Faculty Directory

* indicates graduate faculty who can accept MS and PhD candidates

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Albertson, Giselle
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I am interested in using molecular markers to address questions about population structure and evolutionary history of both insular and pelagic dolphin species. I use these markers to evaluate social structure within groups of dolphins.

Arbuckle, Scarlett
Instructor/Undergraduate Experiential Learning Coordinator
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I support research endeavors through the OSU Marine Team, instruct several courses and assist in departmental operations.

My past research has included work on cephalopod population dynamics, behavior and neurobiology.

Arismendi, Ivan *
Assistant Professor
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My interests encompass stream ecology, limnology, hydrology, forestry, and watershed-level processes. In particular, I am interested in the consequences of climate change on freshwater ecosystems, biological invasions in freshwaters, and terrestrial-aquatic food webs.

Armstrong, Jonathan *
Assistant Professor
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I integrate animal behavior, physiology, and landscape ecology to better understand how fish and wildlife interact with their environment. My research employs observational study, field experiments, and simulation modeling.

Baker, C Scott *
Professor & Associate Director
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Scott Baker is broadly interested in the evolutionary and ecological pattern and process in whales and dolphins, including their abundance, population structure, genetic diversity and systematic relationships.

Banks, Michael *
Director of CIMRS
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Michael's  research and teaching interests center on the application of population genetic principles towards furthering basic knowledge and understanding of marine population processes.

Bartholomew, Jerri *
Department Head of Microbiology; Professor and Director of J.L. Fryer Salmon Disease Laboratory
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Our research focuses on the pathogens that affect the health of wild Pacific salmon populations, particularly myxozoan parasites, which have a complex life cycle, requiring both a fish and annelid host.

Salmon diseases, host resistance mechanisms, parasite evolution.

Betts, Matthew *
Associate Professor
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Landscape ecology, behavioral ecology species distributions, forest management and conservation
(1) Influences of landscape structure on demography of animal populations,
(2) Animal movement (particularly dispersal),
(3) Population viability modeling,

Biedenweg, Kelly *
Assistant Professor- Human Dimensions of Fisheries and Wildlife
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Boyer, Kathryn
Fish Ecologist
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My research has focused on (1) the effects of agricultural and forestry land-use practices on stream and riparian habitats critical to native fish species, and (2) the development of land management practices that minimize degradation of stream and riparian functions important to aquatic species.

Brandt, Stephen *
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Fish ecology and management of marine and freshwater ecosystems; Specifically: 1) Bioenergetics, food webs, physical-biological interactions, and predator-prey interactions among fishes; 2) The ecology of thermal fronts; 3) Ecosystem forecasting; 4) Spatial modeling of fish growth and production;

Brodeur, Richard
Courtesy Appointment
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I study the effects of ocean conditions on the distribution and feeding ecology of marine fishes in the Northeast Pacific Ocean.  Also interested in other trophic levels from zooplankton up to seabirds and marine mammals and how the different trophic levels interact.

Burnett, Kelly
Coutesy Assistant Professor
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My research interests center around three broad topics:
1) Understanding how salmon and trout use stream habitats and how these habitats are distributed across a landscape;

Campbell, Holly
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Current research interests include

•ecosystem-based management and the intersections of water and marine science and law and policy

•land-ocean interactions and human influences (including climate impacts, and pollution from land) on coastal water quality and biodiversity

Chan, Samuel
Assistant Professor, Sea Grant Extention
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Watershed Health and Aquatic Invasive Species Specialist. Sam Chan is Oregon Sea Grant's expert in aquatic invasive species and aquatic ecosystem health.

Chapman, John
Courtesy Appointment Professor of Fisheries
(541) 737-0235
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Aquatic biological invasions, invertebrate zoology and peracaridan crustacean taxonomy.

Coblentz, Bruce
Emeritus Appointment
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Exotic Species, North American Ungulates. Biology of Introduced Mammals on Islands, Ruminant behavioral ecology

DeBano, Sandy *
Associate Professor of Wildlife Ecology
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My research focuses on how human activities affect terrestrial invertebrate communities and the ecosystem services they provide, with a special interest in riparian and grassland ecology, food webs, native bees, and invertebrate predators. 

Diebel, Ken
Riparian Biologist

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  • Restoring wetland and riparian areas to proper functioning condition, primarily in eastern Oregon.
  • Improving communication among all stakeholders to ensure effective natural resource management.
Dugger, Bruce *
Associate Dept. Head
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Ongoing research includes: understanding factors that limit populations of wintering waterfowl; biological theory behind the development of conservation plans; avian behavioral ecology and evolution of life history parameters; ecology and conservation of rare waterbirds; wetland management and re

Dugger, Katie *
Associate Professor; Assistant Unit Leader- Wildlife USGS Oregon Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit
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Population Dynamics and Avian Ecology. The effect of abiotic factors (climate, flooding, etc.) on avian survival and reproductive rates, and the changes in demographic parameters that may result from long-term climate changes or anthropogenic landscape influences.

Dunham, Jason *
Courtesy Appointment
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Fish ecology and conservation biology. Landscape ecology of aquatic ecosystems, conservation biology of focal species, ecology of natural disturbance, biological invasions, monitoring

Duplaix, Nicole
Senior Instructor I
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Comparative ecology, behavior and conservation of otter species and other endangered carnivores, Phylogeny, evolution and behavior. 

Eagles Smith, Collin *
Courtesy Appointment
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My research focuses on the interactions among ecological processes, contaminant bioaccumulation, and effects on wild populations.

Ebersole, Joseph
Courtesy Appointment
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Fish Ecology, Fish-habitat relationships, Restoration, Aquatic-terrestrial linkages, Ecological literacy in contemporary culture

Edge, William
Associate Dean College of Agricultural Sciences and Professor of Wildlife Ecology
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Population and habitat ecology of wildlife in forest and agricultural ecosystems; mammal conservation and management; administration and policy; university education pedegogies, especially distance education.

Ellsworth, Lisa *
Assistant Professor (Sr Res)

My primary research interests lie in the ecology and management of upland ecosystems, with a particular interest in the interactions of disturbance regimes with wildlife habitat requirements.  My research has focused on the synergistic influences of fire and other disturbances (invasive species,

Epps, Clinton *
Associate Professor
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Connectivity and dispersal in fragmented landscapes
Effects of climate and climate change on distribution and demography
Conservation genetics
Wildlife Ecology and Conservation

Finley, Mary *
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Fitzpatrick, Martin
Courtesy Appointment
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Reproduction; Physiology

Clean Water Act Policy (esp. water quality standards)

Ford, M Jesse
Associate Professor, Senior Research (retired)
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Atmosphere-biosphere interactions
High latitude ecosystems
Influence of airborne contaminants on aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems
Long-term patterns of aquatic and terrestrial ecosystem development
Bridging local (particularly indigenous) and scientific knowledge systems

Forsman, Eric
Courtesy Appointment - Retired
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Ecology of forest wildlife and ecology of forest owls.

Friedlaender, Ari
Associate Professor
(919) 672-0103
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  • My research focuses on using advanced telemetry tools to study the underwater behavior of marine mammals.
Garcia, Tiffany *
Associate Professor of Wildlife Ecology
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My research examines the direct and indirect effects of environmental stress on aquatic communities.  My focal species are local and invasive amphibians, and I often work in ephemeral pond and stream habitats.  I examine how amphibians respond to multiple stressors, such as hydroperiod changes, t

Gervais, Jennifer
Courtesy Assistant Professor of Wildlife Ecology
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My research currently focuses on population dynamics with particular regard to anthropogenic stressors, such as contaminant effects. How do patterns of contaminant exposure interact with natural processes such as food shortage, territoriality, and dispersal?

Giannico, Guillermo *
Associate Professor, Fisheries Extension
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Freshwater Fish Ecology. Salmonid behavior. Fish distribution and habitat selection in freshwater and estuarine systems. Salmonid habitat restoration. Influence of riparian vegetation and land use activities on fish habitat. Integrated watershed management. Fish passage.

Gladics, Amanda
Assistant Professor of Practice, Oregon Sea Grant Extension
(503) 325-8573
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Gregory, Stanley
Distinguished Professor of Fisheries- Emeritus
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Stream ecosystems: channel dynamics, woody debris, water chemistry, benthic algae, invertebrates, fish, salamanders, and riparian vegetation. Landscape perspectives for stream ecosystems. Influence of human activities on ecosystem structure and function.

Hagen, Christian *
Associate Professor (Sr Res)
(541) 410-0238
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Evaluating population level responses of gallinaceous birds to large scale conservation effort and/or habitat perturbations, whether they be natural (e.g., wildfire) or anthropogenic.

Haig, Susan *
Courtesy Professor of Wildlife Ecology
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Processes affecting persistence/extinction of small populations, conservation genetics, behavioral ecology of shorebirds, wetland ecology, mating systems.

Avian Population Genetics

Heppell, Selina
Department Head, Professor of Fisheries
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I devote most of my research to some of the oldest and slowest-growing animals in the sea: sea turtles, sharks, sturgeon, and west coast rockfish (scientifically know as Sebastes, which means "magnificent:).

Heppell, Scott *
Associate Professor of Fisheries
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My research interests are the physiological ecology of fishes, in particular how physiology, behavior, and life history traits affect the interactions between fish populations, their respective fisheries, and the environment.

Herlihy, Alan
Professor (Sr Res)
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Aquatic Monitoring/Bioassessment Biogeochemistry Ecological Indicators.

Lake, Stream, and Wetland Biological Assessment and Monitoring

Horning, Markus
Associate Professor of Wildlife Ecology
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Pinniped Ecology

Hughes, Robert
Professor, Senior Research
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Fish Assemblage Ecology
Landscape Ecology
Stream & River Ecology

Hurst, Thomas *
Courtesy Assistant Professor of Fisheries
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I am interested in the ecology of early life stages of marine species and the constraints imposed by the environment. I am particularly interested in the pervasive influence on temperature variation on all aspects of physiology and ecology of ectotherms.

Janousek, Christopher *
Assistant Professor (Senior Research)
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I work with researchers at Oregon State University and other institutions (e.g., USGS, PNNL, NOAA NERR system) to study climate change impacts to west coast estuarine wetlands, carbon storage in coastal wetlands, and ecosystem responses to tidal marsh restoration.

Johnson, Sherri *
Courtesy Assistant Professor
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Aquatic Ecology and Biogeochemistry

Kauffman, J *
Professor (Sr Res)

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Interactions of ecosystems, land use, and climate change in wetlands and tropical forests (current emphasis is on mangroves and other coastal ecosystems, tropical swamp forests, and riparian zones). Riparian ecology and restoration. Approaches to climate change adaptation and mitigation.

Kaufmann, Philip
Courtesy Associate Professor
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Stream channel morphology and hydraulics.
Field methods for quantifying aquatic biota and habitat.
Natural & anthropogenic controls on aquatic habitat & biota.
Stream sediment transport and sediment effects on biota.

Kennedy, Patricia *
Professor of Wildlife Ecology
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My research interests are on the ecology and management of birds with a particular focus on rare and uncommon raptors and passerines in managed landscapes.

Kent, Michael
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Presently the Kent lab is focusing on two major research areas; diseases of zebrafish in research facilities and impacts of pathogens on wild salmonid fishes. In both areas, we are focusing on the study of chronic infectious diseases.

Klinck, Holger *
Assistant Professor (Sr Res)
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My current research focuses on the development of hard- and software for real-time monitoring of marine mammals. I am also involved in research projects investigating the underwater vocal behavior of Antarctic pinnipeds - especially leopard seals, Hydrurga leptonyx. Marine Bioacoustic.

Konstantinidis, Peter
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Curator of Vertebrates and ichthyoplankton specialist

My primary research interests are the systematics of fishes. I have specialized in ichthyoplankton identification and the inclusion of larval characters in systematics.

Lackey, Robert *
Courtesy Professor of Fisheries
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Research Interests:  Assessing alternative Pacific Northwest ecological futures; Pacific salmon policy and management; ecosystem management and alternative management paradigms; ecological policy and decision analysis; interface between science, scientists, and policy.

Landys, Meta
Assistant Professor
(541) 737-7892
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I am interested in the neuroendocrine mediation of life-history trade-offs, the hormonal control of reproductive behaviors and territorial aggression, and the physiology of avian migration. To date, I have used birds as model organisms for my studies.

Langdon, Christopher *
Professor of Fisheries
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Nutrition of oysters and other bivalves; microencapsulation; polyculture of abalone; genetic selection of oysters.

Levi, Taal *
Assistant Professor
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I combine empirical data, fieldwork, and quantitative methods to address applied problems.

Li, Hiram
Professor and Assistant Leader Oregon Cooperative Fishery Research Unit, National Biological Service (retired)

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Hierarchical organization of land and riverscapes ("From the macroscope to microscope"). The role of stream temperature on aquatic communities of high desert streams. Factors affecting restoration of fish habitats.

Lyons, Donald
Assistant Professor, Senior Research, and Instructor
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Avian Ecology, Conservation Biology, Animal Telemetry, Predator-Prey Dynamics, Ecological Energetics, Natural Resource Decision Making Processes, and Communicating Science to Diverse Audiences

Markle, Douglas
Emeritus Appointment
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Systematics of fishes, zoogeography of northwest fishes, endangered species recovery, early life history ecology of fishes, and ichthyology.

Mate, Bruce
Director and Endowed Chair of the OSU Marine Mammal Institute
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Determination of critical habitat, migration routes, feeding ecology and dive behavior for endangered whales; also population assessment, human conflicts and resolution.

Mc Comb, Brenda
Dean Graduate School; Professor, Forest Ecosystems and Society
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I study the effects of land management practices on animals and habitats to guide development of sustainable forest management practices and advance our ability to conserve biodiversity over large and complex landscapes.

Mellinger, David
Affiliate faculty

Miller, Jessica *
Associate Professor
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I am interested in the ecology and evolution of life history diversity in fishes and the development and maintenance of that diversity.  My research has focused on larval dispersal and transport, population connectivity and structure, and the use of estuaries by larval and juvenile marine and ana

Moore, Randall
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 Bird Conservation, Biogeography

Noakes, David *
Professor and Senior Scientist, Oregon Hatchery Research Center
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Social behavior, Early development and behavior, Ethology, Ecology and life history, Evolution and polymorphism

O Malley, Kathleen *
Associate Professor, State Fisheries Geneticist
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Investigate how genetic and ecological factors interact to shape life history variation within and among populations of marine and freshwater fishes.

Painter, Luke
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My research has focused primarily on the ecology of animal and plant interactions, particularly trophic cascade effects involving large herbivores and top predators

Palacios, Daniel
Assistant Professor (Sr Res)
(541) 867-0202
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  • Ecological Modeling
  • Analysis and visualization of whale telemetry data
  • Characterization of critical habitat for large whales
  • Quantification of long-distance migration and navigation in whales
Peterson, James
Associate Professor of Fisheries, Asst. Leader – Fish, USGS Oregon Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit
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My research focuses on multiple aspects of aquatic ecology- with an emphasis on lotic communities. Most of my work has been in identifying and quantifying the effects of physical and biotic factors on stream -dewlling taxa (fish, mussels, crayfish) at multiple scales.

Reese, Douglas
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My main research interests are in the distribution, structure, and function of ecological communities and particularly how these relate to a changing environment.  Specifically, I examine how community characteristics (e.g., species diversity, community structure, dominance, abundance, and biomas

Reeves, Gordon *
Courtesy Appointment
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 Ecology of anadromous salmonids, stream habitat landscape ecology and monitoring

Rivers, James
Assistant Professor (Sr Res)
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I am an animal ecologist with research interests that extend into the fields of animal behavior, physiological ecology, and conservation science.

Robinson, William *
Mace Professor of Watchable Wildlife
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Wildlife ecology, particularly relating to songbirds and their conservation; life histories; tropical ecology; aridlands ecology

Roby, Daniel *
Professor of Wildlife Ecology; Unit Leader - Wildlife, USGS-Oregon Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit
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Seabird and Colonial Waterbird Ecology, Conservation, and Management.

Rosenberg, Daniel
Courtesy Appointment
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I have focused my research activities in the field of applied ecology in an attempt to understand environmental factors affecting the distribution and abundance of animals in managed ecosystems.

Sampson, David *
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Bioeconomics, Population Dynamics, Stock Assessment Methods

Sanchez, Dana *
Associate Professor, Extension Wildlife Specialist
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Mammalian space use and habitat selection. Human-wildlife issues.

Prospective graduate students should read through Future Ecologists on my Extension Wildlife site before contacting me. 

Schreck, Carl *
Professor of Fisheries; Unit Leader - Fish, USGS Oregon Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit
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Environmental physiology and reproductive physiology of fish. Particularly, determination of effects of stress on fish performance in the wild and in the hatchery. Areas of interest include fish health, migration and development.

Schumaker, Nathan
Courtesy Appointment
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My research fills critical technical and scientific gaps in conservation biology, landscape ecology, and related fields.  Central to these disciplines is the quantification of human impacts on plant and animal populations, and forecasting how species’ viability will change in the future.  Compute

Sellinger, Cynthia
Courtesy Assistant Professor
(541) 740-5519
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I am researching the effect that climate change has on Pacific salmon.  Specifically, I statistically analyze how major climatic events (El Nino and La Nina) affect the respectively nutrient-rich and nutrient- poor oceanographic episodes (upwelling and downwelling).

Shinderman, Matthew
Faculty, Director-Sustainability Double-Degree, Senior Instructor 1
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I am currently working on two active projects:

Upper Columbia Basin Network American Pika Research and Monitoring Program (National Park Service)

Sidlauskas, Brian *
Associate Professor and Curator of Fishes
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Ichthyology, Systematics, Evolution, Biodiversity and Conservation of Fishes

Snyder, Jeffrey
(541) 737-1953
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Applied Avian Ecology Restoration and Conservation Biology

Suryan, Robert
Associate Professor - Senior Research, HMSC Adjunct Faculty, Marine Resource Management, College of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences
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I study how changes in the marine environment affect the foraging ecology, reproduction, and population dynamics of mid to upper trophic-level consumers, especially seabirds.

Thompson, Grant
Courtesy Associate Professor of Fisheries
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Marine fish stock assessment and fishery harvest theory, statistical methodology, risk analysis and precautionary approaches, prevention of overfishing.

Tomas Nash, Fiona *
Courtesy Appointment

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I study the impacts of anthropogenic activities (e.g. eutrophication, climate change, overfishing, invasive species) on the functioning of marine benthic communities.

Torres, Leigh *
Assistant Professor

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I specialize in the spatial and behavioral ecology of marine megafauna including marine mammals, seabirds and sharks. 

Warren, Dana *
Assistant Professor (Sr Res)
(541) 737-5319
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I have broad research interests within the fields of aquatic ecology and fish ecology.  My current projects focus on (1) aquatic terrestrial linkages and the influence of riparian forest stand structure on stream ecosystem function; (2) Native trout distributions eastern Oregon and Northern Nevad

Wooster, David *
Associate Professor of Fisheries
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My research interests would be stream ecology, aquatic invertebrate biology, restoration effectiveness monitoring, stream food webs, stream and riparian linkages.

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Boehlert, George
Emeritus Appointment
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Ecology of marine fishes, particularly early life history stages; Pelagic habitats; seamount ecology; age, growth and reproduction of fishes.

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Power, James *
Courtesy Appointment
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Academic Advisors Directory

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Nancy Allen
Head Advisor
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Undergraduate advising for current and prospective students. Instructor for FW 107 Orientation to Fisheries and Wildlife - Corvallis campus.

Michelle Donagh...
Academic Advisor
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Academic Advisor for Ecampus and First Year Corvallis campus students.

Susie Dunham
Academic Advisor
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Academic advisor for Ecampus undergraduate students and graduate certificate students. Coordinator for Graduate Programs offered through Fisheries and Wildlife. Instructor for FW 307: Specialization Development and FW 506: Projects.

Megan Hughes
Academic Advisor
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Academic Advisor for Ecampus students and for Corvallis campus first year students.
Student success and veteran & military student support.

Danielle Jarkowsky
Advisor - Internship Program
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Danielle is the Internship Coordinator for Fisheries and Wildlife students.

Elizabeth Kelly
Academic Advisor
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Academic Advisor for Ecampus students and for Corvallis campus first-year students. Instructor for FW 107 Orientation to Fisheries and Wildlife - Ecampus.