James Lindholm

James W. Rote Distinguished Professor of Marine Science and Policy; Chair of Department of Marine Science

Highest degree
PhD in Ocean Conservation from Boston University


Marine fish ecology (specifically landscape ecology of fishes), marine protected area (MPA) design and monitoring, anthropogenic impacts to seafloor communities, research SCUBA diving, remote sensing of undersea marine ecosystems, video and still photography to study undersea ecosystems, marine policy, ecological effects of fishing

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Dr. James Lindholm is the James W. Rote Distinguished Professor of Marine Science and Policy, and the Chair of the Department of Marine Science at California State University Monterey Bay. He also serves the Chair of the Research Diving Program.

A native Californian, Dr. Lindholm attended California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo for his undergraduate studies, and Boston University for graduate school (both MA and PhD). He then completed a Postdoctoral Fellowship at the National Undersea Research Center at the University of Connecticut, before taking a job with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

Dr. Lindholm has conducted research around the world, including the Pacific, Atlantic, and Indian Oceans, as well as the Mediterranean, Caribbean and Red Seas. He's used technologies ranging from ROVs, AUVs and HOVs to SCUBA, including participation in six missions to the Aquarius Undersea Laboratory in the Florida Keys. His research interests include the landscape ecology of fishes, design and evaluation of spatial management regimes, and the ecological effects of fishing.


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