Gorka Sancho
Fish Behavioral Ecology: spawning aggregations, predatory behaviors and conservation
Assistant Professor, Department of Biology, College of Charleston
Grice Marine Laboratory, 205 Fort Johnson Road, Charleston, SC 29412 (USA)
Phone: (843) 953-9194, Email: sanchog@cofc.edu

B.A., General Biology, Universidad Autonoma de Madrid (Spain)
Ph.D., Biological Oceanography, MIT / WHOI Joint Program

Scientific Publications:

Habrun, C.A. and Sancho, G. 2012. Spawning ascent durations of pelagic spawning reef fishes. Current Zoology 58(1): 92-99

Malone, M.A., Buck, K.M., Moreno, G. and Sancho, G.  2011. Diet of three large pelagic fishes associated with drifting Fish Aggregating Devices (DFADs) in the Western equatorial Indian Ocean. Animal Biodiversity and Conservation 34(2): 59-66

Gaertner, J.C., Taquet, M., Dagorn, L., Mérigot, B., Aumeruddy, R., Sancho, G. and Itano, D. 2008. Assessing the diversity of pelagic fish using visual census data collected around drifting fish aggregating devices (FADs). Marine Ecology Progress Series 366: 175-186

Moreno, G., Dagorn, L., Sancho, G., Garcia, D. and Itano, D.G. 2007. Using local ecological knowledge (LEK) to provide insight on the tuna purse seine fleets of the Indian Ocean useful for management. Aquatic Living Resources 20: 367-376

Taquet, M., Sancho, G., Dagorn, L., Gaertner, J.C., Itano, D., Aumeeruddy, R., Wendling, B. and Peignon, C. 2007. Characterization of fish aggregations associated with drifting fish aggregating devices (FADs) in the Western Indian Ocean through underwater visual census. Aquatic Living Resources 20: 331-341

Taquet, M., Dagorn, L., Gaertner, J.C., Girard, C., Aumeeruddy, R., Sancho, G. and Itano, D. 2007. Behaviour of dolphinfish (Coryphaena hippurus) around drifting FADs as observed from automated acoustic receivers. Aquatic Living Resources 20: 323-330

Dagorn, L., Girard, C., Taquet, M., Sancho, G., Itano, D., Aumeeruddy, R., Peignon, C., Moreno, G., Josse, E., Brehmer, P. and Holland, K. 2007. Satellite-linked acoustic receivers to observe behaviour of fish in remote areas. Aquatic Living Resources 20: 307-312

Moreno, G., Dagorn, L., Sancho, G. and Itano, D.G. 2007. Fish behaviour from fishers´ knowledge: the case study of tropical tuna around drifting fish aggregating devices (DFADs). Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 64: 1517-1528

Mann, D.A. and Sancho, G. 2007. Feeding ecology of the domino damselfish, Dascyllus albisella. Copeia 2007(3): 566-576

Dagorn, L., Holland, K.N., Hallier, J.P., Taquet, M., Moreno, G., Sancho, G., Itano, D.G., Aumeeruddy, R., Girard, C., Million, J. and Fonteneau, A. 2006. Deep diving behaviour observed in yellowfin tuna (Thunnus albacares). Aquatic Living Resources 19: 55-58

Sancho, G., Mitcheli, F., Mills, S. Fisher, C.R., Peterson, C.H., Johnson, G., Lenihan, H. and Mullineaux, L.S. 2005. Selective predation by the zoarcid fish Thermarces cerberus at hydrothermal vents. Deep Sea Research-I 52: 837–844.

Sancho, G., Puente, E., Bilbao, A., Gomez, E. and Arregi, L. 2003. Evolution of monkfish (Lophius spp.) catch rates by lost tangle nets in the Cantabrian Sea (northern Spain). Fisheries Research 64: 129-139

Saldanha, H.J., Sancho, G., Santos, M.N., Puente, E., Gaspar, M.B., Bilbao, A., Monteiro, C.C., Gomez, E. and Arregi, L. 2003. The use of biofouling for ageing lost nets: a study case. Fisheries Research 64: 141-150

Micheli, F., Peterson, C.H., Mullineaux, L.S., Fisher, C.R., Mills, S.W., Sancho, G., Johnson, G.A. and Lenihan, H.S. 2002. Predation structures communities at deep-sea hydrothermal vents. Ecological Monographs 72 (3): 365-382.

Sancho, G., Solow, A.R. and Lobel, P.S. 2000. Environmental influences on the diel timing of spawning in coral reef fishes. Marine Ecology Progress Series 206: 193-212

Sancho, G., Petersen, C.W. and Lobel, P.S. 2000. Predator-prey relations at a spawning aggregation site of coral reef fishes. Marine Ecology Progress Series 203: 275-288

Sancho, G. 2000. Predatory behaviors of Caranx melampygus (Carangidae) feeding on spawning reef fishes: a novel ambushing strategy. Bulletin of Marine Science 66 (2): 487-496

Sancho, G. 1998. Factors regulating the height of spawning ascents in trunkfishes (Ostraciidae). Journal of Fish Biology 53 (Supplement A): 94-103.

Gutierrez-Yurrita, P.J., Sancho, G., Bravo, M.A., Baltanas, A. and Montes, C. 1998. Diet of the red swamp crayfish Procambarus clarkii in natural ecosystems of the Doñana National Park temporary fresh-water marsh (Spain). Journal of Crustacean Biology 18 (1): 120-127.

Sancho, G., Ma, D. and Lobel, P.S. 1997. Behavioral observations of an upcurrent reef colonization event by larval surgeonfish Ctenochaetus strigosus (Acanthuridae). Marine Ecology Progress Series 153: 311-315.

Lobel, P.S., Mann, D.A. and Sancho, G. 1995. Pollution and Coastal Fishes: How much do we know? In: Cleaning up our coastal backyards. Ocean Policy Institute Special Publication, Center for Strategic International Studies (CSIS). Melvin Peterson ed.

Rosello, E. and Sancho, G. 1994. Osteology of the Chinchard Trachurus trachurus (Linneaus, 1758). Fiches D'Osteologie Animale Pour L'Arqueologie. 8: 1-25.


Dr. Gorka Sancho
Department of Biology
College of Charleston
205 Fort Johnson Road
Charleston, SC 29412
(843) 953-9194

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