Dr. Brian Tissot


Dr. Brian Tissot is a marine ecologist working on invertebrates and fishes across intertidal zone, kelp forest, coral reef, and deep reef ecosystems. He received his PhD. in Zoology from Oregon State University and held academic positions at the University of Hawaii and Washington State University. He currently serves as the Director of the Marine Laboratory at Humboldt State University and Professor in Biological Sciences. His research is focused on marine conservation ecology and the interface between biology, management, and policy. Through collaboration with state, federal, and international agencies, he is involved in a range of activities including basic research, research on resource management, and policy development. He is a prolific blogger and science fiction author.

Dr. Brian Tissot
Professor of Conservation Biology
Director, Marine Laboratory
Director, Humboldt Marine and Coastal Science Institute
Phone: (707) 826-5827
Office: ML (Marine Lab) 107
Email: Brian.Tissot@humboldt.edu

Professional Service 

Reviewer for scientific journals:
American Naturalist    
Australian Journal of Marine & Freshwater Research    
Biological Bulletin
Biological Invasions
Bulletin of Marine Science    
Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences    
Ecology, Ecological Applications
Environmental Management
Fishery Bulletin    
Journal of General and Comparative Endocrinology
Marine & Freshwater Research
Marine Ecology Progress Series    
Polar Biology
Systems Dynamics

Reviewer for grant agencies: (*panel reviewer)
California Marine Protected Area Monitoring Enterprise*
California Ocean Science Trust
California Space Institute    
Center for Field Research
Hawaii Undersea Research Laboratory (NOAA/UH)*
National Park Service    
National Science Foundation*
West Coast/ Polar National Undersea Research Program
NOAA Center for Sponsored Coastal Ocean Research*
NOAA Coral Reef Ecosystem Program
NOAA Coral Reef Conservation Program
Sea Grant (CA, HI, NH)

Reviewer for publishers:
NOAA Fisheries
Worth Publishers

Reviewer for tenure-promotion & PhD:
Full professor review for Portland State University, Western Washington State University (external reviewer)
Full professor review for Washington State University (committee chair)
Research professor review for Oregon State University
Tenure promotion review for San Diego State University, Utah State
PhD review for University of Technology, Sydney, Australia

Honors and Awards:

  • 2019, President Western Society of Naturalists

  • 1996, Board of Regents’ Award for Excellence in Teaching, University of Hawaii at Hilo.

  • 1994, Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, University of Hawaii at Hilo.

  • 1989, Outstanding Graduate Student Publication, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR.

  • 1989, Atlantic-Richfield Environmental Award for Best Paper, Southern California Academy of Sciences, Thousand Oaks, CA.

  • 1988, Reynolds Marine Science Scholarship, Hatfield Marine Science Center, Newport, OR.

  • 1984, Edward A. Steinhaus Outstanding Teaching Assistant, University of California, Irvine, CA.

  • 1982, Delmar C. Seawright Outstanding Paper, Annual Meeting of the Western Society of Naturalists, Long Beach, CA. 




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1991 – Ph.D, Oregon State University (Zoology).
Advisor: Mark Hixon

1985 – MS, Univ. of California Irvine (Ecology/Evolution)
Advisor: Gayle Brenchley

1980 – BS, Cal Poly State Univ., San Luis Obispo (Biological Science)
Advisor: Dave Montgomery

Positions held

2013-14, Director, Marine Laboratory, Professor of Biology, Humboldt State University

1998-2013, Professor and Associate Professor of Environmental Science, Washington State University, Vancouver.

1992-1998, Associate and Assistant Professor of Marine Biology, Marine Science Department, University of Hawaii at Hilo.

CommitteEs & ADVISORY Boards

2016-present Principle Investigator, CenCOOS (Central and Northern California Ocean Observing System)

2018. Red Abalone Fishery Management Peer Review Team , California Ocean Science Trust --

2014-2016. NOAA Deep Sea Coral and Sponge Working Group

2013 –present. Institutional Representative, CIMEC (Cooperative Institute for Marine Ecosystems & Climate)

2013 --present. Executive Committee, CSU COAST (Council on Ocean Affairs, Science and Technology)

2013-2014.  Red Abalone Scientific Advisory Committee, California Ocean Science Trust

2012-present. Rising Tide Conservation, Advisory Board, Sea World

2010-12. Cascade Head Community Team, Oregon Dept. Fish & Wildlife

2010--16.  Maui Coral Reef Recovery Team, Maui Nui Marine Resource Council

2004-06. Black Abalone ESA Scientific Advisory Committee, NOAA Protected Species Program