Lab Alumni

Graduate Students

Dave Armitage, Phd 2016

Microbes in time: incorporating bacteria into ecosystem development theory. Ph.D dissertation, University of California Berkeley.
Current Position: Postdoc at University of Notre Dame, Stuart Jones Lab
Check out: Dave's web page

Hiromi Uno, Phd 2016

Spatial and temporal linkage of stream-riparian food webs by seasonal migration of mayfly Ephemerella maculata
Check out: Hiromi's web page

Arielle Halpern, Phd 2016

Prescribed fire and tanoak (Nololithocarpus densiflora) associated cultural plant resources of the Karuk and Yurok Peoples of California

Emily Dangremond, PhD 2013

Biotic and abiotic factors constraining the distribution and abundance of the rare mangrove Pelliciera rhizophorae in Panama. 
Current Position: Postdoctoral fellow at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center and Chicago Botanic Garden.
Check out: Emily's web page

Brody Sandel, PhD 2010

Invasibility, diversity and scale-dependence. Focusing on invasion into California coastal grasslands. 
Current Position: Assistant professor, Ecoinformatics and Biodiversity Group, Aarhus University, Denmark
Check out: Brody's web page

Jen Skene, PhD 2009

The ecology of the intertidal alga Pelvetiopsis limitata: implications of climate change
Current Position: Product researcher & data scientist at Inkling, San Francisco.
Check out: Jen's web page

Andrea Swei, PhD 2009

(co-advised with Cheryl Briggs) 
Influence of spatial heterogeneity and vertebrate species assemblage on the eoclogy and risk of Lyme disease in the far-western United States.
Current Position: Assistant professor of Biology, San Francisco State University. 
Check out: Andrea's web page

Joel Abraham, PhD 2008

On the importance of plant phenology and resource use in the invasion of California coastal grasslands
Current Position: Assistant Professor of Biology, Cal State University, Fullerton. 
Check out: Joel's web page

Margaret Metz, PhD 2007

Spatiotemporal variation in seedling dynamics and the maintenance of diversity in an Amazonian forest
Current Position: Assistant Professor of Biology, Lewis & Clark College. 
Check out: Margaret's web page

Rebecca Lutzy, M.A. 2006

Current Position: Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University. PhD Student.

Peter Kennedy, PhD 2005

Ecological factors affecting forest encroachment into coastal California grasslands
Current position: Associate Professor, Department of Biology, University of Minnesota. 
Check out: Peter's web page

Meredith Thomsen, PhD 2005

Ecological resistance, propagule supply and the invasion of California coastal prairie by the European grass Holcus lanatus L. 
Current Position: Professor, Department of Biology, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. 
Check out: Meredith's web page

Jodi McGraw, PhD 2004

The interacting effects of natural disturbances and competition with exotic plant species on native plants in sandhills habitat of central coastal California. 
Current Position: Director, Jodi McGraw Consulting

Neil Hausmann, PhD 2004

(co-advised with T. Dawson) 
On the adaptive role of water use efficiency in plant drought response. 
Current Position: Senior research manager at Pioneer Hi-Bred, DuPont Company, IA.

Doris Vidal, PhD 2001

(co-advised with A. Horne) 
Tolerance and adaptation of aquatic oligochaetes to mercury contamination. 
Current position: Ecotoxicologist with the Southern California Coastal Water Research Project Authority, a joint powers government agency focusing on marine environmental research.

Mary F. Poteet, PhD 2001

Effects of disturbance on host-parasite interactions: a case study involving the Pacific giant salamander. 
Current position: Lecturer in geosciences and biology, University of Texas, Austin, TX.

Jonathan M. Levine, PhD 2000

(co-advised with C.D'Antonio) 
Ecological determinants and consequences of plant species diversity along a California stream. 
Current position: Professor of plant ecology, ETH Zurich. 
Check out: Jonathan's web page

Mary G. Gleason, Ph.D. 1994

Factors influencing the recovery of coral after natural disturbance on reefs in Moorea, French Polynesia. 
Current position: Associate Director of Science, California Oceans Program at The Nature Conservancy.

Peter M. Kotanen, PhD 1994

Revegetation of meadows disturbed by feral pigs ( Sus scrofa L.) in Mendocino County, California. 
Current position: Associate Professor, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Toronto. 
Check out: Peter's web page

Stuart K. Allison, PhD 1991

Variation in response to a continuum of stress and disturbance in a salt marsh plant assemblage. 
Current position: Professor, Dept. of Biology, Knox College. 
Check out: Stuart's web page

Edwin D. Grosholz, PhD 1990

The population dynamics of terrestrial isopods and an iridescent virus. 
Current position: Professor, Dept. of Environmental Science and Policy, University of California, Davis. 
Check out: Ted's web page

H. Elizabeth Braker, PhD 1986

(co-advised with R. Colwell) 
Host plant relationships of the neotropical grasshopper Microtylopteryx hebardi Rehn (Acrididae: Omnatolampinae). 
Current position: Professor, Dept. of Biology, Occidental College. 

Ilze K. Berzins, PhD 1985

(co-advised with R. Caldwell) 
The dynamics of beach wrack invertebrate communities: an evaluation of habitat use patterns. 
Current position: Clinical veterinarian & Aquatic animal health consultant. 

Jane A. Sherfy, PhD 1985

(deceased) 
Aspects of the foraging behavior of the painted ghost crab ( Ocypode gaudichaudii ): the influence of density dependent agonistic interactions, predation and reproductive biology.

Beth Okamura, PhD 1984

(co-advised with M. Koehl) 
Functional and ecological consequences of aggregation and coloniality in benthic, marine suspension feeders. 
Current position: Merit researcher, Natural History Museum, Life Sciences, U.K. Previously professor of biology, University of Reading.
Check out: Beth's web page

Peter H. Pressley, PhD. 1983

The evolution of hermaphrodism in coral reef fishes. 
Current position: Owner & software engineer, Pressley Consulting, Inc., Ketchum, ID.

M. Kimberly Smith, PhD 1983

Some ecological determinants of the growth and survival of juvenile penaeid shrimpPenaus setiferus (Linnaeus) in Terminos Lagoon, Campeche, Mexico, with special attention to the role of population density.

Catherine E. Halversen, M.A. 1982

Habitat selection and other aspects of the ecology of some tidepool sculpins. 
Current position: Co-director for Marine Activities, Resources, and Education, Lawrence Hall of Science, University of California, Berkeley.

James M. Watanabe, PhD 1982

Aspects of community organization in a temperate kelp forest habitat: factors influencing the bathymetric segregation of three species of herbivorous gastropods. 
Current position: Lecturer in Marine Ecology and Invertebrate Zoology, Hopkins Marine Laboratory, Stanford University.
Check out: James's web page