Staff and Graduate Students
I am a fifth year Ph.D student in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. My research interests are largely motivated by a desire to better understand how anthropogenic activities are altering marine ecosystems. The aim of my dissertation is to improve our understanding of the consequences of global change on kelp forests by utilizing environmental monitoring, laboratory experiments, and meta-analysis to elucidate the eco-physiological underpinnings of kelp forest grazer responses to warming and OA.
I'm a fourth year graduate student focused on community ecology and coastal sustainability questions. I study seagrass ecosystems, and how the function and services of these ecosystems will be impacted by climate change and anthropogenic impacts to the coast. I am committed to sharing my results with resource managers, and with local schools and communities.
A fourth year PhD student, I am broadly interested in the response of marine systems to “novel” conditions, which can range from changes in temperature and carbonate chemistry to range expansions and species invasions. In my dissertation research, I am investigating how changing environmental factors are affecting kelp forest ecosystems from both the ecological and evolutionary perspectives.
I'm a third year PhD student with a broad interest in how global change will impact high-latitude kelp forests and the greater ecosystems they support. My dissertation research focuses on the seasonal drivers and variation in Southeast Alaska’s macroalgal communities, projected responses of macroalgae to future multiple-stressor scenarios, and how these changes may impact the rest of the food web. My goal is that my research will be useful in informing public understanding and policy decisions in the highly productive and heavily utilized marine ecosystems of the North Pacific.
I’m a first year PhD student curious about the spatial vulnerability of key taxa to changing ocean conditions. I intend to advocate for science that informs policy, diversity and equality in research, and involving stakeholders throughout the scientific process.
Specialist - Technician
I joined the Kroeker lab in May of 2017 and have since split my time between Santa Cruz and Sitka, AK. As the lab technician, I get to focus on the practical aspects of a wide range of projects. My personal research interests going forward are still a work in progress, so I love having the opportunity to conduct fieldwork and construct experimental systems, all while gaining exposure to the exciting work of my colleagues.
I have been working in the Kroeker Lab since 2016, during which time I received my bachelor’s in Environmental Studies and Biology at UCSC. I believe in an interdisciplinary approach to science, with a focus on integrating community members, policy makers, and other academic disciplines in order to identify and combat the effects of climate change on marine ecosystems. My undergraduate project with the Kroeker Lab was based in Sitka, Alaska studying the resilience of abalone in the face of ocean acidification at the northern edge of their range.
Interns and Volunteers
I graduated UCSC in March of 2018 with a bachelor’s in Marine Biology. After participating in the Marine Ecology Field Course in Sitka, AK in 2018, I have been able to assist in many Kroeker lab projects, including seagrass research in Tomales Bay, intertidal experiments in Sitka, and mesocosm experiments in Sitka and Santa Cruz. I enjoy the picturesque fieldwork days, many mesocosm hours, great company, and high quality snacks of the Kroeker Lab! I am interested in how changing species interactions due to climate change affect phycology populations, in both intertidal and subtidal systems. I also hope to further science communication and connect the public to current science and policies.
I have a marine biology degree from UC Santa Cruz and a passion for fieldwork. My research interests lie primarily in consumptive (trophic) interactions. Currently, I am interested in how these interactions - involving kelp forest species - change over time. In collaboration with the Kroeker lab and others, I’m studying the ways in which populations of interacting species (including those that might not be as popular or well-understood) influence one another to structure kelp forest communities in Southeast Alaska.
I am a fourth year undergraduate student majoring in Ecology and Evolution. I have been working in the Kroeker Lab since 2017. I am interested in marine communities, and how they respond to management decisions, climate change, and other stressors. I am an AAUS Scientific Scuba Diver, and have spent time diving throughout California, as well as in Mexico and Corsica, France. With the support of Sarah Lummis and Dr. Kristy Kroeker, I am currently mapping the distribution and abundance of native Olympia oysters in Tomales Bay and exploring the mechanisms that drive these patterns.
I graduated UCSC with a bachelor’s in Marine Biology in summer 2019 as a Maximizing Access to Research Careers (MARC) fellow. I have been working in the Kroeker Lab since 2017, and received a Koret Scholarship to conduct research on the seasonal growth rates of high-latitude coralline algae in Sitka, Alaska. I am interested in marine ecology and ocean acidification, specifically the effects climate change will have on intertidal and subtidal community.
I am a fourth year undergraduate student studying marine biology. My primary interest is how climate change will stress ecosystems and how these systems will respond with an ultimate goal of informing management decisions. Thanks to support from UCSC’s Future Leaders in Coastal Science Award, I was able to conduct research during the Kroeker Lab’s summer 2019 field season in Sitka, Alaska.
I am a fourth year undergraduate marine biology major. I have an interest in the intersection between physiology and ecology, and how individuals physiologically respond to stressors like ocean acidification, affecting their respective communities as a whole. Thanks to support from UCSC’s Future Leaders in Coastal Science Award, I was able to conduct research during the Kroeker Lab’s summer 2019 field season in Sitka, Alaska.