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Early Life History of Marine Fishes$

Bruce Miller and Sirpa Nummela

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780520249721

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520249721.001.0001

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(p.ix) Acknowledgments

(p.ix) Acknowledgments

Early Life History of Marine Fishes
University of California Press

This book is a culmination of careers by both authors studying the ELH of fishes. Although our careers took different paths, our interests in ELH studies started at the University of Washington (UW) where we were both graduate students in the early 1960s; Bruce in the College of Fisheries and Art in the Department of Oceanography. Dr. Alan DeLacy Bruce’s major professor in Fisheries, was instrumental in developing this interest in both of us. Art studied with Dr. T S. English in Oceanography. Toward the end of our time as students at UW, we both studied and worked at the UW Friday Harbor Laboratories (FHL), and developed a lasting friendship that eventually included collaborating in teaching courses at UW on ELH, and authoring this book.

Along the way numerous people were influential and helpful in our studies and teaching. Both of us took the month-long larval fish identification course offered by E. H. Ahlstrom in La Jolla, and Art went on to get his PhD under him.

Dr. DeLacy had long taught a course on ELH of fishes at UW, and Bruce continued this course when he joined the faculty in 1975, and taught versions of it until he retired in 2002. Besides this course, students at UW were exposed to ELH studies for several years through a lecture series sponsored by Washington Sea Grant and given by leading scientists in various aspects of ELH studies. The lectures were edited and published as Sea Grant publications. This series started in 1975 with Gotthilf Hempel talking about the egg stage (Hempel 1979), a compilation which included some of Bruce’s lecture material, and some of which is also included in this book. Hempel’s initial effort was to be followed in 1979 by Reuben Lasker presenting lectures on the larval stage of fishes, but illness required that several other members of (p.x) the staff (Paul Smith, John Hunter, and Geoff Moser) of the Southwest Fisheries Center in La Jolla step in to give most of the lectures. However, Reuben gave the final lecture and edited the papers that resulted from this endeavor (Lasker [ed.] 1981). Other lectures in this series dealing with EHL studies include those given by Sinclair (1988), MacCall (1990), and Mullin (1993). These Washington Sea Grant publications are often cited and have become valuable ELH references.

The idea for this book originated with an ELH course that Bruce taught at FHL in 1992. Bruce always invited guest speakers to present lectures in their specialties to his classes. For this class he invited several members of the newly assembled research team with the NOAA Alaska Fisheries Science Center (AFSC) Fisheries Oceanography Coordinated Investigations (FOCI). The team, made up of leading researchers in several subdisciplines of ELH studies, presented a series of cutting-edge lectures and laboratory exercises. At the conclusion of this course we realized that if this information were put into book form it would be a much needed major source reference on ELH of fishes. The researchers graciously shared their lecture notes and refer ences with us, and these formed the backbone of this book. Included in that group of researchers were Kevin Bailey, Ann Matarese, Gail Theilacker, Morgan Busby, Annette Brown, Mike Canino, and Ric Brodeur. Gary Stauffer and Bill Aron of the AFSC gave both encouragement and administrative sup port to this effort and subsequent efforts to develop this book. We wish to thank Marcus Duke UW School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences (SAFS) for editing a draft version of this book, and Dr. David Armstrong, Director of the SAFS for administrative support of our effort to publish this book. Chuck Crumly, editor for University of California Press, was good at keeping after us to get this book done and we thank Scott Norton and other personnel at UC Press for their excellent technical help.

As this book was being developed, Dr. Suam Kim, then of the Korean Oceanographic Research and Development Institute, published an ELH book in Korean (Kim and Zhang 1994). He translated portions of his book for us and commented on early drafts of our manuscript, as did the graduate students Erin MacDonald, Jake Gregg, and Kelly Van Wormer who took the 2001 ELH course at SAFS. Several people helped by giving lectures, advising students, and sharing their notes with us. Among these are Bob Lauth, Carla Stehr, Janet Duffy-Anderson, Bill MacFarland, Lyle Britt, Sarah Hinckley, Dan Cooper, and Susanne McDermott. We thank Dan Cooper and Sarah Hinckley for their help with Lab Exercise 2. SAFS undergraduate student Andrew Cheung was helpful in helping us prepare the manuscript.

We appreciate the helpful review of an early manuscript of this book by Steve Cadrin.

Finally, we would like to thank our wives, Aase Marie Miller and Anne Kendall, for indulging our “hobby” of writing this book.