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Peter A. Klimley:


Adjunct Associate Professor
Office: 1334 Academic Surge
Phone: 530-752-5830

Lab/Research Website URL:
(Biotelemetry Laboratory, bographies of APK and graduate students with project descriptions)

Other Web Site Presence:
(featured as Dr. Hammerhead, NOVA/PBS web page, research featured and questions about shark biology answered)
(Profile of APK on Tagging of Pacific Pelagics (TOPP) web site)

Research Interest:

Animal behavior and behavioral ecology of marine vertebrates


Marine fisheries biology, ecology, and oceanography

Biotelemetry: development of behavioral and environmental sensors, computer-decoded telemetry, automated data logging, archival tags.

Academic History:

1982 Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.), Marine Biology. Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego, California.

1976 Master of Science (M.Sc.), Biological Oceanography. Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science, University of Miami, Coral Gables, Florida.

1970 Bachelor of Science (B.S.), Zoology. State University of New York, Stony Brook, New York.

Selected Publications:


Kelly, J.T., A.P. Klimley, and C.E. Crocker. 2007. Movements of green sturgeon, Acipenser mediostris, in the San Francisco Estuary, California. Environmental Biology of Fishes, 29: 281-195.

Qayum, H.A., A.P. Klimley, J.E. Richert, and R. Newton. 2006. Broad- band versus narrow-band irradiance for estimating latitude by archival tags. Marine Biology, 151: 467-481.

Klimley, A.P. and T.C. Curtis. 2006. Attack versus ecotourism: negative and positive interactions. Pp. 33-44 in Timm, R.M. and J.M. O'Brien (Eds.), Proceedings, Twenty-Second Vertebrate Pest Conference. University of California, Davis.

Jorgensen, S.J., D.M. Kaplan, A.P. Klimley, S. G. Morgan, M.R Ferrell, and L.W. Botsford. 2006. Limited movement of blue rockfish (Sebastes mystinus): internal structure of the home range. Marine Biology Progress Series, 327: 157-170.

Jeffres, C.A., A.P. Klimley, J.E. Merz, and J.J. Cech, Jr. 2006. Movement of Sacramento sucker (Catostomus occidentalis) and hitch (Lavinia exilicauda) during a spring release of water from Camanche Dam in the Mokelume River, California. Environmental Biology of Fishes, 75: 365-373.

Curtis, T.H., J.T. Kelly, K.L. Menard, R.K. Laroche, R.E. Jones, and A.P. Klimley. 2006. Observations of the behavior white sharks scavenging at a whale carcass at Point Reyes, California. Bulletin, California Fish and Game, 92:113-124.

Klimley, A.P., J.E. Richert, and S.J. Jorgensen. 2005. The home of blue water fish. American Scientist, 93:42-49.


Klimley, A.P, P.J. Allen, J.A. Israel, and J.T. Kelly (Eds.). 2007. Green Sturgeon. Environmental Biology of Fishes, 79: 187-425,

Klimley, A.P. 2003. The Secret Life of Sharks: A Leading Biologist Reveals the Mysteries of Shark Behavior. Simon and Schuster, New York, 292 pp.

Klimley, A.P. and D.G. Ainley (Eds). 1996. Great White Sharks: The Biology of Carcharodon carcharias. Academic Press, San Diego, 528 pp.