IMS Professional Researchers

Josh Adams, Associate Researcher: Understanding the distribution and abundance patterns of seabirds at sea, nesting biology, foraging ecology and conservation science.

Michael Beck, Researcher, Adjunct Professor of Ocean Sciences, Lead Marine Scientist for The Nature Conservancy: Marine conservation, regional biodiversity planning, habitat restoration, marine proprietary rights.

Elizabeth Becker, Associate Researcher: Abundance and distribution of cetaceans (whales, dolphins and porpoises) in the eastern and central North Pacific Ocean, with an emphasis on developing and evaluating predictive habitat-based models of cetacean density.

Steven Bograd, Researcher: Physical oceanography, physical-biological interactions, fisheries oceanography, climate variability, upper-ocean circulation and dynamics, coastal oceanography, North Pacific Ocean, eastern boundary systems, electronic tagging of animals, field measurements, time series analysis.

David Boughton, Researcher: Ecology and evolution of southern- and central-coast California steelhead; population and metapopulation dynamics; processes controlling habitat dynamics at intermediate and broad scales, especially in arid and montane systems; river restoration.

Daniel Brumbaugh, Associate Researcher: Coral reef ecology, the dynamics of social-­ecological systems, and natural resource management, including conservation planning and adaptive management.

Eric Danner, Associate Researcher: Spatial patterns in ecology using coupled physical and biological models to understand how climate and water management interact to impact the diverse range of aquatic habitats in California’s Central Valley watershed

John Field, Researcher: Understanding the spatial scales of recruitment processes, investigating the mechanisms that drive recruitment variability and the spatial distribution of forage species, ecosystem interactions between variable forage abundance and higher trophic level predators, improved methods for stock assessments, the reproductive ecology of groundfish, and the role of climate variability and climate change in all of these respective processes.

Ari Friedlaender, Associate Researcher: Foraging ecology and behavior of marine vertebrates and understanding the impacts of anthropogenic disturbance.

Elliott Hazen, Associate Researcher, Assistant Adjunct Professor of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, Research Ecologist with Environmental Research Division SWFSC, NOAA Fisheries: Marine ecology, birds and mammals, conservation biology: focusing on predator-prey dynamics and their response to environmental variability and global change.

Andrew Hein, Assistant Researcher: Modeler and ecologist, with a diverse range of interests from animal movement to ecosystem ecology.

Brent Hughes, Assistant Researcher: Determining the consequences of anthropogenic stressors on ecosytem stability and function.

Bruce Jaffe, Researcher: Coastal geologic and physical processes, ranging from surf-zone sediment transport and hydrodynamics to interpretation and modeling of paleotsunami deposits.

Joe Kiernan, Assistant Researcher: How resource subsidies, environmental stochasticity, and biotic interactions affect the structure and function of riverine communities; particularly the relative and synergistic roles of physical habitat, hydrology, and food web structure in determining the growth and production of juvenile salmonids, and how these factors vary across both time and space.

Steven Lindley, Researcher: Physical environment influences the dynamics of aquatic populations and communities, particularly involving Chinook salmon, steelhead and green sturgeon, in systems ranging from small coastal watersheds to the northeast Pacific.

Aaron Mamula, Assistant Researcher: Human dimensions of natural resource management and policy. Fields of specialization include econometrics, water resource economics and the economics of fisheries, forestry and other renewable resource extraction problems.

Nathan Mantua, Researcher: Climate variability, change, and predictability, climate impacts on aquatic ecosystems, and the use of climate information in resource management.

Baldo Marinovic, Associate Research Biologist, Lecturer: Plankton biology, Euphausiid (krill) population biology, zooplankton ecology, pelagic food web dynamics, climate change potential impacts on zooplankton and fisheries.

Siddharth Narayan, Assistant Researcher: Coastal engineer with broad research interests in coastal hazards and adaptation, specifically focusing on the assessment, application and financing of nature-based solutions for risk reduction.

Peter Nelson, Associate Researcher: Field, laboratory, and theoretical studies of fisheries, fish behavior and physiology, coral reef biology, and marine ecology.

Shawn Noren, Research Scientist: Comparative physiological ecology of marine vertebrates.

Adina Paytan, Research Scientist, Lecturer: Paleoceanography, environmental and aquatic chemistry.

Carrie Pomeroy, Research Scientist: Human dimensions of fisheries and fishing communities, and how environmental, regulatory, social and economic factors affect their function and well-being.

Gregory Rau, Researcher Recalled: Carbon / CO2  cycling, management , mitigation, and use; policy and societal action.

Borja Reguero, Assistant Researcher: The Nature Conservancy, Coastal and wave climate modeling, analysis of its variability, extreme sea-level analysis and other coastal impacts associated with a changing climate.

Colleen Reichmuth, Researcher: Pinniped cognition and perception, including cross-modal (auditor y-visual) emergent learning in sea  lions and assessment of hearing in marine mammal.

Will Satterthwaite, Associate Researcher: Investigate the ecology and management of Pacific salmon; use of quantitative techniques to understand population dynamics and the impacts of human activities upon them.

Lisa Schwarz, Assistant Research Biologist: Interpreting and integrating information and statistical techniques for marine mammal conservation.

Brian Spence, Researcher: The interactions between anadromous salmonids and their environments across a broad range of spatial and temporal scales.

Brian Wells, Researcher: The effect of environmental variability and fishing practices on population dynamics of seabirds, krill, and fishes.

Juan Zwolinski, Assistant Researcher: Automation of data processing of satellite-sensed oceanographic conditions and acoustic-trawl surveys for routinely predicting and surveying potential sardine habitat and rapidly estimating the abundances and distributions of coastal pelagic species and krill.