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Details of Dr. Thomas F. Hourigan   


Gender male
Job title Chief Scientist, Deep Sea Coral Research & Technology Program
Department Office of Habitat Conservation
National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration, National Marine Fisheries Service 1315 East West Hwy
Silver Spring
United States
Regions Sea of Azov
Tel (1) [301] 427-8637
Fax (1) [301] 713-1594
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Website http://www.habitat.noaa.gov/protection/corals/deepseacorals.html
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Degree PhD
Job type Natural Resource Management , Decision Making & Policy
Research Area(s) Biological Oceanography, Marine Ecology , Fisheries, Aquaculture , Biological Oceanography, Marine Ecology , Fisheries, Aquaculture
Research Activities Chief Scientist for NOAA's Deep Sea Coral Research & Technology Program. I led development of the Program, which began in 2009 and supports an integrated suite of targeted deep-sea research initiatives with federal and academic partners around the country. My team led development of NOAA’s Strategic Plan for Sea Coral and Sponge Ecosystems and the first report on the State of Deep Coral Ecosystems of the United States. I also serve as a principal NOAA science advisor on national and international efforts to understand and conserve marine biodiversity. From 2000-2007 I managed the NMFS components of NOAA's Coral Reef Conservation Program, with coral reef monitoring, research and conservation activities in Florida, the U.S. Caribbean, and the U.S. Insular Pacific. From 1997 to 2001 I represented NOAA on domestic and international marine and coastal biodiversity policy and programs, including the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and before that served as Senior Environmental Policy Advisor - U.S. Agency for International Development (1990-96): international environmental policies & programs. Ph.D. from the University of Hawaii: Ecology & behavior of coral reef fishes (Family Chaetodontidae). Post-doctoral research: Growth and reproduction of Antarctic fishes; Reproductive endocrinology of sex-changing fishes.
Research Region 72, 84
PUBLICATIONS (as reported by Dr. Thomas HOURIGAN)

Hourigan, T.F. (2014) A strategic approach to address fisheries impacts to deep-sea coral ecosystems. pp. 125-142. In S. Bortone (Ed.). Interrelationships between Corals and Fisheries. CRC Press.
Ardron, J.A., M.R. Clark, A.J. Penney, T.F. Hourigan, A.A. Rowden, P.K. Dunstan, L.E. Watling, T.M. Shank, D.M. Tracey, M.R. Dunn, S.J. Parker. (2014). A systematic approach towards the identification and protection of vulnerable marine ecosystems. Marine Policy
Sutter, B. T.F. Hourigan, T. Lederhouse. (2013). Integrating habitat in ecosystem-based fishery management. Managing Our Nation?s Fisheries III.
Tracey, D.,M. Clark, M. Consalvey, T.F. Hourigan 2010. Report on the Joint Science and Technology Commission Meeting Ocean and Marine Sciences Workshop. Wellington, New Zealand, 59.pp
Hourigan, T.F. (2009). Managing fishery impacts on deep-water coral ecosystems of the United States: Emerging best practices. Marine Ecology Progress Series, 397:333-340
Wicken, E., J. Bezaury-Creel, T.F. Hourigan, T. Wilkinson, C. Madden, M. Padilla, T. Agardi, H. Herrmann, L. Morgan, L. Janishevski, 2009. Marine Ecoregions of North America. Commission for Environmental Cooperation of North America, Montreal. 177 pp.
Hourigan, T.F. (2008). The Status of the Cold-Water Coral Communities of the World. In: C. Wilkinson (ed.), Status of Coral Reefs of the World: 2008. AIMS, Australia
Lumsden, S.E., T.F. Hourigan, A.W. Bruckner, and G. Dorr (eds.). 2007. The State of Deep Coral Ecosystems of the United States. NOAA Technical Memorandum CRCP-3. Silver Spring MD. 365 pp.
Hourigan, T.F., S.E. Lumsden, G. Dorr, A.W. Bruckner, S. Brooke, R.P. Stone (2007). Deep Coral Ecosystems of the United States: Introduction and National Overview. pp. 1-65. in S.E. Lumsden et al. The State of Deep Coral Ecosystems of the United States. NOAA Technical Memorandum CRCP-3. Silver Spring MD. 365 pp
Bruckner, A., K. Buja, L. Fairey, K. Gleason, M. Harmon, S. Heron, T. Hourigan, C. Jeffrey, J. Kellner, R. Kelty, B. Leeworthy, G. Liu, S. Pittman, A. Shapiro, A. Strong, J. Waddell, P. Wiley. 2005. Threats and Stressors to U.S. Coral Reef Ecosystems. Pp.12-44. In: J. Waddell (ed.), The State of Coral Reef Ecosystems of the United States and Pacific Freely Associated States: 2005. NOAA Technical Memorandum NOS NCCOS 11. NOAA/NCCOS Center for Coastal Monitoring and Assessment?s Biogeography Team. Silver Spring, MD. 522 pp
Hain, S., E. Corcoran, A. Bruckner, J. Helge Fossa, T. Hourigan, M.B. Knoph, K. Martin and M. Vierros (2004) The Status of the Cold-Water Coral Reefs Of The World. Pp. 115-135. In: C. Wilkinson (ed.), Status of Coral Reefs of the World: 2004. AIMS, Australia 2004
Bruckner, A. and T.F. Hourigan (2003). Proactive management for conservation of vulnerable Caribbean coral populations: application of the U.S. Endangered Species Act to Acropora palmata and Acropora cervicornis Proc. 9th Intl. Coral Reef Symp.
Bohnsack, J., W. Causey, M. Crosby, R. Griffis, M. Hixon, T.F. Hourigan, K. Koltes, J. Maragos, A. Simons, and J. Tilmant. (2003). A rationale for minimum 20% no-take reef protection. Proc. 9th Intl. Coral Reef Symp.
Reaser, J.K., P.O. Thomas, and T.F. Hourigan. 2001. Coral Bleaching and Mortality: A Call for Science-policy Symbiosis. U. Rhode Island Press.
Allee, R., D. Brown, L. Deegan, M. Dethier, R.G. Ford, T.F. Hourigan, J. Maragos, C. Schoch, K. Sullivan-Sealey, R. Twilley, M. Weinstein, and M. Yoklavich. (2000). Marine and Estuarine Ecosystem and Habitat Classification. NOAA Tech. Mem. NMFS-F/SPO-43; 43 pp
Hourigan T.F. (1999). Conserving Ocean Biodiversity: Trends and Challenges. In: Trends and Future Challenges for U.S. National Ocean and Coastal Policy. Edited by B. Cicin-Sain, R.W. Knecht and N. Foster. NOAA Pub., Silver Spring, MD. 142pp
Lathrop, C. and T.F. Hourigan (1997). The United States and the live reef fish trade: trade-based solutions to cyanide fishing in the Asia-Pacific Region. Proceedings of the Workshop on the Impacts of Destructive Fishing Practices in the Marine Environment
Espeut, P. and T.F. Hourigan. (1992). Evaluation of the St. Lucia Systems Plan for Parks and Protected Areas. St. Lucia National Trust. pp 52
Kernan, B, J. Sorensen, T.F. Hourigan, H.L. Clark. (1992). Midterm evaluation of the A.I.D. Coastal Resources Management Ecuador Pilot Program. pp 43
Hourigan, T.F. (1991). Dietary specialization in coral-feeding butterflyfishes: Consequences for behavior and community structure. J. Ecology International. 19:103-118
Hourigan, T.F., M. Nakamura, Y. Nagahama, K. Yamauchi and E.G. Grau. (1991). Histology, ultrastructure, and in vitro steroidogenesis in the testes of two male of the testis of two male phenotypes of the protogynous fish, Thalassoma duperrey. Gen. Comp. Endocrinology 83:193-217.
Radtke, R.L. and T.F. Hourigan. (1990). Age and growth of the Antarctic fish Notothenia nudifrons. U.S. Fishery Bull
Ross, R.M., T.F. Hourigan, M.M. Lutnesky and Ishwar Sing. (1990). Multiple simultaneous sex changes in social groups of a coral-reef fish. Copeia, 1990(2):427-433. Hourigan, T.F. (1989). Environmental determinants of butterflyfish social systems. Env. Biol. Fish. 25: 61-78. Hourigan, T.F. and R.L. Radtke. (1989). Reproduction of the Antarctic fish Notothenia nudifrons. Mar. Biol. 100: 227-283. Hourigan, T.F., F. Stanton, P.J. Motta, C.D. Kelley, B. Carlson (1989). The feeding ecology of three species of Caribbean angelfishes (Fam. Pomacanthidae). Env. Biol. Fish. 24:105-116. Nakamura M., T.F. Hourigan, K. Yamauchi, Y. Nagahama and E.G. Grau (1989). Histological and ultrastructural evidence for the role of gonadal steroid hormones in sex change in the protogynous wrasse Thalassoma duperrey. Env. Biol. Fish. 24:117-136.
Hourigan, T.F., T.C. Tricas and E.S. Reese. (1988). Fishes as indicators of stress in coral reefs. In: D.F. Soule and G.S. Kleppel (eds). Marine Organisms as Indicators. Springer Verlag. pp. 107-135. Hourigan, T.F. and Ernst S. Reese. (1987). Mid-ocean isolation and the evolution of Hawaiian Reef fishes. Trends Ecol. Evol. 2:187-191. Hourigan, T.F. (1987). The Behavioral Ecology of Three Species of Hawaiian Butterflyfishes, (Fam. Chaetodontidae). Ph.D. Dissertation, University of Hawaii.
Nakamura, M., Y. Nagahama, S. Adachi, K. Yamauchi, T. Hourigan and E.G. Grau. (1987). The role of steroid hormones in sex change of the saddleback wrasse, Thalassoma duperrey. Proceedings of the First Congress of the Asia and Oceania Society for Comparative Endocrinology. pp. 210-211. Hourigan, T.F. (1986). A comparison of the social systems of two haremic fishes. In: L.C. Drickamer, (ed.): Behavioral Ecology and Population Biology. Readings from the 19th International Ethological Conference. Privat, Toulouse. Hourigan, T.F. (1986). An experimental removal of a territorial pomacentrid: Effects on the occurrence and behavior of competitors. Env. Biol. Fish. 15(3):161-169. Hourigan, T.F. and C.D. Kelley. (1985). Histology of the gonads and observations on the social behavior of the Caribbean angelfish Holacanthus tricolor. Mar. Biol. 88:311-322. Kelley, C.D. and T.F. Hourigan. (1983). The function of conspicuous coloration in chaetodontid fishes: A new hypothesis. Anim. Behav. 31(2): 615-617.
Wilkinson, T., Bezaury-Creel, J., Gutierrez, F., Hourigan, T., Janishevski, L., Madden, C., Padilla, M. and Wiken E. (in press). Marine Ecoregions of North America. Publication of the North American Commission on Environmental Cooperation. Montreal, Canada. 93 pp

Created: 1997-03-25 Last Updated: 2014-07-28 by Thomas HOURIGAN