7fcde7 square The Department of Oceanography at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, SOEST
Jeffrey C. Drazen


Department of Oceanography, 
University of Hawai`i at Manoa, 
1000 Pope Road, 
Marine Sciences Building, 
Honolulu, HI 96822
Phone: (808) 956-6567 
Fax: (808) 956-8668

E-mail: jdrazen@hawaii.edu



Deep Sea Fish Ecology Lab


  • BA 1993 - Biology and Marine Science, University of San Diego
  • PhD 2000 - Marine Biology, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California San Diego 

Research Interests

  • Physiological ecology of deep-sea fishes
  • Energetic strategies
  • Trophodynamics

Research Activities

  • Determining the trophic and energetic strategies of deep-sea fishes using a variety of methods ranging from classic food habits analysis, to the development of high pressure vessels to work on these animals alive in the laboratory
  • Examining the distributions and behaviors of deep-sea fishes using remotely operated vehicles (ROVs), submersibles, and autonomous camera systems
  • Exploring the impact of mesoscale oceanographic features on the distribution, abundance and trophodynamics of the mesopelagic community.

Teaching Activities

  • OCN 627 - Ecology of Pelagic Marine Animals
  • OCN 490,621 - guest lecturer

Ten Selected Publications

Seibel, B. A., and J. C. Drazen. in press. A review of metabolism in deep-sea organisms: Environmental constraints or energetic opportunities? Philos. Trans. R. Soc. Lond.

Stein, D. L., J. C. Drazen, K. L. Schlining, J. P. Barry, and L. Kuhnz. in press. Snailfishes of the central California coast: video, photographic, and morphological observations. J. Fish Biol.

Ferry-Graham, L. A., J. C. Drazen, and V. Franklin. in press. Laboratory observations of reproduction in deep-water zoarcids (Teleostei). Pac. Sci.

Drazen, J. C., L. B. Bird, and J. P. Barry. 2005. Development of a hyperbaric trap-respirometer for the capture and maintenance of live deep-sea organisms. Limnology and Oceanography: Methods 3: 488-498.

Drazen, J. C., and B. H. Robison. 2004. Direct observations of the association between a deep-sea fish and a giant scyphomedusa. Mar. Freshwat. Behav. Physiol. 37: 209-214.

Gutowska, M. A., J. C. Drazen, and B. H. Robison. 2004. Digestive chitinolytic activity in marine fishes of Monterey Bay, California.Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology A 139: 351-358.

Drazen, J. C., S. K. Goffredi, B. Schlining, and D. S. Stakes. 2003. Aggregations of egg brooding deep-sea fish and cephalopods on the Gorda Escarpment: a reproductive hot spot. Bio. Bull. 205: 1-7.

Drazen, J. C. 2002a. Energy budgets and feeding rates of Coryphaenoides acrolepis and C. armatus. Mar. Biol. 140: 677-686.

Drazen, J. C. 2002b. A seasonal analysis of the nutritional condition of deep-sea macrourid fishes in the north-east Pacific. J. Fish Biol. 60: 1280-1295.

Drazen, J. C., T. W. Buckley, and G. R. Hoff. 2001. The feeding habits of slope dwelling macrourid fishes in the eastern North Pacific. Deep Sea Res. I 48: 909-935.

Hoff, G. R., T. W. Buckley, J. C. Drazen, and K. M. Duncan. 2000. Biology and ecology of Nezumia liolepis and N. stelgidolepis from the west coast of North America. J. Fish Biol. 57: 662-680.

Deep Sea Fish Ecology Lab