Josh Hancock
Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology
46-007 Lilipuna Rd
Kaneohe, HI 96744
Phone: 808-236-7455
Fax: 808-236-7443
Research Interests
My research interests are centered in the field of marine ecological physiology. My work here has focused on elucidating the complexities of physiological responses to both acute and persistent environmental stressors. More specifically, I’m interested in how marine organisms will cope with anthropogenically driven climate change in conjunction with stressors that occur naturally within their home ranges. My aim is to better describe the susceptibilities of species to these changing ocean conditions, which in turn could help to inform conservation and management strategies moving forward.  

B.S. in Zoology; University of California, Santa Barbara, 2014
M.S. in Biology; Sonoma State University, 2016


Hancock JR, Place SP. 2016. Impact of Ocean Acidification on the Hypoxia Tolerance of the Woolly Sculpin (Clinocottus analis). Conservation Physiology. In Press.

Gaitán-Espitia JD, Hancock JR, Padilla-Gamiño JL, Rivest EB, Blanchette CA, Reed DC, Hofmann GE. 2014. Interactive effects of elevated temperature and pCO2 on early-life-history stages of the giant kelp Macrocystis pyrifera. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology. 457: 51-58.


Hancock, JR and Place, SP. 2015. How intertidal sculpins combat hypoxia and ocean acidification: A physiological conundrum. Western Society of Naturalists. Sacramento, California.

Hancock, JR, Place, SP. 2015. Impacts of ocean acidification on hypoxia induced aerial respiration within a marine fish. American Fisheries Society. Portland, Oregon (poster).

Hancock, JR, JD Gaitián-Espitia, JL Padilla-Gamiño, GE Hofmann. 2013. Ocean warming and ocean acidification effects on the early developmental stages of the Giant Kelp Macrocystis pyrifera. Western Society of Naturalists. Ventura, California (poster).

Funding Sources
CSU COAST Graduate Student Research Award