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Selected Publications 
  • Williams, G.C., J.C. Delbeek, B. Shepherd, S. Wolters (2010) Zooxanthellae in Ellisellid Gorgonians of the Philippines. Proceedings of the California Academy of Sciences. Series 4, Vol. 61, (18) pp.647-648.
  • Robert G. Root, Hayden-William Courtland, William Shepherd, and John H. Long, Jr. (2010) “Flapping Flexible Fish: Periodic and Secular Body Reconfigurations in Swimming Lamprey, Petromyzon marinus,” in Animal Locomotion Graham K. Taylor, Michael S. Triantafyllou, & Cameron Tropea, ed.s (Springer Verlag: Berlin Heidelberg) 141-160.
  • Shepherd, Bart (2008) Chapter 25: An experimental prototype coral reef tank at the Steinhart Aquarium’s temporary museum. Advances in Coral Husbandry in Public Aquariums. Public Aquarium Husbandry Series, vol. 2. R.J. Leewis and M. Janse (eds.), pp. 227-238 © 2008 Burgers’ Zoo, Arnhem, the Netherlands.
  • Shepherd, Bart (2008) Chapter 29: Design and development of the Steinhart aquarium’s Philippine coral reef exhibit. Advances in Coral Husbandry in Public Aquariums. Public Aquarium Husbandry Series, vol. 2. R.J. Leewis and M. Janse (eds.), pp. 269-279 © 2008 Burgers’ Zoo, Arnhem, the Netherlands.
  • Root, Courtland, Pell, Hobson, Twohig, Suter, Shepherd, Boetticher and Long. (1999). Swimming Fish and Fish-like Models: The Harmonic Structure of Undulatory Waves Suggest That Fish Actively Tune Their Bodies. Proceedings of the 11th International Symposium on Unmanned Untethered Submersible Technology, Pg. 378-388.
  • Long, Pabst, Shepherd and McLellan (1997). Locomotor Design of Dolphin Vertebral Columns: Bending Mechanics and Morphology of Delphinus delphis. The Journal of Experimental Biology 200, 65-81.

Have a Question?


Q: What’s your favorite animal on display?


A: I keep thinking back to the coconut octopus (Amphioctopus marginatus). Maybe it was seeing them in the field during the Hearst Philippine expedition. They were crawling around and playing with broken bottles in less than ten feet of water. I think I watched them for 20 minutes. Their behavior and interactions are fascinating—they change color, they’re curious and they investigate everything in their environment. That animal really appeals to me.

They’re in the Water Planet exhibit right now. They’re as small as your hand and very active during the day. I’m proud to say, we’re the first institution to display that species.

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More about Bart Shepherd


Department: Aquarium


Expeditions: 9

Most Recent Expedition: Bolinao Marine Laboratory, Bolinao, Pangasinan, Philippines Mabini, Batangas, Philippines.


Number of Dives: 250+


Certifications: Open-Water diving, Advanced Open Water diving, Nitrox diving, diver propulsion vehicle use, Prism2 air-diluent, closed-circuit-rebreather diving




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