Graduate Students

Hannah Bourne

Magnitude and variability of the biological carbon pump

In situ optical measurements to quantify properties of sinking particles


Jennifer Brandon

Zooplankton gut contents in the California Current Ecosystem

Differences in zooplankton and phytoplankton abundance across oceanic fronts


Jessica Carrière-Garwood

Plankton transport by nonlinear internal waves

Physical-biological interactions of plankton and in sediment


Tyler Coale

Eukaryotic phytoplankton

Metatranscriptomic response of marine eukaryotic phytoplankton communities to iron and light. Mechanisms of iron uptake in diatoms.


Elena Duke

Molecular ecology

Fish spawning patterns in response to environmental change


Jeff Ellen

Machine Learning & Artificial Intelligence

Classification & Clustering within large data sets


Kiefer Forsch

Iron biogeochemistry

Iron supply and cycling in productive planktonic ecosystems


Alice Harada

Physiological and genetic basis of evolved thermal tolerance

Monitoring fish spawning activity using DNA barcoding


Thomas Kelly

Developing synoptic understandings of carbon export

Quantifying mechanisms controlling export efficiency within an ecosystem


Laura Lilly (CCE grad student representative)

Zooplankton transports in the CCS in response to El Niño events

Mesozooplankton-mediated carbon export


Lauren Manck

Microbial community composition as related to iron availability in the CCE

Mechanisms used by the microbial community for obtaining sufficient iron in low-iron environments


Maitreyi Nagarkar

Using environmental molecular methods to characterize marine microbial communities

Understanding cyanobacterial-grazer interactions


Catherine Nickels

Zooplankton ecology

Food web interactions between zooplankton and balaenopterid predators


Angel Ruacho

Cycling of iron in the CCE

Cycling of organic metal binding ligands


Sara Rivera

Microbial nutrient cycling

Temporal and spatial changes of heterotropic bacterial contributions to the CCE/CaCOFI region


Sarah Schwenck

Microbial ecology

Phytoplankton, bacteria, and virus interactions as well as microbial nutrient cycling


Brandon Stephens

The persistence and contribution of organic carbon pools into and exported from the CCE/CalCOFI region

Long-term trends of organic carbon stocks in the context of climate forcing


Stephanie Sommer

Zooplankton ecology

Plankton community structure and trophic interactions


Bellineth Valencia

Zooplankton Ecology

Zooplankton-phytoplankton trophic interactions in the CCE


Ben Whitmore

Developing optical imaging systems for use on the Spray Glider

Identifying zooplankton size compositions


Nathalí Cordero-Quiro

El Niño - Southern Oscillation Events

Analysis of the predictability of ENSO events in the CCS