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Damon Gannon

Director of the Bowdoin Scientific Station on Kent Island and Adjunct Assistant Professor of Biology

Fall 2013

  • Marine Conservation Biology (BIO 274)
  • Marine Conservation Biology (BIO 274L1)
  • Advanced Independent Study and Honors in Biology (BIO 401)

Damon Gannon: Bowdoin College


  • B.A. Brandeis University (Economics)
  • M.A. Bridgewater State College (Biology)
  • Ph.D. Duke University (Ecology)
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship: Mote Marine Laboratory (Behavioral Ecology)

I am a marine vertebrate ecologist, with interests ranging from behavioral ecology to community ecology. I have studied foraging ecology, sound production, and habitat selection of fishes and marine mammals; food web dynamics; the application of passive acoustic techniques to fisheries science; and the ecological effects of toxic red tides on dolphins and fishes.

Since 2005, my research has focused mainly on the ecological effects of harmful algal blooms (HABs), often called red tides. This research interest developed out of necessity after an intense red tide caused massive fish kills on Florida’s Gulf Coast, halting several projects that I was conducting on the interactions between bottlenose dolphins and their prey.

As director of the Bowdoin Scientific Station, I hope to continue the station’s high level of productivity in avian and terrestrial ecology, and to expand its studies in marine ecology. In particular, I would like to develop active research programs in intertidal ecology, fish and marine mammal acoustics, and Alexandrium red tides (the type of HAB that is common in the Gulf of Maine and Bay of Fundy).

Gannon, D.P. and J.G. Gannon. Can passive acoustic methods be used to assess trends in abundance of soniferous fishes? (To be submitted to Transactions of the American Fisheries Society). In prep.

Gannon, D.P., A.S. Friedlaender, J.G. Gannon, E.J. Berens, J.B. Allen, S. Hofmann, and R.S. Wells. Seeing the forest for the trees: comparing patterns of habitat selection at the level of the population and of the individual for bottlenose dolphins. In prep.

Gannon, J.G., R.S. Wells, J.B. Allen, D.P. Gannon, E.J. Berens, and S. Hofmann. Effects of harmful algal blooms on bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus): changes in distribution and behavior. (submitted to Marine Ecology Progress Series). In Review

Gannon, D.P., E.J. Berens, S.A. Camilleri, J.G. Gannon, M.K. Brueggen, A.A. Barleycorn, V.I. Palubok, G.J. Kirkpatrick, and R.S. Wells. Effects of Karenia brevis Harmful Algal Blooms on Nearshore Fish Communities in Southwest Florida. Marine Ecology Progress Series. In Press

Fire, S.E., L.J. Flewelling, J. Naar , M.S. Henry, R.H. Pierce, D.P. Gannon, Z. Wang, and. R.S. Wells. Prevalence of brevetoxins in prey fish of bottlenose dolphins in Sarasota Bay, Florida. Marine Ecology Progress Series. In Press

Gannon, D.P. Passive acoustic techniques in fisheries science: a review and prospectus. Transactions of the American Fisheries Society 137(2):638-656. 2008

Mintzer, V.J., D.P. Gannon, N.B. Barros, and A.J. Read. Stomach contents of mass-stranded short-finned pilot whales (Globicephala macrorhynchus) from North Carolina. Marine Mammal Science 24(2): 290-302. 2008

Gannon, D.P. Acoustic behavior of Atlantic croaker Micropogonias undulatus L. (Sciaenidae). Copeia 2007(1):186–192. 2007

Naar, J.P., L.J. Flewelling, A. Lenzi, J.P. Abbott, A. Granholm, H.M. Jacocks, D.P. Gannon, M. Henry, R. Pierce, D.G. Baden, J. Wolny, and J.H. Landsberg. Brevetoxins, like ciguatoxins, are potent ichthyotoxic neurotoxins that accumulate in fish. Toxicon 50(5):707-723. 2007

Ramcharitar, J., D.P. Gannon, and A.N. Popper. Review of the bioacoustics of the family Sciaenidae (croakers and drumfishes). Transactions of the American Fisheries Society 135:1409-1431. 2006

Gannon, D.P., N.B. Barros, D.P. Nowacek, A.J. Read, D.M. Waples, and R.S. Wells. Prey detection by bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus): an experimental test of the passive listening hypothesis. Animal Behaviour 69(3):709-720. 2005

Gannon, D.P., D.W. Johnston, A.J. Read, and D.P. Nowacek. Resonance and dissonance: science, ethics, and the sonar debate. Marine Mammal Science 20:898-899. 2004

Gannon, D.P. and D.M. Waples. Diets of coastal bottlenose dolphins from the U.S. Mid-Atlantic coast differ by habitat. Marine Mammal Science 20:527-545. 2004

Watkins, W.A., M.A. Daher, G.M. Repucci, J.E. George, D.L. Martin, N.A. DiMarzio, and D.P. Gannon. Seasonality and distribution of whale calls in the North Pacific. Oceanography 13:62-67. 2000

Watkins, W.A., M.A. Daher, N.A. DiMarzio, A. Samuels, D.Wartzok, K.M. Fristrup, D.P. Gannon, P.W. Howey, and R.R. Maiefski. Sperm whale surface activity from tracking by radio and satellite tags. Marine Mammal Science, 15:1158-1180. 1999

Cox, T.M., A.J. Read, S. Barco, J. Evans, D.P. Gannon, H.N. Koopman, W.A. McLellan, K. Murray, J. Nicolas, D.A. Pabst, C.W. Potter, W.M. Swingle, V.G. Thayer, K.M. Touhey, and A.J. Westgate. Documenting the bycatch of harbor porpoises, Phocoena phocoena, in coastal gillnet fisheries from stranded carcasses. Fishery Bulletin 96:428-437. 1998

Gannon, D.P., J.E. Craddock, and A.J. Read. Autumn food habits of harbor porpoises (Phocoena phocoena) in the Gulf of Maine. Fishery Bulletin 96:428-437. 1998

Gannon, D.P., A.J. Read, J.E. Craddock, K. Fristrup, and J. Nicolas. Feeding ecology of long-finned pilot whales (Globicephala melas) in the western North Atlantic. Marine Ecology Progress Series 148:1-10. 1997

Gannon, D.P., A.J. Read, J.E. Craddock, and J.G. Mead. Stomach contents of long-finned pilot whales (Globicephala melas) stranded on the U.S. mid-Atlantic coast. Marine Mammal Science 13:405-418. 1997

Watkins, W.A., M.A. Daher, A. Samuels, and D.P. Gannon. Observations of Peponocephala electra, the melon-headed whale, in the southeastern Caribbean. Caribbean Journal of Science 33:34-40. 1997

Wiley, D.N., R.A. Asmutis, T.D. Pitchford, and D.P. Gannon. Stranding and mortality of humpback whales, Megaptera novaeangliae, in the mid-Atlantic and southeast United States, 1985-1992. Fishery Bulletin 93:196-205.1995

Red Tide Dumps Fish on Beaches: The Toxic Bloom Moves Up The Coast From Venice To Siesta Key.” Sarasota Herald Tribune, August 26, 2006.

Khamsi, R. 2005. “The Sound of Sustenance.” Nature 433(7026):594 (about the Gannon et al. (2005) paper in Animal Behaviour on passive acoustic detection of prey by bottlenose dolphins).

Roach, J. 2005. “Fish Croaks Like a Frog, But Why?” National Geographic News, 07 November 2005 (on Atlantic croaker acoustic research).

Croakers-Murky.” Pulse of the Planet, November 7, 2005.

"Croakers-Dinner.” Pulse of the Planet, November 9, 2005.

Croaker’s Paradox.” Pulse of the Planet, November 11, 2005.