Matthews, K.E, J.L.Mohay, J.W. Todd, R.M. Starr  2022. Bycatch in the California halibut (Paralichthys californicus) Trawl Fishery. Bulletin, Southern California Academy of Sciences, 121(2), 88-109.

Starr, R. M. and 15 others. 2022.  Monitoring and Evaluation of Mid-Depth Rock Ecosystems in the MLPA Marine Protected Area Network.  Final Report October 4, 2021.  176 pp. MidDepth_MPA_Report_1_25_2022.pdf (

Hamilton, S., R.M. Starr and 16 others.  2022.  California Collaborative Fisheries Research Program (CCFRP) – Monitoring and Evaluation of California Marine Protected Areas. Final Report October 4, 2021. 154 pp. CCFRP Final Report (

Ziegler, S. L., R. O. Brooks, S. L. Hamilton, B. I. Ruttenberg, J. A. Chiu, R. T. Fields, G. T. Waltz, C. Shen, D. E. Wendt, and R. M. Starr. 2022. External fishing effort regulates positive effects of no-take marine protected areas. Biological Conservation 269:109546.

Chiu, J.A., J.J. Bizzarro, and R.M. Starr. 2021. Trophic ecology of yellowtail rockfish (Sebastes flavidus) during a marine heat wave off central California, USA. PLoS ONE 16(5): e0251499. ET, Kellum AN, Chiu JA, Waltz GT, Murray S, Wendt DE, Starr RM, Semmens BX.2020. Long-term participation in collaborative fisheries research improves angler opinions on marine protected areas. PeerJ 8:e10146

Nichols, K., J. Wilson White, D. Malone, M. H. Carr, R. M. Starr, M. L. Baskett, A.Hastings, and L. W. Botsford..  2019.  Setting ecological expectations for adaptive management of marine protected areas.  Journal of Applied Ecology. 00:1-10.

Barnes, C.L, and R.M. Starr.  2018.  Reproductive tactics of California Halibut (Paralichthys californicus): combining spawning season, interspawning interval, and batch fecundity to estimate annual reproductive output for a multiple-batch spawning fish.  California Cooperative Oceanic Fisheries Investigations. Vol. 56: 102114.

Denney, C., Fields, R., Gleason, M., Starr, R.  2017.  Development of New Methods for Quantifying Fish Density Using Underwater Stereo-video Tools. J. Vis. Exp(129), e56635, doi:10.3791/56635.

Aspillaga, E., F. Bartumeus, R. M. Starr, À. López-Sanz, C. Linares, D. Díaz, J. Garrabou, M. Zabala, and B. Hereu. 2017. Thermal stratification drives movement of a coastal apex predator. Scientific Reports 7:526.

Starr, R.M., M.G. Gleason, C.I. Marks, D. Kline, S. Rienecke, C. Denney, A. Tagini, J.C. Field. 2016. Targeting Abundant Fish Stocks While Avoiding Overfished Species: Video and fishing surveys to inform management after long-term fishery closures. PLOS One. 11(12): e0168645. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0168645.

Greenley, A., K. Green, and R.M. Starr. 2016. Seasonal and ontogenetic movements of Lingcod (Ophiodon elongatus) in central California, with implications for marine protected area management. California Cooperative Oceanic Fisheries Investigations. Vol. 57, 2016.

Aspillaga, E., F. Bartumeus, C. Linares, R.M. Starr, À. López-Sanz, D. Díaz, M. Zabala, B. Hereu. 2016. Ordinary and extraordinary movement behaviour of small resident fish within a Mediterranean Marine Protected Area. PLoS ONE 11(7): e0159813. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0159813

WhiteJ.W., K.J. Nickols, D. Malone, M. H. Carr, R. M. Starr, F. Cordoleani, M. L. Baskett, A. Hastings, L. W. Botsford. 2016. Fitting state-space integral projection models to size-structured time series data to estimate unknown parameters. Ecological Applications. doi: 10.1002/eap.1398

Di Lorenzo, M., T. Vega Fernández, F. Badalamenti, P. Guidetti, R. M. Starr, V. M. Giacalone, A. Di Franco3, G. D’Anna2016. Diel activity and variability in habitat use of white sea bream in a temperate Marine Protected Area. Marine Environmental Research. DOI: 10.1016/j.marenvres.2016.02.007

Bjorkstedt, E., J. Field, M. Love, L. Rogers-Bennett, R. Starr. 2016. Marine fisheries. pp. 779-816 in: H. Mooney and E. Zavaleta (eds.) Ecosystems of California. University of California Press.

Marks, C.I., R.T. Fields, J.C. Field, R.R. Miller, S.G. Beyer, S.M. Sogard, D. Wilson-Vandenberg, D. Howard, R.M. Starr. 2015. Changes in size composition and relative abundance of fishes in central California after a decade of spatial fishing closures. California Cooperative Oceanic Fisheries Investigations. Vol. 56, 2015.

Loury, E.K., S.M. Bros, D.A. Ebert, R.M. Starr, and G.M. Cailliet. 2015. Trophic ecology of the gopher rockfish Sebastes carnatus inside and outside of Central California marine protected areas. Marine Ecology Progress Series. doi: 10.3354/meps11420, Vol. 536: 229–241.

Barnes, C.L., R.M. Starr, and P.N. Reilly. 2015. Growth, mortality, and reproductive seasonality of California halibut (Paralichthys Californicus): a biogeographic approach. California Cooperative Oceanic Fisheries Investigations. Vol. 56, 2015

Starr, R.M., D.E. Wendt, C.L. Barnes, C.I. Marks, D. Malone, G. Waltz, K.T. Schmidt, J. Chiu, A.L. Launer, N.C. Hall, N. Yochum.  2015.  Variation in responses of fishes across multiple reserves within a network of marine protected areas in temperate waters.  PLOS One. 10.1371/journal.pone.0118502.

Aguilera, S.E., J. Cole, E.M. Finkbeiner, E. Le Cornu, N.C. Ban, M.H. Carr, J.E. Cinner, L.B. Crowder, S. Gelcich, C.C. Hicks, J.N. Kittinger, R. Martone, D. Malone, C. Pomeroy, R.M. Starr, S. Seram, R. Zuercher, K. Broad.  2015.  Managing small-scale commercial fisheries for adaptive capacity: Insights from dynamic social-ecological drivers of change in Monterey Bay. PLoS ONE 10(3): e0118992. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0118992.

Green, K. M., A. P. Greenley, and R. M. Starr.  2014.  Movements of Blue Rockfish (Sebastes mystinus) off central California, with comparisons to similar species.  PLoS ONE.  9(6): 1-11.

Starr, R.M., K. Green, and E. Sala. 2012. Deepwater fish assemblages at Coco Island National Park and Las Gemelas Seamounts, Costa Rica. Rev. Biol. Trop. 60 (Suppl. 3): 347-362. Epub 2012 Dec 01.

Starr, R.M., J. Cortés, C.L. Barnes, K. Green, and O. Breedy. 2012. Characterization of deepwater invertebrates at Isla del Coco National Park and Las Gemelas Seamounts, Costa Rica. Rev. Biol. Trop. 60 (Suppl. 3): 303-319. Epub 2012 Dec 01.

Sala E, Ballesteros E, Dendrinos P, Di Franco A, Ferretti F, D. Foley, S. Fraschetti, A. Friedlander, J. Garrabou, H. Guclusoy, P. Guidetti, B.S. Halpern, B. Hereu, A.A. Karamanlidis, Z. Kizilkaya, E. Macpherson, L. Mangialajo, S. Mariani, F. Micheli, A. Pais, K. Riser, A.A. Rosenberg, M. Sales, K.A. Selkoe, R. M. Starr, F. Tomas, M. Zabala.  2012.  The Structure of Mediterranean Rocky Reef Ecosystems across Environmental and Human Gradients, and Conservation Implications. PLoS ONE 7(2): e32742. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0032742

Yochum, N., R.M. Starr, and D.E. Wendt.  2011. Utilizing Fishermen Knowledge and Expertise: Keys to Success for Collaborative Fisheries Research.  Fisheries. Vol. 36 (12): 593-605.

Green, K. M. and R. M. Starr.  2011.  Movements of small adult black rockfish: implications for the design of MPAs.  Marine Ecology Progress Series.  Vol. 14: 219-230.

Carlisle, A.B. and R.M. Starr.  2010.  The influence of tides on the rates of movement of female leopard sharks (Triakis semifasciata) in Elkhorn Slough, California.  Environmental Biology of Fishes. 89: 31–45.

Starr, R.M., M. Carr, D. Malone, A. Greenley, and S. McMillan.  2010.  Complementary Sampling Methods to Inform Ecosystem-Based Management of Nearshore Fisheries. Marine and Coastal Fisheries: Dynamics, Management, and Ecosystem Science. 2: 159–179.

Dawson, C.L. and R.M. Starr.  2009.  Movements of subadult prickly sharks, Echinorhinus cookei, in the Monterey Canyon. Marine Ecology Progress Series. Vol. 386: 253–262.

Wendt, D.E. and R.M. Starr.  2009.  Collaborative Research: An Effective Way to Collect Data for Stock Assessments and Evaluate Marine Protected Areas in California. Marine and Coastal Fisheries: Dynamics, Management, and Ecosystem Science. 1: 315–324.

Carlisle, A.B. and R.M. Starr.2009.Habitat use, residency, and seasonal distribution of female leopard sharks (Triakis semifasciata) in Elkhorn Slough, California. Marine Ecology Progress Series. Vol. 380: 213–228.

Starr, R.M., E. Sala, E. Ballesteros and M. Zabala. 2007. Spatial dynamics of the Nassau grouper (Epinephelus striatus) in a Caribbean atoll. Marine Ecology Progress Series.Vol. 343: 239-249.

Starr, R.M., V. O'Connell, S. Ralston and L. Breaker. 2005. Use of acoustic tags to estimate natural mortality, spillover, and movements of lingcod (Ophiodon elongatus) in a marine reserve. Marine Technology Society Journal. Spring 2005, Vol. 39, No. 1, pp. 19-30.

Starr, R.M., V. O'Connell and S. Ralston. 2004. Movements of lingcod (Ophiodon elongatus) in southeast Alaska: potential for increased conservation and yield from marine reserves. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences, Vol. 61, No. 7. pp. 1083 -1094.

Starr, R.M., M.H. Carr, J. Caselle, J.A. Estes, C. Pomeroy, C. Syms, D.A. VenTresca and M.M. Yoklavich. 2004. A review of the ecological effectiveness of subtidal marine reserves in Central California. Part I. Synopsis of scientific investigations. Marine Sanctuaries Conservation Series MSD-04-02. U.S. Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Marine Sanctuaries Division, Silver Spring. 133 pp.

Starr, R.M., M. H. Carr, J. Caselle, J. A. Estes, C. Syms, D. A. VenTresca and M. M. Yoklavich. 2004. A review of the ecological effectiveness of subtidal marine reserves in Central California. Part II. Summary of existing marine reserves in Central California and their potential benefits. Marine Sanctuaries Conservation Series MSD-04-02. U.S. Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Marine Sanctuaries Division, Silver Spring. 14 pp.

Starr, R.M., J.M. Cope and L.A. Kerr. 2002. Trends in fisheries and fishery resources associated with the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary from 1981-2001. California Sea Grant College System Publication T- 046. 156 pp.

Yoklavich, M., G. Cailliet, R.N. Lea, H.G. Greene, R. M. Starr, J. De Marignac and J. Field. 2002. Deepwater habitat and fish resources associated with the Big Creek Ecological Reserve. California Cooperative Fisheries Investigation Report. CalCOFI MS2002-03. 25 pp.

Starr, R.M., J.N. Heine, J.M. Felton and G.M. Cailliet. 2002. Movements of bocaccio (Sebastes paucispinis) and greenspotted (Sebastes chlorostictus) rockfishes in a Monterey submarine canyon: Implications for the design of marine reserves. Fishery Bulletin Vol. 100, No. 2. pp. 324-337.

Adams, P.B. and R.M. Starr. 2001. Lingcod. pp. 191-193 in: Leet. W.S., C.M. Dewees, R. Klingbeil, and E. Larson. 2001. California's Living Marine Resources: A Status Report. California Department of Fish and Game. 593 pp.

Sala, E., E. Ballesteros and R.M. Starr. 2001. Rapid decline of Nassau grouper spawning aggregations in Belize: Fishery management and conservation needs. Journal American Fisheries Society. Vol. 26. No. 10. pp. 23-30.

Yoklavich, M., G. Cailliet, R.N. Lea, H.G. Greene, R. M. Starr, J. De Marignac and J. Field. 2001. Deepwater habitat and fish resources associated with a marine reserve: implications for fisheries management, Part 1. California Sea Grant College Program. Marine Ecological Reserves Research Program Research Results R/BC 1.

Greene, H.G., M.M. Yoklavich, V.M. O'Connell, R.M. Starr, W.W. Wakefield, C.K. Brylinsky, J.J. Bizzarro and G.M. Cailliet. 2000. Mapping and Classification of Deep Seafloor Habitats. ICES paper CM 2000/T:08. 11 pp.

Starr, R.M., J.N. Heine and K.A. Johnson. 2000. In situ techniques for tagging and tracking rockfishes. North American Journal of Fisheries Management, Vol. 20:597-609.

Voegeli. F.A. and R.M. Starr. 2000. Automated monitoring of fish movements and data telemetry from acoustic tags. In: Eiler J. H., Alcorn D. J. and Neuman M. R., (Eds.) Biotelemetry 15, pp. 202-211.

Greene, H.G., M.M. Yoklavich, R.M. Starr, V.M. O'Connell, W.W. Wakefield, D.E. Sullivan, J.E. McRea and G.M. Cailliet. 1999. A seafloor classification scheme for deep water marine benthic and fisheries habitats. Oceanologica Acta, Vol. 22 (6): 663-678.

Stanbury, K.B. and R.M. Starr. 1999. Applications of geographic information systems (GIS) to habitat assessment and marine resource management. Oceanologica Acta, Vol. 22 (6): 699-703.

Murray, S., R. Ambrose, J. Bohnsack, L. Botsford, M. Carr, G. Davis, P. Dayton, D. Gotshall, D. Gunderson, M. Hixon, J. Lubchenco, M. Mangel, A. McCall, D. McArdle, J. Ogden, C. Pomeroy, J. Roughgarden, R. M. Starr, M. Tegner and M. Yoklavich. 1999. No-take Reserve Networks: Sustaining Fishery Populations and Marine Ecosystems. Journal American Fisheries Society, Vol. 24 (11): 11-25.

Starr, R.M., J.N. Heine and G.M. Cailliet. 1999. The influence of submarine canyon morphology on the distribution and movements of marine fishes. pp. 702-703 in: American Association of Petroleum Geologists Bulletin. Vol. 83, No. 4.

Starr, R.M., J.N. Heine and K.A. Johnson. 1998. A novel approach to tagging deepwater rockfishes in situ. pp. 83-102 in: Diving for science 1998, proceedings American Academy of Underwater Scientists, eighteenth annual scientific diving symposium. AAUS, Nahant, MA.

Starr, R.M. and R.E. Thorne. 1998. Acoustic assessment of squid stocks. pp. 181-198 in: P.G. Rodhouse, E.G. Dawe, and R.K. O'Dor (eds.): Squid recruitment dynamics: the genus Illex as a model, the commercial Illex species and influences on variability. FAO Fish. Tech. Pap. No. 376. Rome, Italy.

Carr, M. H., L. Ziobro, T. Hourigan, D. Ito, D. McArdle, L. Morgan, W. Palsson, R. Parrish, S. Ralston, P. Reilly, J. Sladek Nowlis and R. M. Starr. 1998. Working group II. Science-based design considerations. Pages 143-148 in: M. M. Yoklavich, ed. Marine harvest refugia for West Coast rockfish: a workshop. NOAA-TM-NMFS-SWFSC-255.

Starr, R.M. 1998. Design principles for rockfish reserves on the U.S. West Coast. pp. 50-63 in: Yoklavich, M. (ed.) Marine harvest refugia for west coast rockfish: a workshop. NOAA, NMFS Tech. Memo. NOAA-TM-NMFS-SWFSC-255. 159 pp.

Starr, R.M., K.A. Johnson, N. Laman and G.M. Cailliet. 1998. Fishery resources of the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. California Sea Grant College System Publication No. T-042, 101 pp.

Starr, R.M. and K.A. Johnson. 1998. Goal oriented marine reserves: A zoogeographic approach. pp. 262-272 in: O.T. Magoon, H. Converse, B. Baird, and M. Miller-Henson, eds. California and the world ocean ‘97. Taking a look at California's ocean resources: an agenda for the future. American Society of Civil Engineers. Reston, Virginia.

Yoklavich, M., R. M. Starr, J. Steger, H.G. Greene, F. Schwing and C. Malzone. 1997. Mapping benthic habitats and ocean currents in the vicinity of Central California's Big Creek Ecological Reserve. NOAA, NMFS Tech. Memo. NOAA-TM-NMFS-SWFSC-245. 52 pp.