Jeff Barr SCUBA diving

Jeff Barr (Ph.D.)

B.S. Aquatic Ecology, University of California, Santa Barbara (2004)
Lab: Anderson
Research Interests: reef fish population dynamics
Dissertation topic: Habitat-associated persistence and movement of rocky reef fishes





Robert Dunn

Robert Dunn (Ph.D.)

B.A., Environmental Studies, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2009
M.S., Marine Science, North Carolina State University 2013
Lab: Hovel
Research Interests: Predator-prey interactions, Conservation, Ecosystem Restoration, Fisheries ecology
Thesis: California spiny lobster ecology and impacts of fisheries on rocky reef community dynamics




Nick HaymanNick Hayman (M.S.)

B.S. Marine Biology, University of Oregon (2012)
Lab: Hentschel
Research Interests: coastal marine habitats, marine conservation, anthropogenic impacts, predator-prey interactions
Thesis topic: Combined effects of sub-lethal insecticide exposure and water flow speed on the predator prey interaction between an estuarine fish and spionid worm





Emily JonesEmily Jones (Ph.D.)

B.S., Evolution and Ecology, UC Davis (2004)
M.S., Biological Sciences, University of Rhode Island (2007)
Lab: Long
Research Interests: Marine community ecology, algal-herbivore interactions

Dissertation topic: The influence of herbivore-induced defenses on community and ecosystem processes







kwanChristoper Kwan (Ph.D.)

Lab: Long
Research Interests: marine community ecology, chemical ecology, predator-prey interactions

Dissertation topic: Community-level effects of sub-lethal concentration of pollutants on estuarine trophic systems






madrakSheila Madrak (Ph. D.)


Research Interests: Sea turtle ecology, spatial ecology
Dissertation Topic: Thermal ecology of eastern Pacific green sea turtles in San Diego Bay





Breckie McCollum

Breckie McCollum (M.S.)

BSc. Aquatic and Fisheries Science, University of Washington (2008)
Lab: Edwards
Thesis Topic: The effects of recruitment density on the growth and survival of juvenile Giant Kelp (Macrocystis pyrifera)
Twitter: @Mpyrifera







Kate McDaniel

Kate McDaniel (M.S.)

Research Interests: larval ecology, larval development, marine conservation ecology
Thesis topic: Gene expression during metamophic competency of a marine polychaete, Phragmatopoma californica








Megan MorrisMegan Morris (M.S.)

BS in Biology from San Diego State University
Research Interests: Microbial ecology, kelp forest ecology, metagenomics
Thesis topic: Microbial communities associated with Macrocystis pyrifera





Shelby Rinehart

Shelby Rinehart (Ph.D.)

B.S. Biological Sciences, University of Rhode Island (2013)
Interests: predator-prey interactions, indirect interactions, volatile chemical emissions, inducible defenses
Dissertation Topic: Role of predator-prey interactions in structuring intertidal soft-sediment communities





Katie SieversKatie Sievers (M.S.)

Thesis Topic: Influence of abiotic and biotic habitat structure on reef fish assemblages




Priya Shukla (M.S.)


Research Interests: Kelp forest ecology, antrhopogenic impacts to marine ecosystems, coastal oceanography

Thesis Topic: TBD



Sadie Small (M.S.)

B.S., Ecology , Behavior, and Evolution, UC San Diego

Lab: Edwards

Research Interests: phycology, biogeography, and ecology


Genoa Sullaway (M.S.)
B.S. Biology, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo (2014)
Lab: Edwards
Research Interests: Kelp forest ecology, predator-prey interactions, marine conservation, nutrient cycling


Monica Tydlaska (M.S.)

B.S., Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, UC Santa Cruz
B.A., Environmental Studies, UC Santa Cruz
Thesis: Visitor Awareness of Marine Protected Areas, activities and impacts on the biodiversity of rocky intertidal sites.





Erin VoigtErin Voigt (M.S.)

B.S., Biology, St. Mary’s College of Maryland (2009)
Lab: Hovel
Research Interests: Coastal and estuarine ecology, biogenic habitat conservation, community ecology
Thesis topic: TBD

sarah wheeler

Sarah Wheeler (Ph. D.)

B.S. in Biology from the University of Michigan


Research Interests: marine fish population dynamics, larval behavior, oceanography and marine conservation

Dissertation topic: Biological and oceanographic drivers of rockfish (Sebastes spp.) larval condition, settlement and recruitment success






Mallarie_BioPic-Option2 Mallerie Yeager (M.S.)
B.S., Biology, University o​​f North Florida, 2009
Lab: Hovel
Research Interests: Nursery habitat function, predator-prey interactions, seagrass landscape ecology,  and juvenile fish ecology.
Thesis Topic: How habitat structure can mediate predation risk and growth of a fish throughout their juvenile life history stages.