Coastal Ecology

Understanding the ecology, biogeochemical environment, marine conditions, and societal impacts of nearshore environments ranging from wetlands and estuaries to the edge of the continental shelf.


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Associate Researcher
Associate Professor
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Emeritus / Professor of Graduate Division
Jennifer Smith
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Centers, Labs, and Programs

We analyze the interactions among marine ecology and biodiversity, fisheries, socioeconomics, climate change, and more.

We take advantage of molecular genetic approaches to examine diverse questions in ecology and evolution.

CalCOFI is a long-term, interdisciplinary, cross-sectoral ecosystem research program off the coast of California that holistically studies the physics, biogeochemistry, and biology of the marine environment to inform the sustainable management of marine resources in the context of climate change

Providing services on coastal and marine science and policy issues.


Investigating nonlinear transitions in the California Current coastal pelagic ecosystem.

Studies coral reef ecosystems to answer fundamental questions of population biology, trophic dynamics, and spatial ecology.

Biological oceanographer and marine ecologist.

Dedicated to generating and disseminating scientific information that has a direct, positive impact on conservation and management issues and policies in the region.


The Human Ecology Laboratory groups together students and researchers to explore the relationships between people and the environment through time. In particular, the lab focuses on understanding Social Vulnerability related to Climate Change.

Levin is a marine ecologist who studies benthic ecosystems in the deep sea and shallow water.