Stephen Palumbi

Email: spalumbi@stanford.edu
Phone: (831) 655-6210
Stephen Palumbi

Stephen Palumbi serves on the Management Committee of the Center for Ocean Solutions.  He is also the director of Hopkins Marine Station.

Professor Palumbi's research focuses on genetics, evolution, conservation, population biology and systematics of a diverse array of marine organisms.  He is a Senior Fellow at the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment and a Harold A. Miller Professor in Marine Sciences.  He has contributed a wealth of scientific literature informing issues such as the genetics and evolution of sea urchins, whales, cone snails, corals, sharks, spiders, shrimps, bryozoans and butterfly fishes.  Professor Palumbi’s published books include Marine Reserves: An Ecosystem Tool for Marine Management and Conservation and The Evolution Explosion, which provides a critical look at the intersection of evolution and high-tech modern life. He has also contributed to films to enhance science communication including the BBC/Animal Planet TV series The Future is Wild, Urban Shark Hunting, Resilience on the Reef and The Secret Life of Whales.  Professor Palumbi moved his laboratory from Harvard University in August 2002 to Stanford University's Hopkins Marine Station.  He received his B.A. in Biology from Johns Hopkins University and his Ph.D. in marine ecology from the University of Washington.

Publications

M.M. Foley, B.S. Halpern, F. Micheli, M.H. Armsby, M.R. Caldwell, C.M. Crain, E. Prahler, N. Rohr, D. Sivas, M.W. Beck, M.H. Carr, L.B. Crowder, J.E. Duffy, S.D. Hacker, K. McLeod, S.R. Palumbi, C.H. Peterson, H.M. Regan, M.H. Ruckelshaus, P.A. Sandifer and R.S. Steneck. Guiding ecological principles for marine spatial planning. 2010. Marine Policy, doi: 10.1016/j.marpol2010.02.001

Caldwell, M., T.C. Hoffman, S. Palumbi, J. Teisch and C. Tu.  2009.  Pacific Ocean Synthesis: Scientific Literature Review of Coastal and Ocean Threats, Impacts, and Solutions.  Center for Ocean Solutions. The Woods Institute for the Environment, Stanford University, California.

Caldwell, M.; A. Hemphill, T.C. Hoffman, S. Palumbi, J. Teisch and C. Tu. 2009. Pacific Ocean Synthesis Executive Summary: Scientific Literature Review of Coastal and Ocean Threats, Impacts and Solutions. Center for Ocean Solutions. The Woods Institute for the Environment, Stanford University, Calfornia.

Palumbi, S.R., McLeod, K. L., and Grunbaum, D. 2008.  Ecosystems in Action: Lessons from Marine Ecology about Recovery, Resistance, and Reversibility. Bioscience 58:1

Alter, S. E., Rynes, E, and Palumbi S. R. 2007. DNA evidence for historic population size and past ecosystem impacts of gray whales.  Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 104(38) 15162-15167

Worm, B., Barbier, E.B., Beaumont, N., Duffy, J. E., Folke, C. Halpern, B.S., Jackson, J.B.C., Lotze, H.K., Micheli, F, Palumbi, S.R., Sala, E., Selkoe, K.A., Stachowicz, J.J., Watson, R. 2006  Impacts of biodiversity loss on ocean ecosystem services. Science 314(5800):787-79

Palumbi, S. R. and Sotka, E. E. 2006.  The use of genetic clines to estimate dispersal distances of marine larvaeEcology 87(5):1094-1103.