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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.

Parker House
M.S. Completed 2015
Thesis: MPA impacts on the trophic structure of kelp bed fishes in Southern California
Currently: Scientific Diver and Lab Assistant at UC Santa Barbara, Marine Science Institute

Edwin Leung
M.S. Completed 2014
Thesis: Influence of environmental variation on year-class strength in white seabass (Atractoscion nobilis) of Southern California
Currently: Self-employed

Jeremiah Bautista
M.S. Completed 2014
Thesis: Reproductive biology of a "severely depressed" sport fish the barred sand bass, Paralabrax nebulifer from Southern California
Currently: Environmental Scientist, California Department of Fish & Wildlife

Corinne N. Paterson
M.S. Completed 2014
Thesis: The genetic diversity and population structure of Paralabrax nebulifer (Barred Sand Bass)
Currently: Environmental Scientist, California Department of Fish & Wildlife

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: self-employed

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
Ph.D. UCLA 2013
Currently: instructor CSUN

Williams, Jonathan
M.S. Completed 2006
Thesis: The relationship between the growth of juvenile white seabass (Atractoscion nobilis) and El Niño 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. Texas A&M University, Corpus Christi 2011
Currently: Research Ecologist, University of South Florida

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. University of Florida, Gainesville 2010
Currently: Sr. Postdoctoral Research Fellow at John Wayne Cancer Institute

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. Texas A&M University, Corpus Christi 2009
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. Florida State University, Tallahassee 2010
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. Scripps Institution of Oceanography, La Jolla, CA 2008
Currently: Assistant Professor Department of Marine Science, University of Texas at Austin, Port Aransas, TX

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, Valencia, 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: Marine Scientist, LA Metropolitan Water District, 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 Wildlife, Valencia

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. UC Davis, 2002

Currently: Research Scientist, California Pacific Medical Center Research Institute

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.
MS 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: Research Professor, Rutgers University

Cordes, Jan F.
M.S. 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 2000
Currently: Research Scientist, Virginia Institute of Marine Science

Lara, Monica R.
M.S. completed 1993
Thesis: An investigation of sensory development in larval halibut (Paralichthys californicus) using electron microscopy
Ph.D. Virginia Institute of Marine Sciences, Yorktown 1999
Currently: Assistant Professor of Natural Science, St. Petersburg College, FL

Crase, Mark S
M.S. completed 1992
Thesis: A survey of the intertidal ichthyofauna of Resort Pt., Palos Verdes, California.
Ed.D. UCLA 1998
Currently: Director of Technology Infrastructure, CSU Chancellor’s Office, Long Beach, CA

Wooninck, Lisa M.,
M.S. completed 1992
Thesis: An investigation into the subpopulation structure of Paralichthys californicus, California halibut, using RFLP analysis
Ph.D. UC Santa Barbara 2002
Currently: Fishery Biologist, National Marine Fisheries Service, Santa Cruz, CA

Franklin, Michael P
M.S. 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: Sr. Assessment Manager, BioMarin Pharmaceutical, San Rafael, CA

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