PAST STUDENT GRANT WINNERS

2016

Ellie Wenger
California State University, Long Beach
The impacts of sea level rise on decomposer communities in California salt marshes

Homam Jamal
California State University, Fullerton
The Seasonal Reproductive Biology of Blue Rockfish (Sebastes mystinus)

Emily Meese
California State University, Long Beach
Thermal energetics and activity rates of horn sharks, Heterodontus francisci

Alyssa Braciszewski
University of California, Irvine
Relatedness and differential disease resistance in abalone (genus Haliotis)

Haley Gause
California State University, Long Beach
Assessing the dissemination potential of tachyzoite stages of Toxoplasma gondii parasites during exposure to coastal California seawater conditions: exploring a new pathway to marine mammal infections

2015

Molly Burdick-Whipp
California State University, Long Beach
Understanding fish habitat in a tidally restricted urban lagoon.

Nick Jensen
Claremont Graduate University/Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden
Southern California Streptanthus as a model system for understanding historical biogeography and regional patterns of edaphic specialization.

Caitlin McGarigal
California State University, Long Beach
Behavioral and physiological effects of angling stress, and post-release mortality, of two important game fish in southern California, kelp bass (Paralabrax clathratus) and barred sand bass (P. nebulifer).

Magalie Valere-Rivet
Loma Linda University
Lactate production in the hermit crab, Pagurus samuelis, subjected to temperature and burial stresses.

Thomas Kroupa
California State University, Long Beach
Thermal defense strategy determines limpet response to acute temperature stress on rocky shores.

2014

Sarah O’Neill
University of California, Riverside
Invasional meltdown: Does facilitation between an invasive insect and an invasive plant promote declines in a native shrub?

Connor White
California State University, Long Beach
The effects of habitat and environment on the energy expenditure and behavior of the leopard shark, Triakis semifasciata.

Amanda Bird
California State University, Fullerton
Determining population structure, reproductive potential and habitat associations of threaded abalone (Haliotis kamtschatkana assimilis) in southern California.

2013

Ariel Carter
California State University, Fullerton
Changes in the chorion due to fertilization and extended incubation in the California grunion, Leuresthes tenuis

Megan Fitzgerald
California State University, Long Beach
The Relationship between Biodiversity and Ecosystem Function in a Coastal Wetland

Rachel Pound
California State University, Fullerton
The effect of low tide temperature on the susceptibility of Lottia gigantea to predation in a changing climate

Cristy Rice
California State University, Fullerton
Morphological and genetic determination of pipefish species (Family Syngnathidae) in southern California

2012

Tania Asef
California State University, Long Beach
Ecological Impacts of Genetically Divers Tamarisk Invading San Dieguito Lagoon and Tijuana Estuary

JoAnne Linnenbrink
California State University, Fullerton
Understanding the current genetic population structure of the Olympia oyster, Ostrea lurida, in southern California

Nathan McClain
California State University, Long Beach
The Effects of Increased Inundation Due to Sea Level Rise on the Decomposing Communities of a Recently Restored Southern California Coastal Salt Marsh

2011

Sophie Crinion
Loyola Marymount University
Ecological Stress Caused by Fire and its Effects on Orb Weaving Spiders

Dieta Hanson
California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
The invasion pathway of the Japanese bubble snail, Haminoea japonica (Opisthobranchia: Haminoeoidae)

Katherine Lyons
California State University, Long Beach
Modeling Maternal Transfer of Accumulated Organochlorine Contaminants in Elasmobranchs using the Round Stingray (Urobatis halleri)

2010

Andres Carrillo
California State University, Fullerton
Effects of extended incubation on skeletal development, body shape and feeding rates in the California grunion, Leuresthes tenuis

Elysse Gatdula
Cal Poly Pomona
Molecular biogeography of some California species of Aglajidae (Mollusca: Opisthobranchia)

Aaron Sappenfield
University of California, Riverside
Depositional environments of the Wood Canyon Formation (southern California) and their influence on the distribution and preservation of Ediacaran macrofauna

2009

Tracey Magrann
Loma Linda University Nutrient Threshold for Production of Cyanobacterial Toxins in Southern California Lagoons, Bays, and Lakes

Thomas Farrugia
California State University, Long Beach
Site fidelity, residency time and habitat use of the shovelnose guitarfish (Rhinobatos productus) in a southern California estuary: assessing restoration success

Chris Chabot
University of California, Los Angeles
Comparative Phylogeography of the Grey Smoothhound (Mustelus californicus) and the Brown Smoothhound (Mustelus henlei) from the Northeastern Pacific

2008

Lisa Komoroske
San Diego State University
Studying contaminant levels in the East Pacific green turtle (Chelonia mydas) and its ecosystem in the San Diego Bay, CA

Stephen M. Trbovich
California State University, Long Beach
Examining Genetic Population Differences of Kelp Bass (Paralabrax clathratus) in the Southern California Channel Islands: Effects of Complex Current Systems on Gene Flow

2007

Wendy Billock
Loma Linda University
Is there contextual cognition in the intertidal hermit crab, Pagurus samuelis, on rocky shores of southern California?

Jeanette Hendricks
California State University, Fullerton
Foraging habitats and dietary shifts of nesting seabirds following restoration of the Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve

Christopher M. Rodriguez
California State University, Northridge
Why are rattlesnakes on islands smaller than on the mainland?

2006

Lynne Wetmore
Occidental College
The Effects of Size Selective Fishing Pressure on the Life-History Parameters and Sex- Change Dynamics of the California Sheephead, Semicossyphus pulcher

Mike Blazevic
California State University, Fullerton
Characterizing and Interpreting Macro- and Micro-scale Sediment Features in a Mountain Playa (Baldwin Lake, Southern California): is There a Climate Connection?

Levi Lewis San Diego State University
The Effects of Trophic Diversity on Ecosystem Function in a Subtropical Seagrass Habitat.

Christopher Mull
California State University, Long Beach
Temporal Reproductive Cycling of the Round Stingray (Urobatis halleri)

2005

Samantha Galasso
Chapman University
Investigation of Acids as Biomarkers for Crude Oil Degradation in the Environment

Julianne Kalman
University of California, Los Angeles
Parasites of Demersal Fishes Associated with Wastewater Discharge in the Southern California Bight

Erica Jarvis
California State University, Long Beach
The effects of barotrauma in catch & release survivorship of shelf rockfishes

Kurt Karageorge
California State University, Long Beach
Reproductive natural histories of female Pacific rockfishes, microsatellite assessment of multiple paternity (polyandry)

2004

Tom Benson
California State University, San Bernardino
Molecular Ecology of Pygmy Nuthatches (Sitta pygmaea): Genetic Differentiation Within and Among Mountain Ranges in Southern California

Kelly Connell
California State University, Fullerton
Dietary Response of Elegant Tern (Sterna elegans) to Changing Ocean Conditions and Prey Populations in Southern California

Sarah K. Henkel
University of California, Santa Barbara
Physiological stress response of the intertidal kelp, Egregia menziesii (Turner) Areschoug

2003

Stephanie Yelenik
University of California, Los Angeles
Native plant reestablishment in the face of alien grass

Diana Andres
California State University, Northridge
Testing diet switching as a mechanism for the evolution of herbivory in lizards

Torrey G. Nyborg
Loma Linda University
Geochronology and stratigraphic placement of the playa-lake lacustrine and fluvial deposits of the Copper Canyon basin, Death Valley National Park, California, USA