DOVI KACEV – Postdoctoral Researcher


EDUCATION:

Ph.D., Ecology, San Diego State University/University of California, Davis Joint Doctoral Program

B.S., Biology, University of California, Los Angeles

AREAS OF EXPERTISE:

Dr. Kacev specializes in studying the population community ecology of pelagic fish species. He combines the use of molecular, telemetry and quantitative tools to study species that are traditionally data poor and have cryptic life histories. His Ph.D. dissertation focused on using both genetics and satellite tagging to understand population connectivity in two highly migratory shark species. His current research focuses on using high throughput genetic identification (metabarcoding) of planktonic fish stages to understand human impacts on pelagic fish communities. He also participates in multiple community outreach and educational programs to bring marine ecology to local communities.

PROFESSIONAL APPOINTMENTS:

Postdoctoral Researcher, Southern California Coastal Water research Project. Costa Mesa, CA. 2015 –Present

Instructor, World Below The Waves. La Jolla, CA. 2015-Present

Teaching Assistant, UCLA, October 2014 – December 2014

Lab Technician - NOAA Fisheries – green abalone genetics, July 2014 – October 2014

Teaching Assistant, San Diego State University, January 2006 – May 2013

Field Technician ,Scripps Institution of Oceanography. La Jolla, CA. 2006

Field Technician, Bimini Biological Field Station. South Bimini, Bahamas. 2006

Coastal Program Coordinator, Wildcoast. Imperial Beach, CA. 2005-2006

Field Technician, Reefcheck. Los Angeles, CA. 2004

PROFESSIONAL APPOINTMENTS:

American Elasmobranch Society Nominating Committee, 2014

1to1 Movement Advisory Board – 2009-2015

American Elasmobranch Society Student Action Committee, 2009 – 2014

National SeaGrant Population Dynamics Fellow, 2009 – 2012

PROFESSIONAL SOCIETIES AND CERTIFICATIONS:

Academic Societies

American Elasmobranch Society

Western Society of Naturalists

Society for Conservation Biology

Certifications

Scientific Diving Certification - NOAA

SCUBA-Advanced Open Water Certification – PADI

CPR certified - NAUI

Emergency First Responder Certification

Principles of Modeling Certification

Computing for Data Analysis (R script)

PUBLICATIONS:

Kacev, D., R. Lewison, D. Cartamil, J. Schumacher, A.J. Bohonak, R. Vetter, J. Hyde. In Review. The development of novel microsatellite markers for use on common thresher shark Alopius vulpinus Bonnaterre, 1788 and their application to test for polyandry in the species.

Kacev, D., R. Lewison, D. Cartamil, O. Soza-Nishizaki, A.J. Bohonak, S. Corrigan, R. Vetter, J. Hyde. In Review. The development of novel microsatellite loci for shortfin makos, Isurus oxyrinchus (order Lamniformes).

Kacev, D., R. Lewison, A.J. Bohonak, R. Vetter, J. Hyde. In Review. Combining genetic and tagging data to assess sex-mediated dispersal in the shortfin mako (Isurus oxyrinchus), a highly migratory, pelagic shark. In Review.

Cartamil, D., J. Wraith, N. Wegner, D. Kacev, C. Lam, O. Santana-Morales, O. Sosa- Nishizaki, M. Escobedo-Olvera, S. Kohin, J.B. Graham, P. Hastings. In Review. Movements and distribution of juvenile common thresher sharks (Alopias vulpinus) in Pacific coast waters of the United States and Mexico.

Kacev. D. 2015. Understanding Population Connectivity in Shortfin Mako Shark (Isurus oxyrinchus) at Multiple Spatial Scales. Ph.D. Dissertation, Joint Doctoral Program in Ecology, San Diego State University and University of California at Davis.

Corrigan, S.,D. Kacev, J. Werry. 2015. A case of genetic polyandry in the shortfin mako, Isurus oxyrinchus Rafinesque, 1810. Journal of Fish Biology.

Lyons, K., A. Preti, D. Madigan, R. Wells, M. Blasius, O. Snodgrass, D. Kacev, J. Harris, H. Dewar, S. Kohin, K. MacKenzie. 2015. Insights into the life history and ecology of a large shortfin mako shark (Isurus oxyrinchus) captured in southern California. Journal of Fish Biology.

Cartamil, D., O. Santana-Morales, M. Escobedo-Olvera , D. Kacev, L. Castillo-Genix, J.B. Graham, R.D. Rubin, O. Sosa-Nisizaki. 2011. The artisanal elasmobranch fishery of the Pacific coast of Baja California, Mexico. Fisheries Research 108(2011):393-403.

Cartamil, D., N.C. Wegner, D. Kacev, N. Ben-Aderet, S. Kohin, J.B. Graham. 2010. Movement patterns and nursery habitat of juvenile thresher sharks Alopias vulpinus in the Southern California Bight. Marine Ecology Progress Series 404:249-258.

SELECTED PRESENTATIONS AND CONFERENCE PROCEEDINGS:

Kacev, D., Hyde, J., Corrigan, S., Lewison, R. Identifying multiple paternity in two species of pelagic sharks. Joint Meeting of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists. August 2014. Reno, NV, USA.

Kacev, D., Hyde, J., Bohonak, A., Vetter, R., Lewison, R. Using Genetics and Tagging to Asses Sex Biased Dispersal in Mako Sharks. Joint Meeting of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists. August 2014. Chattanooga, TN, USA.

Kacev, D., Hyde, J., Bohonak, A., Lewison R. Using genetics to better understand management of a data-poor, highly migratory predator. Joint Meeting of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists. August 2013. Albuquerque, NM, USA.

Kacev, D. Incorporating Genetic Data into a Population Assessment for Pelagic Sharks. Sea Grant Fellows Meeting. April 2012. San Diego, CA, USA.

Kacev, D., Hyde, J., Lewison, R., Bohonak, A., Mark-Recapture Framework for Population Assessment Using Genetic Data. World Congress of Herpetology. August 2012. Vancouver, BC, Canada.

Kacev, D. Characterizing Genetic Diversity in Two Pelagic Shark Species. Sea Grant Fellows Meeting. May 2011. Miami, FL, USA.

Kacev, D., Lewison, R., Bohonak, A., Cartamil, D., Vetter, R., Hyde J. Characterizing Genetic Diversity of Two Species of Pelagic Shark. Joint Meeting of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists. July 2011. Minneapolis, MN, USA.

Kacev, D., Using Genetics to build a Robust Spatial Population Dynamics Model for Mako Sharks. Sea Grant Fellows Meeting. March 2010. Seattle, WA, USA.

Kacev, D., Lewison, R., Bohonak, A., Cartamil, D., Hyde, J., Vetter, R., Feldheim, K. Exploring the Benefits of Spatial/Landscape Genetic Analysis in Shark Populations. Joint Meeting of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists. July 2010. Providence, RI, USA.

Kacev, D., Lewison, R., Bohonak, A., Cartamil, D., Hyde, J., Vetter, R. Using Genetics to Build a Robust Population Dynamics Model for a Pelagic Shark Species. Ecology and Evolutionary Ethology of Fishes. May 2010. Vancouver, BC. Canada.

O’Malley, R., Kacev, D., Bear, M., Lewison, R. Using Spot Pattern Identification to Monitor Sevngill Sharks in San Diego. Western Society of Naturalists. November 2010. San Diego. CA, USA.

Kacev, D., Kohin, S., Vetter, R., Bohonak, A., Lewison, R. A Review of Recreational Shark Fisheries in Southern California. Joint Meeting of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists. July 2009. Portland, OR, USA.

Kacev, D., Lewison, R., Kohin, S., Bohonak, A., Botsford, L. Length Based Population Dynamics Analysis of Mako Sharks on the West Coast of North America. Joint Meeting of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists. July 2008. Montreal, QC, Canada.

Kacev, D., Cartamil, D., Sosa-Nishizaki, O., Lewison, R., Bohonak, A. Genetic Analysis of Common Thresher Shark Nurseries in the Southern California Bight. Joint Meeting of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists. July 2007. St. Louis, MO, USA.