Catherine W. Mecklenburg

  • Point Stephens Research

Taxonomy and zoogeography of Arctic marine fishes. A distributional atlas and identification guide to the Pacific-Arctic marine fishes is in progress.

Genetic barcoding as an aid for taxonomy and identification. Collaborators are focusing on completion of a pan-Arctic barcode reference library for fishes.

Monitoring fish biodiversity in relation to global climate change; e.g., participation in expeditions to the Arctic Ocean, East Siberian and Chukchi Seas with the Russian-American Long-Term Census of the Arctic (RUSALCA) (http://www.arctic.noaa.gov/aro/russian-american/), and Greenland and Norwegian Seas with the TUNU-Programme of the University of Tromsø, Norway.

Professional Positions Held

U.S. member, Fish Expert Network (co-Chair with Canada, 2012-2013), Circumpolar Biodiversity Monitoring Program, 2009-present. http://www.caff.is/monitoring

Research Associate, Department of Ichthyology, California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco, 2006-present.

Field Associate, Department of Ichthyology, California Academy of Sciences, 2002-2006.
Associate Specialist, Marine Science Institute, University of California, Santa Barbara, 2001-present.
Private consultant, ichthyology, dba Point Stephens Research, 1991-present.
Private consultant and owner of Point Stephens Press, editor and publication specialist, fish and fisheries, 1979-1990.
Research Analyst, Alaska Office of Coastal Management, Juneau, Alaska, 1979-1981.
Technical Editor, NOAA, NMFS, Auke Bay Fisheries Laboratory, Juneau, Alaska, 1975-1978.
Fisheries Biologist, Alaska Department of Fish and Game, Homer, Alaska, 1974-1975.
Assistant Professor, Physical Anthropology, University of Alaska, Fairbanks, 1970-1973.

 

Experience Related to Arctic Studies

University of Tromsø RV Helmer Hanssen, TUNU-V fisheries research expedition to northeast Greenland, August 2013

Russian Federation ship Professor Khromov, multidisciplinary cruise. PI: Adult and juvenile benthic and demersal fishes. Chukchi Sea, East Siberian Sea, Chukchi Borderland, August 2012

Russian Federation ship Professor Khromov, multidisciplinary cruise. PI: Adult and juvenile benthic and demersal fishes. Chukchi Sea, East Siberian Sea, Chukchi Borderland, September 2009

NOAA ship Oscar Dyson, fisheries cruise. PI: Identification, tissue collection, and photography of pelagic and benthic fishes. Chukchi Sea, September 2007.

Russian Federation ship Professor Khromov, multidisciplinary cruise. Co-PI: Adult and juvenile benthic and demersal fishes. Chukchi Sea, August 2004.

USFWS vessel Tiglax, member of fish team for resource surveys of Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge: Semidi Islands, Gulf of Alaska, 2001, 2004, 2006, and 2007; Norton Sound, Bering Sea, 2002; central Aleutian Islands, 2003; Pribilof Islands, 2005.

California Academy of Sciences, Hokkaido University Museum of Zoology, National Museum of Canada, U.S. National Museum of Natural History, University of Alaska Fairbanks, University of British Columbia, University of Washington: Research on taxonomy and distribution of North Pacific and Arctic fishes; 1991–present.

Point Stephens Research: Identification and preservation of northern fishes: e.g., recent collections by University of Alaska Fairbanks, Chukchi Sea and Beaufort Sea in 2009-2012; Hokkaido University, Chukchi Sea in 2007 and 2008; Norton Sound Economic Development Corporation, Norton Sound, Bering Sea in 2006; NOAA Ocean Exploration, Canada Basin in 2005; University of Alaska Fairbanks, Bering Sea and Chukchi Sea in 2003; National Park Service, surveys of Glacier Bay National Park in 2000–2002.

Recent Publications and Reports

Love, M., C. W. Mecklenburg, L. K. Thorsteinson, N. Elder. In progress. Atlas of ecology of marine and anadromous fishes of the U.S. Chukchi and Beaufort Seas.  Species accounts. U.S. Geological Survey and U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management. Final draft in review.
Mecklenburg, C. W., I. Byrkjedal, O. V. Karamushko, and P. R. Møller. Submitted. Atlantic fishes in the Chukchi Borderland. Marine Biodiversity.
Christiansen, J. S., C. W. Mecklenburg, and O. V. Karamushko. 2013. Arctic marine fishes and their fisheries in light of global change. Global Change Biology (In press).
Lynghammar, A., J. S. Christiansen, C. W. Mecklenburg, O. V. Karamushko, P. R. Møller, and V. F. Gallucci. 2013. Species richness and distribution of chondrichthyan fishes in the Arctic Ocean and adjacent seas. Biodiversity 14: 57-66.
Mecklenburg, C. W., P. R. Møller, and D. Steinke. 2011. Biodiversity of arctic marine fishes: taxonomy and zoogeography. Marine Biodiversity 41(1):109–140. Includes electronic supplementary material (Online Resources 1–5), downloadable online by Marine Biodiversity subscribers, or may be obtained from ptstephens@alaska.com.
Mecklenburg, C. W., and T. A. Mecklenburg. October 2010. Taxonomy and zoogeography of Arctic marine fishes and detection of change. RUSALCA 2009 Postcruise Workshop, Tivat, Serbia and Montenegro. Download at: http://www.arctic.noaa.gov/aro/russian-american/2010/
Mecklenburg, C. W., and T. A. Mecklenburg. 2009–2011. Arctic marine fish species accounts prepared for Arctic Ocean Diversity section, Census of Marine Life, University of Alaska Fairbanks. Accounts are revised at irregular intervals. Additional accounts are in progress.  See: http://www.arcodiv.org/Fish.html
Mecklenburg, C. W., and T. A. Mecklenburg. 2009. Arctic marine fish museum specimens, 2nd edition. Metadata report and database submitted to ArcOD, Institute of Marine Science, University of Alaska Fairbanks by Point Stephens Research, Auke Bay, Alaska
Mecklenburg, C. W., D. L. Stein, B. A. Sheiko, N. V. Chernova, T. A. Mecklenburg, and B. A. Holladay. 2007. Russian-American Long-term Census of the Arctic: Benthic fishes trawled in the Chukchi Sea and Bering Strait, August 2004. Northwestern Naturalist 88: 168-187.
Mecklenburg, C. W., T. A. Mecklenburg, B. A. Sheiko, and N. V. Chernova (2006) Arctic marine fish museum specimens. Metadata report and database submitted to ArcOD, Institute of Marine Science, University of Alaska Fairbanks by Point Stephens Research, Auke Bay, Alaska
Gharrett, A. J., C. W. Mecklenburg, L. W. Seeb, Z. Li, A. P. Matala, A. K. Gray, and J. Heifetz. 2006. Coloration and morphological comparisons of genetically distinct rougheye rockfish sibling species. Trans. Am. Fish. Soc. 135: 791-800.
Love, M., C. W. Mecklenburg, T. A. Mecklenburg, and L. K. Thorsteinson. 2005. Resource inventory of marine and estuarine fishes of the West Coast and Alaska. OCS Study MMS 2005-030 and USGS/NBII 2005-001. 288 pp.
Mecklenburg, C. W., and B. A. Sheiko. 2004. Family Stichaeidae Gill 1864 - pricklebacks. Calif. Acad. Sci. Annotated Checklists of Fishes No. 26. 28 pp.
Sheiko, B. A., and C. W. Mecklenburg. 2004. Family Agonidae Swainson 1839 - poachers. Calif. Acad. Sci. Annotated Checklists of Fishes No. 27. 24 pp.
Mecklenburg, C. W. 2003. Calif. Acad. Sci. Annotated Checklists of Fishes:
Family Anoplopomatidae Jordan & Gilbert 1883 - sablefishes. No. 2. 3 pp.
Family Rhamphocottidae Gill 1888 - grunt sculpins. No. 4. 2 pp.
Family Hemitripteridae Gill 1872 - sea ravens or sailfin sculpins. No. 5. 6 pp.
Family Bathymasteridae Jordan & Gilbert 1883 - ronquils. No. 7. 4 pp.
Family Cryptacanthodidae Gill 1861 - wrymouths. No. 8. 4 pp.
Family Pholidae Gill 1893 - gunnels. No. 9. 11 pp.
Family Anarhichadidae Bonaparte 1846 - wolffishes. No. 10. 6 pp.
Family Scytalinidae Jordan & Evermann 1898 - graveldivers. No. 11. 3 pp.
Family Ptilichthyidae Jordan & Gilbert 1883 - quillfishes. No. 12. 3 pp.
Family Zaproridae Jordan & Evermann 1898 - prowfishes. No. 13. 3 pp.
Family Icosteidae Jordan & Gilbert 1880 - ragfishes. No. 14. 4 pp.
Mecklenburg, C. W., and W. N. Eschmeyer. 2003. Family Hexagrammidae Gill 1889 - greenlings. Calif. Acad. Sci. Annotated Checklists of Fishes No. 3. 10 pp.
Mecklenburg, C. W., and B. A. Sheiko. 2003. Family Cyclopteridae Bonaparte 1831 - lumpsuckers. Calif. Acad. Sci. Annotated Checklists of Fishes No. 6. 17 pp.
Mecklenburg, C. W., T. A. Mecklenburg, and L. K. Thorsteinson. 2002. Fishes of Alaska. American Fisheries Society, Bethesda, Maryland. xxxvii + 1,037 pp. + 40 plates.

Contact

Catherine W. Mecklenburg
Point Stephens Research
P.O. Box 210307
Auke Bay, Alaska 99821-0307
Phone: 907-789-7603
ptstephens@alaska.com

Annotated Checklists of Fishes

This series serves to provide the most up-to-date taxonomic treatment of the families of recent fishes.