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Dr. Mark A. Hixon
(Oregon State University)

Dr. Mark A. Hixon
Department of Zoology
Oregon State University
B.A. 1973, M.A. 1974, Ph.D. 1979, University of California, Santa Barbara

Mark Hixon has been a professor in OSU's Department of Zoology since 1984. His expertise is the ecology of coastal marine fishes in both temperate and tropical regions, emphasizing undersea observations and experiments. He completed his Ph.D. at U.C. Santa Barbara, where he studied the ecology of kelp-forest fishes, and was an NSF Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Hawaii, where he began his studies of coral-reef fishes. Off Oregon, Mark has participated in long-term manned submersible studies of groundfish communities inhabiting the outer continental shelf. He has also published on projects in the U.S. Virgin Islands, the Bahamas, the Great Barrier Reef, and French Polynesia. His research has clarified mechanisms that naturally regulate populations and sustain biodiversity of marine fishes. In 2004, he was honored by ISI Citation Index as the most cited American author on coral reefs in the past decade. A Fulbright Senior Scholar and Aldo Leopold Leadership Program Fellow, Mark serves on the editorial boards of three scientific journals: Coral Reefs, Ecology, and Ecological Monographs. He is an executive appointee of both the Clinton and Bush administrations to the Marine Protected Areas Federal Advisory Committee, which he currently chairs. Mark has also served on the National Science Foundation Geosciences Advisory Committee as chair of the ocean science subcommittee.
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