PI Expertise

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Jeffrey Abell (HSU)

Biochemical processes in seawater and sediments; biochemical cycling of carbon, oxygen, and nitrogen cycling in open ocean environments; dissolved organic matter (DOM); development of techniques for organic nutrient analysis

Burkard Baschek (UCLA)

Observational physical oceanography of coastal and upper ocean processes such as submesoscale eddies and fronts, tidal flows, flow-topography interaction, exchange flow in sea straits, air-sea gas exchange, and rogue waves; instrument development.

Yehuda Bock (SIO/UCSD)

Developed and pioneered research in the areas of geodesy, geophysics, and spatial referencing: continuous Global Positioning System (GPS) data archive, high-precision GPS analysis methods, continuous GPS networks, crustal deformation, GPS seismology, near-real-time GPS meteorology, and early warning systems for earthquakes, tsunamis, and volcanoes.

Jeffry Borgeld (HSU)

Marine sedimentation; shallow marine stratigraphy; coastal geomorphology; sediment transport; beach and nearshore sedimentation

Louis W. Botsford (UC Davis)

Since analyzing the effect of the upwelling index on Dungeness crab catch in 1975, I have continued to examine the influence of environmental variability on marine populations through analysis of covariability between population data and environmental data, analysis of tagging data (CWT) and analysis of population dynamic responses to variable environments at various levels of harvest.  I have also analyzed the response of NPZ models to upwelling winds on various time scales.

Peter D. Bromirski (SIO/UCSD)

Climate change related short and longer term variability of sea level and wave activity focused on coastal impacts, wave induced ambient seismic noise on global and regional scales, Antarctic ice shelf response to swell and infragravity waves, the Earth's hum sources and variability, and extension of applicable research to the seismological and glaciological communities and to broader audiences.

Mark Brzezinski (UCSB)

Marine biogeochemical cycling with emphasis on the role of silicon in controlling the contribution of diatoms to the marine carbon cycle. Paleoceanographic reconstructions of diatom productivity through time and their effect on atmospheric pCO2 during glacial cycles.

Craig Carlson (UCSB)

Biogeochemistry of dissolved organic matter in oceanic systems and its interaction with microbial processes and microbial community structure.  Particular interested in examining the effects of high CO2 on organic matter partitioning between dissolved and particulate phase and the fate of that organic matter.

Mark Carr (UCSC)

Population and community ecology of temperate marine reef fishes and kelp forest ecosystems, large-scale long-term ecological monitoring programs, design and evaluation of marine protected areas, applications to informing ecosystem-based management.

Leila M. Vespoli de Carvalho (UCSB)

Observational analysis and modeling of climate on broad ranges of time and spatial scales; tropics-extratropics interactions and the importance of ocean-atmospheric coupling; regional extreme climate variations in the present and futures scenarios of global change.

Jennifer Caselle (UCSB)

Larval dispersal and recruitment processes of marine organisms, Marine Protected Area monitoring, Community dynamics on temperate and coral reefs, Marine fisheries

Eileen Cashman (HSU)

Waters Resource Engineering, Hydrology and Hydraulics, Hydrologic Modeling, Watershed Modeling for Nonpoint Source Pollution Transport

Daniel Cayan (SIO/UCSD)

Research interests include: links between global-regional climate varability and hydrologic fluctuations in North America; impacts of climate varability and climate change on California; and large-scale exchange of heat and water between the ocean and the atmosphere.

Luca Centurioni (SIO/UCSD)

Research interests include: surface drifter development and implementation, ocean currents and circulation, coastal management and observation.

Dave Checkley (SIO/UCSD)

The ecology of marine zooplankton and fish, fisheries oceanography, the effects of weather and climate on zooplankton and fish, the effects of elevated CO2, including ocean acidification, on fish and their ecosystems, and the development of instruments to better study these topics.

Gary N. Cherr (UC Davis)

Environmental stress in the marine environment and impacts on reproduction and development, environmental toxicology, environmental change and impacts on fish populations, restoration of endangered species, impacts of endocrine disruption and oil spills in coastal regions.

Bruce Cornuelle (SIO/UCSD)

Analysis of observations for dynamical balances and causality.  Development and application of ocean state estimation methods for analyzing and combining observations in the context of models.  These methods are applied in models ranging from basin scale to sub-km scale in the San Diego coastal region.

Sean Craig (HSU)

Marine ecology: 1) self-nonself recognition and the evolution of cooperation in colonial marine animals, and (2) rocky intertidal and subtidal community ecology, with a particular focus on interactions between native and introduced species.

Curtis Deutsch (UCLA)

Ocean biogeochemical cycles and ecosystem modeling,  interaction between ecosystems and their physical and chemical environments, climate change impacts on terrestrial and marine ecosystems

Andrew Dickson (SIO/UCSD)

Ocean carbon dioxide measurements, ocean acidification, ocean biogeochemistry.

Christopher A. Edwards (UCSC)

Circulation processes on continental shelves, ocean modeling, ecosystem processes and biological/physical interactions, ocean state estimates for observing systems, larval dispersal and population connectivity.

Jerome Fiechter (UCSC)

Development and application of coupled ocean circulation-ecosystem models. Study of biophysical interactions in coastal ocean on scales ranging from synoptic to decadal.

Brian Gaylord (UC Davis)

Marine ecomechanics and physical-biological coupling, larval and spore dispersal, form and function in organismal design, intertidal hydrodynamics, kelp forest interactions with flow, impacts of ocean acidification

Sarah Gille (SIO/UCSD)

Application of ocean observing system to assess climate processes and long-term climate change, with a particular focus on the Southern Ocean.

Sarah Goldthwait Stone (HSU)

Zooplankton ecology; coastal and mesopelagic food webs; marine particle dynamics; microbial ecology.

Gary Griggs (UCSC)

Coastal Processes and Hazards including littoral cell budgets, sand transport, coastal engineering structures and their effectiveness and impacts, coastal erosion. and sea level impacts on the shoreline.

Alex Hall (UCLA)

Climate change at global and regional scales, climate sensitivity, climate change impacts, mesoscale climate dynamics, and development and application of regional climate models.

David Hankin (HSU)

Quantitative fishery scientist focused primarily on life history and fishery management of Dungeness crab and Chinook salmon.  Also, stock assessment and sustainable fisheries and the assessment of potential long-term impacts of hatchery operations on Chinook salmon.

Alan Hastings (UC Davis)

Modeling of marine population dynamics, bioeconomics, and application of these ideas to fisheries management and design of marine protected areas

Philip Hastings (SIO/UCSD)

Systematics, evolution, ecology and conservation biology of marine fishes.

Ryan F Hechinger (SIO/UCSD))

Ecological parasitology, ecosystem-level sampling, development and application of ecological indicator tools, ecology of California and Baja California estuaries.

Tessa Hill (UC Davis)

Development of marine climate records from oceanographic monitoring, and proxy records from corals and sediments; ocean geochemistry and ocean acidification; marine ecosystem response to climate change.

Charles Jones (UCSB)

Climate dynamics, statistical and model analyses of extreme weather events, forecasting and predictability studies, regional meteorological modeling

J. Anthony Koslow (SIO/UCSD)

Development and application of ocean observing systems, biological and fisheries oceanography, recruitment ecology, impact of these processes on marine resource management, and  extension of applicable research to broader audiences.

Tihomir Kostadinov (UCSB)

Research interests include: monitoring marine resources and evaluating the impact of human activities; remote ocean sensing; and the composition, concentration, and origin of suspended and dissolved materials in the coastal ocean zones.

Patrick Krug (CSULA)

15 years of experience quantifying larval behavior, larval lifespan, and adult abundance patterns for marine invertebrates, which will be critical to improving the performance of oceanographic models used to predict connectivity of coastal populations.  For seven years his lab has developed molecular markers for marine mollusks, an ecologically critical group that remains under-studied from a population genetic perspective.  Krug’s lab has established a monitoring program across a range of field sites in northern California, including in situ measurements of temperature, salinity, rainfall and organism abundance. Dr. Krug has won awards on campus and with regional partners for his contributions to students mentoring.

Raphael Kudela (UC Santa Cruz)

Phytoplankton ecology and coastal ocean processes, including ecophysiology, bio-optics, and remote sensing, with an emphasis on development of ocean observing systems for harmful algal blooms and dissemination of that information to end users.

Armand M Kuris (UCSB)

Disease ecology, parasite ecology, epidemiology and crustacean biology with application of this knowledge and these concepts to conservation, fisheries management, biological control of invasive species, sustainable aquaculture, and evaluation of marine ecosystem management, restoration and functioning.

Kevin Lafferty (UCSB/USGS)

Construction and analysis of ecological networks; marine reserve design and evaluation; effects of fishing; ecology of infectious disease, population modeling, nearshore coastal ecosystems such as estuaries, reefs, and intertidal areas, conservation biology, ecology of marine birds, fishes, and invertebrates, biology of invasive species.

Margaret Lang (HSU)

Hydrology, Hydraulics, Fish Passage, Contaminant Transport.

John Largier (UC Davis)

Implementation of ocean observing systems to shelf, bay and estuary waters; circulation/transport/residence of water in relation to salmon and other marine populations, larval dispersal and marine protected areas, coastal pollution, and ecosystem productivity; environment change; policy input.

Anita Leinweber (UCLA)

Marine biogeochemical cycle, investigating the role of the coastal oceans in the global carbon cycle, ocean acidification, coastal time-series observations (buoy and ship-based) for physical and biogeochemical (dissolved inorganic carbon, alkalinity, pCO2, nutrients) parameters

Lisa A. Levin (SIO/UCSD)

Ecology of wetlands, estuaries and continental slopes: population connectivity, trophic interactions, invasion biology, community responses to hypoxia, acidification and sulfide stress. Methane seep and hydrothermal vent ecosystem studies. Human impacts on continental margins.

Qinbin Li (UCLA)

Development and application of global and regional 3-D models to understand precursor emissions, chemical processes, and transport that determine the life cycles of various air pollutants, greenhouse gases, and aerosols, and to characterize the influence of global climate and chemical change on regional air quality and the effects of regional pollution on the global atmosphere.

Marc Mangel (UCSC)

Quantitative population and community ecology and ecosystem based fishery management with application to the California Current, Bering Sea, Pacific Islands, and Southern Ocean ecosystems

Baldo Marinovic (UCSC)

Zooplankton ecology and pelagic food web dynamics.

Stéphane Maritorena (UCSB)

Bio-optical and ocean color modeling and application to satellite remote sensing and data merging.

Todd Martz (UCSD)

Development and application of autonomous chemical sensors. Remote, in-situ observations of ocean biogeochemistry. Ocean biogeochemical modeling.

James McWilliams (UCLA)

Theory and computational simulation for climate and oceanic coastal circulation, biogeochemistry, and plankton ecosystem.

C. Roberto Mechoso (UCLA)

Climate modeling and simulation, atmosphere-ocean interactions, monsoon systems.

Arthur J. Miller (SIO/UCSD)

Ocean modeling and coupled ocean-atmosphere modeling, North Pacific decadal climate variability; ocean data assimilation; ocean ecosystem response to physical oceanographic variations

Andrew Moore (UCSC)

Ocean modeling, development and applications of variational ocean data assimilation systems, stochastic systems, physical oceanography and ocean prediction.

J. David Neelin (UCLA)

Ocean-atmosphere interaction, climate variations including El Ni˜no/Southern oscillation, tropical atmospheric and climate dynamics, land-surface–climate interaction, climate models of intermediate complexity, precipitation processes and their representation in climate models.

Norman Nelson (UCSB)

Observational bio-optics, ocean color remote sensing, and applications to biogeochemistry and the ocean carbon cycle.

Richard D. Norris (SIO/UCSD)

Global change impacts and conservation in marine ecosystems, history of marine environment, climate, and ocean circulation from the marine microfossil record, evolutionary processes in pelagic species and ecosystems.

Carter Ohlmann (UCSB)

Regional and coastal ocean circulation with particular emphasis on sub-meso scale flows from a Lagrangian perspective.

Uta Passow (UCSB)

Phytoplankton ecology, Aggregation, Transparent Exopolymer Particles (TEP), Carbon Flux, Sedimentation, Effect of ballasting and opal dissolution for carbon and Si Flux, microbial degradation, Climate Change, Ocean acidification.

Peter Raimondi (UCSC)

Near shore marine ecology with an emphasis on kelp forests and rocky intertidal communities, with expertise on the design and analysis of experiments and monitoring programs.

Veerabhadran Ramanathan (SIO/UCSD)

Climate Dynamics, the Greenhouse Effect, Air Pollution, Clouds, Aerosols, Satellite Radiation Measurements, Global Climate Models, Unmanned Aircraft Applications in Climate Sciences, Mitigation of Climate Change.

Dean Roemmich (SIO/UCSD)

Role of the oceans in the climate system; design, development and implementation of sustained global ocean observations including the Argo Program and the High Resolution XBT Network.

Daniel Rudnick (SIO/UCSD)

Research interests include: Physical and biological dynamics of the upper ocean; fronts and eddies; and air-sea interaction.

Ann D. Russell (UC Davis)

Biogeochemical processes controlling the stable isotope and trace metal composition of marine and fresh-water carbonates; controls over ocean and estuarine carbon system dynamics; reconstructing the pH and temperature of past oceans using geochemical proxies; geochemical interfaces between ground water, surface water, and seawater.

Lynn Russell (SIO/UCSD)

Develops models and analyzes observations to understand the microphysical and chemical evolution of aerosol particles in the atmosphere.  Her expertise includes aerosol chemical composition, aerosol dynamics, and aerosol-cloud interactions.

Eric Sanford (UC Davis)

Marine ecology, impacts of climate change and ocean acidification, marine biogeography, regulation of geographic range boundaries, local adaptation, larval ecology, invertebrate biology.

Ulrike Seibt (UCLA)

Terrestrial biogeochemistry, atmosphere-biosphere interactions, development and application of multi-tracer modelling and observation systems, ecohydrology, and climate change impacts on ecosystem processes and functioning.

Uwe Send (SIO/UCSD)

Experimental study of ocean circulation systems such as the meridional overturning circulation, boundary currents, upwelling regimes; timeseries observations of processes driving biogeochemical, carbon cycle, and ecosystem change; development of coastal and open-open real-time ocean observing systems; mooring techniques and technology.

Frank Shaughnessy (HSU)

Population and community ecology of marine algae and seagrasses, also involved in CSU collaborative effort to set up an integrated ocean observation platform to monitor near shore marine water quality.

David Siegel (UCSB)

Interdisciplinary marine science focusing on bio-physical interactions; specifically, satellite ocean color remote sensing, optical oceanography, mesoscale eddy & coastal processes, numerical modeling using Lagrangian approaches and spatial fisheries management

George Sugihara (SIO/UCSD)

Development of quantitative methods for analyzing and forecasting nonlinear non-equilibrium systems (e.g. time series observations of many biological and physical ocean properties, and especially fisheries and atmospheric data). Understanding and predicting potential catastrophic change in complex systems (ecosystems, financial systems) and the implications of relevant research to policy formation and resource management, as well as the application of these methods to broader audiences. Design and development of financial instruments and rational markets that promote resource sustainability and industry efficiency (e.g. ITEC (individual transferable encounter credits) and catch shares in fisheries

Eric Terrill (SIO/UCSD)

Coastal observing systems and technology development (HF radar, in-situ sensor systems, moorings, autonomous underwater vehicles). Air-sea interaction processes; surface waves, wave breaking, and turbulence and in air-sea fluxes, boundary layers, hurricanes. Acoustical oceanography with emphasis on applications to nearshore, coastal, and upper ocean studies.

Rick Thomas (SIO/UCSD)

Earth-atmosphere exchange flux measurements of trace gases and chemically speciated particles from ground and airborne platforms, the development of custom software tools for flux data analysis and interpretation with particular regard for aerosol climatic effects, ecosystem acidification/eutrophication, and anthropogenic exposure.

Libe Washburn (UCSB)

Interdisciplinary oceanographic studies examining the effects of physical oceanographic processes on marine ecosystems.  Development of coastal ocean observing systems to provide critical data supporting management of marine protected areas, water quality, and basic research.

James Wilen (UC Davis)

Integrated ecosystem modeling applied to fisheries systems, forecasting the biological and economic implications of policy options, understanding ecosystem impacts of marine exploitation, policy analysis of incentive-based fisheries policy options