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Mark DennyMark Denny
Mark's lab centers on the mechanical design of intertidal organisms from the molecular through the material, structural, and organismal to the ecological.
Steve PalumbiStephen Palumbi
Using genetics, evolution, population biology, and systematics Steve's lab works on the conservation and management of marine populations. Visit the Microdocs website to see how Steve has brought scientific understanding to the classroom.
Steve LitvinSteve Litvin
Steve serves as the research coordinator of the MLO and conducts research on how biological, physical and environmental factors shape the communities in kelp forests and other near shore systems.
     
William GillyWilliam Gilly
Gilly's current research program on squid concentrates on the behavior,  physiology and ecology of Dosidicus gigas, the jumbo or Humboldt squid. Special emphasis on hypoxia tolerance and on control of chromatophores, the color-changing organs in the skin.
John PearseJohn Pearse
Professor Emeritus from University of California, Santa Cruz. John counts marine mammals in the West Beach cove and sea stars and sea urchins subtidally.
Jennifer O'Leary
I am researching how spatial variation in benthic algal communities affects invertebrate settlement and population dynamics, and whether ocean acidification might alter the composition of benthic communities.
     
Fiorenza MicheliFiorenza Micheli
Fio's lab focuses on the processes and interactions shaping coastal marine communities and incorporating this understanding in the management and conservation of marine biodiversity.
James WatanabeJames Watanabe
James is interested in the distribution and abundance of kelp forest invertebrates, the dynamics of sea urchin-mediated deforestations, and the physiological ecology of kelp.
KerryKerry Nickols
I am a marine ecologist and oceanographer, with a strong interest in how nearshore physical processes affect transport of early life stages of marine organisms and other ecosystem commodities.
     
Past Postdoctoral Researchers    
     
Sarah LeeSarah Lee
Sarah's research explored how the physical environment of the kelp forest interacts with diverse assemblages of herbivores, detritivores, and microbial decomposers to determine material dynamics in the system.
Vanessa MichelouVanessa Michelou
Vanessa came here to work in establishing protocols for genomic assays of microbial diversity in the nearshore kelp forest environment of Monterey Bay as part of the ongoing investigations of the Marine Life Observatory. PLOS ONE