Book Chapters


Bernal, D., and Lowe, C., 2016. Field studies of elasmobranch physiology. Physiology of Elasmobranch Fishes: Structure and Interaction with Environment: Fish Physiology, vol 34A, (Eds. R.E. Shadwick, A.P. Farrell, C.J. Brauner).  Elsevier. pp.311-377.

Bernal D., Carlson, J., Goldman K., and Lowe, C. (2012). Energetics, Metabolism, and Endothermy in Sharks and Rays, Chapter 7: In Volume 1. The Biology of sharks an their relatives. Physiological Adaptations, Behavior, Ecology, Conservation and Management of Sharks and Their Relatives. 2nd edition (Eds. J. C. Carrier J. A. Musick and M. R. Heithaus). CRC Press. pp 211-237.

Bernal, D. (2011). Pelagic Fishes. Chapter 112 In Encyclopedia of Fish Physiology.  (Eds. Cech, J., Farrell, A.). Elsevier Publishers.

Skomal, G. and Bernal, D. (2010). Physiological Responses to Stress in Sharks. In  Volume 2. The Biology of sharks an their relatives. Physiological Adaptations, Behavior, Ecology, Conservation and Management of Sharks and Their Relatives. (Eds. J. C. Carrier J. A. Musick and M. R. Heithaus). CRC Press. pp 457-488.

Bernal, D., Sepulveda, C., Musyl, M. and Brill, R. (2009). The eco-physiology of swimming and movement patterns of tunas, billfishes, and large pelagic sharks. Chapter 14. In Fish Locomotion - an etho-ecological perspective. (Eds. Domenici, P. Kapoor, D.) Science Publishers. pp 436-483.


Journal Articles


Bernal, D., Brill, R.W., Dickson, K.A., and Shiels, H. A. (2017). Sharing the water column: physiological mechanisms underlying species-specific habitat use in tunas. Reviews in Fish Biology and Fisheries, 1-38.

*Stoehr, A., *St Martin, J., Aalbers, S., Sepulveda, C., & Bernal, D. (2017). Free-swimming swordfish, Xiphias gladius, alter the rate of whole body heat transfer: morphological and physiological specializations for thermoregulation. ICES Journal of Marine Science.

*Lynch, S.D., Marcek, B.J., Marshall, H.M., Bushnell, P.G., Bernal, D and Brill, R.W. (2017). The effects of pop-up satellite archival tags (PSATs) on the metabolic rate and swimming kinematics of juvenile sandbar shark (Carcharhinus plumbeus). Fisheries Research. 18:205-215.

*Eddy, C., Pitt, J., Morris, J., Smith, S., Goodbody-Gringley, G. and Bernal, D. (2016). Diet and prey selectivity of invasive lionfish (Pterois volitans and P. miles) in Bermuda. Marine Ecology Progress Series. 558:192-206.

*Eddy, C., Brill, R. and Bernal, D. (2016). Capture-related mortality and post release survival of pelagic sharks interacting with tuna purse seines around drifting fish aggregating devices (FADs) in the Eastern Pacific Ocean. Fisheries Research. 174:109-117.

*Marshall, H., Skomal, G., Ross, P.G. and Bernal, D. (2015). At-vessel and post-release mortality in dusky (Carcharhinus obscurus) and sandbar (C. plumbeus) sharks after longline capture. Fisheries Research. 172:373-384.

Sepulveda, C., Heberer, C., Aalbers, S.A., Spear, N., Kinney, M., Bernal, D. and Kohin, S. (2015). Post-release survivorship studies on common thresher sharks (Alopias vulpinus) captured in the southern California recreational fishery. Fisheries Research. 161:102–108.

Sepulveda, C., Aalbers, S.A. and Bernal., D. (2015) . Insights into post-release survival and movements of roosterfish (Nematistius pectoralis) off the Central American coastline. Latin American Journal of Aquatic Research. 43, 162-175.

*Kneebone, J., Chisholm, J., Bernal, D. and Skomal, G. (2013). The physiological effects of capture stress, recovery, and post-release survivorship of juvenile sand tigers (Carcharias taurus) caught on rod and reel. Fisheries Research 147: 103-114.

*Marshall, H., *Field, L. *Afiadata, A., Sepulveda, C., Skomal, G. and Bernal, D. (2012). Haematological indicators of stress in longline-captured sharks Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology. 126:121-129.

Donley, J.M, Sepulveda, C.A., Aalbers, S.A., McGillivray, D.G., Syme, D.A. and Bernal, D. (2012) Effects of temperature on power output and contraction kinetics in the locomotor muscle of the regionally endothermic common thresher shark (Alopias vulpinus). Fish Biochemistry and Physiology. 38:1507-1519.

*Patterson, J., Sepulveda, C. and Bernal, D. (2011). The vascular morphology and in vivo muscle temperatures of thresher sharks (Alopiidae). Journal of Morphology. 272:1353-1364.

Heberer, C., Aalbers, S.A., Bernal, D., Kohin, S., DiFiore, B. and Sepulveda, C.A. (2010) Insights into catch and release mortality, vertical distribution, and blood biochemistry of common thresher sharks (Alopias vulpinus) captured in the southern California recreational fishery.  Fisheries Research. 106:495-500.

Sepulveda, C.A., Aalbers, S.A., Ortega-Garcia, S., Wegner, N. and Bernal, D. (2011) Depth distribution and temperature preferences of wahoo (Acanthocybium solandri) off Baja California Sur, Mexico. Marine Biology. 158:917-926.

Aalbers. S, Bernal, D., and Sepulveda C. (2010). The functional role of the caudal fin in the feeding ecology of the common thresher shark (Alopias vulpinus). J. Fish Biology. 76, 1863–1868.

Bernal, D., Donley, J., McGillivray, D.G., Aalbers, S.A., Syme, D.A., and Sepulveda, C. (2010). Function of the medial red muscle during sustained swimming in common thresher sharks: Contrast and convergence with thunniform swimmers. Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology A. 155, 454-463.

Sepulveda, C. A., Dickson, K.A., Bernal, D. and Graham, J. B. (2008). Elevated red myotomal muscle temperatures in the most basal tuna species, Allothunnus fallai.  J. Fish Biol. 73: 241-249.

Sepulveda, C.A., Graham, J.B., and Bernal, D. (2007). Aerobic metabolic rates of swimming mako sharks, Isurus oxyrinchus. Mar. Bio. 152: 1087-1094.

*Hight, B.V., Holts, D., Graham, J.B., Kennedy, B.P., Taylor, V., Sepulveda, C.A., Bernal, D., Ramon, D., Rasmussen, R, and Lai, Chin, L. (2007). Plasma catecholamine levels as indicators of the post-release survivorship of juvenile pelagic sharks caught on experimental drift longlines in the Southern California Bight. Mar. Fresh. Res. 58, 145-151.

*Perry, C.N., Cartamil, D.P., Bernal, D., Sepulveda, C.A., Theilmann, R.J., Graham, J.B., and Frank, L.R. (2007) Quantification of red myotomal muscle volume and geometry in the shortfin mako shark (Isurus oxyrinchus) and the salmon shark (Lamna ditropis) using T1-weighted magnetic resonance imaging.  J. Morph. 266: 284-292.

Bernal, D. Donley, J.M., Shadwick, R.E. and Syme, D.A. (2005). Mammal-like muscles power swimming in a cold-water shark, Nature 437, 1349-1352.

Sepulveda, C.A., Wegner, N.C., Bernal, D. and Graham, J.B. (2005). The red muscle morphology of the thresher sharks (family Alopiidae). J. Exp. Biol. 208, 4255-4261.

Bernal, D. and Sepulveda, C. (2005). Evidence for temperature elevation in the aerobic swimming musculature of the Common thresher shark, A. vulpinus. Copeia 2005, 146-151.

Bernal, D., Smith, D., Lopez, G., Weitz, D., Grimminger, T., A., Dickson. K.A. and Graham, J. B. (2003). Comparative studies of high performance swimming in sharks. II.  Metabolic biochemistry of locomotor and myocardial muscle in endothermic and ectothermic sharks. J. Exp. Biol. 206, 2845-2857.

Bernal, D., Sepulveda, C., Mathieu-Costello, O. and Graham, J. B. (2003). Comparative studies of high performance swimming in sharks: I. Red muscle morphometrics, vascularization, and ultrastructure. J. Exp. Biol.206, 2831-2843.

Bernal, D., Dickson K. A., Shadwick R. E. & Graham J. B. (2001). Analysis of the evolutionary convergence for high-performance swimming in lamnid sharks and tunas. Comp. Biochem. Physiol. 179:695-726.

Bernal, D. Sepulveda, C. & Graham, J. B. (2001). Water tunnel studies of heat balance in swimming mako sharks. J. Exp. Biol. 204:4043-4054.

Bernal D, Dickson, K.A. & Graham J.B (2001).  Convergence for high-performance swimming in lamnid sharks and tunas. Thermoregulation and metabolic biochemistry. Amer. Zool. 40:942-943.

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