Dr. Richard Starr

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Research Interests

  • Conservation biology
  • Fisheries
  • Telemetry
  • Resource management


Dr. Rick Starr is Director of the California Sea Grant Extension Program and an adjunct (research) faculty member at Moss Landing Marine Laboratories. His work for CA Sea Grant includes research, education and outreach. Rick’s research is focused on the biology and ecology of marine species that are harvested as fishery resources. As a marine advisor, Rick’s job is to help find research-based solutions to coastal problems. This involves a wide variety of research and extension work, including developing educational materials, advising groups on ways to find creative solutions to coastal issues, forging partnerships with various schools and organizations, participating in community committees and workshops, and conducting research.

Much of Rick’s current research is intended to help evaluate the marine reserve concept as a tool for conservation and for managing fisheries. Marine reserves have the potential to conserve stocks of fish, but there are some critical variables that influence their effectiveness. For example, estimates of sizes of home ranges and frequency of movements of a species are vital elements to determining an appropriate design for a marine reserve that would help conserve that species. However, little is known about typical movements of many coastal species. Rick is working to develop the tools and techniques needed to determine the home ranges and frequency of movements of key species of coastal fishes.

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