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Biological Oceanography Division

photo Faculty and researchers in the Biological Oceanography Division conduct exciting research in diverse habitats and ecosystems around the globe spanning inland and coastal waters to the open ocean, and from the air-sea interface to the deep seafloor. Upper water-column programs include studies of primary productivity and bio-optics, color satellite imagery, plant pigments as tracers of biogeochemical processes, microbial food-web interactions, phytoplankton and zooplankton community structure, and the roles of biota in vertical transport and remineralization of particulate and dissolved organic matter. Mid-water column studies focus on the community ecology and dynamics of meso-pelagic shrimp, squid and small fishes unique to oceanic island systems. Benthic research programs involve coral reef ecology and evolution, effects of environmental disturbances on deep-sea community dynamics and recruitment, chemical cycling, burial, and bioturbation in the sediments, and microbial processes in the subsurface ocean crust.

Our programs emphasize basic research, but many are relevant to applied problems and societal concerns such as the fate of "green-house" gases, ecological impacts of ozone depletion and deep-sea mining, mechanisms of pollutant transport and cycling, fisheries recruitment, coastal water quality, and the ecology of microbial pathogens. The interdisciplinary nature of these and other problems fosters strong collaborative interactions between Division biologists and geochemists and physicists in the department and at other institutions.

Our faculty also support the graduate degree programs in Oceanography and Marine Biology and the undergraduate program in Global Environmental Science, both as course instructors and project mentors. Our diverse portfolio of funded projects provides many research opportunities for students with interests in biological oceanography and marine biology.

Division Members

Graduate Faculty:

  • Alegado, Rosie, PhD (Stanford University), Assistant Researcher, Dept. of Oceanography. Marine microbial ecology, choanoflagellate-bacterial interactions, influence of bacteria on animal evolution.
  • DeLong, Edward, PhD (University of California at San Diego, Scripps Inst. of Oceanography), Professor, Dept. of Oceanography. Microbial oceanography, biogeochemistry, plankton biomass and production, ocean ecosystem dynamics.
  • Drazen, Jeffrey C., PhD (University of California at San Diego, Scripps Inst. of Oceanography), Associate Professor, Dept. of Oceanography. Physiological ecology of deep-sea fishes, energetic strategies, trophodynamics, deep sea fisheries.
  • Edwards, Kyle PhD (University of California Davis), Assistant Professor, Dept. of Oceanography. Ecology of phytoplankton, and planktonic and benthic communities in general; Theoretical ecology and synthesis of models with empirical research; Ecological statistics.
  • Goetze, Erica, PhD (University of California at San Diego, Scripps Inst. of Oceanography), Associate Professor, Dept. of Oceanography. Evolutionary ecology of marine zooplankton, dispersal and gene flow in marine plankton populations, small-scale behavioral ecology of marine copepods.
  • Jani, Andrea, PhD (University of California, Santa Barbara ), Assistant Researcher, Dept. of Oceanography. Assembly, stability, and function of symbiotic microbial communities, ecology of infectious disease, biological conservation in aquatic ecosystems.
  • Karl, David M., PhD (University of California, San Diego, Scripps Institution of Oceanography), Professor, Dept. of Oceanography. Microbiological oceanography, ocean productivity, biogeochemical fluxes.
  • McMurtry, Gary, PhD (University of Hawaii at Manoa), Associate Professor. Geochemistry of marine deposits, seafloor venting processes, chemical volcanology, stable and radioisotope geochemistry, geochronology, in situ instrumentation development.
  • Nelson, Craig, PhD (UC Santa Barbara), Assistant Researcher, Dept. of Oceanography.  Structure and function of natural bacterial communities in aquatic habitats such as coral reefs, lakes, streams, and the open ocean.
  • Neuheimer, Anna, PhD (Dalhousie University), Assistant Professor, Dept. of Oceanography. Quantitative marine ecology of fish and invertebrates; biological modeling of individuals, populations & ecosystems; fisheries oceanography.
  • Selph, Karen, PhD (University of Hawaii at Manoa), Associate Specialist. Biological oceanography, microbial ecology, protistan grazer feeding dynamics, phytoplankton distributions, use of flow cytometry in ecological research.
  • Smith, Craig R., PhD (Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UCSD), Professor, Dept. of Oceanography. Benthic ecology, deep sea biology, sediment biogeochemistry, climate change effects on Antarctic ecosystems, marine conservation.
  • Steward, Grieg F. , PhD (Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UCSD), Associate Professor, Dept. of Oceanography. Marine microbial ecology, molecular ecology of viruses and bacteria, microbial contributions to biogeochemical cycles.
  • White, Angelicque, PhD (Oregon State University), Associate Professor, Dept. of Oceanography. Marine microbial ecology, bio-optics, elemental stoichiometry, biogeochemical fluxes.

Emeritus Faculty:

  • Young, Richard E. , PhD (University of Miami, Institute of Marine Sciences), Emeritus Professor, Dept. of Oceanography. Evolution, systematics and functional morphology of cephalopods, and the roles cephalopods play in present and past oceanic communities.

 

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