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Gorka Sancho

College of Charleston

Address: Grice Marine Laboratory, 205 Fort Johnson Road, Charleston, SC 29412
Phone: 843.953.9194
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Ph.D., 1998, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution/Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Research Interests

  • Behavioral ecology of fishes and fisheries conservation

Current and planned research projects

  • Spawning and reproductive biology of flounders and reef fishes
  • Dietary studies of coastal sharks and other predatory fishes
  • Microhabitat use by spotted seatrout in Charleston harbor
  • Behavioral ecology of tropical tuna and dolphinfish
  • Use of local ecological knowledge in fisheries science


  • Shaw, A., Frazier, B., Neer, J., Kucklick, J, and Sancho, G. 2016. Trophic ecology of a predatory community in a shallow water high salinity estuary assessed by stable isotope analysis. Marine and Coastal Fisheries: Dynamics, Management, and Ecosystem Science  8(1): 46-61.
  • Ferguson, L.*, Sancho, G., Rutter, M.T., and Murren, C.J. 2016. Root architecture, plant size and soil nutrient variation in natural populations of Arabidopsis thaliana. Evolutionary Ecology 30(1): 155-171
  • Deary, A.*, Moret-Ferguson, S., Engels, M., Zettler, E., Jaroslow, G. and Sancho, G. 2015. Influence of Central Pacific Oceanographic conditions on the potential vertical habitat of four tropical tuna species. Pacific Science 69(4):461-475.
  • Yetsko, K.* and Sancho, G. 2015. Swimming performance of Fundulus majalis and Fundulus heteroclitus under different salinity regimes. Journal of Fish Biology 86(2): 827-833
  • Shiffman, D., Frazier, B., Kucklick, J., Able, D, Brandes, j. and Sancho, G. 2014. Feeding ecology of the sandbar shark (Carcharhinus plumbeus) in South Carolina estuaries revealed through d13c and d15N stable isotope analysis. Marine and Coastal Fisheries: Dynamics, Management, and Ecosystem Science 6(1): 56-69.