Douglas J. Long

Douglas J.

Overview

Department: 
School of Science » Biology
SMC Email Address: 
Contact Information: 

Contact:
Email: dlong@stmarys-ca.edu
Mail: Dept. of Biology, 1928 St. Mary's Road, Moraga, CA

Education

  • Ph.D. Integrative Biology, University of California, Berkeley, 1994
  • M.A. Paleontology, University of California, Berkeley, 1990
  • B.S. Biological Anthropology, University of California, Riverside, 1988

Professional Experience

Teaching Experience:

  • Adjunct Associate Professor/Lecturer - St. Mary's College (2009 - 2015)
    Department of Biology
  • Associate Professor - St. Mary's College (2007 - 2008)
    Department of Biology and Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences
  • Lecturer - San Francisco State University (2003)
    Historical Geology
  • Adjunct Associate Professor - St. Mary's College (2001 - 2007)
    Department of Biology & Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences
  • Lecturer - University of California, Berkeley (1997 - 2009)
  • Lecturer - Sonoma State University (1997 & 2006)
    Taught Ichthyology in 1997, and Vertebrate Field Biology in 2006
  • Visiting Professor - St. Mary's College (1994 - 1997)
    Department of Biology
  • Graduate Student Instructor - University of California, Berkeley (1989 - 1994)
    Department of Paleontology and Department of Integrative Biology 

Courses Taught

Recently Taught at SMC:

Bio 2 - Introductory Organismal Diversity
Bio 2L - Introductory Organismal Diversity Lab
Bio 5 - Concepts in Evolutionary Biology
Bio 14 - Anatomy for Kinesiology Majors 
Bio 50 - Biology for Non-Majors
Bio 51 - Biology for Non-Majors Lab
Bio 100 - Functional Vertebrate Anatomy
Bio 100-01 - Functional Vertebrate Anatomy Lab
Bio 113 - Marine Biology & Ecology
Bio 115 - Theory of Evolution
Bio 122 - Comparative Animal Physiology
Bio 125L - General Ecology Lab
Bio 194 - Animal Behavior
EES 50 - Historical Geology
EES 51 - Historical Geology Lab
Jan Term - Ecology of Animal Migration: California to Mexico (1997)
Jan Term - History & Natural History of New Zealand (2001, 2003, 2004, 2007, 2016)
Jan Term - Neotropical Ecology: Belize, Guatemala, & Costa Rica (2014)
Jan Term - The Land & the Life of Peru (2002, 2005, 2008, 2017)
Jan Term - Wildlife Ecology & Conservation in South Africa (2006, 2009, 2013, 2015, 2018)

Service

Research Affiliations:

 

St. Mary's College:

  • Institutional Review Board on Human Subjects (IRB), Biology Dept. Representative.
    (2006 - 2007)
  • School of Science Summer Research Program
    (June 2005 - August 2005)
    “Why Spread Your Wings? An Analysis of Ambient Weather Effects on Roosting Behavior in the Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura)” Michael De Nieu, with Dr. Douglas Long (Biology)
  • Alumni Travel Program
    Tour Leader - Galapagos Islands & Ecuador in 2006, 2009, 2011, and Peru 2007.

Presentations

Selected Presentations

  • A New Putative Plankton-feeding Odontaspidid Shark clade based on the Late Cretaceous Fossil Record of Russia and the United States. Shimada, Kenshu, Popov, Evgeny, Welton, Bruce, Long, Douglas and Siverson, Mikael (poster)
    Society of Vertebrate Paleontology 74th Annual Meeting
    (November 2014)
  • Timing of the evolution in the Carcharodon lineage: Rapid morphological change creates a major shift in trophic niche. Long, Douglas, Boessenecker, Robert and Ehret, Dana (talk, speech or lecture)
    Sharks International

    (June 2014)
  • Redescription of Hydrolagus africanus (Gilchrist, 1922) (Chimaeriformes: Chimaeridae) with a review of Southern African chimaeroids.. Walovich, Kristen, Ebert, David, Long, Douglas and Didier, Dominique (talk, speech or lecture)
    Sharks International

    (June 2014)
  • Feeding Ecology of the California Kingsnake (Lampropeltis californiae). Wiseman, Kevin, Greene, Harry, Koo, Michelle and Long, Douglas (talk, speech or lecture, paper, co-author)
    Wildlife Society, Western Section

    (January 2014)
  • A new fossil megamouth shark (Lamniformes: Megachasmidae) from Oligo-Miocene of western United States. Shimada, Kenshu, Welton , Bruce and Long, Douglas (poster)
    Society of Vertebrate Paleontology
    (October 2013)
  • Feeding Ecology of the California Kingsnake (Lampropeltis getula californiae).. Wiseman, Kevin, Greene, Harry, Long, Douglas and Koo, Michelle (talk, speech or lecture)
    American Society of Ichthyologists & Herpetologists 89th Annual Meeting
    (2009)
  • A New Species of Chimaeroid, Hydrolagus sp. nov. (Chondrichthyes: Chimaeriformes: Chimaeridae) from the eastern North Pacific. James, Kelsey, Ebert, David, Long, Douglas and Didier, Dominique (talk, speech or lecture)
    American Society of Ichthyologists & Herpetologists 89th Annual Meeting
    (2009)
  • California Sharks: Past & Present. Long, Douglas (talk, speech or lecture, invited, panel or forum member)
    Revisiting the Uniqueness that is California: University of California Museum of Paleontology Short Course. U.C.Berkeley

    (April 30, 2005)
  • A comparison of inter-canine widths among various animals and humans. Tonn, E.M. and Long, Douglas (poster)
    American Academy of Forensic Sciences, Annual Meeting Dallas, Texas
    (February 19, 2004)
  • Marine Vertebrates from the Pleistocene of Western North America. Long, Douglas (talk, speech or lecture, invited, panel or forum member)
    Our Pleistocene Heritage: University of California Museum of Paleontology Short Course.
    (1997)
  • Food habits of California Sea Lions (Zalophus californianus) at a newly established haulout in San Francisco Bay. Hanni, Krista and Long, Douglas (talk, speech or lecture)
    Eleventh Biennial Conference on the Biology of Marine Mammals, Orlando, Florida
    (December 1995)
  • Dynamics of white shark predation (Carcharodon carcharias) on Steller sea lions (Eumetopias jubatus) in California. Long, Douglas, Hanni, Krista and Pyle, Peter (talk, speech or lecture)
    Tenth Biennial Conference on the Biology of Marine Mammals, Galveston, Texas
    (November 1993)
  • Cetaceans as a Food Resource for the White Shark (Carcharodon carcharias) in California Waters. Long, Douglas (talk, speech or lecture)
    White Shark Biology Symposium, Bodega Bay, California
    (March 1993)
  • White shark (Carcharodon carcharias) feeding activity on marine mammals along the central coast of California from 1970-1992. Long, Douglas, Hanni, Krista, Pyle, Peter, Jones, Robert, Roletto, Janet and Bandar, Raymond
    Second Biennial Workshop on Research Within the Gulf of the Farallones. San Francisco, California.
    (1993)
  • White Shark (Carcharodon carcharias) predation on pinnipeds along the central California coast, 1970-1992.. Long, Douglas, Hanni, Krista, Pyle, Peter, Roletto, Janet, Jones, Robert and Bandar, Raymond (talk, speech or lecture)
    White Shark Biology Symposium, Bodega Bay, California.
    (1993)
  • Diet and feeding ecology of the harbor porpoise (Phocoena phocoena) from central California.. Long, Douglas, Jones, Robert and Szczepaniak, Isadore
    Second Biennial Workshop on Research Within the Gulf of the Farallones, San Francisco, California.
    (1993)
  • Recent strandings of Guadalupe fur seals (Arctocephalus townsendi) from central California.. Hanni, Krista, Long, Douglas and Morgan, Lance (talk, speech or lecture)
    Tenth Biennial Conference on the Biology of Marine Mammals, Galveston, Texas.
    (1993)
  • Extralimital records and ecology of the Guadalupe fur seal, Arctocephalus townsendi, off central California.. Hanni, Krista, Long, Douglas and Morgan, Lance (talk, speech or lecture)
    Second Biennial Workshop on Research Within the Gulf of the Farallones. San Francisco, California.
    (1993)
  • A Review of Shark Predation on Cetaceans.. Long, Douglas
    Ninth Biennial Conference on the Biology of Marine Mammals.
    (1991)
  • Nassariid Gastropods as Destructive Agents in Marine Fish Taphonomy.. Long, Douglas (talk, speech or lecture)
    American Malacological Union, University of California, Berkeley, California
    (1991)
  • Origin, Evolution, and Extinction of the Cenozoic Antarctic Shark Fauna. Long, Douglas (talk, speech or lecture)
    International Conference on the role of the Southern Ocean and Antarctica in Global Change: an Ocean Drilling perspective. National Science Foundation Division of Polar Programs. University of California, Santa Barbara, California.
    (1991)
  • Preliminary Investigations into the Eocene Shark Fauna of Seymour Island, Antarctic Peninsula.. Long, Douglas (talk, speech or lecture)
    California Paleontology Conference, University of California, Berkeley, California.
    (1990)

Publications

Honors, Awards & Grants

Grants: 
  • Renovation of the Gallery of Natural - Oakland Museum of California (2011)
    Nature Education Facilities Program, Department of Parks and Recreation, State of California Natural Resources Agency, NE-01-002/C6903017; $2,999,522.00
  • Hotspot California: Bringing Dioramas to Life Through Community Voices - Oakland Museum of California (2009)
    National Science Foundation, Division of Research on Learning in Formal and Informal Settings; NSG grant no. 0915778; $2,511,587.00
  • Gallery Exhibit, Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuary - Oakland Museum of California (2008)
    US Department of Commerce, National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration, National Ocean Service Office of Marine Sanctuaries, # NA07NOS4290148; $500,000.00
  • Development of Integrated Network for Distributed Databases of Mammal Specimen Data - California Academy of Sciences (2002)
    National Science Foundation; Participating Institution through U.C. Berkeley; $18,869.56.

Interests

Scholarly Interests: 

Interests

  • research and goals
    My research spans many aspects of evolution, ecology, biogeography, paleontology, conservation of vertebrate organisms, but are concentrated into these three core areas:
    1) Elasmobranch Biology: Ongoing studies into the evolutionary biology and systematics of sharks, rays, and chimeras include the discovery and description of new species of skates, sharks, and chimeras.
    (2) Evolutionary History of Sharks: Investigating the fossil record of sharks unravels complexities of their evolution, taxonomic relationships, present-day distribution patterns, and responses to climate change. This research has been conducted primarily in the western United States, but also in Antarctica and Chile.
    (3) Functional Morphology of Shark Dental Systems: Next to mammals, sharks have the most anatomically complex and functionally diverse teeth in the vertebrate world. Understanding how teeth function for prey capture sheds light on how these dentitions evolved. Conversely, teeth show features inherited from their ancestors, and as such, can be used to better reconstruct evolutionary patterns and taxonomic relationships among and between different lineages of sharks.
    (4) Systematics and Biogeography of Deep Sea Fishes: this research, primarily based on recent deep-water expeditions, aims to better understand the taxonomy and distributional patterns of deep-sea fishes, and is primarily focused in the eastern Pacific Ocean and the southwestern Indian Ocean. Major focus has been on the Galapagos Islands, including the description of several new species.
     
  • I am also engaged in other areas of research, including avian conservation, with an emphasis on application of restoration ecology, aviculture and captive propagation of birds for reintroduction and management projects. In particular, I am currently developing a wildlife preserve, the Klein Karro Biosphere Reserve, in the western Cape Province of South Africa.
     
  • As a native Californian, I am also interested in the current distribution, evolutionary history, ecology, and conservation of native California mammals, birds, reptiles, and fishes, with particularl emphasis on marine mammals. My research and educational activities have taken me to over 78 countries on six continents, and as a science liaison to the press, I have been on National Geographic, PBS, CNN, BBC, dozens of local news outlets, and have been on Discovery Channel's Shark Week several times. Please see the Scholarship section for a list of selected research papers.
     
  • Education
    B.S. in Biological Anthropology at the University of California, Riverside (1988);
    M.A. in Paleontology (1990) at the University of California, Berkeley;
    Ph.D. in Integrative Biology (1994) at the University of California, Berkeley;
    Two postdoctoral assignments at the California Academy of Sciences.

     

  • Lecture and Experience

     I have lectured at the University of California, Berkeley, at the California State Universities of Sonoma and San Francisco, and began teaching at Saint Mary's College in 1994. Currently, I am also a Research Associate in the Departments of Ornithology & Mammalogy and Ichthyology, both at the California Academy of Sciences.

  • Educational Outreach
    Quest Science Television, KQED: Ice Age Bay Area. 12 November 2008.
  • Educational Outreach
    KQED Forum radio program: Uncovering the Urban Wild. 15 April 2016.
  • Educational Outreach
    KQED Forum radio program: White Sharks of the Bay Area. 22 June 2011.
  • Educational Outreach
    KQED Forum radio program: California Biodiversity and the new Gallery of California Natural Sciences. 21 May 2013
  • Educational Outreach
    KALW Your Call radio forum: Global Commons - Whales and Sharks. 7 December 2008.