Scientists at the SWFSC conduct research on many different aspects of animal behavior, including foraging ecology and habitat use, movement and migration, social structure and organization, mating strategies, parental behavior, and behavioral responses to anthropogenic activities.  These studies provide important information on the factors that contribute to an individual’s ability to survive and reproduce in a changing environment and in response to anthropogenic activities.  Ultimately, the goal of these studies is to provide guidance in the investigation of questions about stock identity, population trends and fishery interactions. The behavior studies reflect the interests and expertise of many researchers at the Southwest Fisheries Science Center, in all the divisions.  Links to several of these studies are listed below:

 Foraging and Habitat Use  

 Movement and Migration

Reproductive Behavior

Social Structure and Organization


Behavioral Responses to Vessels