john mandelman

John Mandelman, Ph.D.

Vice President and Chief Scientist

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Ph.D., Biology, Northeastern University, 2006
B.A., Psychology, University of Rochester, Rochester, NY, 1996


Dr. John Mandelman is Vice President and Chief Scientist of the Anderson Cabot Center for Ocean Life, the Aquarium’s solutions-based ocean research, policy, and technical advising institute. Dr. Mandelman has resided at the Aquarium in various capacities since 2004. In collaboration with various colleagues around the globe, John’s scientific research has focused on better understanding and reducing negative effects of human-induced disturbances on vulnerable ocean species, including sharks in the North Atlantic, and has routinely been used to inform fisheries management, industry practices and ocean policy. In addition to his primary role at the New England Aquarium, John is Adjunct Faculty at the University of Massachusetts Boston, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth’s School of Marine Science and Technology, and the Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine.

  1. Select Publications

    Lawrence, M. J., Eliason, E. J., Brownscombe, J. W., Gilmour, K. M., Mandelman, J. W., Cooke, S. J. 2017. An experimental evaluation of the role of the stress axis in mediating predator-prey interactions in wild marine fish. Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology Part A: Molecular & Integrative Physiology. 207:21-29.

    Talwar, B., Brooks, E., Mandelman, J., Grubbs, D. 2017. Stress, post-release mortality, and recovery of commonly discarded deep-sea sharks caught on longlines. Marine Ecology Progress Series. 582:147-161.

    Capizzano, C.W., Mandelman, J.W., Hoffman, W.S., Dean, M.J., Zemeckis, D.R., Benoit, H.P., Kneebone, J., Jones, E. A., Stettner, M.J., Buchan, N.J., Langan, J.A., Sulikowski, J.A. 2016. Estimating and mitigating post-release mortality of Atlantic cod (Gadus morhua) in the Gulf of Maine’s recreational rod-and-reel fishery. ICES Journal of Marine Science.

    McClellan K., Mandelman J.W., Burgess E., Cooke, S.J., Nguyen V.M., and Danylchuk A.J. 2016. Catching sharks: recreational saltwater angler behaviors and attitudes regarding shark encounters and conservation. Aquatic Conservation: Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems, 26: 689–702.

    Benoȋt, H.P., Capizzano, C.W., Knotek, R.J., Rudders, D.B., Sulikowski, J.A., Dean, M.J., Hoffman, W.S., Zemeckis, D.R., Mandelman, J.W. 2015. A generalized model for longitudinal short- and long-term mortality data for commercial fishery discards and recreational fishery catch-and-releases. ICES Journal of Marine Science,

    Jordan, L.K., Mandelman, J.W., McComb, D.M., Fordham, S.V., Carlson, J.C., Werner, T.B. 2013. Linking sensory biology and fisheries bycatch reduction in elasmobranch fishes: A review with new directions for research. Conservation Physiology. 1.

    Cicia, A.M., Schlenker, L.S., Sulikowski, J.A., Mandelman, J.W. 2012. Seasonal variations in the physiological stress response to discrete bouts of aerial exposure in the little skate, Leucoraja erinacea. Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology, Part A. 162:130–138.

    Skomal, G.B., Mandelman, J.W. (equal contribution to authorship). 2012. The physiological response to anthropogenic stressors in marine elasmobranch fishes: a review with a focus on the secondary response. Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology Part A. 162: 146–155.

    Mandelman, J.W., Cooper, P.W., Werner, T.B and Lageaux, K. 2008. Shark bycatch and depredation in the U.S. Atlantic pelagic longline fishery. Reviews in Fish Biology and Fisheries. 18(4): 427–442.

    Mandelman, J.W., and Skomal, G. 2009. Differential sensitivity to capture stress assessed by blood acid-base status in five carcharhinid sharks. Journal of Comparative Physiology, Part B. 179 (3): 267–277.

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