Dr. Carlisle joined the University of Delaware in 2018 as Assistant Professor of Fisheries Ecology. His research focuses on how the abiotic and biotic environment and organismal biology interact to influence the behavior, distribution and ecology of species, and how these interactions impact their population dynamics, life history strategies, and ecosystem roles. He uses a variety of approaches and technologies, such as stable isotope analysis and biologging, combined in new ways to provide unique insights into marine species.
Dr. Carlisle is a graduate of Stanford University (Ph.D.), Moss Landing Marine Laboratories (M.S.), and Princeton University (A.B.). He is a member of the IUCN Shark Specialist Group and serves on the board of directors of the American Elasmobranch Society.
Industry Expertise (2)
Areas of Expertise (5)
Stable Isotope Ecology
Media Appearances (5)
Mystery of Tuna Covered in Strange Round Holes Explained
Fish are made easy pickings for cookie-cutter sharks when they are on fishing lines, Aaron B. Carlisle, a shark biologist at the University of Delaware, told Newsweek.
Social Sand Tiger Sharks
University of Delaware UDaily online
Other co-authors from UD included Matthew Breece, an alumnus and now project scientist who’s doctoral research focused on studying Atlantic sturgeon in the Mid-Atlantic, and Aaron Carlisle, assistant professor in the School of Marine Science and Policy. UD alumna Danielle Haulsee, now a research scientist at Stanford’s Hopkins Marine Station who’s doctoral research focused on sand tiger behavior and migration in the Mid-Atlantic, was also involved.
Partnership to produce oyster larvae would be a Delaware first
Cape Gazette online
Looking to meet the growing demands of local shellfish farmers, the University of Delaware, Delaware State University and Delaware Sea Grant are teaming up to build a shellfish hatchery in Lewes. It would be the first of its kind in Delaware.
Study shows cookie cutter sharks have wider diet than previously thought
A new study led by the University of Delaware’s Aaron Carlisle has uncovered that while Cookiecutter sharks might chomp on everything they can get their jaws on in the upper reaches of ocean to supplement their diets, they primarily feed on crustaceans, squid and small fish.
Tracking Large Ocean Animals Could Change How We Manage Them
"We’re interested in effectively managing marine resources and conserving threatened species, but how do you do that when they’re spending so much time in the open ocean and moving across jurisdictional boundaries?" says Dr. Aaron Carlisle, assistant professor of marine biosciences at the University of Delaware and co-author of this study.
Multi-taxa marine isoscapes provide insight into large-scale trophic dynamics in the North PacificProgress in Oceanography
2023 Quantifying large scale trophic dynamics and interactions in marine systems remains a key challenge in ecological research and conservation, particularly in remote habitats which are difficult and costly to access. Stable isotope (SI) analysis has emerged as an effective tool for studying ecosystem interactions, especially when used to construct isotopic landscapes, or “isoscapes”.
Using pseudo-absence models to test for environmental selection in marine movement ecology: the importance of sample size and selection strengthMovement Ecology
2022 Understanding the selection of environmental conditions by animals requires knowledge of where they are, but also of where they could have been. Presence data can be accurately estimated by direct sampling, sightings, or through electronic tag deployments. However, absence data are harder to determine because absences are challenging to measure in an uncontrolled setting.
Remote Sensing and Marine Animal Tags: How Much Data is Needed to Detect Environmental Selection in Marine Predators?AGU Fall Meeting 2022
2022 Understanding the selection of environmental conditions by marine predators requires knowledge of where they are, but also of where they are not. Tracking marine organisms is challenging because animals can only be detected when they are at the surface.
The sociality of Atlantic sturgeon and sand tiger sharks in an estuarine environmentAnimal Behaviour
2022 Social network analyses are used by ecologists to examine the various drivers of animal social structures. While social behaviours are found throughout the animal kingdom, their roles in structuring marine communities are poorly understood. Comparisons of sociality across marine fishes in the same location and time are rare.
Assessing the Capacity of Pelagic Sharks to Serve as Ocean Observing Platforms in the Mid-Atlantic Bight and BeyondIEEE
2022 The use of marine animals as ocean observing platforms (OOPs) has been identified by scientists and managers as having the ability to significantly improve existing oceanographic models and data resources. As OOPs, animals are fit with oceanographic sensors with the capacity to measure in situ temperature and conductivity with an accuracy comparable to ship-based conductivity-temperature-depth (CTD) casts or autonomous drifters.
Research Grants (2)
Characterizing the ecological role of apex predators in the Delaware Bay Ecosystem and their potential impacts on managed species
Delaware Sea Grant
Development of a new biologging tag to record in-situ oxygen use of fish in the wild
University of Delaware Research Foundation Strategic Initiative Grant
Coastal and Estuarine Research Federation Early Career Travel Award (professional)
American Society of Ichthyologists & Herpetologists Student Travel Award (professional)
Stanford University: PhD, Biological Sciences 2012
San Jose State University/Moss Landing Marine Laboratories: MSc, Marine Science 2006
Princeton University: BA, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology 1999
- American Fisheries Society
- American Elasmobranch Society
- International Bio-logging Society
- Coastal and Estuarine Research Federation
- Western Society of Naturalists
- Sigma Xi Scientific Research Society
Event Appearances (3)
New insights into the trophic ecology of the Cookie Cutter Shark from stable isotope analysis and environmental DNA
American Fisheries Society Atlantic City, NJ
Does ENSO Drive Changes in the Trophic Ecology of Juvenile Market Squid?
American Fisheries Society Atlantic City, NJ
Niche partitioning and variability in resource use in mesopredators in BIOT
Fondation Bertarelli Marine Science Symposium London, UK