IMS Specialists

Rosealea Bond, Assistant Specialist: Coastal Ecology (Salmonids)

Phillip Capitolo, Associate Specialist, CDFW-OSPR: Conduct at-sea aerial surveys of birds and mammals, including surveys in response to oil spills.

Maria Rosa Celis, Specialist: Biophysical Modeling

Nicholas Demetras, Associate Specialist: Salmon Movement & Predator Studies

Brian Dreyer, Specialist: Manager of the Institute of Marine Sciences Analytical Laboratories.

Glenn Ford, Specialist, CDFW-OSPR: Behavioral ecology and population dynamics of vertebrates, including:  computer modeling of space‑use patterns, demographic modeling of population response to environmental change, and recovery rates; statistical analysis of transect data for determination of population size and distribution; oil spill trajectory modeling, and analysis of risk to biological resources and habitat; development of computer graphics and information‑access systems for planning and management of marine resources; estimation of seabird mortality from oil spills; collection and analysis of beached bird survey data.

Camila Gaido, Associate Specialist: Risk, coastal hazard mitigation and ecosystem restoration in coral reef environments by way of models and simulations.

James Gilbert, Specialist: Running, interpreting and analyzing varoius water budget simulation models.

Owyn Gordon-Snodgrass, Associate Specialist: Life History (Highly migratory spp)

Liana Heberer, Assistant Specialist: Large pelagics (tuna, billfish, sharks), Conservation ecology, Biology of marine fishes, California coastal ecology, Remote sensing and imagery, Sustainable development, Science communication, GIS.

Neosha Kashef, Associate Specialist: Fisheries ecology, reproductive biology, aquaculture and natural history of northeast Pacific Coast groundfishes. Early life history with an emphasis on larval fish biology, recruitment mechanisms and factors affecting survival. Effects of environmental change on behavior, physiology, reproduction and embryonic development in rockfishes with a focus on ocean acidification and hypoxia. 

Cynthia Kern, Specialist: Research procedures with regards to chemical usage, overseeing intern field ecology research activities, and conducting trainings on toxicology and chemical disposal.

Brendan Lehman, Associate Specialist: Planning, logistics, equipment preparation, data collection, and data analysis for Salmon Predator project.

Nicole Lucas, Specialist: The behavior, migration and habitat use of marine fishes and sharks as well as the management and conservation of marine life and their habitats.

Alex McHuron, Assistant Specialist: Migration patterns and survival rates of salmonids in the California Central Valley.

Rebecca Miller, Associate Specialist: Identifying spatial and temporal patterns in both marine and freshwater environments, in particular how historical activities shape modern-day landscapes.

Jeremy Notch, Associate Specialist: Acoustic telemetry, surgical tagging of fish.

Sara Paddock, Associate Specialist: Development and application of physical and biological models on the interactions of water management and endangered Chinook salmon in California's Central Valley.

Kerrie Pipal, Specialist: Development of the Central Valley Chinook Life Cycle Model.

David Stafford, Associate Specialist: Effects of climate change on reproduction, behavior and physiology in larval rockfishes.

Jonathan Walker, Associate Specialist: Life History (Highly migratory spp)

Heather Welch, Associate Specialist: Identification and characterization of marine hot spots in the California Current System.