smith. 1999. Family Muraenidae. Pp. 1643-1657 in Carpenter, K.E. and V.H. Niem (eds). FAO species identification guide for fishery purposes. The living marine resources of the Western Central Pacific. Vol. 3. Batoid fishes, chimaeras and bony fishes part 1 (Elopidae to Linophrynidae). Rome, FAO:1397-2066. (186)

 

Long, D.J. and J.E. McCosker. 1998. A new species of the morid genus Gadella (Teleostei:Gadiformes) from the Galápagos Islands. Ichthyol. Res. 45(1):1-5. (169)

 

McCosker, J.E. 1998. A revision of the snake-eel genus Callechelys (Anguilliformes:Ophichthidae) with the description of two new Indo-Pacific species and a new callechelyin genus. Proceedings of the California Academy of Sciences. 50(7):185-215. (171)

 

McCosker, J.E. 1998. Snake-eels of the genus Xyrias (Anguilliformes:Ophichthidae). Cybium 22(1):7-13. (172)

 

Richards, W.J. and J.E. McCosker. 1998. A new species of genus Bellator (Pisces, Triglidae), with comments on the trigloids of the Galápagos Islands. Proceedings Biol. Soc. Wash. 111(4):936-941. (176)

 

McCosker, J.E. and R.H. Rosenblatt. 1998. A revision of the eastern Pacific snake-eel genus Ophichthus (Anguilliformes:Ophichthidae) with the description of six new species. Proceedings California Academy Sciences 50(19):397-432. (177)

 

Cohen, D.M. and J.E. McCosker. 1998. A new species of bythitid fish, genus Lucifuga from the Galápagos Islands. Bull. Mar. Science, 63(1):179-187. (180)

 

McCosker, J.E. and D.J. Long. 1997. A new species of the deepwater cardinalfish Epigonus (Perciformes:Epigonidae) from the Galápagos Islands. Ichthyological Research 44(2):125-129. (162)

 

McCosker, J.E. and D.G. Smith. 1997. Two new Indo-Pacific morays of the genus Uropterygius (Anguilliformes:Muraenidae). Bulletin of Marine Science 60(3):1005-1114. (165)

 

McCosker, J.E., G. Merlen, D.J. Long, R.G. Gilmore and C. Villon. 1997. Deepslope fishes collected during the 1995 eruption of Volcan Fernandina, Galápagos. Noticias de Galápagos no. 58:22-26. (166)

 

Böhlke, E.B. and J.E. McCosker. 1997. Review of the moray eel genus Scuticaria (Pisces:Anguilliformes:Muraenidae:Uropterygiinae). Proceedings Academy Natural Sciences Philadelphia, 148:1-6. (168)

 

McCosker, J.E. and P. Humann. 1996. New Records of Galápagos Fishes. Noticias de Galápagos, no. 56:18-22. (158)

 

Goldman, K.J., S. D. Anderson, J.E. McCosker and A.P. Klimley. 1996. Temperature, swimming depth, and diel movements of a white shark (Carcharodon carcharias) at the South Farallon Islands, central California, with comments on thermal physiology. Pp. 111-120 In Great white sharks:The biology of Carcharodon carcharias. Academic Press, ed. by A. P. Klimley and D. G. Ainley. 517 pp. (159)

 

McCosker, J.E. and R.N. Lea. 1996. White shark attacks in the eastern Pacific Ocean:an update and analysis. Pp. 419-434 In Great white sharks:The biology of Carcharodon carcharias. Academic Press, ed. by A. P. Klimley and D. G. Ainley. 517 pp. (160)

 

McCosker, J.E. and R.H. Rosenblatt. 1995. Muraenidae. In Fischer, W. et al., eds. Guia FAO para la identification de especies para los fines de la pesca. Pacifico centro-oriental. FAO, Rome. Vol. II:1303-1314. (153)

 

McCosker, J.E. and R.H. Rosenblatt. 1995. Ophichthidae. In Fischer, W. et al., eds. Guia FAO para la identification de especies para los fines de la pesca. Pacifico centro-oriental. FAO, Rome. Vol. II:1326-1341. (154)

 

McCosker, J.E. and N. Parin. 1995. A new species of deepwater worm-eel, Muraenichthys profundorum (Anguilliformes:Ophichthidae), from the Nazsca Ridge. Japanese J. Ichthyology 42(3/4):231-235. (156)

 

McCosker, J.E. and J.E. Randall. 1993. Finless snake-eels of the genus Cirricaecula (Anguilliformes:Ophichthidae), with the Description of C. macdowelli from Taiwan. Japanese J. Ichthyol 40(2):189-192. (142)

 

McCosker, J.E., A. Baranes and D. Golani. 1993. Description of the adult of Leptocephalus echeloides D'Ancona (1928), a deepwater snake eel, genus Ophichthus (Pisces:Ophichthidae), from the Gulf of Aqaba. Cybium 17(2):165-170. (143)

 

Randall, J.E. and J.E. McCosker. 1993. Social mimicry in fishes. Revue fr. Aquariol. 20(1):5-8. (144)

 

McCosker, J.E. and R.H. Rosenblatt. 1993. A revision of the snake eel genus Myrichthys (Anguilliformes:Ophichthidae) with the description of a new eastern Pacific species. Proceedings of the California Academy Sciences 48(8):153-169. (146)

 

Randall, J.E. and J.E. McCosker. 1992. Two new damselfishes of the genus Chromis from the south Pacific. Proceedings of the California Academy of Sciences 47(12):329-337. (135)

 

Howland, H.C., C.J. Murphy and J.E. McCosker. 1992. Detection of eyeshine by flashlight fishes of the family Anomalopidae. Vision Res. 32(4):765-769. (136)

 

Randall, J.E. and J.E. McCosker. 1992. Revision of the fish genus Luzonichthys (Perciformes:Serranidae:Anthiinae), with description of two new species. Indo-Pacific Fishes, no. 21. 21 pp. (138)

 

McCosker, J.E. 1989. Freshwater eels (Family Anguillidae) in California:Current conditions and future scenarios. California Fish and Game 75(1):4-10. (124)

 

Randall, J.E. and J.E. McCosker. 1989. Pseudochromis pylei (Teleostei:Perciformes; Pseudochromidae) a New Dottyback from Indonesia. Revue Fr. Aquariol., 16(1):7-10. (125)

 

Böhlke, E.B., J.E. McCosker and J.E. Böhlke. 1989. Family Muraenidae. In Fishes of the Western North Atlantic, Part Nine, Vol. One:Orders Anguilliformes and Saccopharyngiformes. Sears Foundation for Marine Research, Yale Univ. Pages 104-206. (127)

 

McCosker, J.E., E.B. Böhlke and J.E. Böhlke. 1989. Family Ophichthidae. In Fishes of the Western North Atlantic, Part Nine, Vol. One:Orders Anguilliformes and Saccopharyngiformes. Sears Foundation for Marine Research, Yale Univ. Pages 254-412. (128)

 

Rosenblatt, R.H. and J.E. McCosker. 1988. A new species of Acanthemblemaria from Malpelo Island, with a key to the Pacific members of the genus (Pisces:Chaenopsidae). Proceedings of the California Academy of Sciences 45(7):103-110. (116)

 

McCosker, J.E. 1987. The white shark, Carcharodon carcharias, has a warm stomach. Copeia 1987(1):195-197. (107)

 

Auerbach, P.S., D.M. Yajko, P.S. Nassos, K.W. Kizer, J.E. McCosker, E.C. Geehr, and W.K. Hadley. 1987. Bacteriology of the Marine Environment:Implications for Clinical Therapy. Annals of Emergency Medicine 16(6):643-649. (108)

 

McCosker, J.E. 1987. The Fishes of the Galapagos Islands. Oceanus 30(2):28-32. (109)

 

LeBoeuf, B.J., J.E. McCosker, and J. Hewitt. 1987. Crater wounds on Northern Elephant Seals:the Cookiecutter Shark strikes again. Fishery Bulletin 85(2):387-392. (111)

 

McCosker, J.E. and R.H. Rosenblatt. 1987. Notes on the Biology, Taxonomy, and Distribution of Flashlight Fishes (Beryciformes:Anomalopidae). Japanese J. of Ichthyology 34(2):157-164. (112)

 

Nemtzov, S.C., J.E. McCosker and L.M. Albert-Nemtzov. 1987. First record of the snake-eel Brachysomophis cirrhochilus (Pisces:Ophichthidae) in the Red Sea. Israel Journal of Zoology 34:13-14. (115)

 

McCosker, J.E. 1986. A new snake eel, Ophichthus bennettai, (Pisces:Ophichthidae) from off western South Africa. Special Pub. JLB Smith Instit. Ichthyol., no. 39. 4 pp. (101)

 

Castle, P.H.J. and J.E. McCosker. 1986. Family Muraenidae. Pp. 165-176. In, The Sea Fishes of Southern Africa, ed. by M. Smith and P. Heemstra. Macmillan Pub., Johannesburg. (102)

 

McCosker, J.E. and P.H.J. Castle. 1986. Family Ophichthidae. Pp. 176-186. In, The Sea Fishes of Southern Africa, ed. by M. Smith and P. Heemstra. Macmillan Pub., Johannesburg. (103)

 

McCosker, J.E. 1986. Family Anomalopidae. Pp. 413-414. In, The Sea Fishes of Southern Africa, ed. by M. Smith and P. Heemstra. Macmillan Pub., Johannesburg. (104)

 

McCosker, J.E. 1986. The Sausalito Hum. J. Acoust. Soc. Am. 80(6):1853-1854. (106)

 

Carey, F.G., J.G. Casey, H.L. Pratt, D. Urquhart and J.E. McCosker. 1985. Temperature, heat production and heat exchange in lamnid sharks. Mem. So. California Academy Sciences 9:92-108. (98)

 

McCosker, J.E. 1985. White shark attack behavior:observations of and speculations about predator and prey strategies. Mem. So. California Academy Sciences 9:123-135. (99)

 

McCosker, J.E. 1985. Two new genera and two new species of deepwater western Atlantic worm eels (Pisces:Ophichthidae). Proceedings California Academy Sciences 44(2):9-15. (100)

 

Nealson, K.H., M.G. Haygood, B.M. Tebo, M. Roman, E. Miller and J.E. McCosker. 1984. Contribution by symbiotically luminous fishes to the occurrence and bioluminescence of luminous bacteria in seawater. Microb. Ecol. 10:69-77. (91)

 

McCosker, J.E. and R.H. Rosenblatt. 1984. The inshore fish fauna of the Galapagos Islands. Pp. 133-144 in, Key Environments, Galapagos, R. Perry, ed. Oxford, Pergamon Press. (92)

 

Tricas, T.C. and J.E. McCosker. 1984. Predatory behavior of the white shark (Carcharodon carcharias), with notes on its biology. Proceedings California Academy Sciences 43(14):221-238. (93)

 

Egana, A.C. and J.E. McCosker. 1984. Attacks on divers by white sharks in Chile. California Fish and Game 70(3):173-179. (94)

 

McCosker, J.E. and E.B. Böhlke. 1984. Three new species of western Atlantic snake eels (Pisces:Ophichthidae) of the genus Ophichthus. Proceedings Academy Natural Sciences Philadelphia 136:24-31. (95)

 

McCosker, J.E. and J.E. Böhlke. 1984. A review of the snake eel genera Gordiichthys and Ethadophis, with descriptions of new species and comments on related Atlantic bascanichthyins (Pisces:Ophichthidae). Proceedings Academy Natural Sciences Philadelphia 136:32-44. (96)

 

McCosker, J.E., K. Hatooka, K. Sasaki and J.T. Moyer. 1984. Japanese Moray eels of the genus Uropterygius. Japanese J. Ichthyol. 31(3):261-267. (97)

 

Bennetta, W.J. and J.E. McCosker. 1984. An experimental repellent for large, deep-sea eels. Chevron Corp., Offshore Technology and Planning Staff, San Francisco. 8 pp.

 

McCosker, J.E. and J.E. Randall. 1982. Synonymies of Indian Ocean eels, with the description of Gymnothorax enigmaticus, a moray previously known as G. ruppeli. Proceedings California Academy Sciences 43(2):17-24. (82)

 

McCosker, J.E. 1982. Discovery of Kryptophanaron alfredi (Pisces:Anomalopidae) at San Salvador, Bahamas, with notes on anomalopid light organs. Rev. Biol. Trop. 30(1):97-99. (83)

 

McCosker, J.E. 1982. A new genus and two new species of remarkable Pacific worm eels (Ophichthidae, Subfamily Myrophinae). Proceedings California Academy Sciences 43(5):59-66. (84)

 

Böhlke, E.B. and J.E. McCosker. 1982. Monopenchelys, a new genus of moray eels from the Atlantic and Indo-Pacific oceans (Pisces:Muraenidae). Proceedings Academy Natural Sciences Philadelphia 134:127-134. (86)

 

McCosker, J.E. and E.B. Böhlke. 1982. Three new genera and two new species of deepwater western Atlantic snake eels (Pisces:Ophichthidae. Proceedings Academy Natural Sciences Philadelphia 134:113-121. (87)

 

McCosker, J.E. 1981. Great White Shark. Science 81, 2(6):42-51. (74)

 

Randall, J.E. and J.E. McCosker. 1981. Two new serranid fishes of the genus Anthias from the Central Pacific. J. of Aquariculture 2(3):59-69. (77)

 

Clark, W. and J.E. McCosker, co-principal investigators. 1980. Dispersed, decentralized and renewable energy sources:alternatives to national vulnerability and war. Project Report, Federal Emergency Management Agency, Washington D. C. 326 pp. (68)

 

McCosker, J.E. 1979. The snake eels (Pisces, Ophichthidae) of the Hawaiian Islands, with the description of two new species. Proceedings California Academy Sciences 42(2):57-67. (60)

 

McCosker, J.E. and P.C. Phillips. 1979. Occurrence of the heterenchelyid eel Pythonichthys asodes at Costa Rica and El Salvador. Bull. Mar. Sciences 29(4):599-600. (61)

 

McCosker, J.E. and M.D. Lagios. 1979. Editors of The Biology and Physiology of the Living Coelacanth. Occasional Papers of the California Academy Sciences, no. 134. 175 pp. (63)

 

Lagios, M.D. and J.E. McCosker. 1979. Introduction to The Biology and Physiology of the Living Coelacanth. Occasional Papers of the California Academy Sciences, no. 134:1-3. (64)

 

McCosker, J.E. 1979. Inferred natural history of the living coelacanth. In, The Biology and Physiology of the Living Coelacanth. Occ. Papers California Academy Sciences, no. 134:17-24. (65)

 

McCosker, J.E., L.R. Taylor, and R.R. Warner. 1978. Ichthyological studies at Galapagos. Noticias de Galapagos, no. 27:13-15. (51)

 

McCosker, J.E. 1978. Synonymy and distribution of Calloplesiops (Pisces:Plesiopidae). Copeia 1978:707-710. (54)

 

Klausewitz, W., J.E. McCosker, J.E. Randall, and H. Zetzsche. 1978. Hoplolatilus chlupatyi n. sp., un nouveau Poisson marin des Philippines. Rev. Franc. d'Aquariologie 5(2):41-48. (57)

 

McCosker, J.E. 1977. Fright posture of Calloplesiops altivelis (Pisces:Plesiopidae):a unique example of Batesian mimicry. Science 197:400-401. (38).

 

McCosker, J.E. 1977. The osteology, classification, and relationships of the eel family Ophichthidae. Proceedings of the California Academy Sciences ser. 4, 41(1):1-123. (40)

 

Lagios, M.D. and J.E. McCosker. 1977. A cloacal excretory gland in the lungfish Protopterus. Copeia 1977:176-178. (41)

 

McCosker, J.E. and J.E. Randall. 1977. Three new species of Indo-Pacific moray eels (Pisces:Muraenidae). Proceedings of the California Academy Sciences 41:161-168. (43)

 

McCosker, J.E., M.D. Lagios, and T. Tucker. 1976. Ultrastructure of lymphocystis virus in the quillback rockfish, Sebastes maliger, with records of infection in other aquarium-held fishes. Trans. Amer. Fish. Soc. 105(2):333-337. (33)

 

Iwamoto, T., J.E. McCosker, and O. Barton. 1976. Alepocephalid fishes of the genera Herwigia and Bathylaco, with the first Pacific record of H. kreffti. Japanese J. Ichthyol. 23(1):55-59. (35)

 

McCosker, J.E. and M.E. Anderson. 1976. Aquarium maintenance of mesopelagic animals:a progress report. Bull. So. California Academy Sciences 75(2):211-219. (36)

 

Böhlke, J.E. and J.E. McCosker. 1975. The status of the ophichthid eel genera Caecula Vahl and Sphagebranchus Bloch, and the description of a new genus and species from fresh waters in Brazil. Proceedings Academy Natural Sciences Philadelphia 127:1-11. (23)

 

Randall, J.E. and J.E. McCosker. 1975. The eels of Easter Island with a description of a new moray. Los Angeles Co. Nat. Hist. Mus., Contrib. Sciences 264. 32 pp. (24)

 

McCosker, J.E. and R.H. Rosenblatt. 1975. Fishes collected at Malpelo Islands. Pp. 91-93, in, The biological investigations of Malpelo Island, Colombia. Ed., J. B. Graham. Smithsonian Contrib. Zool. 176. (25)

 

McCosker, J.E. and C.E. Dawson. 1975. Biotic passage through the Panama Canal with particular reference to fishes. Mar. Biol. 30:343-351. (26)

 

McCosker, J.E. 1975. Feeding behavior of Indo-Australian Hydrophiidae. Pp. 217-232, in, The biology of sea snakes. Ed., W. A. Dunson, Univ. Park Press, Baltimore. (28)

 

McCosker, J.E. and R.H. Rosenblatt. 1975. The moray eels (Pisces:Muraenidae) of the Galapagos Islands, with new records and synonymies of extralimital species. Proceedings California Academy Sciences 40:417-427. (29)

 

McCosker, J.E. 1975. The eel genus Phaenomonas (Pisces, Ophichthidae). Pacific Sciences 29:361-363. (31)

 

McCosker, J.E. 1974. A revision of the ophichthid eel genus Letharchus Copeia 1974:619-629. (18)

 

Seymour, R.S. and J.E. McCosker. 1974. Oxygen consumption of the commensal fish, Carapus homei. Copeia 1974:971-972. (19)

 

McCosker, J.E. 1973. The osteology, classification, and relationships of the family Ophichthidae (Pisces, Anguilliformes). PhD Thesis, Univ. California, San Diego. 289 pp. (13)

 

Böhlke, J.E. and J.E. McCosker. 1973. Two additional west Atlantic gobies (genus Gobiosoma that remove ectoparasites from other fishes. Copeia 1973:609-610. (17)

 

McCosker, J.E. and R.H. Rosenblatt. 1972. Eastern Pacific snake-eels of the genus Callechelys (Apodes:Ophichthidae). Trans. San Diego Soc. Nat. Hist. 17(2):15-24. (9)

 

McCosker, J.E. 1972. Two new genera and two new species of western Pacific snake-eels (Apodes:Ophichthidae). Proceedings California Academy Sciences 39:111-120. (10)

 

Rosenblatt, R.H., J.E. McCosker and I. Rubinoff. 1972. Indo-west Pacific fishes from the Gulf of Chiriqui, Panama. Los Angeles Co. Nat. Hist. Mus., Contrib. Sciences 18 pp. (11)

 

Glynn, P.W., R.H. Stewart and J.E. McCosker. 1972. Pacific coral reefs of Panama:structure, distribution, and predators. Geol. Rundschau 61:483-519. (12)

 

McCosker, J.E. 1971. A new species of Parapercis (Pisces:Mugiloididae) from the Juan Fernandez Islands. Copeia 1971:682-686. (7)

 

McCosker, J.E. and R.F. Nigrelli. 1971. New records of lymphocystis disease in four eastern Pacific fish species. J. Fish. Res. Bd. Canada 28:1809-1810. (8)

 

Rosenblatt, R.H. and J.E. McCosker. 1970. A key to the genera of the ophichthid eels, with descriptions of two new genera and three new species from the eastern Pacific. Pacific Sciences 24:494-505. (3)

 

McCosker, J.E. 1970. A review of the eel genera Leptenchelys and Muraenichthys, with the description of a new genus, Schismorhynchus, and a new species, Muraenichthys chilensis. Pacific Sciences 24:505-516. (4)

 

Stephens, J.S., Jr., R.K. Johnson, G.S. Key, and J.E. McCosker. 1970. The comparative ecology of three sympatric species of California blennies of the genus Hypsoblennius Gill (Teleostomi, Blenniidae). Ecol. Monogr. 40:213-233. (5)

 

McCosker, J.E. and N. Fotheringham. 1969. Preliminary recommendations for the ecology of Sea Lake, Laguna Niguel. Laguna Niguel Corp., Laguna Niguel, California. 20 pp. (2)

 

McCosker, J.E. 1969. A behavioral correlate for the passage of lymphocystis disease in three blennioid fishes. Copeia 1969:636-637. (1)

 

 

INVITED BOOK REVIEWS, INTRODUCTIONS, FORWARDS, AND OBITUARIES

 

McCosker, J.E. 2008. (Review of) Sharks of the open ocean:biology, fisheries, and conservation. Edited by Merry D. Camhi, Ellen K. Pikitch, and Elizabeth A. Babcock. Blackwell Publishing, Oxford, UK. 2008. Quarterly Review of Biology 83:415. (244)

 

McCosker, J.E. 2005. (Review of) Atlas of Pacific Salmon by Xanthippe Augerot and Dana Foley. California Wild 59(1):35. (224)

 

McCosker, J.E. and D.B. Catania. 2004. (Review of) Shorefishes of the tropical eastern Pacific/Peces costeros del Pacífico oriental tropical by D. Ross Robertson and Gerald R. Allen. Copeia 2004(1):193-195. (214)

 

McCosker, J.E. 2004. (Review of) One fish, two fish, crawfish, bluefish. The Smithsonian Sustainable Seafood Cookbook, by Carole C. Baldwin and Julie H. Mounts, with illustrations by Charlotte Knox. California Wild 57(3):51-52. (218)

 

McCosker, J.E. 2000. Obituary, Peter H. J. Castle. Copeia 2000(3):912-913. (187)

 

McCosker, J.E. 2000. (Review of) Life in the slow lane:ecology and conservation of long-lived marine animals. Musick J.E., editor. 1999. American Fisheries Society Symposium 23, Bethesda, Maryland. Conservation Biology 14(1):331. (188)

 

McCosker, J.E. 1998. (Review of) The fishes of the Galápagos Islands by J. S. Grove and R. J. Lavenberg, 1997, Stanford University Press. Copeia 1998(3):809-812. (173)

 

McCosker, J.E. 1997. (Introduction to) The Nature Company Guides:Sharks & Rays, by T. C. Tricas, et al. Time-Life Books. (163)

 

McCosker, J.E. 1997. Full fathom five. (Review of) The Universe Below:Discovering the Secrets of the Deep Sea by William J. Broad, Simon & Schuster, 1997. LA Weekly, August 22-28, p. 55. (167)

 

McCosker, J.E. 1997. A serving of oceanography light. (Review of) Oceanography:An Introduction by Dale Ingmanson and William J. Wallace, Wadsworth Publishing Company, 1995. The Textbook Letter 8(2):2-3. (168)

 

McCosker, J.E. 1994. (Forward to) Beachcomber's guide to California Marine Life, by T. M. Niesen, Gulf Publishing Co. 192 pp. (147)

 

McCosker, J.E. 1994. This text does a good job of covering the waterfront. (Review of) Marine Biology:An Ecological Approach, by J. Nybakken, 1993. The Textbook Letter 5(5):3-4. (151)

 

McCosker, J.E. 1993. (Review of) The ecology of fishes on coral reefs. Ed. by P. F. Sale. In Quarterly Rev. Biol. 68(1):127-128. (139)

 

McCosker, J.E. 1993. Piscine Elegance. (Reviews of) Fish:an enthusiast's guide, by P.B. Moyle, and Aquariums:windows to nature, by L.R. Taylor. In Pacific Discovery 46(4):49. (145)

 

McCosker, J.E. 1991. (Review of) Living Fossil. The Story of the Coelacanth, by K.S. Thomson. Science 252:1863-1864. (129)

 

McCosker, J.E. 1989. (Review of) A field guide to the fishes of the Galapagos, by Godfrey Merlen. Noticias de Galapagos, 47:27-28. (122)

 

McCosker, J.E. 1989. (Review of) Sharks in Question:The Smithsonian Answer Book, by V. G. Springer and J. P. Gold. Oceanus, 32(2):91. (123)

 

McCosker, J.E. 1982. (Review of) Pacific Coast Inshore Fishes, by D. Gotshall. Pacific Discovery 35(1):33. (78)

 

McCosker, J.E. 1981. (Review of) Exploring the Deep Frontier, by S.A. Earle and A. Giddings. Pacific Discovery 34(2):33.

 

McCosker, J.E. 1981. Of Dolphins and Whales. San Francisco Chronicle, Review Section. 20 Sept 1981, p. 5. (75)

 

McCosker, J.E. 1981. (Forward to) Fishwatching in Hawaii, by R. B. and B.C. Carpenter. Natural World Press, pp. 5-6. (76)

 

McCosker, J.E. 1979. (Review of) Fishwatchers' guide to the inshore fishes of the Pacific coast, by D. W. Gotshall. Pacific Discovery 32(1):33. (59)

 

McCosker, J.E. and W.N. Eschmeyer. 1978. (Review of) Coastal Fishes of Southern Japan, by Masuda, Araga, and Yoshino. Trans. Amer. Fisheries Soc. 107(6):874-875. (58)

 

McCosker, J.E. 1977. (Review of) The Neon Gobies, by Patrick I. Colin. Copeia 1977:195-196. (42)

 

McCosker, J.E. 1977. (Review of) The Fresh and Saltwater Fishes of the World, by E. Migdalski and G. Fichter. Oceans 10(3):70. (45)

 

McCosker, J.E. 1977. (Forward and scientific consultant to) The Underwater Wilderness - Life Around the Great Reefs. Chanticleer Pres, NY. 319 pp. (47)

 

McCosker, J.E. 1975. (Forward to) Marine Portfolio III, by Edwin Janss. California Academy Sciences Special Pub. 4 pp., 16 pls. (22)

 

McCosker, J.E. 1975. (Forward to) Oddball fishes & other strange creatures of the deep, by Braz Walker. Sterling Pub. Co., Inc., New York. (30)

 

McCosker, J.E. 1974. (Review of) Pacific Fishes of Canada, by J.L. Hart. Pacific Discovery 27(5):32. (20)

 

 

POPULAR ARTICLES AND BOOKS

 

McCosker, J.E. 2008. A Brief History of the West's Oldest Scientific Institution. Pp. 8-23 in California Academy of Sciences:Architecture In Harmony with Nature, Ed. by S. Wells. Chronicle Books, San Francisco. 144 pp. (242)

 

Abadia, R., B. Day, N. Baron, N. Knowlton, J.E. McCosker, A. Katoppo, and H. Hough. 2004. Chapter 10. Defying Ocean's End through the power of communications. L. K. Glover and S. A. Earle, eds., Defying Ocean's End, Island Press, Washington. Pp. 183-196. (222)   

 

McCosker, J.E. 2004. Monterey aces the great white shark ethics test. Opinion-Commentary. Los Angeles Times, 31 October 2004, p. M5 (221).

 

McCosker, J.E. 2003. I don't want to see any water: Earl Herald, aquarium pioneer and aquatic dynamo. California Wild 56(2):37-41. (210)

 

McCosker, J.E. 2003. Innovation:First in time and place. Pp. 22-31 in 18 Million real things:150 years of discovery at California Academy of Sciences. California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco. (209)

 

McCosker, J.E. 2002. Good fish, bad fish:A catch to the catch of the day. California Wild 55(1):6-10, 53. (197)

 

McCosker, J.E. and T.N. Gosliner. 2000. Unnatural Selection. Open Forum, San Francisco Chronicle, December 10, 2000, p. A33. (192)

 

McCosker, J.E. 2000. Biopat:Immortality for sale. Whole Earth. Fall, 2000:46. (190)

 

McCosker, J.E. 2000. What's in an animal's name? Whole Earth. Fall, 2000:42. (189)

 

McCosker, J.E. 1999. A letter from the field:Beneath Forbidden Seas, Marine Research in Cuba. California Wild 52(1):42-45. (178)

 

McCosker, J.E. 1999. The history of Steinhart Aquarium:A very fishy tale. The Donning Company, Virginia. 158 pp. (183)

 

McCosker, J.E. 1998. Identifying sharks. Pp. 86-123 in Reader's Digest Explores Sharks. Reader's Digest, New York. 160 pp. (170)

 

McCosker, J.E. 1998. Eels and Allies. Pp. 85-90 in Encyclopedia of Fishes, Second Edition, J. Paxton and W. N. Eschmeyer, eds., Weldon Owen Pubs., Sydney. (174)

 

McCosker, J.E. 1998. Wild lives:An ichthyological Easter egg hunt. California Wild 51(4):39. (175)

 

McCosker, J.E. 1997. A letter from the field:A half mile down. Pacific Discovery, 50(1):42-45. (161)

 

Tricas, T.C., K. Deacon, P. Last, J.E. McCosker, T.I. Walker and L. Taylor. 1997. The Nature Company Guides:Sharks & Rays, Time-Life Books. 288 pp. (164)

 

McCosker, J.E. 1995. El Steinhart Aquarium de San Francisco. Amigos del Acuario, April/June:32-34. (152)

 

McCosker, J.E. 1995. Introductory Remarks:Symposium on the San Francisco Bay/Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. Hastings West-Northwest Journal of Environmental Law and Policy, 2(2):119-120.

 

McCosker, J.E. 1995. Introductory Remarks:Endangered Species Act. Hastings West-Northwest Journal of Environmental Law and Policy, 2(2):129-130.

 

McCosker, J.E. 1995. Ed Ricketts:A Role Model for Marine Biologists. The Steinbeck Newsletter, 9(1):12-14. (155)

 

McCosker, J.E. 1995. Aquarium display of bioluminescent fishes, with particular reference to anomalopid flashlight fishes. Proceedings of the Third International Aquarium Congress, Boston. Pages 237-246. (157)

 

McCosker, J.E. 1994. In the Beginnning. Rodale's Scuba Diving, July:60-65. (148)

 

McCosker, J.E. 1994. Eels and Allies. Pp. 85-90 in Encyclopedia of Fishes, J. Paxton and W.N. Eschmeyer, eds., Weldon Owen Pubs., Sydney. (149)

 

McCosker, J.E. 1994. Letter from the field:In Darwin's footsteps -- underwater. Pacific Discovery, 47(4):40-42, 51. (150)

 

McCosker, J.E. 1993. White shark plays critical role in maintaining food web balance. Between the Tides, 6(5):4-5. (140)

 

McCosker, J.E. 1993. Fish:Adaptation at its Best. Pp. 57-62 in Oceans:The illustrated library of the Earth, R. Stevenson and F. Talbot, eds., Rodale Press, Pennsylvania. (141)

 

McCosker, J.E. 1992. Flashlight Fish. Pacific Discovery 45(4):16-17. (137)

 

McCosker, J.E. 1991. Fish. Pp. 36-39. Sharks. Pp. 39-41 in The Encyclopedia of the Earth. Oceans and Islands. F.H. Talbot and R.E. Stevenson, eds. Smithmark Publishers, New York. (130)

 

Ellis, R. and J.E. McCosker. 1991. What fate awaits the great white shark? Audubon, 93(5):100-108. (131)

 

McCosker, J.E. 1991. When the shark bites. Pacific Discovery, 44(4):26-30. (132)

 

Ellis, R. and J.E. McCosker. 1991. Great White Shark. HarperCollins and Stanford Univ. Press, New York. 270 pp. (133)

 

McCosker, J.E. and Dominique Derian. 1991. Haro sur l'assassin. GEO, 153(12):58-70. (134)

 

McCosker, J.E. 1989. Reef report:The coral reef revisited. Pacific Discovery, 42(2):38-39. (121)

 

McCosker, J.E. 1989. Noises of Nature. The Commonwealth, 83(38):

 

McCosker, J.E. 1988. Sharks:Myths and Maneaters. Bohemian Club Library Notes. Number 56:9-12. (117)

 

McCosker, J.E. 1988. San Francisco's Living Coral Reef. Pacific Discovery 41(2):32-38. (118)

 

McCosker, J.E. and L.R. Taylor. 1988. A Reader's Guide to Coral Reefs. Pacific Discovery 41(2):39-41. (119)

 

McCosker, J.E. 1988. Tod aus der Tiefe. Geo 1988(9):82-94. (120) 408-411. (126)

 

McCosker, J.E. 1987. A shark primer for San Mateo waters. Between the Tides, Friends of Fitzgerald Marine Life Refuge, 1(1):1-4.

 

McCosker, J.E. 1987. Building a Better Bruce. Los Angeles Times Magazine 3(29):16-19. (110)

 

McCosker, J.E. and E.E. Miller. 1987. The Steinhart Aquarium Fish Roundabout:a decade later. Int. Zoo Yb. 26:48-53. (113)

 

McCosker, J.E. 1987. The View From the Great Tidepool. Pacific Discovery 40(4):34-41. (114)

 

McCosker, J.E. 1986. In sum, it was some hum. Discover 7(6):66-71. (105).

 

Ellis, R. and J.E. McCosker. 1986. Speaking of sharks ... Oceans 19(3):24-29, 58-60.

 

McCosker, J.E. 1985. Associate Editor and Contributor to:The Encyclopedia of Aquatic Life, ed. by K. Banister and A. Cambell, Equinox (Oxford) Ltd., Oxford. 349 pp.

 

McCosker, J.E. 1985. Economic benefits of research collections:The bottom line. Testimony before the US House Committee on Science and Technology. US Committee on Science and Technology, Science Policy Study -- Hearings Volume 2:The Role of the Research Museums. Pp. 125-133.

 

McCosker, J.E. 1984. Ed Ricketts:role model for California biologists. Bohemian Club Library Notes, no. 45:4-10. (90)

 

McCosker, J.E. 1983. Penguins. San Francisco Mag. 25(6):98-104. (88)

 

McCosker, J.E. 1983. The biology of well-dressed birds. Pacific Discovery 36(3):22-35. (89)

 

McCosker, J.E. 1982. The Academy changes directors. Pacific Discovery 35(2):19. (79)

 

McCosker, J.E. 1982. Better Housing for Hermit Crabs. Science '82, 3(3):80-81. (80)

 

McCosker, J.E. and D.F. Dunn. 1982. Editorial:The Endangered Species Act. Pacific Discovery 35(3):33.

 

McCosker, J.E. and T. Tucker. 1982. Solar heating for Steinhart. Pacific Discovery 35(6):28-29. (85)

 

McCosker, J.E. 1981. Reflections of Sandy, the Great White Shark. Pacific Discovery 34(2):1-9. (69)

 

McCosker, J.E. 1981. The sun and the sea. Pp. 150-157 in, Fire of Life, The Smithsonian Book of the Sun. Smithsonian Exposition Books. (71)

 

McCosker, J.E. 1981. Serendipity of the Seas. Nature Company Naturalist Review 2(2):1-2. Reprinted in:Undercurrent 7(4):11-12, and in Museum Store Association, Spring 1982, pp. 23-25. (73)

 

McCosker, J.E. 1981. Steinhart Aquarium. In, Guidebook to the California Academy of Sciences, pp. 19-32.

 

McCosker, J.E. 1980. Academically Speaking:Gaudy Slugs of the Sea. Pacific Discovery 33(2):29-31. (66)

 

McCosker, J.E. 1980. Sandy, the Great White Shark. Animal Kingdom 83(6):11-13. (67)

 

McCosker, J.E. 1978. Galapagos Underwater. Pacific Discovery 30(2):1-7. (49)

 

McCosker, J.E. 1979. In utter darkness. Oceans 12(6):22-29. (62)

 

McCosker, J.E. and E.E. Miller. 1978. Luminous fish in the aquarium. Aquar. Digest Internatl. no. 18:20-21. (50)

 

McCosker, J.E. 1978. Fish that flash. Outside Mag., Sept/Oct:21-23. (52)

 

McCosker, J.E. 1978. Academically speaking:an ichthyological impostor. Pacific Discovery 31(5):28-31. (53)

 

McCosker, J.E. 1978. Ed Janss, an artist underwater. Pacific Discovery 31(6):10-11. (55)

 

McCosker, J.E. 1977. Flashlight Fishes. Scientific American 236(3):106-114. (39).

 

McCosker, J.E. 1977. The Steinhart Aquarium Fish Roundabout. Pacific Discovery 30(3):1-6. (44)

 

McCosker, J.E. 1977. The Steinhart Aquarium. Sea World, Winter 1977/1978:3-5. (48)

 

McCosker, S. and J.E. McCosker. 1976. To the islands of the moon. Pacific Discovery 29(1):19-28. (32)

 

McCosker, J.E. 1976. The Steinhart Roundabout:an aquarium for fishes. Drum and Croaker 16(2):1-3. (37).

 

McCosker, J.E. and M.D. Lagios. 1975. Les petits Peugeots of Grande Comore. Pacific Discovery 28(5):1-6. (27)

 

McCosker, J.E. 1974. Garden eels in the Steinhart Aquarium. Aquar. Dig. Internatl. 2(4):17-19. (21)

 

ELECTRONIC PUBLICATIONS

 

McCosker, J.E. 2000 (6 May). What's in an animal's name?

 

McCosker, J.E. 2000 (24 May). Biopat: Immortality for sale.

 

IN PRESS

 

McCosker, J.E. Submitted 12 January 2006. Ophichthidae. In Carpenter, K.E. ed. FAO species identification guide for fishery purposes. The living marine resources of the Eastern Central Atlantic.

 

McCosker, J.E. Submitted 22 December 2009. Ophichthidae. In Heemstra, P. and W. Houter, eds. The fishes of the western Indian Ocean.

Bio

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