Adjunct & Affiliated Faculty

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Elliott Lee Hazen

Summary of Expertise

As part of multiple interdisciplinary collaborations, I am involved in programs assessing ocean variability and climate effects on marine ecosystems. My research interests span oceanography, fisheries ecology to climate change modeling, specifically examining species-habitat relationships in the ocean, predator-prey dynamics, and climate projections on marine top predator biodiversity. My publications have addressed a range of topics from fine-scale foraging ecology of top predators up to modeling the effects of climate change on top predator habitat and biodiversity. In addition, I have co-authored papers reviewing ecosystem management and human dimensions and currently is working on creating ecosystem indicators for the California current large marine ecosystem.

Research Interests

My research has focused on understanding how fish distributions are affected by environmental variables at multiple spatial and temporal scales. In addition, my research has examined how predators use the combination of oceanographic features and prey distribution to influence their behavior and foraging ecology. As many ecological processes and interactions are scale- dependent, I have used spatial statistics to understand the multiple scales at which predator, prey, and oceanography interact. In addition to my primary research goals, I have worked with collaborators to design research that informs ecosystem based management and improves the accuracy of fisheries sampling techniques. Collaborating with social scientists and fisheries managers, I have investigated the effects of human-environment interactions and proposed methods to optimally manage human behavior and ecosystem resources together. My research program combines observational field studies, experiments, and spatial modeling techniques to address both basic ecological questions and applications on 1) species interactions, 2) trophic dynamics, and 3) scale dependent patterns in a conservation-driven framework. Several of my current and ongoing research projects and future directions of my research are described below in more detail.

Biography, Education and Training

I received my master's of science in the Spring of 2003 from the University of Washington School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences and my PhD from Duke University in 2008. I like living near nature and having the ability to hike, bike and ski without too much travel time. Currently, I am working at the NOAA-SWFSC Environmental Research Division in Pacific Grove, CA. My general research interests fall in the realm of Marine Ecology with an added interest in predator-prey relationships and oceanographic forcing.

Honors, Awards and Grants

National Resource Damage Assessment (NRDA), Modeling bluefin tuna and sperm whale exposure to oil in the Gulf of Mexico. 2012-2013.

Fisheries and The Environment, Humboldt squid as an agent of climate-driven ecosystem interactions in the California Current. 2012-2013.

Pacific Islands Climate Change Cooperative, Behavioral, Dietary, and Demographic Responses of Hawaiian Albatrosses to Environmental Change. 2012-2013.

Fisheries and The Environment (PI), Identifying hot-spot indices of Pacific Bluefin tuna (Thunnus orientalis) using movement models, foraging events, and environmental data. 2012-2013.

NASA ROSES, WhaleWatch: Using satellite telemetry and environmental data to provide near real-time predictions of whale occurrence in the CCS to reduce anthropogenic impacts. 2012-2014.

Office of Naval Research (PI), Interactions among behavioral responses of baleen whales to acoustic stimuli, oceanographic features, and prey availability 2011-2013.

NSF Biological Oceanography (SP), Collaborative Research: The ecological role of a poorly studied Antarctic krill predator: the humpback whale, Megaptera novaeangliae, 2008-2010.

Duke University Greening Initiative, The Green Wave – Green by Design, 2007-2008

ICES/PICES Young Investigator Conference Travel Award April 24-27, 2012
PICES NSF Travel Award October 11-23, 2011
National Research Council Research Associate Program, September 2009-2010
1st Annual Eco-Daredevil Award, April 2008
Duke University Environmental Leadership Award, March 2008
Preparing Future Faculty Fellow, 2007-2008
ARCS (Achievement Rewards for College Scientists) Fellowship 2000-2002

Selected Presentations

  • http://www.kzsc.org/blog/2012/10/03/talkabout-100312/ KZSC Talkabout
  • http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/climate-change-will-shift-marine-predators-habitat-study-says/2012/09/23/3dbc5ae8-0507-11e2-8102-ebee9c66e190_story.html Washington Post Coverage
  • http://green.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/08/22/managing-the-ocean-for-humans-and-whales/ New York Times Green Blog Coverage
  • http://www.usatoday.com/tech/sciencefair/story/2012/09/24/climate-shifts-ahead-for-pacific-ocean-sharks-and-whales/57836736/1 USA Today Coverage