Graduate Students

Jennifer Brandon

Zooplankton gut contents in the California Current Ecosystem

Differences in zooplankton and phytoplankton abundance across oceanic fronts

 

Jessica Carrière-Garwood

Plankton transport by nonlinear internal waves

Physical-biological interactions of plankton and in sediment

 

Tyler Coale

Eukaryotic phytoplankton

Metatranscriptomic response of marine eukaryotic phytoplankton communities to iron and light. Mechanisms of iron uptake in diatoms.

 

Jeff Ellen

Machine Learning & Artificial Intelligence

Classification & Clustering within large data sets

 

Ali Freibott

Planktonic food webs and trophic interactions

Microzooplankton community composition

 

Alice Harada

Physiological and genetic basis of evolved thermal tolerance

Monitoring fish spawning activity using DNA barcoding

 

Thomas Kelly

Developing synoptic understandings of carbon export

Quantifying mechanisms controlling export efficiency within an ecosystem

 

Laura Lilly (CCE grad student representative)

Zooplankton transports in the CCS in response to El Niño events

Mesozooplankton-mediated carbon export

 

Lauren Manck

Microbial community composition as related to iron availability in the CCE

Mechanisms used by the microbial community for obtaining sufficient iron in low-iron environments

 

Maitreyi Nagarkar

Using environmental molecular methods to characterize marine microbial communities

Understanding cyanobacterial-grazer interactions

 

Catherine Nickels

Zooplankton ecology

Food web interactions between zooplankton and balaenopterid predators

 

Angel Ruacho

Cycling of iron in the CCE

Cycling of organic metal binding ligands

 

Sara Rivera

Microbial nutrient cycling

Temporal and spatial changes of heterotropic bacterial contributions to the CCE/CaCOFI region

 

Sarah Schwenck

Microbial ecology

Phytoplankton, bacteria, and virus interactions as well as microbial nutrient cycling

 

Anne Simonis

Acoustic ecology

Echolocation behavior of odontocetes

 

Brandon Stephens

The persistence and contribution of organic carbon pools into and exported from the CCE/CalCOFI region

Long-term trends of organic carbon stocks in the context of climate forcing

 

Amy van Cise

Evolutionary ecology of cetaceans

Predator roles in ecosystem dynamics

 

Bellineth Valencia

Zooplankton Ecology

Zooplankton-phytoplankton trophic interactions in the CCE

 

Ben Whitmore

Developing optical imaging systems for use on the Spray Glider

Identifying zooplankton size compositions