Mark Henderson, Assistant Unit Leader of the California Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit

Dr. Mark Henderson

Contact Information

Phone: 707-826-5644
Office: WDFS, Rm 212A


  • B.S. Biology, 2000, State University of New York - Geneseo
  • M.Sc. Aquatic and Fishery Science, 2005, University of Washington
  • Ph.D. Marine Science (Fisheries Science Concentration), 2012, College of William and Mary

Current Research Interests

My current research focuses on the interactions between Pacific salmon and the environment. My approach is to use data collected in the field to develop and inform ecological models. Modeling techniques I have used include statistical analyses, mark-recapture, growth models, bioenergetics, and individual-based models. These models can then be used to study how environmental changes affect fish behavior and population dynamics.

Selected Publications

  • Hassrick, J.L., Henderson, M.J., Sydeman, W.J., Harding, J.A., Ammann, A.J., Huff, D., Crandall, E.D., Bjorkstedt, E., Garza, J.C., and Hayes, S.A. 2016. Physical and environmental determinants of juvenile Chinook salmon dispersal in the Northern California Current. Fisheries Oceanography 25:133-146.
  • Henderson, M.J. and Fabrizio, M.C. 2014. Estimation of summer flounder mortality rates using mark-recapture data from a recreational angler-tagging program. Fisheries Research 159: 1-10.
  • Henderson, M.J. and Fabrizio, M.C. 2014. Small-scale vertical movements of summer flounder (Paralichthys dentatus) relative to diurnal, tidal, and temperature changes. Marine and Coastal Fisheries 6: 108-118.
  • Henderson, M.J., Fabrizio, M.C., and Lucy, J.A. 2014. Movement patterns of summer flounder near an artificial reef: effects of fish size and environmental cues. Fisheries Research 153: 1-8.
  • Henderson, M.J. and Fabrizio, M.C. 2013. Detecting noncompliance in the summer flounder recreational fishery using a mark-recapture growth model. North American Journal of Fisheries Management 33: 1039-1048.
  • Henderson, M.J., Horne, J.K., and Towler, R.J. 2008. The influence of beam position and swimming direction on fish target strength. ICES Journal of Marine Science 65: 226-237
  • Henderson, M.J. and Horne, J.K. 2007. Comparison of in situ, ex situ, and backscatter model estimates of Pacific hake (Merluccius productus) target strength. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 64: 1781-1794.
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