Affiliated Faculty and Researchers
Dr. Loo Botsford Professor, Department of Wildlife, Fish & Conservation Biology
Dr. Deborah Elliott-Fisk Professor, Department of Wildlife, Fish and Conservation Biology Debbie Elliott-Fisk is a biogeographer who studies how coastal ecosystems change during the Quaternary, as well as over shorter time periods with human influences. Physical-biological interactions and dynamics are a key part of her field-based studies, as are habitat modeling and GIS analyses. She is interested in the conservation, restoration and adaptive management of nearshore, intertidal, sublittoral and adjacent upland ecosystems, especially along the California coast. Dr. Elliott-Fisk teaches two BML-related undergraduate courses, Habitat Conservation (WFC 155) and Coastal Ecosystems (WFC 157), as well as other undergraduate and graduate courses.
Dr. Ian Faloona Professor, Department of Land, Air and Water Resources
Dr. Richard Grosberg Professor, Department of Evolution and Ecology Rick Grosberg studies how organisms evolve to recognize themselves from others (self/nonself recognition systems), and how these systems facilitated the evolution of biological complexity (e.g., multicellularity, social behaviors, parental care). He primarily studies clonal marine invertebrates (e.g., anemones and sea squirts), in part because they exhibit far more complex behaviors than previously thought, and also because they offer exceptional opportunities for experimental studies. Dr. Grosberg was the recipient of a Distinguished Teaching Award from the Division of Biological Sciences. Using BML as a base, he teaches Invertebrate Zoology (EVE 112).
Dr. Ted Grosholz Professor and CE Specialist, Department of Environmental Science and Policy Ted Grosholz’s fields of interest include population dynamics and community ecology, invasion biology, conservation biology and biodiversity of marine and estuarine systems, applications of ecological theory to coastal experiments that answer basic ecological questions and provide solutions to management problems.
Dr. Richard Karban Professor, Department of Entomology Rick Karban studies interactions between plants and their herbivores. He is interested in induced responses of plants to herbivory and whether these changes affect plant or herbivore populations. For almost 20 years, Rick Karban has studied the caterpillar populations on the Bodega Natural Reserve. He developed ultrasound techniques to determine whether caterpillars are infected by a parasitic fly and then determined that the survival of the caterpillars depended on the plant species (lupine vs. hemlock) they chose to feed upon. He and his students have also studied caterpillar behavior: why do they bask on top of vegetation? At BML he teaches Terrestrial Field Ecology (ECO/ENT/PBG 225).
Dr. Gabrielle A. Nevitt Professor, Department of Neurobiology, Physiology & Behavior Gaby Nevitt studies sensory ecology. Her current research focuses on olfactory foraging and navigation in sub-Antarctic Procellariiform seabirds, though she has also worked extensively with spiny lobsters, salmon and other marine and freshwater fish species. Her teaching interests include animal behavior and sensory biology.
Dr. John J. Stachowicz Assistant Professor, Department of Evolution and Ecology Jay Stachowicz is a marine community ecologist with interests in the factors and processes that shape the distribution and abundance of marine plants, invertebrates, and fishes. In addition to basic research projects on plant-animal interactions and chemical defenses of marine organisms, he is involved in researching the factors that make marine communities susceptible or resistant to invasion by exotic species. Dr. Stachowicz teaches the BML-related courses Marine Ecology (EVE 198-15) and Invertebrate Zoology (EVE 112), both of which involve field trips to BML. Dr. Stchowicz received the Mercer Award from the Ecological Society of America in 2004 and is the Master Advisor for the Marine Biology Area of Emphasis.
Dr. Peter Wainwright Professor, Department of Evolution and Ecology
Dr. Anthony Wexler Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Department of Land, Air and Water Resources