Affiliated Faculty and Researchers

  • Research Interests: Chemical Oceanography. Biochemical processes in seawater and sediments; biochemical cycling of carbon, oxygen, and nitrogen cycling in open ocean environments; dissolved organic matter (DOM); development of techniques for organic nutrient analysis.

  • Research Interests: Physical oceanography, surface gravity waves, tides, internal waves, turbulence, estuarine dynamics, nearshore processes

  • Research Interests: Life history evolution, basic and applied population ecology, and wildlife conservation. Courses taught: Conservation Biology, Principles of Wildlife Management, Wildlife Ecology and Management, Ecology of Wildlife Populations.

  • Erick Bjorkstedt

    Eric Bjorkstedt

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    Research Interests: Fisheries Oceanography. Research Interests: ecological and physical processes affecting recruitment and population structure of marine fishes; population and metapopulation dynamics of anadromous and marine fishes.

  • Research Interests: My research focuses on how marine organisms track and respond to changing environmental conditions within their lifetimes. I am particularly interested in how marine organisms respond to environmental change brought about by human activities, such as the introduction of non-native species and climate change.

  • Andre Buchheister

    Andre Buchheister

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    Research Interests: My research integrates ecological modeling, advanced statistics, fieldwork, and laboratory methods to answer both basic and applied questions in fisheries science. I specifically focus on four, interrelated research areas: 1) science in support of ecosystem based fisheries management, 2) structure, function, and drivers of fish communities and marine ecosystems, 3) trophic dynamics and predator-prey interactions, and 4) fish population dynamics.

  • Research Interests: Biological Oceanography. Research Interests: Research Interests: Ecology and physiology of zooplankton and invertebrate nekton, effects of oceanic oxygen minimum zones on marine organisms.

  • Research Interests: Marine Ecology Research Interests: evolution of cooperation in colonial marine animals; rocky intertidal and subtidal community ecology.

  • Rafael Cuevas Uribe holding a fish

    Rafael Cuevas Uribe

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    Research Interests: Reclaimed water aquaculture and integrated multi-trophic aquaculture systems, preservation of germplasm resources for aquatic species, aquaculture genetics, and reproductive biology (artificial spawning, cell transplantation, ploidy and sex manipulation methods).

  • Research Interests: Marine Mammal Ecology Research Interests: ecology and behavior of marine mammals; VHF/satellite-telemetry; marine mammal/fisheries interactions; oil spill and marine mammal interactions.

  • Research Interests: Research is focused on the management of Dungeness crab and Chinook salmon fisheries. He has also been actively involved in assessment of impacts of salmon hatcheries on natural populations of Chinook salmon, and in development of survey designs for estimating abundance of fish in small streams.

  • Research Interests: My research interests lie in two areas: (1) the development of analytical methods for the determination of trace metals in aquatic systems, and (2) the study of trace metal and nutrient cycling in natural systems with a particular interest in determining the toxicity and/or bioavailability of elemental species. Currently, the study sites used in my undergraduate research program include Humboldt Bay, Arcata Marsh and California coastal waters.

  • Arne Jacobson

    Arne Jacobson

    Research Interests: Research interests include renewable energy technology, energy and climate change mitigation policy, and energy access for low income people in developing countries. His work is interdisciplinary, combining renewable energy engineering, energy policy, and a social geography based approach to international development studies.

  • Research Interests: Research area is in application of genetic techniques to study fish conservation and management. Research includes both freshwater and marine fishes, including studies of population structure, genetic diversity, effective population size, evolutionarily significant unit designations, hybridization, and environmental DNA.

  • Research Interests: Fish Physiology and Early Life History of Fishes Research Interests: larval fish development; ecology and population structures of green sturgeon and California halibut.

  • Research Interests: Ecology of Marine Fishes Research Interests: fish-habitat interactions (i.e., eelgrass and saltmarsh communities); ecology of estuarine and marine fishes.

  • Research Interests: Danny O'Shea has been a research assistant at Humboldt since 1997, Associate Faculty at College of the Redwoods since 1999, and Lecturer at Humboldt since 2001. While primarily involved with undergraduate education, he has also participated in several research projects involving mapping and sediment coring of the continental shelf and estuaries. His interests include the effects of coastal processes, sea level changes, and tectonic forcing on biotic communities.

  • Research Interests: Expertise in the area of human dimensions of marine and coastal resources. Her research focuses on questions of equity and sustainability in ocean governance.

  • Frank Shaughnessy

    Frank Shaughnessy

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    Research Interests: Seaweed and Seagrass Ecology Research Interests: population and community ecology of marine algae and seagrasses, particularly an examination of bottom up limiting factors to eelgrass; the description of the phytoplankton community in the bay.

  • Research Interests: Research is focused on the ecology and conservation of marine invertebrates and fishes in tropical and temperate ecosystems. Research projects investigate issues at the interface between conservation science, management, and policy. We use quantitative statistical approaches combined with geospatial tools to explore both physical and biological aspects of marine communities.

  • Research Interests: Joe became a Coastal Specialist with California Sea Grant Extension in 2012 and joined the Department of Biological Sciences as adjunct faculty in 2013; he is based in Eureka. His research background is in marine ecology and the oceanographic transport of larvae. Joe's current efforts are focused on collaborative research that engages and serves the needs of local communities, including: baseline monitoring of newly-enacted marine protected areas, adaptation to sea level rise, ocean acidification, and local/regional fisheries issues.

  • Research Interests: Marine Phycology. Molecular phylogenetics, biogeography, ecology and biodiversity of marine and freshwater organisms. Mariculture as a tool for marine conservation of kelps. Over 40 years of experience in the biology of algae, including culture, growth, identification, ecology and evolution of seaweeds.