Consortium Faculty

Prospective students who decide to apply through one of the Consortium Faculty members listed below are required to apply through an additional, MLML tenure or tenure-track faculty member who will serve as co-advisor. The application process proceeds as follows:

  1. Prospective graduate student contacts a potential Consortium Faculty co-advisor (listed below) through whom they are interested in applying.
  2. If interested in co-advising the student, the Consortium Faculty member then contacts an appropriate MLML faculty member to seek their willingness to serve as co-advisor and a joint admissions decision is reached. 
  3. Student then contacts the MLML co-advisor to discuss their application.
  4. Student contacts MLML Graduate Program Coordinator for guidance about the application process and admittance.

 

For questions about the application process, please contact the MLML Graduate Coordinator.

Consortium Faculty

 

Corey Garza: Associate Professor, School of Natural Sciences 

  • Bio: Dr. Corey Garza is an associate professor in the Division of Science and Environmental Policy at California State University, Monterey Bay. Prior to arriving at CSUMB he was a research ecologist with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) where he served as scientific liaison to and chief scientist for the USEPA Long Island Sound Study. His research interests are in the area of marine landscape ecology. He uses GIS modeling and spatial statistics to study the relationship between scale dependence, habitat complexity and patterns of species distribution and abundance in marine communities. Dr. Garza serves as the principal investigator for the Marine Landscape Ecology Lab at CSUMB and is the campus lead for the NOAA Center for Coastal and Marine Ecosystems. He also directs the NSF funded, Monterey Bay Regional Ocean Science Research Experiences for Undergraduates Program.

    For Prospective Students: As a rule, I will not accept a student into the lab who I have not met in person or by phone beforehand. If you are considering applying for graduate studies in the lab, please plan on contacting me by email or phone or, arranging an in person meeting. Because research in the lab focuses on the analysis of spatial pattern and process in marine systems, students in the lab regularly use GIS and statistics in their research. Students conducting research in the lab will be expected to become proficient in each of these two areas. For students interested in working with the lab, we recommend they have a strong quantitative background (e.g. statistics), experience working with computers, coursework in ecology and some research experience. Students in the lab primarily study the ecology of marine invertebrates: however, we are more interested in studying interesting research topics as opposed to a particular organism or system. I am always happy to speak with students interested in conducting graduate studies in the lab and look forward to speaking with you.

Contact information 
(831) 582-3024
cogarza@csumb.edu
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Alison Haupt: Assistant Professor, School of Natural Sciences

Contact information
(831) 582-3682
ahaupt@csumb.edu
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Nate Jue: Assistant Professor, School of Natural Sciences

  • With background in Evolutionary Biology, Population Genetics, Marine Ecology, Evolutionary Genomics, and Functional Genomics, Dr. Nathaniel Jue’s Genomics, Genetics, and Bioinformatics lab conducts research on biological systems ranging from horseshoe crabs to humans that is thematically focused on using evolutionary and functional genomics to understand the connection between genotypic and phenotypic diversity. Currently, his lab is looking to further develop dedicated research projects in the evolution of complex organs (e.g. the placenta) in fishes, the functional and ecological genetics of bacteria, the genetics underlying reproductive strategies in fish, computational cancer systems biology, and the evolutionary genomics of marine species.

Contact information
(831) 582-4126
njue@csumb.edu
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Rikk KvitekProfessor, School of Natural Sciences

Contact information
(831) 582-3529
rkvitek@csumb.edu
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James LindholmDistinguished Professor of Marine Science & Policy, School of Natural Sciences

Dr. James Lindholm (B.A. California Polytechnic State University, SLO; M.A. & Ph.D. Boston University) is the James W. Rote Distinguished Professor of Marine Science and Policy in the Division of Science and Environmental Policy at CSU Monterey Bay. He is the founder and Director of the Institute for Applied Marine Ecology (IfAME) at CSUMB, and the founder and Program Chair of the CSUMB Research Diving Program. He teaches both undergraduate and graduate courses, including:

MSCI 380 Scientific Diving Methods
MSCI 455 Ecology of Marine Fishes in California
MSCI 470 Science, Policy and Management in the Marine Environment
MSCI 485 Marine Biogeography of California
MSCI 645 Advanced Marine Science and Policy

Dr. Lindholm’s research interests include the landscape ecology of fishes, the recovery of seafloor habitats and associated taxa following the cessation of fishing activity, and the design and efficacy of marine protected areas. He has conducted research around the world, including the Pacific, Atlantic, and Indian Oceans, the Mediterranean and Caribbean Seas. Dr. Lindholm regularly uses technologies such as remotely operated vehicles, human-occupied submersibles, autonomous underwater vehicles, and acoustic telemetry. He has conducted five saturation missions to the Aquarius Undersea Laboratory in the Florida Keys.

Contact information
(831) 582-4662
jlindholm@csumb.edu
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Cheryl LoganAssistant Professor, School of Natural Sciences

I am an assistant professor in the Division of Science and Environmental Policy (SEP) at Cal State Monterey Bay. My research lab focuses on the physiological mechanisms that marine animals use to survive in their environments, from the biochemical to the whole organismal level. In the face of climate change, understanding the mechanistic basis for why species ranges are shifting is fundamental to predicting which species will be the “winners” and “losers” in our changing environment. We study how ecologically important fish and invertebrate species regulate their physiology in response to temperature, hypoxia and ocean acidification associated with climate change.

Contact information
(831) 582-4698
clogan@csumb.edu
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Steve MooreProfessor, School of Natural Sciences

Contact information:
(831) 582-3775
stmoore@csumb.edu
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Kerry NickolsAssistant Professor, School of Natural Sciences

Interdisciplinary work, along with collaborations and partnerships, is key to solving environmental problems. Research in the Nickols lab integrates ecology and oceanography to study the spatial dynamics of coastal marine organisms as they are affected by physical processes and anthropogenic influences. We combine empirical measurements and models to conduct basic and applied research, focusing on biophysical processes in the nearshore environment with implications for the management of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs).

For more information, visit Kerry Nickols’ website: http://kerrynickols.weebly.com

Contact information:
(831) 582-3657
knickols@csumb.edu
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