Brian W. Bowen

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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, 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, 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. Briceo Dueas, P. Casale, B.C. Choudhury, A. Costa, P.H. Dutton, A. Fallabrino, A. Girard, M. Girondot, M.H. Godfrey, M. Hamann, M. Lpez-Mendilaharsu, M.A. Marcovaldi, J.A. Mortimer, J.A. Musick, R. Nel, J.A. Seminoff, S. Trong, 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: 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., K.A. Feldheim, 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, 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 437: 269 277.

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. Briseo Dueas, 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. Trong, B. Witherington, R.B. Mast. 2011. Global conservation priorities for marine turtles. PLoS One 6: e24510. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0024510

Gaither, M.R., S.A. Jones, C. Kelley, S.J. Newman, L. Sorenson, B.W. Bowen. 2011. High connectivity in the deepwater snapper Pristipomoides filamentosus (Lutjanidae) across the Indo-Pacific with isolation of the Hawaiian Archipelago. PLoS One 6: e28913. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0028913.

Briggs, J.C., B.W. Bowen. 2012. A realignment of marine biogeographic provinces with particular reference to fish distributions. Journal of Biogeography 39:12 30.

Daly-Engel, T.S., K.D. Seraphin, K.N. Holland, J.P. Coffey, H.A. Nance, R.J. Toonen, B.W. Bowen. 2012. Global phylogeography with mixed marker analysis reveals male-mediated dispersal in the endangered scalloped hammerhead shark (Sphyrna lewini). PLoS One 7: e29986. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0029986

Daly-Engel, T.S., J.E. Randall, B.W. Bowen. 2012. Is the Great Barracuda (Sphyraena barracuda) a reef fish or a pelagic fish? The phylogeographic perspective. Marine Biology 159: 975 985.

Sheppard, C., M. Ateweberhan, B.W. Bowen, P. Carr, C.A. Chen, C. Clubbe, M. T. Craig, R. Ebinghaus, J. Eble, N. FitzSimmons, M.R. Gaither, C.-H. Gan, M. Gollock, N. Guzman, N.A.J. Graham, A. Harris, R. Jones, S. Keshavmurthy, H. Koldewey, C.G. Lundin, J.A. Mortimer, D. Obura, M. Pfeiffer, A.R.G. Price, S. Purkis, P. Raines, J.W. Readman, B. Riegl, A. Rogers, M. Schleyer, M.R.D. Seaward, A.L.S. Sheppard, J. Tamelander, J.R. Turner, S. Visram, C. Vogler, S. Vogt, H. Wolschke, J. M.-C. Yang, S.-Y. Yang, C. Yesson. 2012. Reefs and islands of the Chagos Archipelago, Indian Ocean: Why it is the worlds largest no-take marine protected area. Aquatic Conservation: Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems 22:232 261.

Whitney, N.M., W.D. Robbins, J.K. Schultz, B.W. Bowen, K.N. Holland. 2012. Phylogeography of the whitetip reef shark (Triaenodon obesus): a sedentary species with a broad distribution. Journal of Biogeography 39: 1144 1156.

Ludt, W.B., M. Bernal, B.W. Bowen, L.A. Rocha. 2012. Living in the past: Phylogeography and population histories of Indo-Pacific wrasses (Genus Halichoeres) in shallow lagoons versus outer reef slopes. PLoS One 7: e38042 doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0038042

DiBattista, J.D., E. Waldrop, B.W. Bowen, J.K. Schultz, M.R. Gaither, R.L. Pyle, L.A. Rocha. 2012. Twisted sister species of Pygmy Angelfishes: Discordance between taxonomy, coloration, and phylogenetics. Coral Reefs 31:839 851.

Karl, S.A., R.J. Toonen, W.S. Grant, B.W. Bowen. 2012. Common misconceptions in molecular ecology: Echos of the modern synthesis. Molecular Ecology 21: 4171-4189. Invited Review

DiBattista, J.D., M.T. Craig, L.A. Rocha, K.A. Feldheim, B.W. Bowen. 2012. Phylogeography of the Indo-Pacific butterflyfishes, Chaetodon meyeri and Chaetodon ornatissimus: Sister species reveal divergent evolutionary histories and discordant results from mtDNA and microsatellites. Journal of Heredity 103:617 629.

DiBattista, J.D., J.E. Randall, B.W. Bowen. 2012. Review of the round herrings of the genus Etrumeus (Clupeidae: Dussumieriinae) of Africa, with description of two new species. Cybium 36:447 460.

Gaither, M.R., R.J. Toonen, B.W. Bowen. 2012. Coming out of the starting blocks: the importance of lag period and stochasticity in shaping patterns of genetic diversity in marine invaders. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London Series B 279:3948 - 3957.

Fernandez-Silva, I., J. Whitney, B. Wainwright, K.R. Andrews, H. Ylitalo-Ward, B.W. Bowen, R.J. Toonen, E. Goetze, S.A. Karl. 2013. Microsatellites for the next-generation of ecologists: A post-sequencing bioinformatics pipeline reduces laboratory testing in microsatellites development from 454. PLoS One 8: e55990. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0055990

Gaither, M.R., G. Aeby, M. Vignon, Y. Meguro, M. Rigby, C. Runion, R.J. Toonen, C.L. Wood, B.W. Bowen. 2013. An invasive fish and the time-lagged spread of its parasite across the Hawaiian archipelago. PLoS One 8: e56940. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0056940

Fernandez-Silva, I., B.N. Snelgrove, B.W. Bowen. 2013. Twelve microsatellite DNA markers to resolve population structure of the Yellow-Striped Goatfish Mulloidichthys flavolineatus (family Mullidae). Conservation Genetics Resources 5:565 568.

DiBattista, J.D., M.L. Berumen, M.R. Gaither, L.A. Rocha, J.A. Eble, J.H. Choat, M.T. Craig, D.J. Skillings, B.W. Bowen. 2013. After continents divide: Comparative phylogeography of reef fishes from the Red Sea and Indian Ocean. Journal of Biogeography 40:1170 1181. doi:10.1111/jbi.12068

Briggs, J.C., B.W. Bowen. 2013. Evolutionary patterns: Marine shelf habitat. Journal of Biogeography 40:1023 1035. doi:10.1111/jbi.12082

Andrews, K.R., W.F. Perrin, M. Oremus, L. Karczmarski, B.W. Bowen, J.B Puritz, R.J. Toonen. 2013. The evolving male: Spinner dolphin (Stenella longirostris) ecotypes are divergent at Y chromosome but not mtDNA or autosomal markers. Molecular Ecology 22:2408 2423 doi: 10.1111/mec.12193

Gaither, M.R., B.W. Bowen, R.J. Toonen. 2013. Population structure in the native range predicts the spread of introduced marine species. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London Series B 280: 20130409.

Bowen, B.W., L.A. Rocha, R.J. Toonen, S.A. Karl, M.T. Craig, J.D. DiBattista, J.A. Eble, M.R. Gaither, D. Skillings, C.E. Bird. 2013. Origins of tropical marine biodiversity. Trend in Ecology and Evolution 28:359 366.

Toonen, R.J., T.A. Wilhelm, S.M. Maxwell, D. Wagner, B.W. Bowen, C. Sheppard, S.M. Taei, T. Teroroko, R. Moffitt, C.F. Gaymer, L. Morgan, N. Lewis, A. Sheppard, J. Parks, A.M. Friedlander, The Big Ocean Think Tank. 2013. One size does not fit all: The emerging frontier in large-scale marine conservation. Marine Pollution Bulletin 77:7 10.

Bowen, B.W., K. Shanker, N. Yasuda, M.C.D. Malay, S. von der Heyden, G. Paulay, L.A. Rocha, K.A. Selkoe, P.H. Barber, S.T. Williams, H.A. Lessios, E.D. Crandall, G. Bernardi, C.P. Meyer, K.E. Carpenter, R.J. Toonen. 2014. Phylogeography unplugged: Comparative surveys in the genomic era. Bulletin of Marine Science 90:13 46.

Szabo Z., B. Snelgrove, M.T. Craig, L.A. Rocha, B.W. Bowen. 2014. Phylogeography of the Manybar Goatfish, Parupeneus multifasciatus reveals moderate structure between the Central and North Pacific and a cryptic endemic species in the Marquesas. Bulletin of Marine Science 90:493 512.

Gaither, M.R., J.K. Schultz, D. Bellwood, R.L. Pyle, J.D. DiBattista, L.A. Rocha, B.W. Bowen. 2014. Evolution of pygmy angelfishes: recent divergences, introgression, and the usefulness of color in taxonomy. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 74:38 47.

Andrews, K.R., V. Moriwake, C. Wilcox, C. Kelley, E.G. Grau, B.W. Bowen. 2014. Population genetic analyses of Etelis coruscans and Etelis marshi reveal consistent patterns of genetic structure for deepwater fishes across the Hawaiian Archipelago. PLoS One 9: e91665. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0091665

Selkoe, K.A., O. Gaggiotti, ToBo Lab, B.W. Bowen, R.J. Toonen. 2014. Emergent patterns of population genetic structure for a coral reef community. Molecular Ecology 23:3064 3079.


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