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Jeremy Vaudo

Jeremy Vaudo
Research Associate
Dept. of Marine and Environmental Sciences
(954) 262-3673


  • B.A. - University of California, Sana Barbra
  • M.S. - Califorinia State University
  • Ph.D. - Florida International University

Area(s) of Research

My research interests focus on the role of elasmobranchs (sharks and rays) in marine ecosystems. Understanding how these conspicuous top and meso-predators influence ecosystem dynamics is crucial for the proper management of marine ecosystems, especially considering that many elasmobranch populations are in decline. Examining the ecological role of elasmobranchs requires studying a variety of aspects of elasmobranch biology. Specifically, my work includes studies of elasmobranch movements, habitat use, and foraging ecology.

Vaudo, J.J. and M.R. Heithaus.  (2013) Microhabitat selection by marine mesoconsumers in a thermally heterogeneous habitat: behavioral thermoregulation or avoiding predation risk?  PLoS ONE 8(4): e61907. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0061907. 

Heithaus, M.R., J.J. Vaudo, S. Kreicker, C.A. Layman, M. Krützen, D.A. Burkholder, K. Gastrich, C. Bessey, R. Sarabia, K. Cameron, A. Wirsing, J.A. Thomson and M.M. Dunphy-Daly (2013) Apparent resource partitioning and trophic structure of large-bodied marine predators in a relatively pristine seagrass ecosystem.  Mar. Ecol. Prog. Ser. 481: 225-237.

Vaudo, J.J. and M.R. Heithaus (2012) Diel and seasonal variation in the use of a nearshore sandflat by a ray community in a near pristine system. Mar. Fresh. Res. 63: 1077-1084.

Layman, C.A., M.S. Araujo, R Boucek, C.M. Hammerschlag-Peyer, E. Harrison, Z.R. Jud, P. Matich, A.E. Rosenblatt, J.J. Vaudo, L.A. Yeager, D.M. Post, and S. Bearhop (2012) Applying stable isotopes to examine food web structure: an overview of analytical tools. Biol. Rev. 87: 545-562.

Thomson, J.A., M.R. Heithaus, D.A. Burkholder, J.J. Vaudo, A.J. Wirsing and L.M. Dill (2012) Site specialists, diet generalists?  Isotopic variation, site fidelity and foraging by loggerhead turtles in Shark Bay, Western Australia.  Mar. Ecol. Prog. Ser. 453: 213-226.

Heithaus, M.R.and J.J. Vaudo (2012) Predator-prey interactions. In: Carrier, J.C., Musick, J., and Heithaus, M.R. (Eds), The Biology of Sharks and Their Relatives. 2nd ed. CRC Press, Boca Raton, FL, pp. 505-546.

Vaudo, J.J. and M.R. Heithaus (2011) High-trophic-level consumers: elasmobranchs. In: Wolanski, E., McLusky, D. (Eds), Treatise on Estuarine and Coastal Science, Vol 6. Waltham: Academic Press. pp. 203-225.

Vaudo, J.J. and M.R. Heithaus (2011) Dietary niche overlap in a nearshore elasmobranch mesopredator community. Mar. Ecol. Prog. Ser. 425: 247-260.

Vaudo, J.J., P. Matich P. and M.R. Heithaus (2010) Mother–offspring isotope fractionation in two species of placentatrophic sharks. J Fish Biol 77: 1724-1727.

Heithaus, M.R., A. Frid, J.J. Vaudo, B. Worm and A.J. Wirsing (2010) Unraveling the ecological importance of elasmobranchs.  In: Carrier, J.C., Musick, J.A., Heithaus, M.R. (Eds), Sharks and Their Relatives II: Biodiversity, Adaptive Physiology, and Conservation. CRC Press, Boca Raton, FL, pp. 607-633.

Vaudo, J.J. and M.R. Heithaus (2009) Spatiotemporal variability in a sandflat elasmobranch fauna in Shark Bay, Australia.  Mar. Biol. 156: 2579–2590.

Lowe, C.G., G.J. Moss, G. Hoisington, J.J. Vaudo, D.P. Cartamil, M.M. Marcotte, and Y.P. Papastamatiou (2007) Caudal Spine Shedding Periodicity and Site Fidelity of Round Stingrays, Urobatis halleri (Cooper), at Seal Beach, California: Implications for Stingray-related Injury Management.  Bull. Southern Calif. Acad. Sci. 106: 16-26.

Vaudo, J.J. and C.G. Lowe (2006) Movement patterns of the round stingray, Urobatis halleri (Cooper), near a thermal outfall.  J. Fish. Biol. 68: 1756-1766.

Cartamil, D.P., J.J. Vaudo, C.G. Lowe, B.M. Wetherbee, and K.N. Holland (2003) Diel movement patterns of the Hawaiian stingray, Dasyatis lata: implications for resource partitioning between sympatric elasmobranch species.  Mar. Biol. 142: 841-847.

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