Diego Bernal

Associate Professor





Violette Research 116


1995Universidad Autonoma de Baja CaliforniaB.S. in Biology
2000University of California San DiegoM.S. in Biology
2002University of California San DiegoPh.D in Biology


  • Animal Biology
  • Biology of organisms
  • Animal physiology
  • Biology of sharks
  • Environmental physiology of marine organisms


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

Research activities

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

Select publications

Donley, J.M, Sepulveda, C.A., Aalbers, S.A., McGillivray, D.G., Syme, D.A. & Bernal, D. (2012).
Fish Biochemistry and Physiology
Temperature effects on the contractile properties of locomotor muscle in the common thresher shark (Alopias vulpinus)

Marshall, H., Field, L., Afiadata, A., Sepulveda, C., Skomal, G. & Bernal, D. (2012).
Haematological indicators of stress in longline-captured sharks Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology
Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology

Patterson, J., Sepulveda, C. and Bernal, D. (2011).
The vascular morphology and in vivo muscle temperatures of thresher sharks (Alopiidae)
Journal of Morphology, 272, 1353-1364.

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