Hawai'i Pacific University, United States
Dr. David Hyrenbach was born in Spain, received a Ph.D. in Oceanography from the Scripps Institution, and moved to Hawaii in 2008. Currently an associate professor of oceanography at Hawai'i Pacific University, Dr. Hyrenbach’s research examines how oceanographic variability shapes the distributions of marine vertebrates, and how habitat preferences influence the efficacy of spatially-explicit management strategies. He has pursued these questions by developing the conceptual foundation for pelagic marine protected areas (MPAs), assessing the overlap of protected seabirds with fisheries, and quantifying the habitats of far-ranging marine vertebrates. Hyrenbach has conducted this work in the California Current, the Southern Indian Ocean, the Bering Sea, and the Western Mediterranean. Since 2008, Dr. Hyrenbach has focused on the distribution and habitats of Hawaiian seabirds, through at-sea surveys and tracking. This research seeks to quantify the overlap of protected species with potential anthropogenic threats, involving fisheries and marine debris.