Brad Erisman

Research Scientist

Home Department: MBRD

Mailing Address: Scripps Institution of Oceanography
9500 Gilman Drive
La Jolla CA, 92093
Mail Code: 0202

Lab Website:

Packard Foundation Fellow


  • B.S., University of California Santa Barbara
  • M.S., California State University Northridge
  • Ph.D., Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UCSD

Research Interests:

  • Fisheries ecology and management; Life history, behavior, ecology, and evolution of marine fishes; Fish spawning aggregations; Marine fish population dynamics.


  • Stevens-McGeever, Sierra (Graduate; 2011-2011)
  • Tinhan, Tom (Graduate; 2010-2011)
  • Gherard, Katie (Graduate; 2009-2011)
  • Wang, David (Graduate; 2008-2010)
"Snapper Spawn" film (made in Palau 2013) shows the beauty of spawning aggregations. 



Erisman BE, Allen LG, Pondella DJ II, Claisse J, Miller E, and Murray J. 2011. Illusions of Plenty: hyperstability masks collapses in two recreational fisheries that target fish spawning aggregations. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences, In press.

Erisman BE, and Hastings PA. 2011. Evolutionary Transitions in the Sexual Patterns of Fishes: Insights from a Phylogenetic Analysis of the Seabasses (Teleostei:Serranidae). Copeia, In press.

Aburto-Oropeza O, Erisman BE, Galland GR, Mascarenas-Osorio I, Sala E, and Ezcurra E. 2011. Largest recovery of fish biomass in a no-take marine reserve. PLOS One. In press.

Erisman BE, Galland G, Mascareñas I, Moxley J, Aburto-Oropeza O, Walker HJ, Hastings PA, and Ezcurra E. 2011. Coastal fishes of Islas Marías Archipelago, Mexico. Zootaxa. In press.

Sadovy de Mitcheson Y, and Erisman BE. 2011. The social and economic importance of aggregating species and the biological implications of fishing on spawning aggregations in Eds. Y. J. Sadovy de Mitcheson and P. L. Colin, Reef Fish Spawning Aggregations: Biology, Research and Management. Springer Publications.

Mascareñas Osorio I, Erisman B, Moxley J, Balart E, and Aburto-Oropeza O. 2011. Checklist of conspicuous reef fishes of Bahía de los Ángeles, Baja California, Mexico, with comments on their ecological biogeography. Zootaxa 2922:60-68.

Erisman BE, Paredes GA, Plomozo-Lugo T, Cota-Nieto J, Hastings PA, and Aburto-Oropeza O. 2011. Spatial structure of commercial marine fisheries in Northwest Mexico. ICES Journal of Marine Science 68:564-571.

Erisman BE, Mascarenas I, Paredes G, Aburto-Oropeza, O, and Hastings, PA. 2010. Seasonal, annual, and long-term trends for commercial fisheries of aggregating reef fishes in the Gulf of California, Mexico. Fisheries Research 106: 279-288.

Erisman BE. 2010. Interactions between small-scale fisheries and fish spawning aggregations: a case study of the Gulf corvina. Proceedings of the World Small Scale Fisheries Congress, Bangkok, Thailand.

Aburto-Oropeza O, Erisman BE, Caso M, and Ezcurra E (Eds.). 2010. Log of the Deep Sea: An Expedition to the Seamounts of the Sea of Cortes. Instituto Nacional de Ecologia, Mexico City. 199 p. (available in English or Spanish).

Craig, M.T., and B.E. Erisman. 2010. A competitive following association between two reef fishes and the Jewelled Moray in the Gulf of California, Mexico. Coral Reef Sites 29 (3): 813.

Erisman, B.E., M.T. Craig, and P.A. Hastings. 2009. Reproductive biology of the Panama Graysby, Cephalopholis panamensis (Teleostei:Epinephelidae), from the Gulf of California. Journal of Fish Biology 76: 1312-1328.

Erisman, B.E., M.T. Craig, and P.A. Hastings. 2009. A phylogenetic test of the size-advantage model: evolutionary changes in mating behavior influence the loss of sex change in a fish lineage. American Naturalist 174 (3): 1-12.

Erisman, B.E., and T. Konotchick. 2009. Observations of spawning in the leather bass, Dermatolepis dermatolepis, near Cocos Island, Costa Rica. Environmental Biology of Fishes 85: 15-20.

Aburto-Oropeza, O., B. Erisman, V. Valdez-Ornelas y G. Danemann. 2008. Commercially Important Serranid Fishes from the Gulf of California: Ecology, Fisheries, and Conservation. Ciencia y Conservación 2008 (1): 1-23. (Printed in English and Spanish)

Erisman, B.E., J. Rosales-Casian, and P.A. Hastings 2008. Evidence of gonochorism in a grouper, Mycteroperca rosacea, from the Gulf of California, Mexico. Environmental Biology of Fishes 82: 23–33

Erisman, B.E., M.L. Buckhorn, and P.A. Hastings. 2007. Spawning patterns in the leopard grouper, Mycteroperca rosacea, in comparison with other aggregating groupers. Marine Biology 151: 1849–1861

Erisman, B.E., and L.G. Allen. 2006. Reproductive behavior of a temperate serranid fish, Paralabrax clathratus (Girard), from Santa Catalina Island, California, U.S.A. Journal of Fish Biology 68: 157-184.

Erisman, B.E., and L.G. Allen. 2005. Color Patterns and Associated Behaviors in the Kelp Bass, Paralabrax clathratus (Teleostei: Serranidae). Bulletin of Southern California Academy of Sciences 104: 45-62.

Adreani, M.S., B.E. Erisman, and R.R. Warner. 2004. Observations of courtship and spawning behavior in the California sheephead, Semicossyphus pulcher (Pisces: Labridae). Environmental Biology of Fish 71: 13-19.