The Team

 James Wraith 150 by 175James Wraith

Position: Research Officer - Sustaining Coastal Marine Zones
MSc (Marine Ecology) University of Wollongong, BSc (Marine Biology) University of Wollongong, BA (Economics) University of California, Irvine

Phone: +61 2 4221 5173
Room: B20.2.205

Career Summary

James has a multidisciplinary career path that diverted from economics to marine research. After completing a degree in Economics from the University of California, Irvine, U.S.A., James served as a Logistics Officer in both the United States Navy and the Royal Australian Navy. With a gained interest in the marine environment, James completed his MSc at the University of Wollongong where he studied temperate reef assemblages within NSW Marine Parks. James then undertook a position with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) in San Diego, California, U.S.A where he managed fieldwork, oversaw citizen-science programs and contributed to highly migratory species life history and ecological research in the advancement of national and international marine resource management. James is excited to bring his experience and knowledge back to the University of Wollongong. He is interested in marine conservation and marine governance and plans to contribute in every possible way to the Sustaining Coastal and Maritime projects of the Global Challenges Program.

Research Interests

- Sustainable recreational and commercial fisheries
- Fisheries management
- Highly migratory species
- Marine protected areas
- Temperate reef assemblages

Selected Publications & Reports 

Cartamil DP, Wraith J, Wegner N, Kacev D, Lam C, Santana-Morales O, Sosa-Nishizaki O, Escobedo-Olvera M, Kohin S, Graham J, Hastings P (2016) Movements and distribution of juvenile common thresher sharks (Alopias vulpinus) in Pacific coast waters of the United States and Mexico. Marine Ecology Progress Series 548, 153-163.

Runcie RM, Holts D, Wraith J, Xu Y, Ramon D, Rasmussen R, Kohin S (2016) A fisheries-independent survey of shortfin mako (Isurus oxyrinchus) and blue (Prionace glauca) sharks in the Southern California Bight, 1994-2013. Fisheries Research 183, 233-243.

Newton KC, Wraith J, Dickson KC (2015) Digestive enzyme activities are higher in the shortfin mako shark, Isurus oxyrinchus, than in ectothermic sharks as a result of visceral endothermy. Fish Physiology and Biochemistry 41(4), 887-98.

Wraith J, Lynch T, Minchinton TE, Broad A, Davis AR (2013) Bait type affects fish assemblages and feeding guilds observed at baited remote underwater video stations. Marine Ecology Progress Series 477: 189–199.

Hutchinson M, Wang JH, Swimmer Y, Holland K, Kohin S, Dewar H, Wraith J, Vetter R, Heberer C, Martinez J (2012) The effects of a lanthanide metal alloy on shark catch rates. Fisheries Research 131–133, 45–51.

Malcolm HA, Gladstone W, Lindfield S, Wraith J, Lynch TP (2007) Spatial and temporal variation in reef fish assemblages of marine parks in New South Wales, Australia - baited video observations. Marine Ecology Progress Series 350: 277–290.

Wraith J, Przeslawski R, Davis A (2006) UV-Induced Mortality in Encapsulated Intertidal Embryos: Are Mycosporine-Like Amino Acids an Effective Sunscreen? Journal of Chemical Ecology 32(5), 993-1004.

Reports and Research Outputs
Young CN, Carlson J, Hutchinson M, Hutt C, Kobayashi D, McCandless CT, Wraith J (2016) Status review report: oceanic whitetip shark (Carcharhinius longimanus). Final Report to the National Marine Fisheries Service, Office of Protected Resources. November 2016. 162 pp.

Runcie RM, Xu Y, Wraith J, Kohin S (2014) Standardized abundance index of juvenile shortfin mako shark (Isurus oxyrinchus) based on a fishery-independent survey in the Southern California Bight (1994-2013). Working Paper to the International Scientific Committee. (ISC/14/SHARKWG/3-08).

Sippel T, Wraith J, Kohin S (2013) A summary of blue marlin conventional tag recapture data from NMFS-SWFSC Cooperative Billfish Tagging Program in the Pacific Ocean. Working Paper to the International Scientific Committee. (ISC/13/BILL-WG-1/08).

Sippel T, Wraith J, Kohin S, Holdsworth J, Taylor V, Taguchi M, Matsunaga H, Yokawa, K (2011) A summary of blue shark (Prionace glauca) and shortfin mako shark (Isurus oxyrinchus) tagging data available from the Pacific Ocean. Working Paper to the International Scientific Committee (ISC/11/SHARK-WG-2/04).

Wraith J, Kohin S (2007-2015) Annual NOAA Southwest Fisheries Science Center Billfish Tagging Program Newsletter.

Wraith, J (2007-2016) Technical Reports for the NOAA Southwest Fisheries Science Center Annual Juvenile Blue and Mako Abundance Survey.

Wraith, J. (2007) Batemans Marine Park BRUV reef fish monitoring program. Unpublished report to Batemans Marine Park Research Committee. Pp. 42.

Last reviewed: 23 August, 2017

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