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Thomas Farrugia

Ph.D. Student

College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences
McGill University
B.S. (Biology)
California State University - Long Beach
M.S. (Marine Biology)
Student Career Goals:
I am concerned with the state of subsistence fisheries worldwide, especially in developing countries where little management or advocacy is being carried on behalf of the local fishers. Local populations have a wealth of traditional knowledge about the resources, but that resource is frequently being depleted by large international fishing operations happening offshore. I would like to work with local and international fishers to put in place management practices that will ensure the continued sustainable use of marine living resources.

Farrugia TJ, Goldman KJ, Tribuzio C, Seitz AC. 2016. First use of satellite tags to examine movement and habitat use of big skates (Beringraja binoculata) in the Gulf of Alaska. Marine Ecology Progress Series. In Press doi: 10.3354/meps11842

Farrugia TJ, Oliveira ACM, Knue JF, Seitz AC. 2015. Nutritional content, mercury, and trace element analyses of two skate (Rajidae) species in the Gulf of Alaska. Journal of Food Composition and Analysis. 42:152-163. doi: 10.1016/j.jfca.2015.03.013

Scott J, Courtney M, Farrugia TJ, Nielsen JK, Seitz AC . 2015. An approach to describe periodic behavior of Pacific halibut (Hippoglossus stenolepis) Journal of Sea Research. doi:

Farrugia TJ, Espinoza M, Lowe CG. 2013. The fish community of a newly restored southern California estuary: ecological perspective 3 years after restoration. Environmental Biology of Fishes. doi: 10.1007/s10641-013-0203-x

Xydes A, Moline M, Lowe CG, Farrugia TJ, Clark C. 2012. Behavioral characterization and particle filter localization to improve temporal resolution and accuracy while tracking acoustically tagged fishes. Ocean Engineering . 61:1-11. doi: 10.1016/j.oceaneng.2012.12.028

Hansen JD, Farrugia TJ, Woodson J, Laing KJ. 2011. Description of an elasmobranch TCR coreceptor: CD8 alpha from Rhinobatos productus. Developmental and Comparative Immunology . 35(4):452-460. doi: 10.1016/j.dci.2010.11.014

Espinoza M, Farrugia TJ, Webber DM, Smith F, Lowe CG. 2011. Testing a new acoustic telemetry to quantify long-term, fine-scale movements of aquatic animals. Fisheries Research . 108:364-371. doi: 10.1016/j.fishres.2011.01.011

Espinoza M, Farrugia TJ, Lowe CG. 2011. Habitat use, movements and site fidelity of the gray smooth-hound shark Mustelus californicus (Gill 1893), in a newly restored southern California estuarine habitat. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology . 401:63-74. doi: 10.1016/j.jembe.2011.03.001

Farrugia TJ, Espinoza M, Lowe CG. 2011. Abundance, habitat use and movement patterns of the shovelnose guitarfish (Rhinobatos productus) in a restored southern California estuary. Marine and Freshwater Research. 62:1-10. doi: 10.1071/MF10173

Hendry AP, Farrugia TJ, Kinnison MT. 2008. Human influences on rates of phenotypic change in wild animal populations. Molecular Ecology . 17(1):20-29.

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