IMS Project Scientists

Barbara Balestra, Assistant Project Scientist: Paleoecology and the geochemical and stable isotopic composition of coccolithophores and benthic foraminifera as indicators for climate-induced changes in marine productivity and oceanic ecosystem structure.

Joe Bizzarro,  Assistant Project Scientist: Evaluate prey as a component of essential fish habitat (EFH) for Pacific Groundfishes, and Review and update biological and ecological information in the NMFS Habitat Use Database (HUD) in support of groundfish EFH.

Stephanie Brodie, Assistant Project Scientist: Fisheries oceanography, marine species distributions, eco-physiology, applied science, biologging, animal behaviour.

Anthony Clemento, Assistant Project Scientist: Identification of the genes responsible for life-history variation in salmon and trout. Application of modern genetic methods to endangered species management and conservation.

Flora Cordoleani, Associate Project Scientist: The study of marine biological systems through the use of mathematical models and statistical tools.

Miles Daniels, Assistant Project Scientist, NOAA/SWFSC Fisheries Ecology Division: Conducts research using coupled hydrodynamic and biological models in the California Central Valley to improve water management for protected salmon species.

Jeff Davis, Project Scientist, CDFW-OSPR: Aerial Survey Team Leader, organizing all flights, reviewing all trip reports, and participating in surveys.

Peter Dudley, Assistant Project Scientist: Adapting an existing salmon life-cycle simulation model for a case study focused on Sacramento River Winter Run Chinook salmon egg-to-fry life stages.

Alyssa Fitzgerald, Assistant Project Scientist: Combining population genetics and next-generation sequencing with broad-scale ecological niche modeling and fine-scale habitat associations to resolve how closely related species diverged; Resolving how niches and ranges evolve and shift over time; Examining the evolution of boreal species complexes during the Pleistocene; Defining the evolutionary and ecological relationships of species complexes Determining management criteria for the conservation of boreal forest species.

Natnael Hamda, Assistant Project Scientist: Developing a life-cycle model based off Dynamic Energy Budget theory for the ESA-listed green sturgeon populations in California's Centery Valley.

Michael Jacox, Assistant Project Scientist:  Physical-biological interactions in the ocean and their connections to climate, particularly in the northeast Pacific.

Stefan Koenigstein, Assistant Project Scientist: Marine ecosystem dynamics, eco-physiology, ecological modeling, sustainability of marine-human systems.

Rosemary Kosaka, Associate Project Scientist: Participation levels, expenditures, and economic impacts associated with ocean recreation across the country, and recreational fishing activity in California related to groundfish and salmon.

Ben Martin, Associate Project Scientist: Research seeks to develop a mechanistic understanding of the processes at the interface of physics and physiology to predict how anadromous fish populations respond to their environments.

Cyril Michel, Assistant Project Scientist: The survival and migrations of imperiled juvenile salmon in California.

Michael Mohr, Project Scientist: Areas of expertise include mathematical statistics and fish population dynamics; research involves estimator development, population dynamics, stock assessment, and fishery management under uncertainty.

Barbara Muhling, Project Scientist, SWFSC's La Jolla Shores Laboratory, Fisheries Resource Division: Climate change impacts on marine and coastal fishes; Multivariate statistics and predictive habitat modeling; Links between environment, climate, ecology and physiology across life stages in marine fishes;Sustainable fisheries management under climate variability and change.

Haley Ohms, Assistant Project Scientist: Quantitative research on the conservation and recovery of Carmel River steelhead.

Ann-Marie Osterback, Assistant Project Scientist: Synergistic effects of climate, hydrology, and habitat on life-history expression by coho salmon and steelhead trout in coastal California watersheds.

Antonella Preti: Assistant Project Scientist: Trophic ecology, stomach content and stable isotope analysis of large predators (thresher, blue, mako sharks, swordfish and marine mammals), parasitology, educational outreach and conservation.

Dale Robinsion, Project Scientist: Retrospective analyses of historical environmental data sets and numerical model simulations, run in both hindcast and forecast modes; identification and characterization of critical marine habitat from remote sensing; and development and validation of oceanographic indices for use in California Current Integrated Ecosystem Assessments (IEAs).

Dave Rundio, Associate Project Scientist: Freshwater biology of anadromous salmonids, primarily in the areas of food web ecology and population dynamics.

Isaac Schroeder, Assistant Project Scientist: Emphasis is to improve the interpretation of pre-recruit indices and biodiversity indices of commercially and recreationally important groundfish stock assessments by linking spatial and temporal dynamics to environmental forcing. Also, nderstand how environmental variability influences forage fish abundances and distributions that can influence sea lion reproductive success.

Jillian Sills, Assistant Project Scientist: Auditory sense of arctic seals.

James Smith, Associate Project Scientist: Evaluating the impacts of climate variability and change on fishing communities and key US-managed fisheries in the California Current System and on developing climate-ready, ecosystem-based fisheries management strategies to increase resilience of communities and fisheries in the region to changing conditions.

Vamsi Krishna Sridharan, Assistant Project Scientist: Life cycle modeling of Chinook population dynamics.

Brett Tipple, Associate Project Scientist: Investigating the connections and interactions between the geological and biological sicences through the us of stable isotope ratios and abundances of organic molecules, other organic materials, and inorganic phases.

Desiree Tommasi, Project Scientist: Development of a robust management strategy evaluation (MSE) framework to enable the identification of effective management approaches for migratory species in the Eastern Pacific Ocean and California Current Ecosystem.