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Nearshore Marine Fish Research Program

The programatic hierarchy



Research Scientists

Past NMFRP students

Former NMFRP Students

Our former students have gone on to get Ph.D.'s, Pharm.D.'s, Ed.D.'s, and M.D.'s. They work at private companies, government agencies, hospitals, high schools, and colleges and universities. Many still work with fish, some work with students, some with patients, some with kids (their own or otherwise). All have benefitted from their NMFRP experience.

Holly Hawk
M.S. Completed 2013

Thesis: Age, growth and genetic diversity of giant sea bass, Stereolepis gigas

Currently: Marine Science Instructor, Art Institute of California

Nathaniel Bruns
M.S. Completed 2012

Thesis: The morphological and genetic similarity among three species of halibut (Paralichthys spp.) from Baja California, Mexico

Currently: Biology Instructor, Long Beach

Christiana Boerger
M.S. Completed 2011

Thesis: Life history, diet and production of an herbivorous temperate marine fish, Medialuna californiensis (fam. Kyphosidae)

Currently: Marine Biologist, U.S. Navy, Environmental Services, San Diego

Natalie Martinez-Takeshita 
M.S. Completed 2011

Thesis: Global Genetic Diversity of
Yellowtail (Seriola lalandi)

Currently: Doctoral Candidate, USC

Katie Gherard 
M.S. Completed 2011

Thesis: Age, growth, and fecundity of the gulf corvina, Cynoscion othonopterus.

Currently: Biologist, Louisiana Water District

Jennifer Granneman
M.S. Completed 2010

Thesis: An assessment of fish communities and production on artificial and natural reefs in
the Southern California Bight.

Currently: Biologist, USGS, Ann Arbor, MI

Dawn Bailey 
M.S. completed 2010

Thesis: Effects Of Predator Accumulation On Community Structure Of Fishes In Marine Protected Areas

Currently: Biological Consultant

Jenna Krug
M.S. completed 2009

Thesis: The effects of variation in predator density on the rate of cannibalism in kelp bass (Paralabrax clathratus).

Currently:  Biologist, Santa Monica Resource Conservation District

Jessica Bredvick
M.S. completed 2008

Thesis: Life history and ecology of a temperate, marine, herbivorous fish Girella nigricans

Currently:  Marine Biologist, U.S. Navy, Environmental Services, San Diego.

David Wang 
M.S. completed 2008

Thesis: Size and fecundity ratios of blacksmith (Chromis punctipinnis), sheephead (Semicossyphus pulcher), kelp bass (Paralabrax clathratus), barred sand bass  (Paralabrax nebulifer), and señorita (Oxyjulis californica).

Currently:  Commercial Aquaculturist, Rhode Island

Chris Chabot  
M.S. completed 2007

Thesis: Global population structure of the tope shark (Galeorhinus galeus) as inferred by mitochondrial control region sequence data.

Currently: Doctoral candidate, UCLA
Williams, Jonathan  M.S. Completed 2006

Thesis:  The relationship between the growth of juvenile white seabass (Atractoscion nobilis) and El Nino conditions in the Southern California Bight

Currently:  Research Associate, Vantuna Research Group (VRG) at Occidental College

Website:  JPW Marine Research

Froeschke-Nace, Bridgette
M.S. Completed 2006

Thesis:  Reproductive behavior and coloration of black perch (Embiotoca jacksoni)
Ph.D.: 2011, Texas A&M University, Corpus Christi, TX

Currently: Biology Laboratory Coordinator/Instructor, University of Tampa, FL.


Adams, Stevie 
M.S. Completed 2006

Thesis:  Distribution and Abundance of Tidepool Fishes in Southern California

Currently: Freshwater Conservation Practitioner, The Nature Conservancy, Rochester, NY.

Bottinelli, Dave M.S. Completed 2005

Thesis: Age, growth and fecundity of California barracuda, Sphyraena argentea.

Currently:  Research Scientist, Hubbs Research Institute, Carlsbad, CA

Cobb, Jana M.S. Completed 2005

Thesis: Population dynamics and productivity of cryptic reef fishes off southern California.

Currently:  High School Science Teacher, TX

Lindsay, Joshua  M.S. Completed 2005

Thesis: Patterns of settlement of cryptic fishes to a shallow rock reef in King Harbor, California.

Currently: Fisheries Biologist, National Marine Fisheries Service, NOAA

Salomon, Matt  M.S. Completed 2005

Thesis: Gene flow among populations of spotted sand bass (Paralabrax maculatofasciatus) within the Southern California Bight.

Ph.D.: 2010, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL Currently: Postdoctoral Researcher, Dornsife College of Letters, Arts, & Sciences, University of Southern California, LA, CA


Froeschke, John T. M.S. Completed 2004.

Thesis: A Comparison of Reef Fish Assemblages between Santa Catalina Island and the Outer Los Angeles Federal Breakwater.

Ph.D.: 2009, Texas A&M University, Corpus Christi, TX

Currently: Research Biologist, Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council, Tampa, FL 


Miller, Eric F. M.S. Completed 2004.

Thesis: The Influence of Group Size on the Mating System of Captive Spotted Sand Bass (Paralabrax maculatofasciatus) and Investigations into the Viability of a Captive Breeding System.

Currently: Project Scientist, MBC Applied Environmental Sciences, Costa Mesa, CA.


Adreani, Mia. M.S. Completed 2003.

Thesis: Reproductive behavior and mating system of the temperate wrasse, Halichoeres semicinctus.

Awards: ASIH Stoye Award for Ecology & Ethology, Kansas City, 2002

Ph.D.: 2010, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL

Currently: Postdoctoral Researcher, CSUN

Erisman, Brad. M.S. Completed 2003.

Thesis: Mating system of the kelp bass, Paralabrax clathratus, from southern California.

Awards: CSUN Biology Outstanding Graduate student award 2003

Ph.D.: 2008,  Scripps Institution of Oceanography, La Jolla, CA

Currently: Research Fellow, SIO

Baca Hovey, Cheryl. M.S. Completed 2002.

Thesis: Reproductive strategy of the barred sand bass Paralabrax nebulifer in the Southern California Bight.

Currently: Pharmacy manager & mom, Oceanside, CA.

Phalen, Carol M., M.S. Completed 2000.

Thesis: Genetic variation and population structure of the kelp bass (Paralabrax clathratus) from throughout its natural range.

Currently: Research Associate, Aquaria, Inc., Moorpark, CA.

Foote, Amy A., M.S. Completed 1999.

Thesis: Distribution patterns and physical and chemical factors affecting blacksmith larvae, Chromis punctipinnis, off the north-east side of Santa Catalina Island.

Currently: Instructor, College of the Canyons

McClean, Amy M.
, M.S. Completed 1999.

Thesis: Patterns of settlement of juvenile kelp bass (Paralabrax clathratus) at Catalina Island during the summers of 1997 and 1998.

Awards: ASIH Stoye Award for Ecology & Ethology, Penn State University, 1999.

Currently: Watershed Resource Manager, Community Environmental Council, Santa Barbara, CA.

Campbell, Craig D.,
M.S. Completed 1998.

Thesis: Tissue concentrations of DDT bioaccumulation of DDT in the California halibut (Paralichthys californicus): implications of variation in concentration with location and length.

Currently: Biology Instructor, Moorpark College, CA.

Morgan, Mara C., M.S. Completed 1997.

Thesis: Genetic variation among nine populations of California halibut, Paralichthys californicus.

Currently: Researcher, Amgen Inc., Thousand Oaks, CA.

Hovey, Timothy E., M.S. Completed 1996.

Thesis: Reproductive strategies of the spotted sand bass (Paralabrax maculatofasciatus).

Currently: Wetlands Biologist, California Department of Fish and Game, San Diego, CA.

Tranah, Gregory T.,
M.S. Completed 1996.

Thesis: Morphologic and genetic variation among six populations of the spotted sand bass (Paralabrax maculatofasciatus) from Southern California to the upper Sea of Cortez.

Awards: SCAS Best Paper, Loyola Marymount, 1995.

Ph.D.: University of California, Davis, 2002

Currently: Post-doctoral researcher, Harvard Medical School.

Sears-Hartley, Julia R., M.S. Completed 1995.

Thesis: The use of daily growth rings to characterize the early life history of the California halibut (Paralichthys californicus) captured on the open coast of Southern California.

Currently: Researcher, Amgen Inc., Thousand Oaks, CA.

Travers, Phyllis S., Completed 1995.

Thesis: Nearshore ichthyoplankton assemblage in the neuston at Seal Beach, California.

Currently: Los Angeles Metropolitan Water District, El Segundo, CA.

Grothues, Thomas M., Completed 1994.

Thesis: An investigation into the subpopulation structure and larval dispersal patterns of the kelp bass, Paralabrax clathratus.

Ph.D.: State University of New York, Stony Brook, 2000.

Currently: Associate Research Professor, Rutgers University.

Cordes, Jan F., Completed 1993

Thesis: The use of daily growth rings to characterize the early life history of the kelp bass (Paralabrax clathratus)

Ph.D.: Virginia Institute of Marine Sciences, Yorktown, VA 2000.

Currently: Research Scientist, Virginia Institute of Marine Science.

Lara, Monica R., Completed 1993.

An investigation of sensory development in larval halibut (Paralichthys californicus) using electron microscopy.

Ph.D.: Virginia Institute of Marine Sciences, Yorktown, VA 1999.

Currently: Assistant Professor of Natural Science, St. Petersburg College, FL.

Crase, Mark S
., Completed 1992.

Thesis: A survey of the intertidal ichthyofauna of Resort Pt., Palos Verdes, California.

Ed.D.: University of California, Los Angeles, 1998

Currently: Director of Technology Infrastructure, CSU Chancellor’s Office, Long Beach, CA.


Wooninck, Lisa M.,
Completed 1992.

Thesis: An investigation into the subpopulation structure of Paralichthys californicus, California halibut, using RFLP analysis.

Ph.D.: University of California, Santa Barbara, CA, 2002.

Currently: Fishery Biologist, National Marine Fisheries Service, Santa Cruz, CA.

Franklin, Michael P
., Completed 1991.

Thesis: Abundance, distribution, age, growth and spawning periodicity of young-of-the-year white seabass (Atractoscion nobilis) in the Southern California Bight, 1988 and 1989.

Ph.D.: University of California, Santa Barbara, CA, 1999.

Currently: Lecturer, California State University, Northridge

Jensen, Robert E
., Completed 1991.

Thesis:  The aging, validation, and back-calculation of the date of birth and settlement date of young-of-the-year California halibut (Paralichthys californicus) into Alamitos Bay, California using a new technique for the grinding of sagittal otoliths.

Currently: Associate Director in the Preclinical and Clinical Development Sciences (PCDS) Department, Protein Design Labs (PDL)

Bouvier, Lucienne S
., Completed 1987.

Thesis: The cryptic fish fauna of a shallow rock reef habitat, Santa Catalina Island, California.

M.D.: Dartmouth Medical School, 1992.

Currently: OB/GYN, Kaiser, Milpitas, CA.