James Knuckey

Email: knuckey.james@gmail.com

I earned my Bachelor of Science in Marine Biology at San José State University, California and am now currently working on my Master’s at the Pacific Shark Research Center (PSRC) at Moss Landing Marine Laboratories under the supervision of Dr. David A. Ebert. During my undergraduate studies, and in collaboration with Dr. Ebert and Dr. George Burgess, I described a new species of lanternshark (genus Etmopterus) from Taiwan. I have since given a presentation on this new species at the Western Society of Naturalists conference in 2009, Seaside, California and at the American Elasmobranch Society conference in 2011, Minneapolis, Minnesota.

I have also studied fish assemblages in San Francisco Bay through the Marine Science Institute, Redwood City, California. Additionally, I have researched the gill morphology of mosquitofish (Gambusia affinis) through San José State University. In 2010 I spent my summer researching great white sharks (Carcharodon carcharias) and other South African shark species in Mossel Bay, South Africa

My current thesis research project proposal is on the phylogenetics of eastern North Pacific skates (Arhychobatidae: Bathyraja), incorporating both traditional morphological and meristic methods, and newer innovative molecular techniques. I am working on elucidating the phylogenetic relationships of the genus Bathyraja from off of the Californian coast, using COI and NADPH2 markers. I am also specifically interested in figuring out the relationship between Bathyraja interrupta and Bathyraja kincaidii (the latter being synonymized with the former) from the length of their range (Alaska to California). My specimens have mostly been collected from the FRAM/NMFS annual surveys of the western coast of the continental U.S. I am also working in conjugation with NMFS Alaska on this project, who I will be combing my results with.

My main research interests are evolutionary development, molecular phylogeny of chondrichthyans (sharks and their relatives), parasitology of chondrichthyans, and deep sea chondrichthyan assemblages. As for the future, my ambition is to pursue a Ph.D. in a similar field.

Presentations:

Knuckey, J.D.S.* & D.A. Ebert. Etmopterus sp. nov., a new species of lanternshark (Squaliformes: Etmopteridae) from Taiwanese waters. at Western Society of Naturalists. 2009. Seaside, CA. *Presenter.

Knuckey, J.D.S.*, D.A. Ebert & G.H. Burgess. Etmopterus joungi,sp. nov., a new species of lanternshark (Squaliformes: Etmopteridae) from Taiwan. at American Elasmobranch Society. 2011. Minneapolis, MI. *Presenter.

 

Publications:

Knuckey, J.D.S., D.A. Ebert & G.H. Burgess. 2011. Etmopterus joungi n. sp., a new species of lanternshark (Squaliformes: Etmopteridae) from Taiwan. Aqua, 17(2): 61-72.

Knuckey, J.D.S. & D.A. Ebert. 2012 (in prep). Etmopteridae. In: Fishes of the Western Indian Ocean. Heemstra, P.C. and J.E. Randall (eds.).

Knuckey, J.D.S. & D.A. Ebert. 2012 (in prep). Hemigaleidae. In: Fishes of the Western Indian Ocean. Heemstra, P.C. and J.E. Randall (eds.).

 

Online Publications:

Ebert, D.A. & J.D.S. Knuckey. 2011. Spotted Swellshark (Cephaloscyllium maculatum). In: IUCN 2011. 2011 IUCN Red List of Threatened SpeciesIUCN Red List Assessment

Ebert, D.A. & J.D.S. Knuckey. 2011. Leopard-Spotted Swellshark (Cephaloscyllium pardelotum). In: IUCN 2011. 2011 IUCN Red List of Threatened SpeciesIUCN Red List Assessment

Ebert, D.A. & J.D.S. Knuckey. 2011. Sawback Skate (Leucoraja pristispina). In: IUCN 2011. 2011 IUCN Red List of Threatened SpeciesIUCN Red List Assessment

Ebert, D.A. & J.D.S. Knuckey. 2011. Broken Ridge Skate (Notoraja lira). In: IUCN 2011. 2011 IUCN Red List of Threatened SpeciesIUCN Red List Assessment

Awards/Honors:

Michael Lee Environmental Foundation MLML Scholar Award (2012)

American Elasmobranch Society Student Travel Award (2013)

COAST Student Travel Award (2013)

Dr. Earl H. Myers and Ethel M. Myers Oceanographic and Marine Biology Trust Grant (2013)

Lerner Gray Memorial Fund Grant (2013)

 

Etmopterus joungi