Brian Tissot, Ph.D.

Director and Professor, Marine Laboratory and Humboldt Marine and Coastal Science Institute
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Phone: (707) 826-5827
Located in Life Sciences (VSCI) 230


My research lab is focused on the ecology and conservation of marine invertebrates and fishes in tropical and temperate ecosystems. Our projects investigate issues at the interface between conservation science, management, and policy. We use quantitative statistical approaches combined with geospatial tools to explore both physical and biological aspects of marine communities. The major focus of our work is on: 1) the role of marine protected areas in conserving marine diversity and promoting sustainable fisheries; 2) the importance of habitat for commercially important fishes with an emphasis on the role of structure-forming invertebrates; 3) understanding the ecological impacts of the global ornamental trade; and 4) long-term monitoring and restoration of black abalone populations.

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Administrative Experience

2012-13: Assoc. Dir., Research & Graduate Education, College of Arts & Sciences, WSUV
2011-12: Interim Director, Science Programs, WSU Vancouver
2010: Acting Director, Science Programs, WSU Vancouver
2005-2009: Associate Director, Science Programs, WSU Vancouver
1998-2003: Director, Science Programs, WSU Vancouver
1997-98: Director, Kalākaua Marine Education Center, University of Hawaii Hilo
1997-98: Chair, Marine Science Department, University of Hawaii Hilo

Graduate Students

Benthic Ecology Lab group

Recent Publications

Tissot, B. N. 2008. Video analysis, experimental design, and database management of submersible-based habitat studies. pp. 157-167 In J.R. Reynolds and H.G. Greene (eds). Marine Habitat Mapping Technology for Alaska, Alaska Sea Grant College Program, Fairbanks, AK. CD-ROM. doi:10.4027/mhmta.2008.11

Ortiz, D. M and B. N. Tissot. 2008. Ontogenetic patterns of habitat use by a coral reef fish in an MPA network: A multi-scaled remote sensing and in-situ approach. Mar. Ecol. Prog. Ser. 365: 217-232.

Tissot, B. N., W. W. Wakefield, M. A. Hixon and J. E. R. Clemons. 2008. Twenty years of fish-habitat studies on Heceta Bank, Oregon. pp. 203-217 In J.R. Reynolds and H.G. Greene (eds). Marine Habitat Mapping Technology for Alaska, Alaska Sea Grant College Program, Fairbanks, AK. CD-ROM.doi:10.4027/mhmta.2008.15

Williams, I. D., W.J. Walsh, J. T. Claisse, B.N. Tissot, K. A. Stamoulis. 2009. Impacts of a Hawaiian marine protected area network on the abundance and fishery sustainability of the yellow tang, Zebrasoma flavescens. Biological Conservation 142: 1066-1073.

Tissot, B. N. W. J. Walsh, and M. A. Hixon. 2009. Hawaiian Islands Marine Ecosystem Case Study: Ecosystem and Community-Based Management in West Hawaii . Coastal Management 37: 255-273.

Christie, P., Pollnac, R. B., Fluharty, D. L., Hixon,. M. A., Lowry, G. K., Mahon, R., Pietri, D., Tissot, B. N., White, A. T., Armada, N., Liza Eisma-Osorio, R. L.. 2009. Tropical Marine EBM Feasibility: A Synthesis of Case Studies and Comparative Analyses. Coastal Management 37: 374-385.

Tissot, B. N. Barbara A. Best, Eric H. Borneman, Andrew W. Bruckner, Cara H. Cooper, Heather D’Agnes, Timothy P. Fitzgerald, Amanda Leland, Susan Lieberman, Amy Mathews Amos, Rashid Sumaila, T.M. Telecky. Frazer McGilvray, Brian J. Plankis, Andrew L. Rhyne, Glynnis G. Roberts, Benjamin Starkhouse, Todd C. Stevenson. 2010. How US Ocean Policy and Market Power Can Reform the Coral Reef Wildlife Trade. Marine Policy 34: 1385-1388.

Newman, M. Tissot, B. N. And G. VanBlaricom. 2010. Overall status and threats assessment of black abalone (Haliotis cracherodii Leach, 1814) populations in California. J. Shellfish Res. 29(3): 577-586.

Christie M.R., Tissot B.N., Albins M.A., Beets J.P., Jia Y., et al. 2010. Larval Connectivity in an Effective Network of Marine Protected Areas. PLoS ONE 5(12): e15715. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0015715. 

Stevenson, T. C., Tissot, B. N. J. Derking. 2011. Fisher Behavior Influences Catch Productivity and Selectivity in West Hawaii’s Aquarium Fishery. ICES Journal of Marine Science 68(5): 813-822

Kirsten Grorud-Colvert, Joachim Claudet, Mark Carr, Jennifer Caselle, Jon Day, Alan Friedlander, Sarah Lester, Thierry Lison de Loma, B. Tissot, Dan Malone. 2011. The assessment of marine reserve networks: guidelines for ecological evaluation. Pp. 293-321 In: Claudet, J. (ed) Marine Protected Areas: A Multidisciplinary Approach. Cambridge Univ. Press. Cambridge, UK.

Ortiz, D, M. and B. N. Tissot. 2012. Evaluating ontogenetic patterns of habitat use by reef fish in relation to the effectiveness of marine protected areas in West Hawaii. J. Exp. Mar. Biol. Ecol. 432-433: 83-93.

Fox, H. E., K. M. Haisfield, M. S. Brown, T. C. Stevenson, B. N. Tissot, W. J. Walsh, I. D. Williams. 2012. Influences of oceanographic and meteorological features on reef fish recruitment in Hawai’i. Mar. Ecol. Prog. Ser. 463: 259-272

Stevenson, T. C. and B. N. Tissot. 2013. Evaluating Marine Protected Areas for Managing Marine Resource Conflict in Hawaii. Marine Policy. 39: 215–223.

Stevenson, T. C. , B. N. Tissot and W. J. Walsh. 2013. Socioeconomic Consequences of Fishing Displacement from Marine Protected Areas in Hawaii. Biol. Conserv. In press. 


  • PhD Zoology, Oregon State University (1991)
  • MS Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, UC Irvine (1985)
  • BS Biological Sciences, Cal Poly State Univ., San Luis Obispo (1980)

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