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Undergraduate Students | Graduate Students


Kim Anthony
M.S. Biology, Candidate
Kim's CV (*.doc)

The debate over decommissioning obsolete oil production platforms in California has become an increasingly important issue for groundfishes that reside there, especially rockfishes whose numbers have been severely depleted by overfishing, such as cowcod, and bocaccio.  My research will examine the site fidelity of rockfishes to the platforms and I will test, as a mitigation process, whether rockfish will establish new home ranges when translocated from oil platforms to a marine reserve.

Carrie Espasandin
M.S. Biology
Carrie's CV (*.doc)

The object of my research is to determine how and to what extent juvenile California halibut, Paralichthys californicus , utilize a newly restored estuarine habitat. This study is conducted in Brookhurst Marsh, a 67-acre tract of land within the Huntington Beach Wetlands, which is opening in 2009 to tidal inflow for the first time in 100 years. Habitat use will be assessed using acoustic telemetry and beach seine methods to illustrate the halibut's fine-scale distribution, movement patterns, and long term site fidelity.

Mario Espinoza
M.S. Biology
Mario's CV (*.doc)

Understanding patterns of habitat use and movement of top predators both in coastal and pelagic areas is important to gain insight into the dynamics of marine communities. I am particularly interested on the ecological and behavioral study of sharks, combining both acoustic telemetry and stable isotopes to address questions regarding habitat use and connectivity in a small and large scale. This information could facilitate our understanding and design of marine protected areas (MPAs) along the coast.

Thomas Farrugia
M.S. Biology
Thomas's CV (*.doc)

I am looking at the movement patterns of the shovelnose guitarfish (Rhinobatos productus) both on short (daily) and long (seasonally and annually) time scales and how this may relate to their physiological demands and breeding behaviors.

Kate Jirik
M.S. Biology, Candidate
Kate 's CV (*.pdf)

Research Interests:
Movement patterns, habitat use, distribution and abundance, conservation and management, and over-arching behavioral ecology of marine vertebrates, especially elasmobranchs (sharks and rays).


Kerri Loke
B.S Biology
Kerri 's CV (*.doc)

I am comparing the reproductive biology of sheephead from the Northern Channel Islands of California to southern Baja, Mexico to determine if reproductive parameters such as size at maturity, size at sex change, sex ratios and reproductive potential are different among different populations. I will evaluate the plasticity of those parameters over time in response to changing environmental pressures by comparing current observations to historical data. I am also interested in the physiological mechanisms involved in sex change including the environmental cues that may trigger transition from female to male and the hormones regulating transition.

Megan McKinzie
M.S. Biology
Megan's CV (*.pdf)

I am interested in the behavioral ecology of marine fishes. My thesis research will focus on characterizing the fine-scale horizontal and vertical movement patterns of barred sand bass, Paralabrax nebulifer , within a known spawning aggregation at Huntington Beach Flats via active acoustic telemetry tracking.

Carlos Mireles
M.S. Biology, Candidate
Carlos's CV (*.pdf)

My main interests are in behavioral ecology and population ecology of marine fishes.  My graduate research will focus on quantifying the site fidelity and depth preferences of economically important species inhabiting San Pedro Shelf offshore petroleum platforms, while discussing the proposed options of mandatory platform decommissioning in a context of fisheries management.


Bonnie Rogers
M.S. Biology, Candidate
Bonnie's CV (*.pdf)

Discard mortality of rockfishes in the recreational and commercial fishing industry is thought to highly contribute toward the overall decline of these populations because rockfish are not able to return to depth once they are captured. I am investigating the degree of visual damage incurred to rockfishes when they ascend rapidly from depth. My research will provide information on whether or not rockfishes that are resubmerged to depth will be able to carry out normal behaviors like evasion of predators and foraging, which are necessary for them to maintain replenishment viability to the economically pertinent population.


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