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An array of different size and shaped plakton samples on the cover of Science Magazine.

Schmid, M., S. Sponaugle, A. Thompson, K.R. Sutherland, R.K. Cowen. 2023. Drivers of plankton community structure in intermittent and continuous coastal upwelling systems–from microscale in-situ imaging to large scale patterns. Frontiers in Marine Science 10: 1166629

Schmid M.S., D. Daprano, M.M. Damle, C.M. Sullivan, S. Sponaugle, C. Cousin, C. Guigand, and R.K. Cowen. 2023. Edge computing at sea: high-throughput classification of in-situ plankton imagery for adaptive sampling. Frontiers in Marine Science 10:1187771. doi: 10.3389/fmars.2023.1187771

Schmid, M.S., D. Daprano, M.M. Damle, C. Sullivan, S. Sponaugle, R.K. Cowen. 2023. Segmentation, classification, databasing, and visualization of in-situ plankton imagery on edge servers at sea. [Open Source Software] Zenodo.

Swieca, K., S. Sponaugle, M. Schmid, J. Ivory, M. Corrales-Ugale, K.R. Sutherland, R.K. Cowen. 2023. Growth and diet of a larval myctophid across distinct upwelling regimes in the California Current. ICES Journal of Marine Science doi: 10.1093/icesjms/fsad070

Hernández C.M., C.B. Paris, A.C. Vaz, B.T. Jones, J.B. Kellner, D.E. Richardson, S. Sponaugle, R.K. Cowen, and J.K. Llopiz. 2023. Larval traits drive patterns of marine dispersal and connectivity. Coral Reefs

Greer A.T., M.S. Schmid, P.I. Duffy, K.L. Robinson, M.A. Genung, J.Y. Luo, T. Panaïotis, C. Briseño-Avena, M.E. Frischer, S. Sponaugle, and R.K. Cowen. 2022. In situ imaging across ecosystems to resolve the fine-scale oceanographic drivers of a globally significant planktonic grazer. Limnology and Oceanography 68: 192-207

Lyle J., R.K. Cowen, S. Sponaugle, and K. Sutherland. 2022. Fine-scale vertical distribution and diel migrations of Pyrosoma atlanticum in the Northern California Current. Journal of Plankton Research 2:288-302

Panaïotis, T., Caray–Counil, L., Woodward, B., Schmid, M.S., Daprano, D., Tsai, S.T., Sullivan, C.M., Cowen, R.K., Irisson, J-O. (2022) Content-aware segmentation of objects spanning a large size range: Application to plankton images. Frontiers in Marine Science 9:870005.

Lyle J, Cowen RK, Sponaugle S, Sutherland K. 2022. Fine-scale vertical distribution and diel migrations of Pyrosoma atlanticum in the Northern California Current. J Plankton Res

Robinson KR, Sponaugle S, Luo JY, Gleiber M, Cowen RK. 2021. Big or small, patchy all: Resolution of marine plankton patch structure at micro- to submesoscales for 36 taxa. Science Advances 7:eabk2904

McManus MA, Greer AT, Timmerman AHV, Sevadjian JC, Woodson CB, Cowen RK, Fong DA, Monismith S, Cheriton OM. 2021. Characterization of the biological, physical and chemical properties of a toxic thin layer in a temperate marine system. Mar Ecol Prog Ser 678:17-35

Corrales Ugalde M, Sponaugle S, Cowen RK, Sutherland K. 2021. Seasonal hydromedusan feeding patterns in an Eastern Boundary Current show consistent predation on primary consumers. J Plankton Res 43: 712-724

Sponaugle S, Goldstein E, Ivory J, Doering K, D’Alessandro E, Guigand C, Cowen RK. 2021. Near-reef zooplankton differs across depths in a subtropical seascape. J Plankton Res 43: 586-597

Briseño-Avena C, Schmid M, Swieca K, Sponaugle S, Brodeur R, Cowen RK. 2020. Three dimensional cross-shelf zooplankton distributions off the central Oregon coast during anomalous oceanographic conditions. Progr Oceanogr 188: 102436

Gleiber, MR., Sponaugle, S, Cowen, RK. 2020. Some like it hot, hungry tunas do not! Implications of temperature and plankton food web dynamics on growth and diet of tropical tuna larvae. ICES J Mar Sci. Read a news article about this research.

Axler KE, Sponaugle S, Briseño-Avena C, Hernandez FJ, Warner SJ, Dzwonkowski B, Dykstra SL, Cowen RK. 2020. Fine-scale larval fish distributions and predator-prey dynamics in a coastal river-dominated ecosystem. Mar Ecol Progr Ser.

Axler KE, Sponaugle S, Hernandez Jr F, Culpepper C, Cowen RK. 2020. Consequences of plume encounter on larval fish growth and condition in the Gulf of Mexico. Mar Ecol Progr Ser

Greer AT, Boyette AD, Cruz VJ, Cambazoglu MK, Dzwonkowski B, Chiaverano LM, Dykstra SL, Briseño-Avena C, Cowen RK, Wiggert JD. In Press. Contrasting fine-scale distributional patterns of zooplankton driven by the formation of a diatom-dominated thin layer. Limnol Oceanogr

Swieca K, Sponaugle S, Briseño-Avena C, Schmid M, Cowen RK, Brodeur R. 2020. Changing with the tides: fine-scale prey availability and predation pressure near a tidally-modulated river plume. Mar Ecol Progr Ser

Schmid M, Cowen RK, Robinson KL, Luo J, Briseño-Avena C, Sponaugle S. 2020. Prey and predator overlap at the edge of a mesoscale eddy: fine-scale, in-situ distributions to inform our understanding of oceanographic processes. Sci Reports 10:921

Gleiber MR, Sponaugle S, Robinson KL, Cowen RK. 2020. Food web constraints on larval growth in subtropical coral reef and pelagic fishes. Mar Ecol Progr Ser

Lombard F, Boss E, Waite AM, Vogt M, Uitz J, Stemmann L, Sosik HM, Schulz J, Romagnan JB, Picheral M, Pearlman J, Ohman MD, Niehoff B, Möller KO, Miloslavich P, Lara-Lopez A, Kudela R, Lopes RM, Kiko R, Karp-Boss L, Jaffe JS, Iversen MH, Irisson J-O, Fennel K, Hauss H, Guidi L, Gorsky G, Giering SLC, Gaube P, Gallager S, Dubelaar G, Cowen RK, Carlotti F, Briseño-Avena C, Berline L, Benoit-Bird K, Bax N, Batten S, Ayata SD, Artigas LF, Appeltans W. 2019. Globally consistent quantitative observations of planktonic ecosystems. Front Mar Sci 6:196. doi: 10.3389/fmars.2019.00196

Menge BA, Milligan K, Caselle JE, Barth JA, Blanchette CA, Carr MH, Chan F, Cowen RK, Denny M, Gaines SD, Hofmann GE, Kroeker KJ, Lubchenco J, McManus MA, Novak M, Palumbi SR, Raimondi PT, Somero GN, Warner RR, Washburn L, White JW. 2019. PISCO: Advances made through the formation of a large-scale, long-term consortium for integrated understanding of coastal ecosystem dynamics. Oceanography 32(3):16–25

Sponaugle S, Gleiber M, Shulzitski K, Cowen RK. 2019. There’s a new kid in town: lionfish invasion of the plankton. Biol Invas 21(10): 3013-3018 doi: 10.1007/s10530-019-02070-1

Sponaugle S, Cowen RK. 2019. Coral ecosystem connectivity between Pulley Ridge and the Florida Keys. Chapter In: Mesophotic Coral Ecosystems of the World, Springer.

Greer AT, Chiaverano LM, Luo JY, Cowen RK, Graham WM. 2018. Ecology and behaviour of holoplanktonic scyphomedusae and their interactions with larval and juvenile fishes in the northern Gulf of Mexico. ICES J Mar Sci 75:751-763

Luo JY, Irisson J-O, Graham B, Guigand C, Sarafraz A, Mader C, Cowen RK. 2018. Automated plankton image analysis using convolutional neural networks. Limnol Oceanogr Methods

Greer A, et al (39 co-authors) 2018. Functioning of coastal river-dominated ecosystems and implications for oil spill response: from observations to mechanisms and models. Oceanography 31

Shulzitski K, Sponaugle S, Hauff M, Walter K, D’Alessandro E, Cowen RK. 2018. Patterns in larval reef fish distributions and assemblages with implications for local retention in mesoscale eddies. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 75:180-192

Greer AT, Briseño-Avena C, Deary AL, Cowen RK, Hernandez FJ, Graham WM. 2017. Associations between lobster phyllosoma and gelatinous zooplankton in relation to oceanographic properties in the northern Gulf of Mexico. Fish Oceanogr 26: 693-704

Robinson KL, Luo JY, Sponaugle S, Guigand C, Cowen RK. 2017. A tale of two crowds. Frontiers in Marine Science doi: 10.3389/fmars.2017.00082

Bignami S, Sponaugle S, Hauff M, Cowen RK. 2017. Combined effects of ocean acidification, increased temperature, and starvation stress on larvae of a large tropical marine fish. ICES J Mar Sci 74:1220-9 doi:10.1093/icesjms/fsw216

Shulzitski K, Sponaugle S, Hauff M, Walter K, Cowen RK. 2016. Encounter with mesoscale eddies enhances survival to settlement in larval coral reef fishes. Proc Nat Acad Sci 113:6928-6933

Greer AT, Woodson CB, Guigand CM, Cowen RK. 2016. Larval fishes utilize Batesian mimicry as a survival strategy in the plankton. Mar Ecol Prog Ser 551: 1-12

Greer AT, Woodson CB, Smith CE, Guigand CM, Cowen RK. 2016. Scaling from individual plankton to marine ecosystems: Examining mesozooplankton patch structure and its implications for trophic interactions in the northern Gulf of Mexico. J Plankton Res 38:1115-1134

Faillettaz R, Picheral M, Luo JY, Guigand C, Cowen RK, Irisson J-O. 2016. Imperfect automatic image classification successfully describes plankton distribution patterns. Meth Oceanogr 15-16:60-77

Greer AT, Cowen RK, Guigand CM, Hare JA. 2015. Fine-scale planktonic habitat partitioning at a shelf-slope front revealed by a high-resolution imaging system. J Mar Sys 142: 111-125

Shulzitski K, Sponaugle S, Hauff M, Walter K, D’Alessandro E, Cowen RK. 2015. Close encounters with eddies: oceanographic features increase growth of larval reef fishes during their journey to the reef. Biol Lett 11: 20140746

Llopiz JK, Cowen RK, Hauff MJ, Ji R, Munday PL, Muhling BA, Peck MA, Richardson DE, Sogard S, Sponaugle S. 2014. Early life history and fisheries oceanography: new questions in a changing world. Oceanography 27: 26–41

Bignami S, Sponaugle S, Cowen RK. 2014. Effects of ocean acidification on the larvae of a high-value pelagic fisheries species, mahi-mahi (Coryphaena hippurus). Aquat Biol 21: 249–260

Timmerman AHV, McManus MA, Cheriton OM, Cowen RK, Greer AT, Kudela RM,

Ruttenberg KC, Sevadjian JV. 2014. Hidden thin layers of toxic diatoms in a coastal bay.  Deep-Sea Res. II. Top Stud Oceanogr 101: 129-140

Greer AT, Cowen RK, Guigand CM, Hare JA, Tang D. 2014. The role of internal waves in larval fish interactions with potential predators and prey. Prog Oceanogr 127: 47-61

Luo JY, Grassian B, Tang D, Irisson J-O, Greer AT, Guigand CM, McClatchie S, Cowen RK. 2014. Environmental drivers of the fine-scale distribution of a gelatinous zooplankton community across a meso-scale front. Mar Ecol Progr Ser 510: 129-149.  doi: 10.3354/meps10908

Sevadjian JC, McManus MA, Ryan JP, Greer AT, Cowen RK, Woodson CB. 2014. Across-shore variability in plankton layering and abundance on the northern Monterey Bay inner shelf. Cont Shelf Sci 72: 138-151

Bignami S, Enochs I, Manzello D, Sponaugle S, and Cowen RK. 2013. Ocean acidification alters the otoliths of a pan-tropical fish species with implications for sensory function. Proc Nat Acad Sci 110: 7366-7370

Bignami S, Sponaugle S, Cowen RK. 2013. Response to ocean acidification in larvae of a large tropical marine fish, Rachycentron canadum. Global Change Biol 19: 996-1006

Hobday AJ, Young JW, Abe O, Costa DP, Cowen RK, Evans K, Gasalla MA, Kloser R, Maury O, Weng KC. 2013. Climate Impacts and Oceanic Top Predators: Moving from impacts to adaptation in oceanic systems. Rev Fish Biol Fish 23: 537-546

Greer AT, Cowen RK, Guigand CM, McManus MA, Sevadjian J, Timmerman AHV. 2013. Interrelationships between phytoplankton thin layers and fine-scale spatial distributions of two trophic levels of zooplankton. J Plank Res 35: 939-956

D’Alessandro E, Sponaugle S, Cowen RK. 2013. Selective mortality during the larval and juvenile stages of snappers (Lutjanidae) and great barracuda (Sphyraena barracuda). Mar Ecol Progr Ser 474: 227-242

Kenner, MC, JA Estes, M Tinker, JL Bodkin, RK Cowen, C Harrold, BB Hatfield, M Novak, A. Rassweiler, DC Reed. 2013. A multi-decade time series of kelp forest community structure at San Nicolas Island, California (USA). Ecology 94: 2654

Cowen RK, A Greer, C Guigand, JA Hare, DE Richardson, H Walsh. 2013. Evaluation of the In Situ Ichthyoplankton Imaging System (ISIIS): comparison with the traditional (bongo net) sample sampling. US Fish Bull 111: 1-12

McClatchie S, Cowen RK, Nieto KM, Greer A, Luo JY, Guigand C, Demer DA, Griffith DA, Rudnick DL. 2012. Resolution of fine biological structure including small narcomedusae across a front in the Southern California Bight. J Geophys Res 117: C04020

Marancik, KE, Richardson DE, Lyczkowski-Shultz J, Cowen RK, Konieczna M. 2011. Spatial and temporal distribution of grouper larvae (Serranidae: Epinephelini) in the Gulf of Mexico and Straits of Florida. US Fish Bull 110:1-20

D’Alessandro EK, Sponaugle S, Llopiz JK, Cowen RK. 2011. Larval ecology of barracuda (Spyraena barracuda) in the Straits of Florida. Mar Biol 158:2625-2638

Huebert K, Cowen RK, Sponaugle S. 2011. Vertical migrations of reef fish larvae in the Straits of Florida and effects on larval transport. Limnol Oceanogr 56: 1656-1666

Butler MJ, Paris CB, Goldstein JS, Matsuda H, Cowen RK. 2011. Behavior constrains the dispersal of long-lived spiny lobster larvae. Mar Ecol Progr Ser 422:223-237

Kool JT, Paris CB, Barber P, Cowen RK. 2011. Connectivity and the development of population genetic structure in Indo-West Pacific coral reef communities. Global Ecol Biogeogr

Huebert KB, Sponaugle S, Cowen RK. 2010. Predicting the vertical distributions of reef fish larvae in the Straits of Florida from environmental factors. Can J Fish Aquat Sci 67: 1755-1767

Richardson DE, Llopiz JK, Guigand CM, Cowen RK. 2010. Larval assemblages of large and medium sized pelagic species in the Straits of Florida. Prog Oceanogr 86:8-20

Kool JT, Paris CB, Andréfouët S, Cowen RK. 2010. Complex migrations and the development of genetic structure in subdivided populations: An example from Caribbean coral reef ecosystems. Ecography 33: 597-606

Llopiz JK, Richardson DE, Shiroza A, Smith SL, Cowen RK. 2010. The spatial and trophic niches of larval tunas in the subtropical ocean and the important role of appendicularians. Limnol Oceanogr 55:983-996

Sponaugle S, Walter KD, Denit KL, Llopiz JK, Cowen RK. 2010. Variation in pelagic larval growth of Atlantic billfishes: The role of prey composition and selective mortality. Mar Biol 157: 839-849

Marancik KE, Richardson DR, Lyczkowski-Schultz J, Konieczna M, Cowen RK. 2010. Evaluation of morphological characters to identify grouper (Serranidae: Epinephelinae) larvae in Gulf of Mexico SEAMAP plankton collections using genetically identified specimens with a summary of decadal variation in relative abundance, distribution patterns, and spawning locations. Bull Mar Sci 86: 571-624

Cowen RK, Sponaugle S. 2009. Larval dispersal and marine population connectivity. Ann Rev Mar Sci 1: 443-466

Richardson DE, Llopiz JK, Leaman KD, Vertes PS, Muller-Karger FE, Cowen RK. 2009. Sailfish (Istiophorus platypterus) spawning and larval environment in a Florida Current frontal eddy. Prog Oceanogr 82: 252-264

Paddack MP, Cowen RK, Sponaugle S. 2009. Small-scale demographic variation in the stoplight parrotfish Sparisoma viride. J Fish Biol 75: 2509-2526

Richardson DE, Cowen RK, Prince ED, Sponaugle S. 2009. Importance of the Straits of Florida spawning ground to Atlantic sailfish (Istiophorus platypterus) and blue marlin (Makaira nigricans). Fish Oceanogr 18: 402-418

Llopiz JK, Cowen RK. 2009. Variability in the trophic role of larval coral reef fishes in the oceanic plankton. Mar Ecol Prog Ser 381: 259-272

Purcell JFH, Cowen RK, Hughes CR, Williams DA. 2009. Population structure in a common Caribbean coral reef fish: implications for larval dispersal and early life-history traits. J Fish Biol 74: 403-417

Llopiz JK, Cowen RK. 2008. Precocious, selective and successful feeding of larval billfishes in the oceanic Straits of Florida. Mar Ecol Prog Ser 358: 231–244

Cowen RK, Guigand CM. 2008. In situ Ichthyoplankton Imaging System (ISIIS): system design and preliminary results. Limnol Oceanogr Methods 6: 126-132

Hitchcock GL, Arnold WS, Frischer M, Kelble C, Cowen RK. 2008. Short-term dispersal of an intentionally-released patch of larval Mercenaria spp. in the Indian River Lagoon, Florida, USA. Bull Mar Sci 82:41-57

Oxenford HA, Fanning P, Cowen RK. 2008. Spatial distribution of surgeonfish (Acanthuridae) larvae in the eastern Caribbean. Pages 42-51 in R. Grober-Dunsmore and B.D. Keller, eds. Caribbean connectivity: Implications for marine protected area management. Proceedings of a Special Symposium, 9-11 November 2006, 59th Annual Meeting of the Gulf and Caribbean Fisheries Institute, Belize City, Belize

Tsechpenakis G, Guigand CM, Cowen RK. 2007. Image analysis techniques to accompany a new In Situ Ichthyoplankton Imaging System. IEEE OCEANS 2007, Aberdeen, Scotland, June 2007

Cowen RK, Gawarkiewicz G, Pineda J, Thorrold SR, Werner FE. 2007. Population connectivity in marine systems: An Overview. Oceanography 20:14-21

Werner, FE, Cowen RK, Paris C. 2007. Coupled biological and physical models: Present capabilities and necessary developments for future studies of population connectivity. Oceanography 20: 54-69

Paris CB, Chérubin LM, Cowen RK. 2007. Surfing, spinning, or diving from reef to reef: how does it change population connectivity? Mar Ecol Progr Ser 347: 285-300

Hitchcock GL, Cowen RK. 2007. Plankton: the original Lagrangian platforms, pp 349-400, In Lagrangian Analysis and Prediction of Coastal and Ocean Dynamics, A. Griffa, A.D. Kirwin, A.J. Mariano, T. Özgökmen, T. Rossby (Eds.) Cambridge Univ Press

Cowen RK, Paris CB, Srinivasan A. 2006. Scaling of connectivity in marine populations. Science 311: 522-527

Richardson DE, VanWye JD, Exum AM, Cowen RK, Crawford DL. 2006. High-throughput species identification: from DNA isolation to bioinformatics. Mol Ecol Notes doi:10.1111/j.1471-8286.2006.01620.x

Sullivan MC, Cowen RK, Able KW, Fahay MP. 2006. Applying the basin model: Assessing habitat suitability of young-of-the-year demersal fishes on the New York Bight continental shelf. Cont Shelf Res 26: 1551-1570

Ramos S, Cowen RK, Paris CB, Ré P, Bordalo AA. 2006. Environmental forcing and larval fish assemblage dynamics in the Lima River estuary (NW Portugal). J Plank Res 28: 275-286

Paddack MJ, Sponaugle S, Cowen RK. 2006. Grazing pressure of herbivorous coral reef fishes on low coral-cover reefs. Coral Reefs 25: 461-472

Purcell JFH, Cowen RK, Hughes CR, Willams DA. 2006. Weak genetic structure indicates strong dispersal limits: a tale of two coral reef fish Proc Roy Soc B 273: 1483–90

Ramos S, RK Cowen, P Ré, AA Bordalo. 2006. Temporal and spatial distribution of larval fish assemblages in the Lima estuary (Portugal). Estuar Coast Shelf Sci. 66:303-314

Sullivan MC, Cowen RK, Steves BP. 2005. Evidence for atmosphere-ocean forcing of yellowtail flounder (Limanda ferruginea) recruitment in the Middle Atlantic Bight. Fish Oceanogr 14: 386-399

Luthy SA, Cowen RK, Serafy JE, McDowell JR. 2005. Toward identification of larval sailfish (Istiophorus platypterus), white marlin (Tetrapturus albidus) and blue marlin (Makaira nigricans) in the western North Atlantic Ocean. US Fish Bull 103: 574-587

Prince ED, Cowen RK, Orbesen ES, Luthy SA, Llopiz JK, Richardson DE, Serafy JE. 2005. Movements of spawning of white marlin (Tetrapturus albidus) and blue marlin (Makaira nigricans) off Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. US Fish Bull 103: 659-669

Luthy SA, Serafy JE, Cowen RK, Denit KL, Sponaugle S. 2005. Age and growth of larval Atlantic sailfish, Istiophorus platypterus. Mar Freshw Res 56: 1–9

Paris CB, Cowen RK, Claro R, Lindeman KC. 2005. Larval transport pathways from Cuban Snapper (Lutjanidae) spawning aggregations based on biophysical modeling. Mar Ecol Progr Ser 296: 93-106

Sponaugle S, Denit KL, Luthy SA, Serafy JE, Cowen RK. 2005. Growth variation in larval blue marlin, Makaira nigricans. J Fish Biol 66: 822-835

Sale PF, Cowen RK, Danilowicz BS, Jones GP, Kritzer JP, Lindeman KC, Planes S, Polunin NVC, Russ GR, Sadovy YJ, Steneck RS. 2005.  Critical science gaps impede use of no-take fishery reserves. Trends Ecol Evol 20: 74-80

Guigand CM, Cowen RK, Llopiz JK, Richardson DE. 2005. A coupled asymmetrical multiple opening closing net with environmental sampling system. Mar Tech Soc J 39: 22-24

Richardson D, Cowen RK. 2004. New leptocephali types collected around the island of Barbados (West Indies). Copeia 2004: 288-295

Williams DA, Purcell J, Cowen RK, Hughes CR. 2004. Characterization of microsatellite multiplexes for population genetic studies of bluehead wrasse (Thalassoma bifasciatum Pisces: Labridae). Mol Ecol Notes 4: 525–527

Richardson DE, Cowen, RK. 2004. Diversity of leptocephalus larvae around the island of Barbados (West Indies): relevance to regional distributions. Mar Ecol Prog Ser 282: 271-284

Paris CB, Cowen RK. 2004. Direct evidence of a biophysical retention mechanism for coral reef fish larvae. Limnol Oceanogr 49: 1964-1979 PDF

Cowen RK, Paris CB, Olson DB, Fortuna JL. 2003. The role of long distance dispersal versus local retention in replenishing marine populations. J Gulf Carib Sci 14: 129-137 PDF

Cowen RK, Sponaugle S, Paris CB, Lwiza KMM, Fortuna JL, Dorsey S. 2003. Impact of North Brazil Current rings on local circulation and coral reef fish recruitment to Barbados, West Indies. Pages 443-462 In: G.J. Goni and P.M. Rizzoli, eds., Interhemispheric water exchange in the Atlantic Ocean. Elsevier, Amsterdam

Williams DA, Purcell J, Hughes CR, Cowen RK. 2003. Primer Note - Microsatellite multiplexes for high-throughput genotyping of French grunts (Haemulon flavolineatum, Pisces: Haemulidae) and their utility in other grunt species. Mol Ecol Notes 4: 46-48

Serafy JE, Cowen RK, Paris CB, Capo TR, Luthy SA. 2003. Evidence of blue marlin, Makaira nigricans, spawning in the vicinity of Exuma Sound, Bahamas. Mar Freshw Res 54: 1-8

Sullivan MC, Cowen RK, Able KW, Fahay MP. 2003. Effects of anthropogenic and natural disturbance on a recently settled continental shelf flatfish. Mar Ecol Progr Ser 260: 237-25 PDF

Williams DA, Purcell J, Hughes CR, Cowen RK. 2003. Polymorphic microsatellite loci for population studies of the bicolor damselfish, Stegastes partitus (Pomacentridae). Mol Ecol Notes 3: 547-549

Able KA, Cowen RK. 2002. Seasonal distribution and abundance of lobster (Homarus americanus) postlarvae in the New York Bight and an adjacent estuary. J NJ Acad Sci 47: 15-20

Cowen RK. 2002. Oceanographic influences on larval dispersal and retention and their consequences for population connectivity. Coral Reef Fishes. Academic Press. London, New York. pp. 149-170 PDF

Grothues TM, Cowen RK, Pietrafesa LJ, Bignami F, Weatherly GL, Flagg CN. 2002. Flux of larval fish around Cape Hatteras. Limnol Oceanogr 47: 165-175 PDF

Hare JA, Churchill JH, Cowen RK, Berger TJ, Cornillon PC, Dragos P, Glenn SM, Govoni JJ, Lee TN. 2002. Routes and rates of larval fish transport from the southeast to the northeast United States continental shelf. Limnol Oceanogr 47: 1774-1789 PDF

Paris CB, Cowen RK, Lwiza KMM, Wang D-P, Olson DB. 2002. Multivariate objective analysis of the coastal circulation of Barbados, West Indies: implications for larval transport. Deep-Sea Res I 49: 1363-1386 PDF

Sponaugle S, Cowen RK, Shanks A, Morgan SG, Leis JM, Pineda J, Boehlert GW, Kingsford MJ, Lindeman KC, Grimes C, Munro JL. 2002. Predicting self-recruitment in marine populations: biophysical correlates and mechanisms. Bull Mar Sci 70: 341-375 PDF

Warner RR, Cowen RK 2002. Local retention of production in marine populations: evidence, mechanisms and consequences. Bull Mar Sci 70: 245-249 PDF

Hare JA, Fahay MP, Cowen RK. 2001. Springtime ichthyoplankton of the slope region off the north-eastern United States of America: larval assemblages, relation to hydrography and implications for larval transport. Fish Oceanogr 10: 164-192 PDF

Olson DB, Paris C, Cowen RK. 2001. Lagrangian biological models. Pp. 1438-1443,  in: JH Steele, SA Thorpe, KK Turekian (eds.), Encyclopedia of Ocean Sciences, Academic Press

Choi K-Y, Dobbs F, Cowen RK. 2001. Short-term temporal and spatial dynamics of bacterioplankton near Barbados in the Caribbean Sea. Aquat Microb Ecol 25: 43-53

Cowen RK, Lwiza KMM, Sponaugle S, Paris CB, Olson DB. 2000. Connectivity of marine populations: open or closed? Science 287: 857-859 PDF

Kelly PS, Lwiza KMM, Cowen RK. 2000: Low-salinity pools at Barbados, West Indies: their origin, frequency and variability. J Geophys Res 105: 19,699-19,708 PDF

Schultz ET, Cowen RK, Lwiza KMM, Gospodarek AM. 2000. Explaining advection: do larval bay anchovy (Anchoa mitchilli) show selective tidal-stream transport? ICES J Mar Sci 75: 360-371 PDF

Steves BP, Cowen RK. 2000. Settlement, growth, and movement of silver hake, Merluccius bilinearis, in nursery habitat on the New York Bight continental shelf. Mar Ecol Progr Ser 196: 2171-290

Sullivan MC, Cowen RK, Able KW, Fahay MP 2000. Spatial scaling of recruitment in four continental shelf fishes. Mar Ecol Progr Ser 207: 141-154 PDF

Steves BP, Cowen RK, Malchoff M. 2000. Settlement and nursery habitat for demersal fishes on the continental shelf of the New York Bight. US Fish Bull 98: 167-188

Jordan RC, Gospodarek AM, Schultz ET, Cowen RK, Lwiza K. 2000. Spatial and temporal growth rate variation of bay anchovy (Anchoa mitchilli) larvae in the mid Hudson River estuary. Estuaries 23: 683-689

Grothues TM, Cowen RK. 1999. Larval fish assemblages and water mass history in a major faunal transition zone. Cont Shelf Res 19: 1171-1198 PDF

Steves BP, Cowen RK, Malchoff MH. 1999. Settlement and nursery habitats for dermersal fishes on the continental shelf of the New York Bight. Fish Bull 98: 167-188 PDF

Hare JA, Cowen RK, Zehr JP, Juanes F, Day KH. 1998. A correction to: biological and oceanographic insights from larval labrid (Pisces: Labridae) identification using mtDNA sequences. Mar Biol 130: 589-592 PDF

Sale PF, Cowen RK. 1998. Not quite so simple: reply to Roberts. Science 279: 2022

Hare JA, Cowen RK. 1997. Size, growth, development, and survival of the planktonic larvae of Pomatomus saltatrix (Pisces: Pomatomidae). Ecology 78: 2415-2431 PDF
Sponaugle S, Cowen RK. 1997. Early life history traits and recruitment patterns of Caribbean wrasses (labridae). Ecol Monogr 67: 177-202 PDF

Hare JA, Cowen RK. 1997. Survival of marine planktonic larvae and the growth mortality hypothesis: A test using the otoliths of Pomatomus saltatrix. Ecology 78: 2415-2431

Rotunno T, Cowen RK. 1997. Temporal spawning patterns and larval distribution of butterfish (Peprilus triacanthus) in the South and Mid-Atlantic Bights. US Fish Bull 95: 785-799

Cowen RK, Sponaugle S. 1997. Relationship between early life history traits and recruitment in coral reef fishes. Pp. 423-449, in: RC Chambers, E Trippel, (eds.) Early life history and recruitment in fish populations, Chapman and Hall.

Jordan RC, AM Gospodarek, ET Schultz, RK Cowen, KMM Lwiza. 1997. Spatial and temporal variation in growth rates of larval bay anchovy (Anchoa mitchilli) in the lower Hudson River estuary. ICES: C.M., 1997/S:02.

Hare JA, Cowen RK. 1996. Transport mechanisms of larval and pelagic juvenile bluefish (Pomatomus saltatrix) from South Atlantic Bight spawning grounds to Middle Atlantic Bight nursery habitats. Limnol Oceanogr 41: 1264-1280 PDF

Sponaugle S, Cowen RK. 1996. Larval supply and patterns of recruitment for two Caribbean fishes, Stegastes partitus and Acanthurus bahianus. Mar Freshw Res 47: 433-447 

Kingsford MJ, Cowen RK. 1996. Overview of the Population Dynamics and Oceanography Symposium at the International Larval Fish Conference in Sydney, 1995. Mar Freshw Res 47: 145-146

Sponaugle S, Cowen RK. 1996. Nearshore patterns of coral reef fish larval supply to Barbados, West Indies. Mar Ecol Progr Ser 133: 13-28

Hare JA, Cowen RK. 1995. The effect of age, growth rate and ontogeny on the relationship between otolith and somatic size in bluefish, Pomatomus saltatrix, and the implications for the backcalculation of size in the early life history stages of fishes. Can J Fish Aquat Sci 52: 1909-1922

Sponaugle S, Cowen RK. 1994. Larval durations and recruitment patterns of two Caribbean gobies (Gobiidae): contrasting early life histories in demersal spawners. Mar Biol 120: 133-143

Cowen RK, Castro LR. 1994. Relation of coral reef fish larval distributions to island scale circulation around Barbados, West Indies. Bull Mar Sci 54: 228-244

Hare JA, Cowen RK. 1994. Ontogeny and otolith microstructure of bluefish (Pomatomus saltatrix). Mar Biol 118: 541-550

Schultz ET, Cowen RK. 1994. The recruitment of coral-reef fishes to Bermuda: Local retention or long-distance transport. Mar Ecol Progr Ser 109: 15-28

Hare JA, Cowen RK, Zehr JP, Juanes F, Day KA. 1994. Biological and oceanographic insights from larval labrid (Pisces: Labridae) identification using mtDNA sequences. Mar Biol 118: 17-24

Cowen RK, Hare JA, Fahay MP. 1993. Beyond hydrography: can physical processes explain larval fish assemblages within the middle Atlantic bight? Bull Mar Sci 53: 567-587

Hare JA, Cowen RK. 1993. Ecological and evolutionary implications of the larval transport and reproductive strategy of bluefish (Pomatomus saltatrix). Mar Ecol Progr Ser 98: 1-16

Cowen RK, Bodkin JL. 1992. Interannual and spatial variation of the fish fauna at San Nicolas Island, California. Pp. 463-474, in: FG Hochberg (ed), Recent advances in California islands research: Proceedings of the Third California Islands Symposium. 1988. Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History

Cowen RK. 1991. Variation in the planktonic larval duration of the temperate wrasse, Semicossyphus pulcher. Mar Ecol Progr Ser 69: 9-15

Hare J, Cowen RK. 1991. Expatriation of Xyrichtys novacula (Pisces: Labridae) larvae: Evidence of rapid cross slope exchange. J Mar Res 49: 801-823

Castro L, Cowen RK. 1991. Environmental factors affecting the early life history of bay anchovy (Anchoa mitchilli) in Great South Bay, New York. Mar Ecol Progr Ser 76: 235-247         

Cowen RK, Chiarella L, Gomez C, Bell M. 1991. Distribution, age and lateral plate variation of larval sticklebacks (Gasterosteus) off the Atlantic coast of New Jersey, New York and southern New England. Can J Fish Aquat Sci 48: 1679-1984

Moser M, Cowen RK. 1991. The effects of eutrophication on parasitism and stock identification of Trematomus bernachi (Pisces: Nototheniidae) in McMurdo Sound, Antarctica. J Parasitology 77: 551-556

Castro LR, Cowen RK. 1990. Growth rates of bay anchovy (Anchoa mitchilli) in Great South Bay under recurrent brown tide conditions: 1987 and 1988. in: E Cosper et al. (eds), A novel phytoplankton bloom: causes and impacts of recurrent brown tides, Coastal and Estuarine Studies, Vol. 35. Springer-Verlag

Cowen RK. 1990. Sex change and life history patterns of the labrid, Semicossyphus pulcher, across an environmental gradient. Copeia 1990: 783-791

Shima M, Cowen RK. 1990. Potential change in the distribution of larval fish within Great South Bay, New York in response to recurrent phytoplankton blooms. in: E Cosper et al. (eds), A novel phytoplankton bloom: causes and impacts of recurrent brown tides, Coastal and Estuarine Studies, Vol. 35. Springer-Verlag

Cowen RK. 1986. Site-specific differences in the feeding ecology of the California sheephead, Semicossyphus pulcher (Labridae). Environ Biol Fish 16: 193-203

Cowen RK. 1985. Large scale pattern of recruitment by the labrid, Semicossyphus pulcher: Causes and implications. J Mar Res 43: 719-743

Cowen RK 1983. The effect of sheephead (Semicossyphus pulcher) predation on red sea urchin (Strongylocentrotus franciscanus) populations: an experimental analysis. Oecologia 58: 249-255

Josselyn MN, Cailliet GM, Niesen TM, Cowen RK, Hurley AC, Connor J, Hawes SD. 1983. Composition, export and faunal utilization of drift vegetation in the Salt River Submarine Canyon. Est Coast Shelf Sci 17: 447-465

Cowen RK. 1982. The effect of sheephead predation on the abundance and microhabitat utilization of sea urchins. Pp. 268-273. In GM Cailliet, CA Simenstad (eds), Fish Food Habits Studies, Proceedings of the Third Pacific Workshop. Washington Sea Grant Publ., Univ. of  Wash., Seattle.

Cowen RK, Agegian CR, Foster MS. 1982. Maintenance of community structure in a central California giant kelp forest. J Exp Mar Biol Ecol 64: 189-201

Cowen RK, Laur DR. 1978. A new species of Coryphella (Nudibranchia: Flabellinidae) from Santa Barbara, California. Veliger 20: 292-294