Diego Bernal

Diego Bernal






Violette Research 116


2002Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California San DiegoPhD Marine Biology
2000Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California San DiegoMS Marine Biology
1995Universidad Autonoma de Baja CaliforniaBS Biological Oceanography


  • Animal Diversity
  • Animal Physiology
  • Biology of Sharks
  • Environmental Physiology of Marine Organisms





Students with senior standing (or others with consent of the instructor) report on and discuss current biological problems as presented in principle journals, abstracts and reviews. The work of each seminar is usually built upon a single unifying content area.

Introduction to study in the disciplines of the College of Arts and Sciences. This course is designed to increase student success at college. The overall goal of the course is to facilitate a smooth transition to college life by engaging students in a structured curriculum of academic and life skills enhancement while, at the same time, encouraging the development of enduring relationships between students, faculty and advisors, and classmates. To accomplish this goal, the content of the class includes: locating and utilizing campus resources, the importance of co-curricular activity on campus, goal setting and time management skills, writing skills, test preparation and taking skills, critical and creative thinking skills, and career and major/minor exploration.


Research Activities

  • Muscle performance studies in fish
  • Stress response in captured fish
  • Pelagic fish cardiac performance
  • Thermal ecology of fish
  • Movement patterns of fish


Research Awards

  • $199,995 Post-Release Mortality in Recreationally-Caught Shortfin Mako Sharks: Understanding the Effects of Capture, Handling Techniques, and Retained Gear


Research Interests

  • Fish biology
  • Comparative physiology of fishes
  • Comparison of the morphological, physiological, and biochemical specializations of high-performance fishes
  • Fish response to angling-induced stress
  • Disruption to homeostasis in fish

Select publications

  • Eddy, C., Pitt, J., Oliveira, K., Morris, J.A., Potts, J. and Bernal, D. (2019).
    The Life History Characteristics of Invasive Lionfish (Pterois volitans and P. miles) in Bermuda
    Environmental Biology of Fishes
  • Queiroz, N., et al (2019).
    Global spatial risk assessment of sharks under the footprint of fisheries
  • Shadwick, R.E., Bernal, D., Bushnell, P.G. and Steffensen, J.F. (2018).
    Blood pressure in the Greenland Shark as estimated from ventral aortic elasticity
    J. Exp. Biol., 221, 186957.
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