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Asef, Tania- Associating genetically diverse Tamarisk invaders with their impacts in a salt marsh ecosystem.  Dr. Christine Whitcraft, Advisor.

Burnett, Danielle - Determining the relative influence of the metal pollutants in the Newport and Laguna Beach seawater on the giant kelp populations of Crystal Cove State Park by analysis of sieve tube sap metals. Dr. Steven L. Manley, Advisor.

Cianfrini, Dana - Studies of the impaired endocrine stress response system in shiner surfperch (Cymatogaster aggregata) and Pacific staghorn sculpin (Leptocottus armatus) in San Francisco Bay.  Dr. Kevin M. Kelley, Advisor.

Darjany, Lindsay -Characterization of Microbial Carbon Cyclers in a Southern California Salt Marsh Using Stable Isotope Probing. Dr. Jesse Dillon, Advisor.

Rodela, Meghan -The Diversity of Halophiles and the Characterization of Host-Phage Pairs from the Cargill Salt Facility, Newark, CA.  Dr. Jesse Dillon, Advisor.

Schaadt, Erin -Biogeographical Variation in the Diversity of Cultivable Halotolerant Marine Microorganisms along the Pacific Coast of North America. Dr. Jesse Dillon, Advisor.

Shippey, Anastasia- Effect of altered precipitation and increased warming on function and structure of a restored southern California salt marsh.  Dr. Christine Whitcraft, Advisor.

Wigginton, Rachel- Assessing Habitat Quality of Two Species of Songbirds in a Northern California Wetland Invaded by Lepidium latifolium. Dr. Christine Whitcraft, Advisor.

Zemel, Hayley - Exchange of zinc between metallothionein isoforms and apo-metalloenzymes: Conditions and mechanisms. Dr. Andrew Zed Mason, Advisor.



Blair, Emily - Evaluating Restoration Planting in a Newly Restored Southern California Salt Marsh. Dr. Christine Whitcraft, Advisor.

Lin, Chia Yu - The role of DOC in the Formation of Polyhalomethanes by Marine Algae. Dr. Steven L. Manley, Advisor.

Loke, Kerri - The reproductive biology of the protogynous teleost, California sheephead (Semicossyphus pulcher) across the Channel Islands in relation to size-selective fishing pressure. Drs. Chris Lowe and Kelly Young, Advisors.

Passarelli, Bruno -Risks of introducing non-indigenous species into California marine waters via interstate and international trade in live bait. Dr. Bruno Pernet, Advisor.

Radecki, Joy - Increased genetic diversity of the trans-Pacific invasive chameleon goby (Tridentiger trigonocephalus) reveals multiple source population admixture in San Francisco Bay and Sydney. Dr. Raymond Wilson, Advisor.

Waggoner, Claire - Investigation of the relationships between organic contaminants and endocrine disruption in wild fishes and their environment.  Dr. Kevin M. Kelley, Advisor.



Espinoza, Mario - Seasonal residency, habitat use and foraging behavior of a coastal benthic predator, the gray smooth-hound shark (Mustelus californicus), in a newly accessible system. Dr. Chris Lowe, Advisor.

Farrugia, Thomas - Movement patterns and site fidelity of the shovelnose guitarfish (Rhinobatos productus) in a southern California estuary. Dr. Chris Lowe, Advisor.

Koons, Kenna - Environmental endocrine disruption in southern California Pacific sanddab and hornyhead turbot: gonadal pathologies and circulating sex steroids.  Dr. Kevin M. Kelley, Advisor.

Mireles, Carlos - Site fidelity and depth preference of nearshore reef fishes on San Pedro Shelf offshore petroleum platforms. Dr. Chris Lowe, Advisor.

Rogers, Bonnie - Effects of fishing-induced barotrauma on the visual capabilities of rockfish (Sebastes sp.): A histological and behavioral study. Drs. Chris Lowe and Esteban Fernandez-Juricic, Advisors.

Trbovich, Stephen- Examining genetic population differences of kelp bass (Paralabrax clathratus) in the Southern California Channel Islands: Effects of complex current systems on gene flow. Dr. Raymond Wilson, Advisor.




Anthony, Kimberly - Site fidelity and homing behavior of rockfishes (Sebastes spp.) in the east Santa Barbara Channel.  Dr. Chris Lowe, Advisor.

Brar, Navdeep - Assessment of thyroidal endocrine function in fish resident in California "urban ocean" locations.  Dr. Kevin M. Kelley, Advisor.

Fields, Andrew- Latitudinal variation in genetic diversity in a mid-shelf flatfish of the eastern North Pacific Ocean, Citharichthys sordidus. Dr. Raymond Wilson, Advisor.

Fink, Laurel - Identifying and Characterizing Polluted Surface Waters in the Southern California Bight Based on Metal Levels In the Sieve Tube Sap of Giant Kelp, Macrocystis pyrifera Dr. Steven L. Manley, Advisor.

Jirik, Katherine - Use of a southern California estuary by round stingrays (Urobatis halleri): potential advantages of using mitigation habitat for breeding.  Dr. Chris Lowe, Advisor.

Karageorge, Kurt - Microsatellite DNA Assessment of the Genetic Mating System of the Viviparous Black Rockfish Sebastes melanops. Dr. Raymond Wilson, Advisor.

Martin, Christopher - Species composition and abundances of the midwater fish assemblages on offshore petroleum platforms in the San Pedro Basin.  Dr. Chris Lowe, Advisor.


Adams, Scott - The stress-induced insulin-like growth factor-binding protein (IGFBP) in the Southern California flatfish, hornyhead turbot (Pleuronichthys verticalis): cloning and expression of IGFBP-1.  Dr. Kevin M. Kelley, Advisor.

Hagstrom, Rebecca - Roles of steroidogenesis acute regulatory (StAR) protein and P450 aromatase (P450arom) in environmentally-associated increases in circulating 17-estradiol levels in flatfish of the Southern California bight. Dr. Kevin M. Kelley, Advisor.

Hamilton, Andrew - Endocrine mechanisms underlying stress-induced cortisol in Southern California flatfish and its impairment in selected environments: Cloning and expression of steroidogenic and metabolizing enzyme genes. Dr. Kevin M. Kelley, Advisor.

Hill, Valerie - External bromoperoxidases on marine diatoms. Dr. Steven L. Manley, Advisor.

Kosman, Ellen - Does intraspecific variation in the size of non-feeding marine invertebrate larvae affect their dispersal potential?  Dr. Bruno Pernet, Advisor.

Mason, Thomas - Home range, habitat utilization, and site fidelity of barred sand bass (Paralabrax nebulifer) in a no-take marine reserve. Dr. Chris Lowe, Advisor.

Petschauer, Dawn - Studies on environmental steroids and their possible impacts on the endocrine physiology of pleuronectids in Santa Monica Bay. Dr. Kevin M. Kelley, Advisor.



Blasius, Mary - The effects of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) on the California sea lion (Zalophus californianus), northern elephant seal (Mirounga angustirostris) and harbor seal (Phoca vitulina) in the Southern California Bight ecosystem. Dr. Gwen Goodmanlowe, Advisor.

Jarvis, Erica - The effects of barotrauma and post-release survivorship of several Southern California shelf rockfishes. Dr. Chris Lowe, Advisor

Mull, Chris - Environmental and endocrine regulation of seasonal reproduction in round stingrays (Urobatis halleri). Drs. Kelly Young and Chris Lowe, Advisors.



Bellquist, Lyall - Movement patterns and habitat selection of ocean whitefish, Caulolatilus princeps, in a Southern California marine reserve. Dr. Chris Lowe, Advisor.

Dickens, Joshua - Genetic analysis of temporal and spatial disjunction in populations of yellowfin goby (Acanthogobius flavimanus) in California. Dr. Raymond Wilson, Advisor.

Reyes, Jesus - Potential environmental estrogen exposure in flatfishes of the Southern California Bight, with special reference to the hornyhead turbot, Pleuronichthys verticalis. Dr. Kevin M. Kelley, Advisor.

Snellen, Cara - Assessing western gull predation on purple sea urchins in the rocky intertidal using optimal foraging theory. Dr. Esteban Fernandez-Juricic, Advisor.

Zahn, Eric - Invasion of Southern California's coastal salt marshes by exotic iceplant (Aizoaceae). Dr. Antonia Wijte, Advisor.



Apodaca, Melissa - Plant community and sediment development in two constructed salt marshes in Long Beach, California. Dr. Antonia Wijte, Advisor.

Armour, Eva - Upside-down and backwards: molecular evolution of Gillichthys mirabilis in the Sea of Cortez. Dr. Raymond Wilson, Advisor.

D'Sa, Kristen - The impact of human trampling on intertidal barnacle populations (Balanus glandula and Chthamalus fissus) at two sites along the Palos Verdes, Peninsula, Los Angeles County, California.  Dr. Allan Miller, Advisor.

Forsgren, Kristy - Early life history, growth, and reproduction of captive weedy seadragons, Phyllopteryx taeniolatus. Dr. Chris Lowe, Advisor.

Hight, Barbara - Behavioral thermoregulation of the leopard shark, Triakis semifasciata, in the nearshore embayments of Santa Catalina Island, California. Dr. Chris Lowe, Advisor.

Hale, Lorianne - Age and growth of the round stingray, Urobatis halleri, at Seal Beach, California. Dr. Chris Lowe, Advisor.

Johnson, Kimberly - Bioenergetics of kelp bass, Paralabrax clathratus. Dr. Chris Lowe, Advisor.



Bedinger, Laura - The effects of nitrogen limitation on growth allocation and tissue nitrogen content in Phragmites australis: a greenhouse experiment. Dr. Antonia Wijte, Advisor.

Galima, Maelanie - Catch-and-release stress: impacts on the endocrine physiology of the California sheephead, Semicossyphus pulcher.  Dr. Kevin M. Kelley, Advisor.

Hoisington, Gregory - Distribution, abundance, and population structure of the round stingray (Urobatis halleri) near a thermal discharge at Seal Beach, California.  Dr. Chris Lowe, Advisor

Nielson, Matthew - Post-colonization mitochondrial DNA genetics of two introduced populations of yellowfin goby, Acanthogobius flavimanus, in California.  Dr. Raymond Wilson, Advisor.

Price, Tiffany - Molecular cloning and expression of insulin-like growth factor binding protein-3 (IGFBP-3) in the round stingray, Urobatis helleri.  Dr. Kevin M. Kelley, Advisor.

Ralph, Yvette - Spatial and temporal variation in the tissue halide content of the coastal salt marsh halophyte, Salicornia virginica.  Dr. Steven L. Manley, Advisor.

Vaudo, Jeremy - Movement patterns of the round stingray, Urobatis halleri, at Seal Beach, Orange County, California.  Dr. Chris Lowe, Advisor.



Cartamil, Daniel - Fine-scale movement patterns and habitat preferences of ocean sunfish (Mola mola) off the coast of Southern California. Dr. Chris Lowe, Advisor.

Chen, Christiana - The role of tissue nitrogen content in growth allocation within Spartina alterniflora L.  Dr. Antonia Wijte, Advisor.

Papastamatiou, Yannis - Gastic pH changes associated with feeding in leopard sharks (Triakis semifasciata): Can pH be used to study the foraging ecology of sharks?   Dr. Chris Lowe, Advisor.

Robinette, Daniel
- Resource Partitioning in the Diets of Four Sympatric Terns (Aves: Laridae) Breeding in Southern California.  Dr. Patricia Baird, Advisor.

Topping, Darin - Movement patterns, site fidelity, habitat use of California sheephead (Semicossyphus pulcher) in a marine life reserve at Santa Catalina Island, California.  Dr. Chris Lowe, Advisor.



Haigwood, James - The diabetogenic role of pancreatic glucagons and glucagons-like peptide in the teleost fish, Gillichthys mirabilis.  Dr. Kevin M. Kelley, Advisor.

Luzier, Christina - Genetics of kelp bass Paralabrax clathratus recruiting near two marine protected areas in the California Channel Islands: A test for sibling-dominated recruitment.   Dr. Raymond Wilson, Advisor.

Marcotte, Megan - Behavioral responses of scalloped hammerhead sharks, Sphryna lewini, and leopard sharks, Triakis semifasciata, to pulsed, direct current electric fields.   Dr. Chris Lowe, Advisor.

Snyder, Lisa Dobson - Comparison of wader and shorebird communities and water quality indices in restored and less disturbed, reference salt marshes of Southern California.  Dr. Patricia Baird, Advisor.



Hoffman, Susan - Demography of light-footed clapper rail populations in two Southern California salt marshes.  Dr. Charles T. Collins, Advisor.

Kalman, Julianne - Parasites of demersal fishes as potential indicators of wastewater discharge in Santa Monica Bay.   Dr. Ju-Shey Ho, Advisor.

Nicholsen, Greg - Insulin-regulated glucose clearance and transport in the goby, Gillichthys mirabilis.   Dr. Kevin M. Kelley, Advisor.

Schmidt, Kameron - Regulation of the membrane localization of a cell-produced IGFBP and its impact on IGF-mediated cell growth.  Dr. Kevin M. Kelley, Advisor.

Tang, Danny - Population dynamics of Pseudomyicola spinosus, a parasitic copepod of the bay mussel (Mytilus galloprovincialis), in lower Newport Bay, California.  Dr. Ju-Shey Ho, Advisor.



Schallmann, Robert - The growth of elegant terns (Sterna elegans) in Southern California.  Dr. Charles T. Collins, Advisor.



Chapman, Todd - Ultrastructural analysis of larval otolith development in the California grunion, Leuresthes tenuis.   Dr. Kevin M. Kelley, Advisor.

Delmonte, Suzanne - Testosterone and tributyl tin (TBT) metabolism by Littorina littorea: An investigation of TBT induced imposex in a marine gastropod Mollusc.  Dr. A.Z. Mason, Advisor.

Gorospe, Amy Lynn - Growth patterns of Forster's terns, Sterna forsteri, in three environments.   Dr. Charles T. Collins, Advisor.

Kares, Lisa Marie - Pair bonds in the least tern (Sterna antillarum).   Dr. Charles T. Collins, Advisor.

Layne, Jeff - The biochemical interaction between the giant kelp Macrocystis pyrifera and its bacterial epiphytes.  Dr. Steven L. Manley, Advisor.

Moffett, Charles - The effects of cadmium on copper deficient cells.  Dr. A.Z. Mason, Advisor.

Prickett, Katherine
- Analysis of the kelp (Macrocystis pyrifera) bioassay in effluent monitoring: effect of nitrate, nitrite, ammonium, and phosphate on spore germination.  Dr. Steven L. Manley, Advisor.

Roth, Julie - Association of insulin-like growth factor-binding proteins (IGFBPs) with catabolic growth inhibition in the goby and assessment of cDNAs amplified in a PCR cloning strategy.  Dr. Kevin M. Kelley, Advisor.

Skracic, Mark - The relationship between sediment contaminants and histopathology of the juvenile California halibut, Paralichthys californicus.  Dr. Kevin M. Kelley, Advisor.


Last Updated June 2010