Brian Bowen

Brian Bowen

Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology
University of Hawaii at Manoa  (United States of America)

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I began a lifelong interest in marine life by spending summers on Cape Cod, at the boundary between the Gulf of Maine and the mid-Atlantic coast. The difference between the two water bodies was dramatic during the summer, with tropical seahorses on one side, and cold temperate sculpins on the other. There began the first stirring of a lifelong interest in marine biogeography. After an ill-advised attempt at a biomedical career, I earned a bachelors degree in biology at Providence College (1980), then a M.A. at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science (1987) under John A. Musick. There I realized that molecular genetic technologies could reveal much about the natural history of aquatic species. I completed a Ph.D. in genetics (1992) under John C. Avise at University of Georgia, and subsequently worked as a post-doctoral researcher and assistant professor at University of Florida. In March 2003 I joined Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology at University of Hawaii, and was promoted to research professor in 2009. During this interval I have conducted globe-spanning genetic surveys of reef fishes, marine turtles, sharks, bonefishes, anchovies, sardines, shrimp, and sea birds as well as regional surveys of manatees, dolphins, rattlesnakes, lizards, freshwater turtles, limpets, sturgeon, and other fishes, for a total of about 150 publications. These reports include contributions in the journals Science, Nature, Proceedings of the National Academy, Proceedings of the Royal Society, and many others. Recent accomplishments include a co-authored report on marine turtle conservation for the National Academy of Sciences, co-authorship of the best selling textbook Diversity of Fishes, and a realignment of marine biogeographic provinces with Jack Briggs.


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Vertical and Horizontal Genetic Connectivity in Chromis verater, an Endemic Damselfish Found on Shallow and Mesophotic Reefs in the Hawaiian Archip... | article
Tenggardjaja KA, Bowen BW, Bernardi G (2014)
PLoS ONE 9:e115493

A comprehensive investigation of mesophotic coral ecosystems in the Hawaiian Archipelago | article
Pyle​ RL, Boland R, Bolick H, Bowen BW, Bradley CJ, Kane C, Kosaki RK, Langston R, Longenecker K, Montgomery A, Parrish FA, Popp BN, Rooney​ J, Smith CM, Wagner D, Spalding HL (2016)
PeerJ 4:e2475

High connectivity in the deepwater snapper Pristipomoides filamentosus (Lutjanidae) across the Indo-Pacific with isolation of the Hawaiian Archipelago | article
Gaither MR, Jones SA, Kelley C, Newman SJ, Sorenson L, Bowen BW (2011)
PLoS ONE 6:e28913

Phylogeographic analyses of submesophotic snappers Etelis coruscans and Etelis “marshi”(Family Lutjanidae) reveal concordant genetic structure acro... | article
Andrews KR, Moriwake VN, Wilcox C, Grau EG, Kelley C, Pyle RL, Bowen BW (2014)
PLoS ONE 9:e91665

Adult habitat preferences, larval dispersal, and the comparative phylogeography of three Atlantic surgeonfishes (Teleostei: Acanthuridae) | article
Rocha LA, Bass AL, Robertson DR, Bowen BW (2002)
Mol Ecol 11:243-252

Exploring the Biodiversity of Understudied Benthic Taxa at Mesophotic and Deeper Depths: Examples From the Order Zoantharia (Anthozoa: Hexacorallia) | article
Reimer JD, Kise H, Santos MEA, Lindsay DJ, Pyle RL, Copus JM, Bowen BW, Nonaka M, Higashiji T, Benayahu Y (2019)
Front Mar Sci 6:305

The Hawaiian Archipelago | chapter
Spalding HL, Copus JM, Bowen BW, Kosaki RK, Longenecker K, Montgomery AD, Padilla-Gamino JL, Parrish FA, Roth MS, Rwley SJ, Toonen RJ, Pyle R (2019)
in: Mesophotic Coral Ecosystems () by Loya Y, Puglise KA, Bridge TCL
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