(Incognito with the head of a Flag Cabrilla,
Epinephelus labriformis, Galapagos Islands, June 2004)
Douglas J. Long, Ph.D.
My research interests center on varied aspects of ecology, evolution, and conservation of vertebrates. Ongoing studies include descriptions of new species of deepwater fishes from the Pacific, biogeography and ecology of elasmobranchs, and paleontology and evolution of sharks. More recent mammalian research includes work on terrestrial and marine mammals of California, Elephant Shrews in Southern Africa, and fruit bats of western China. Other interests include captive and field studies of turkey vultures, and avian conservation in New Zealand and Mexico. I have been interested in application of aviculture to bird conservation and behavioral studies for many years, and have raised over 200 different species of birds since the age of four. Recent expeditions and research have taken me to South Africa, Ecuador & the Galapagos Islands, Peru, Chile, Argentina, New Zealand, Myanmar, Laos, Thailand, China, western Africa, Mexico, and Alaska. I am currently an Adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Biology at Saint Mary's College in Moraga, and have taught at San Francisco State University, Sonoma State University, and the University of California, Berkeley. After two post-doctoral assignments in the California Academy of Sciences Ichthyology department from 1994-1998, I was the Ornithology & Mammalogy Collections Manager from 1998-2005, the Department Chariman from 2000-2003, and I continue with research and field work as a Research Associate in both departments.