SPMC Faculty

Dr. Shawn M. Arellano, Associate Professor, Biology Department. 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. (360-650-3634)

Dr. Brian L. Bingham, Director of Marine and Coastal Science; Professor, Department of Environmental Sciences. Ecology of marine benthic communities, with emphasis on larval processes. Effects of larval behavior and post-settlement juvenile mortality on population dynamics of subtidal marine invertebrates, gametogenic cycles, invertebrate larval defense mechanisms, and development of epifaunal communities. (360-650-2845)

Dr. Jay Dimond, Research Assistant Professor, Marine and Coastal Science program. The genomic basis of phenotypic variation and acclimatization in marine organisms, with emphasis on symbiotic cnidarians. Conservation genetics and epigenetics of marine organisms. Molecular and physiological processes governing cnidarian-algal symbioses. (360-650-7485)

Dr. Brooke Love, Professor, Department of Environmental Sciences; Academic Program Director, Marine and Coastal Science Program. Dissolved gases in the marine environment and development of new instrumentation. Specifically, carbon dioxide as it relates to ocean acidification, and the volatiles associated with deep sea hot springs. (360-650-2894)

Dr. M. Brady Olson, Associate Professor, Biology Department. Planktonic predator and prey interactions. The response of planktonic individuals, populations and communities to emerging climate stressors. Coastal planktonic food web ecology, with emphasis on copepod feeding behavior. (360-650-7478)

Dr. Kathryn Sobocinski, Assistant Professor, Department of Environmental Sciences. Applied marine ecologist focusing on fishes, fish habitats, and impacts of human disturbance in coastal ecosystems using statistical and individual-based models in conjunction with field data to describe patterns and processes. Food web ecology, nursery habitats, fisheries oceanography, ecosystem modeling, socio-environmental systems, network models, salmon marine ecology.(360-650-3986)

Dr. Suzanne L. Strom, Senior Marine Scientist. 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. (360-650-7719)

Dr. Kathy Van Alstyne, Marine Scientist. Ecology, physiology, and biochemistry of marine macrophytes (seaweeds and seagrasses). Ecological and environmental causes and consequences of harmful seaweed blooms. Effects of environmental stress on marine macrophytes, ecological interactions, and biogeochemical cycling. Phenotypic plasticity in macrophyte physiology and biochemistry and consequences for individuals, populations, and communities. (360-650-7726)

Dr. Sylvia Yang, Research Assistant Professor, Marine and Coastal Science program. Seagrass and estuarine Ecology: Habitat restoration, life history variation, and resilience in seagrass ecosystems. (360-650-7768)

SPMC Staff

Kelley Bright, Research Associate (360-650-7461)

Kerri Fredrickson, Research Associate (360-650-7708)

Horng-Yuh Lee, Instruction & Classroom Support Technician (360-650-7715)

Alethea Macomber, Administrative Services Manager (360-650-7498)

Scott Maystadt, Maintenance Mechanic (360-650-7496)

Gene McKeen, Manager of Academic Support Services (360-650-6312)

Capt. Nathan T. Schwarck, Safety Professional (Diving Safety Officer) (360-650-7716)

Ahna Van Gaest, Research Associate (360-650-7728)

Lupe Wills, Custodian (360-650-7486)

Other Western Washington University Marine Science Faculty

A number other WWU faculty members do research in marine systems, teach courses on marine topics, and work with faculty and staff at SPMC. A roster of these faculty members and their areas of expertise can be found on the WWU Marine and Coastal Science website.