Graduate Students


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.



Nathalí Cordero-Quiro

El Niño - Southern Oscillation Events

Analysis of the predictability of ENSO events in the CCS


Christian Fender

Zooplankton ecology, particularly of gelatinous species

Estimates of carbon export to the deep and the mechanisms by which zooplankton influence it


Kiefer Forsch

Iron biogeochemistry

Iron supply and cycling in productive planktonic ecosystems


Kayleen Fulton

Effects of iron limitation on cellular ratios of diatoms
Exploring impacts of enhanced silica ballasting on silica and carbon cycling


John Irving

Biogeochemical Modeling
Bottom up controls of lower trophic level biomass


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



Caroline Lowcher

California Current upwelling system

Coastal processes and dynamics of upwelling systems. Observational oceanography of boundary curre



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


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


Stephanie Sommer

Zooplankton ecology

Plankton community structure and trophic interactions


Margot White

Stable isotopes of nitrate

Organic matter and nitrogen cycling


Ben Whitmore

Developing optical imaging systems for use on the Spray Glider

Identifying zooplankton size compositions


Wiley Wolfe

Chemical sensor development

Seawater carbonate chemistry in the CCE/CalCOFI region




Natalie Yingling

Plankton ecology

Biological carbon pump