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Nate Bacheler

National Marine Fisheries Service, NOAA

Address: 101 Pivers Island Rd., Beaufort, NC 28516
Phone: 252.838.0825


Ph.D., 2008, Zoology, North Carolina State University

Research Interests

  • Quantitative fish ecology and fisheries science
  • Coordinator of the Southeast Fishery Independent Survey, a fishery-independent survey that indexes the abundance of reef fishes between North Carolina and Florida

Current research projects

  • Combining tagging and telemetry to estimate the selectivity, catchability, and abundance of marine fishes
  • Using hierarchical (N-mixture) models to estimate reef fish detectability and abundance from multiple sampling gears
  • Applying tagging models to estimate release mortality of reef fish species


  • Shertzer, K.W., N.M. Bacheler, L.G. Coggins, Jr., J. Fieberg. 2016. Relating trap capture to abundance: a hierarchical state-space model applied to black sea bass (Centropristis striata). ICES J. Mar. Sci. 73(2):512-519.
  • Bacheler, N.M., T.I. Smart. 2016. Multi-decadal decline of reef fish abundance and species richness in the southeast United States assessed by standardized trap catches. Mar. Biol. 163:26.
  • Bacheler, N.M. and J.C. Ballenger. 2016. Spatial and temporal patterns of black sea bass sizes and catches in the southeast United States inferred from spatially explicit nonlinear models. Mar. Coast. Fish. 7:523-536.
  • Bacheler, N.M., P.E. Whitfield, R.C. Muñoz, B.B. Harrison, C.A. Harms, C.A. Buckel. 2015. Movement of invasive adult lionfish Pterois volitans using telemetry: importance of controls to estimate and explain variable detection probabilities. Mar. Ecol. Prog. Ser. 527:205-220.
  • Bacheler, N.M., K.W. Shertzer. 2015. Estimating relative abundance and species richness from video surveys of reef fishes: how many frames to read? Fish. Bull. 113:15-26. 
  • Bacheler, N.M., D.J. Berrane, W.A. Mitchell, C.M. Schobernd, Z.H. Schobernd, B.Z. Teer, J.C. Ballenger. 2014. Environmental conditions and habitat characteristics influence trap and video detection probabilities for reef fish species. Mar. Ecol. Prog. Ser. 517:1-14. (Feature article
  • Coggins, L., N.M. Bacheler, D.C. Gwinn. 2014. Occupancy models for monitoring marine fish: a Bayesian hierarchical approach to model incomplete detection with a novel gear combination. PLoS ONE 9:e108302.
  • Mitchell, W.A., G.T. Kellison, N.M. Bacheler, J.C. Potts, C.M. Schobernd, L.F. Hale. 2014. Depth-related distribution of post-juvenile red snapper in southeastern U.S. Atlantic Ocean waters: ontogenetic patterns and implications for management. Mar. Coast. Fish. 6:142-155.
  • Bacheler, N.M., L. Ciannelli, K.M. Bailey, J.T. Duffy-Anderson. 2010. Spatial and temporal patterns of walleye pollock spawning in the eastern Bering Sea inferred from egg and larval distributions. Fish. Oceanog. 19:107-120.
  • Schobernd, Z.H., N.M. Bacheler, P. Conn. 2014. Examining the utility of alternative video monitoring metrics for indexing reef fish abundance. Can. J. Fish. Aq. Sci. 71:464-471. 
  • Bacheler, N.M., K.M. Bailey, V. Bartolino, K.S. Chan, L. Ciannelli. 2009. Density-dependent, landscape, and climate effects on spawning distribution of walleye pollock Theragra chalcogramma. Mar. Ecol. Prog. Ser. 391:1-12. (Feature article)
  • Bacheler, N.M., J.A. Buckel, J.E. Hightower, L.M. Paramore, K.H. Pollock. 2009. A combined telemetry – tag return approach to estimate fishing and natural mortality rates of an estuarine fish. Can. J. Fish. Aquat. Sci. 66:1230-1244.