MESP faculty

Dr. Alejandro Acevedo-Gutierrez, Associate Professor, Biology Department (Ph.D. Texas A&M University, 2002). Behavior and ecology of marine mammals and seabirds, and their role in the design and implementation of marine protected areas.

Dr. Shawn M. Arellano, Assistant Professor, Biology Department (Ph.D. University of Oregon, 2008). Biological mechanisms that affect larval dispersal and successful recruitment of invertebrates, including reproduction, larval swimming behavior, larval development & physiology, settlement dynamics, and metamorphosis. Deep-sea biology, especially of chemosynthesis-based ecosystems. Invertebrate-microbial interactions.

Dr. Brian L. Bingham, Professor, Department of Environmental Sciences (Ph.D., Florida State University, 1990). Ecology of marine invertebrates with an emphasis on cnidarian-algal symbiosis. Current work focuses on the common intertidal anemones Anthopleura elegantissima and A. xanthogrammica and the fitness consequences of hosting different symbionts.

Dr. Leo R. Bodensteiner, Professor, Department of Environmental Sciences (Ph.D., Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, 1991). Lotic ecology and aquatic habitat restoration, environmental tolerance of aquatic organisms, freshwater fisheries management, and aquaculture.

Dr. Deborah A. Donovan, Professor, Biology Department (Ph.D. University of British Columbia, 1998). Marine biology and physiological ecology. Energetics of marine invertebrates focusing on locomotion and wave-swept environment.

Dr. Marco Hatch, Assistant Professor, Department of Environmental Sciences (Ph.D. Scripps Institution of Oceanography, 2012). Marine ecology, sustainability, traditional ecological knowledge.

Dr. Robin Kodner, Assistant Professor, Biology Department (Ph.D. Harvard University, 2007). Phytoplankton ecology, evolution and comparative genomics including environmental genomic techniques such as metagenomics and metatranscriptomics and putting environmental genomic data into a biogeochemical context.

Dr. Wayne Landis, Professor, Department of Environmental Sciences (Ph.D., Indiana University, 1979). Environmental toxicology, use of multivariate analysis in data analysis, application of complex systems theory to risk assessment, and development of the Relative Risk Model for multiple stressor and regional-scale risk assessment and managment.

Dr. Brooke Love, Assistant Professor, Department of Environmental Sciences (Ph.D. University of Washington, 2009). Volatiles in the marine environment, including systems for determining the effects of increased CO2 (ocean acidification) on marine plankton, and chemistry of deep sea hot springs.

Dr. Erika E. McPhee-Shaw, Professor, Department of Environmental Sciences (Ph.D., University of Washington, 2000). Physical oceanography of coastal environments and continental margins. Mechanics of internal waves and surface waves, turbulence, boundary layers, and nutrient transport in coastal and freshwater systems.

Dr. Benjamin Miner, Associate Professor, Biology Department (Ph.D., University of Florida, 2003). Ecology and evolution of marine organisms and how organisms modify their phenotypes in response to environmental changes (i.e. phenotypic plasticity).

Dr. Craig L. Moyer, Professor, Biology Department (Ph.D., University of Hawaii, 1995). Microbial evolution and molecular phylogeny. Natural history of prokaryotes; molecular approaches in exploring microbial diversity, community structure and ecology.

Dr. M. Brady Olson, Assistant Professor, Biology Department (Ph.D., Biological Oceanography, University of Washington, 2006). Ocean acidification and its effects on planktonic food webs. The role of planktonic organismal interactions in biogeochemical cycling. Plankton and oxygen minimum zones. Harmful algal bloom ecology. Pacific Ocean oceanography.

Dr. John Rybczyk, Professor, Department of Environmental Sciences (Ph.D., Louisiana State University 1997). Wetland and estuarine ecology, wetland plant ecology, restoration ecology, and ecosystem modelling. Current research focuses on modelling the effects of global warming and sea level rise on coastal systems, watershed restoration, and the development of low-cost wastewater treatment systems (constructed and natural wetlands) for coastal municipalities and sea-food processors.

Dr. David H. Shull, Associate Professor, Department of Environmental Sciences (Ph.D. University of Massachusetts Boston, 2000). Soft-bottom benthic community structure and function. Effects of benthic organisms on particle and porewater transport in marine sediments. Ecology of marine deposit feeders,

Dr. Ruth Sofield, Associate Professor, Department of Environmental Sciences (Ph.D., Colorado School of Mines, 2002). Environmental toxicology with emphasis on aquatic systems. Effects of contaminants on population gene structure, bioavailability of contaminants, and development of contaminant biomarkers.

Dr. Suzanne L. Strom, Marine Scientist, Shannon Point Marine Center, adjunct appointment in the Department of Environmental Sciences (Ph.D., University of Washington, 1990). Ecology and physiology of marine planktonic protozoa. Planktonic food web structure and function. Algal and animal pigments as biomarkers for organisms and processes in the ocean. Role of planktonic organisms, especially protozoa, in biogeochemical cycles.

Dr. Kathy Van Alstyne, Marine Scientist, Shannon Point Marine Center, adjunct appointments in the Department of Environmental Sciences and in the Biology Department (Ph.D. University of Washington, 1988). Ecology and physiology of marine macroalgae. Marine plant-herbivore interactions. Chemical defenses of marine seaweeds. Effects of environmental change on chemical defenses and plant-herbivore interactions. Biogeography and evolution of defenses and defense strategies.

 

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