Alexander M. Kerr

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Recruitment overfishing (the reduction of a spawning stock past a point at which the stock can no longer replenish itself) is a common problem which can lead to a rapid and irreversible fishery collapse. Averting this disaster requires maintaining a sufficient spawning population to buffer stochastic fluctuations in recruitment of heavily harvested stocks.(More)
Variation in local environmental conditions can have pronounced effects on the population structure and dynamics of marine organisms. Previous studies on crown-of-thorns starfish, Acanthaster planci, have primarily focused on effects of water quality and nutrient availability on larval growth and survival, while the role of maternal nutrition on(More)
One of our goals for the echinoderm tree of life project ( ) is to identify orthologs suitable for phylogenetic analysis from next-generation transcriptome data. The current dataset is the largest assembled for echinoderm phylogeny and transcriptomics. We used RNA-Seq to profile adult tissues from 42 echinoderm specimens from 24 orders(More)
Behavior, color, body size, spicules, and mitochondrial DNA were examined in two morphs from the Bohadschia marmorata (Jaeger, 1833) species complex in Micronesia to test whether they are conspecific. This complex consists of eight morphs that have been described as separate species and combined in various ways for over a century. We examined the classic B.(More)
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