SPMC Faculty

Dr. Shawn M. Arellano, Assistant 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. (360-650-7400 x235)

Dr. Brian L. Bingham, Director of Marine and Coastal Sciences; 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. (360-650-7400 x228)

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. (360-650-7400 x243)

Dr. Brooke Love, Associate 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. (360-650-7400 x230)

Dr. M. Brady Olson, Assistant 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. (360-650-7400 x268)

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.(360-650-7400 x235)

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. (360-650-7400 x246)

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. (360-650-7400 x226)

Dr. Sylvia Yang, Research Assistant Professor, Marine and Coastal Science program. Seagrass and stuarine Ecology: Habitat restoration, life history variation, and resilience in seagrass ecosystems. (360-650-7400 x233)

SPMC Staff

Kelley Bright, Research Associate (360-650-7400 x231)

Scott Maystadt, Maintenance Mechanic (360-650-7400 x241)

Joyce Foster, Custodian (360-650-7400)

Alethea Macomber, Administrative Services Manager (360-650-7400 x222)

Kerri Fredrickson, Research Associate (360-650-7400 x225)

Coral Gehrke, Education Programs Specialist (360-650-7400 x224)

Horng-Yuh Lee, Instruction & Classroom Support Technician (360-650-7400 x263)

Gene McKeen, Manager of Academic Support Services (360-650-7400 x223)

Capt. Nathan T. Schwarck, Safety Professional (Diving Safety Officer) (360-650-7400 x229)

Ahna Van Gaest, Research Associate (360-650-7400 x253)

Other Western Washington University Marine Science Faculty

Dr. Alejandro Acevedo-Gutierrez (Biology) Behavior and ecology of marine mammals and seabirds, marine protected areas.

Dr. Leo R. Bodensteiner (Environmental Sciences) Lotic ecology and aquatic habitat restoration, environmental tolerance of aquatic organisms, freshwater fisheries management, and aquaculture.

Dr. Jacqueline Caplan-Auerbach (Geology) Seismology and acoustics of volcanic systems, marine geophysics, landslide seismicity.

Dr. Robyn M. Dahl (Geology) Invertebrate marine paleoecology, early Paleozoic (Ordovician) gastropods, geoscience education.

Dr. Susan DeBari (Geology) Crustal scale petrologic processes within island arcs, science education.

Dr. Deborah A. Donovan (Biology) Marine biology and physiological ecology. Energetics of marine invertebrates focusing on locomotion and wave-swept environment.

Dr. Marco Hatch (Environmental Sciences) Shellfish biology, ecology, restoration, and traditional ecological management.

Dr. Bernard Housen (Geology) Applications of geophysics to structural and tectonic problems, paleomagnetism and plate motions, magnetic mineral diagenesis and environmental magnetism of marine sediments.

Dr. Robin Kodner (Biology) 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 (Environmental Sciences) 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 management.

Dr. Erika McPhee-Shaw, Professor, Department of Environmental Sciences. Turbulence and stratified fluid flows and waves over continental margins, and how these dynamics affect the distribution of constituents such as sediment and nutrients.

Dr. Benjamin Miner (Biology). Biology of marine invertebrates. Evolutionary and ecological consequences of phenotypic plasticity.

Dr. Camilo Ponton (Geology) Stable isotope geochemistry, organic geochemistry, natural gas systems, paleoclimate.

Dr. Craig L. Moyer (Biology) Microbial evolution and molecular phylogeny. Natural history of prokaryotes; molecular approaches in exploring microbial diversity, community structure and ecology.

Dr. John Rybczyk (Environmental Sciences) Wetland and estuarine ecology, wetland plant ecology, restoration ecology, and ecosystem modelling.

Dr. David H. Shull (Environmental Sciences) 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 (Environmental Sciences) Environmental toxicology. Effects of contaminants on population gene structure, bioavailability of contaminants, and development of contaminant biomarkers.