Scott Gabara PhD candidate SDSU/UC Davis (link to webpage)
Scott is broadly interested interested in food web dynamics specifically understanding anthropogenic and environmental effects on food web structure and function. Scott has used stable isotopes to trace energy flow in kelp forests and rhodolith beds systems off Santa Catalina Island, part of the channel islands archipelago. He plans to study latitudinal variation in urchin barren dynamics for his dissertation.
scottgabara (at) gmail.com
Melissa Ward PhD candidate SDSU/UC Davis (link to webpage)
Melissa's research as a graduate students aims to improve our understanding of how coastal biota contribute to the reduction of anthropogenic CO2 emissions.
maward (at) ucdavis.edu
Pike Spector Master's candidate (link to webpage)
Pike (Mike) is an incoming masters student with extensive research experience and was recently an intern through the Rolex Our World Underwater Scholarship Society for the Channel Islands National Park, we are excited to see what he studies as he progresses through the program.
Billie Beckley Master's student (link to webpage)
Billie is an incoming masters student with extensive research experience at the Institute of Marine and Environmental Technology (IMET) in Baltimore, MD.
Darrin Ambat Master's student (link to webpage)
Darrin primarily focuses on kelp forest communities along the coast of California but has extensive research background on Santa Catalina Island studying multiple organisms ranging from sex-changing fishes to rhodoliths. His main interest is how anthropogenic disturbances affect kelp forest communities. Darrin is currently examining the effects of pH on the trophic interactions between purple urchins and California Sheephead.
Sadie Small (2018) Ecophysiology of a non-native alga: effects of abiotic conditions on invasion success of Sargassum horneri. MS Thesis. San Diego State University. subtidal.sadie (at) gmail.com
Tristin McHugh (2018) Hello darkness: light adaptations in red algae reinforce patch dynamics in temperate reef communities. MS Thesis. San Diego State University.
Genoa Sullaway (2017) The invasive alga, Sargassum horneri, alters native algal assemblages and primary production on subtidal rocky reefs. MS Thesis. San Diego State University. genoahs (at) gmail.com
Melissa Blando (2017) Broodstock conditioning of three abalone species in southern California. MS Thesis. San Diego State University.
Monica M. Tydlaska (2016) Visitor activities and awareness of Marine Protected Areas and species composition at rocky intertidal sites in San Diego, CA. MS Thesis. San Diego State University.
Breckie McCollum (2015) The effects of recruitment density on the growth and survival of juvenile Giant Kelp Macrocystis pyrifera. MS Thesis. San Diego State University. (Currently Phd student at UMass Boston with Jarrett Byrnes)
breckmcc (at) gmail.com
Priya Shukla (2015) Environmental variability influences kelp ecophysiology: Implications for anthropogenic climate change. MS Thesis. San Diego State University. (Currently Bodega Ocean Acidification Research (BOAR) Technician at UC Davis)
Matthew B. Brown (2014) The Effects Of Rising Ocean Temperature And pCO2 On The Physiology And Growth Of Giant Kelp, Macrocystis Pyrifera, And Grazing By Purple Urchins, Strongylocentrotus Purpuratus. MS Thesis. San Diego State University. (Currently Phd student at Oregon State University)
Brenna E. Bulach (2012) Characterizing the response of coralline algae to ocean acidification. MS Thesis. San Diego State University.
Andrea Pesce (2012) The Physiological response of non-calcifying benthic macroalgae to climate change. MS Thesis. San Diego State University.
Dominic Hondolero (2011) Physical and biological characteristics of kelp forests in Kachemak Bay, Alaska. MS Thesis. San Diego State University. (Currently researcher at NOAA Kasitsna Bay)
Laura T. Carney (2009) The biology of kelp gametophyte banks in a southern California kelp forest. Phd thesis UC Davis/San Diego State University. (Currently post doctoral researcher at Scripps)
lcarney (at) ucsd.edu
Damien K. Cie (2007) Effects of Vertical Distribution on Dispersal Potential of Kelp Spores. MS Thesis. San Diego State University.(Currently director of Daniel K Inouye Solar Telescope Mitigation/STEM at UH)
Guillermo Torres Moye (2012) Mainland and Island Kelp Forests in Northern Baja California, Mexico: Subtidal Community Structure, Dynamics, and Connectivity for the Design of Marine Protected Areas. Phd Thesis. UC Davis. (Currently research faculty at Universidad Autónoma de Baja California)
gtorres (at) uabc.edu.mx
Rachelle Mothokakobo (2009) Thesis Topic: (Currently at the Ocean Discovery Institute) Contact:
Stacie M. Fejtek (2008) The Effects Of Irradiance In Determining The Vertical Distribution Of Elk Kelp Pelagophycus Porra. MS Thesis. San Diego State University. (Currently phd candidate at UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability)
SFejtek (at) gmail.com
Christina A. Dodge (2009) The effects of food availability on reproduction and disease in the purple sea urchin (Strongylocentrotus purpuratus). MS Thesis. San Diego State University.
Paul G. Mattson (2006) Physical processes affecting the distribution and morphology of two understory kelps across a latitudinal gradient. MS Thesis, San Diego State University. (Currently phd candidate UCSB)
matson (at) lifesci.ucsb.edu