Gorka Sancho

College of Charleston

Address: Grice Marine Laboratory, 205 Fort Johnson Road, Charleston, SC 29412
Phone: 843.953.9194
E-mail: sanchog@cofc.edu
Personal Website: https://biology.cofc.edu/about-the-department/faculty-staff-listing/sancho-gorka.php


Ph.D., 1998, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution/Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Oceanography

B.A., Universidad Autonoma de Madrid (Spain), General Biology

Research Interests

  • Behavioral ecology of fishes
  • Fisheries conservation
  • Marine protected areas

Current and planned research projects

  • Dietary studies of coastal sharks and other predatory fishes
  • Effects of microplastic pollution on fishes
  • Interactions between anglers and fishes
  • Natural history of fishes


  • Branham, C.C., Frazier, B.S., Strange, J.B., Galloway, A., Grubbs, R.D., Portnoy, D.S., Drymon, J.M., Adams, D.H., Wells, R.J.D., Sancho, G.  2022. Diet of the Bonnethead, Sphyrna tiburo, along the northern Gulf of Mexico and southeastern Atlantic Coast of the United States. Animal Biodiversity and Conservation 45(2): 257-267. https://doi.org/10.32800/abc.2022.45.0257
  • Sullivan-Stack, J. et al. 2022. A scientific synthesis of marine protected areas in the United States: status and recommendations. Frontiers in Marine Science 9:849927. https://doi:10.3389/fmars.2022.849927
  • Murren, C.J., Puy, J., Malo, J., Kohler, C. and Sancho, G. 2022. Root variation in common gardens: divergent responses in native and non-native field sites of an annual ruderal Mediterranean plant. International Journal of Plant Sciences 183(1): 18-29. https://www.journals.uchicago.edu/doi/pdf/10.1086/717295
  • Weber, D.N., Janech, B.S., Burnett, L.E., Sancho, G. and Frazier, B.S. 2021. Insights into the origin and magnitude of capture and handling-related stress in a coastal elasmobranch, Carcharhinus limbatus. ICES Journal of Marine Sciences 78(3): 910-921. https://doi.org/10.1093/icesjms/fsaa223
  • Weber, D.N., Frazier, B.S., Whitney, N.M., Gelsleichter, J. and Sancho, G. 2020. Stress response and post-release mortality of Blacktip Sharks (Carcharhinus limbatus) captured in shore-based and charter boat-based recreational fisheries. Fisheries Bulletin 118(3): 297-314. https://doi.org/10.7755/FB.118.3.8
  • Parker, B.W., Beckingham, B.A., Ingram, B.*, Ballenger, J.C., Weinstein, J.E. and Sancho, G.  2020. Microplastic and tire wear particle occurrence in fishes from an urban estuary: influence of feeding characteristics on exposure risk. Marine Pollution Bulletin 160: 111539 https://doi.org/10.1016/j.marpolbul.2020.111539
  • Brehmer, P., Sancho, G., Trygonis, V., Itano, D., Dalen, J., Fuchs, A. and Faraj, A. 2019. Towards an autonomous pelagic observatory: Experiences from monitoring fish communities around drifting FADs. Thalassas: An International Journal of Marine Sciences 35(1): 177-189.
  • Sancho, G., Kingsley-Smith, P., Morris, J.P., Toline, A., McDonough, V. and Doty, S. 2018. Invasive Lionfish (Pterois volitans / miles) feeding ecology in Biscayne National Park, Florida, USA. Aquatic Invasions 40(9): 2343-2361.
  • 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