Early life history of marine fishes and invertebrates
Taxonomy and systematics of marine organisms
Marine community ecology and population connectivity
- B.S., Biology, University of California, San Diego, 2002
- B.A., Anthropology, University of California, San Diego, 2002
- M.S., Marine Biology, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, 2011
- Ph.D. candidate, Biological Oceanography, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, present
- Thompson AR, TD Auth, RD Brodeur, and NM Bowlin. Submitted. Dynamics of larval fish assemblages in the California Current System: A comparative study between Oregon and southern California. Mar. Ecol. Prog. Ser.
- Bowlin NM. 2014. Student Perspectives: From technician to graduate student, to NOAA scientist. In McClatchie SM (Ed.), Regional fisheries oceanography of the California Current system: the CalCOFI program. Springer.
- Doyle MJ, W Watson, NM Bowlin, SB Sheavly, and DG Foley. 2011. Plastic particles in coastal pelagic ecosystems of the northeast Pacific Ocean.
- Bowlin NM, W Watson, RL Charter, and SM Manion. 2009. Icthyoplankton and station data for surface (Manta) and oblique (Bongo) plankton tows for California Cooperative Oceanic Fisheries Investigations Survey cruises and California Current Ecosystem Survey in 2006. NOAA Tech. Memo. 442.
My initial research interests were in terrestrial ecology and non-human primate behavior which I studied as an undergraduate. Shortly after college I gained a position as a technician in the Ichthyoplankton Lab where my interests quickly began to change. After years of technical work my career goals became more research oriented. Facilitated by a generous agreement between Scripps Institution of Oceanography and the Southwest Fisheries Science center, I was able to enter the PhD program in Biological Oceanography while retaining my position in the Ichthyoplankton Lab. I am currently a PhD candidate at Scripps where I study the relationships between ontogeny and habitat use by marine fishes. As fishes develop they typically undergo a series of morphological and physiological changes that enable or require them to change the habitats they live in. My dissertation focuses on mesopelagic fishes that inhabit the region of their namesake – the mesopelagic zone. The implications of my work on the ecology of these fishes have direct impacts on fisheries management as this group of fishes is an important prey source for a variety of commercially and ecologically important predators including cetaceans, pinnipeds, swordfishes, tunas, mackerels, and sea birds. My long-term goals include applying my work on forage fishes to research involving marine community ecology and the holistic impacts of fisheries management decisions.