MSI Faculty Profiles

Associate Professor
History & Environmental Studies
Peter Alagona is an associate professor of history, geography, and environmental studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Before...
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Professor of biological oceanography
Director, Marine Science Institute
Brzezinski's research focuses on a dominant group of marine phytoplankton, the diatoms. Diatoms are unique among the phytoplankton in that they...
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Associate Professor, Department Ecology, Evolution, and Marine Biology
I received my B.A. in Biology from the University of Mississippi in 1999 where I studied marine natural products chemistry and chemical ecology. In...
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Professor of Microbial Oceanography
Ecology, Evolution and Marine Biology
As Microbial Oceanographers my groups’ research interests are shaped by an interdisciplinary blend of marine microbial ecology, microbiology and...
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Professor, Bren School
Christopher Costello is a professor of Environmental and Resource Economics at the University of California, Santa Barbara, USA, co-director of the...
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Professor, Bren School of Environmental Science and Management
Davis is Director of the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis, and  heads the UCSB Biogeography Lab. His research focuses on the...
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Associate Professor, Department of MCD Biology and the College of Creative Studies
Research in our lab is broadly based around the phenomenon of self/non-self recognition (allorecognition) in the colonial ascidian, Botryllus...
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Professor, Department of Economics
Olivier Deschenes is Professor of Economics at the University of California Santa Barbara, where he is also affiliated with the Bren School of...
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Schuyler Professor, Environmental Studies
Professor, Ecology, Evolution and Marine Biology
The DʻAntonio lab focuses on terrestrial ecosystem dynamics and the causes and consequences of changes in plant community composition and ecosystem...
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Assistant Professor, Ecology Evolution and Marine Biology
The Eliason Lab examines how climate change constrains the performance and persistence of marine animals. We use an integrative approach to examine...
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Associate Professor, Department of Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology
and Marine Science Institute
and College of Creative Studies (Biology)
Our research efforts are focused on how eggs turn into embryos. How do sperm and egg interact? What is the precise mechanism of sperm-induced egg...
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Dean and Professor, Bren School of Environmental Science and Management
Professor, Ecology, Evolution, and Marine Biology
I am a marine ecologist who seeks solutions to a variety of conservation and management challenges by building better pipelines between innovations...
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Professor, Bren School of Environmental Science and Management
Research Biologist, Marine Science Institute
Center Associate, National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis
Director, Center for Marine Assessment and Planning
Dr. Ben Halpern focuses his research at the interface between marine ecology and conservation biology.  His research has addressed a broad range of...
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Professor, Ecology, Evolution and Marine Biology
Genetics/Genomics studies of adaptation and speciation. Understanding the evolution of adaptive radiations and key innovations. Evo-Eco-Devo studies...
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Professor of Ecology
Department of Ecology, Evolution and Marine Biology
I am an ecologist interested in processes that shape community structure and dynamics on tropical and temperate reefs. These processes include biotic...
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Professor, Bren School
Faculty Director, UCSB Natural Reserve System
Patricia (Trish) A. Holden is a Professor in the Bren School of Environmental Science & Management at the University of California, Santa Barbara...
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Professor
Department of Ecology, Evolution and Marine Biology
Debora Iglesias-Rodriguez is a biological oceanographer with a broad interest in mechanisms controlling diversity and function in marine biota. She...
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Professor, Bren School of Environmental Science & Management
Bruce Kendall is a quantitative ecologist whose research in population dynamics involves modeling and analysis of abundance (the number of...
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Professor of Zoology, Department of Ecology, Evolution & Marine Biology
Biology Faculty, College of Creative Studies
The overall goal of my research is to reveal the role of infectious diseases in ecosystems. Our system for intensive investigation is the salt...
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Marine Ecologist, Western Ecological Research Center, US Geological Survey
Principal Investigator, Marine Science Institute, UC Santa Barbara
Adjunct Faculty, Ecology, Evolution and Marine Biology, UC Santa Barbara
As a marine ecologist for the US Geological Survey, I support the research needs of the Department of Interior specifically and the federal...
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Professor, Department of Earth Science
Affiliate Faculty, Bren School of ES&M
David Lea is Professor in the Department of Earth Science, Affiliate Faculty in the Bren School of Environmental Science and Management, and a member...
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Professor of Applied Ecology
Community, Fisheries, and Restoration Ecology
Bren School of Environmental Science and Management
Hunter Lenihan’s primary research interests lie in the fields of applied population and community ecology, especially in connection with human...
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Distinguished Professor, Bren School and Economics Department, UCSB
Research Associate, National Bureau of Economic Research
Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution, Stanford
Senior Fellow, PERC
Open access resources, institutional remedies to over exploitation and reallocation  
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Professor, Earth Science
My research focuses on computational approaches to the interpretation of paleoclimate records. I believe that the integrated analysis of widely...
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Professor of Geography
I am a Professor of Geography at UCSB where I direct the Human-Environment Dynamics Lab. I received a PhD in Geography from the University of North...
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Professor, Ecology, Evolution and Marine Biology
My research investigates the physical limnology of lakes and the biogeochemical and ecological consequences of changes in mixing dynamics. Studies...
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Professor, Ecology, Evolution and Marine Biology
Dr. Susan Mazer has been a professor of plant ecology, genetics, and evolution at UCSB since 1988, and the Director of the California Phenology...
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Assistant Professor Department Ecology, Evolution, and Marine Biology
Dr. McCauley began his career as a fisherman in the Port of Los Angeles, but migrated to marine science and now serves as an Assistant Professor in...
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Professor, Bren School of Environmental Science and Management,
and Department of Ecology, Evolution and Marine Biology
My research emphasizes ecological processes in lakes, wetlands and streams, and hydrological and biogeochemical aspects of catchments. I have...
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Assistant Professor, Geography
Research Interests estuarine & coastal circulation, autonomous platforms, ecosystem metabolism Academic History Ph.D. Stanford University,...
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Professor, Ecology, Evolution and Marine Biology
My research covers many areas of theoretical ecology.  The overarching theme is the use of “individual-based” or “structured” population models to...
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Professor, Ecology, Evolution and Marine Biology
Todd Oakley is an evolutionary biologist and professor in the EEMB Department at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He has a PhD from Duke...
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Professor, Bren School of Environmental Science and Management
Affiliated Faculty, Department of Economics
Dr. Andrew Plantinga is Professor in the Bren School of Environmental Science and Management at the University of California, Santa Barbara.  Dr....
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Assistant Professor, Ecology, Evolution and Marine Biology
My research focuses on microbes involved in nutrient cycling in the ocean, especially of the element nitrogen. I am interested in cultivating new...
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Professor of Ecology
Department of Ecology, Evolution and Marine Biology
My research interests focus on the ecological processes and mechanisms that influence dynamics of populations and communities, as well as their...
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Professor, Department of Geography
My research interests are in interdisciplinary oceanography investigating physical, biological, optical and biogeochemical couplings on micro to...
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Associate Professor in the Ecology, Evolution and Marine Biology Department.
Our current research is focused on understanding the genetic basis of behaviors in Drosophila melanogaster. Individual flies have different...
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Professor of Earth Science and Biology
Research interests include the interactions of microbes and the Earth system.  Specific areas include the Archaea, biogeochemistry and microbial...
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Professor of Biochemistry, Department of Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology
A fundamental challenge in materials science is engineering durable adhesive bonds in a wet environment. Most synthetic adhesive systems suffer...
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Professor of Marine Biology
Dept. of Ecology, Evolution, and Marine Biology
My research interests are in three areas: Behavioral and Evolutionary Ecology: I am interested in the evolution of mating systems and life histories...
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Oceanographer, Marine Science Institute
Professor, Department of Geography
Libe Washburn is an oceanographer and professor working at the UCSB Marine Science Institute.   He is a faculty member of the Department of Geography...
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Assistant Professor, Dept of Ecology, Evolution, and Marine Biology
Wilbanks received her B.A. in Chemistry and Biology from Swarthmore College, where she conducted undergraduate research in synthetic organic...
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Assistant Professor, Ecology Evolution and Marine Biology
I am a community ecologist working in both marine and terrestrial ecosystems. My generally focuses on increasing our understanding of the effects of...
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