Megan Sabal

Current Position: Research Technician, NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service, Santa Cruz Lab

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Bachelor of Philosophy from Miami University, Oxford, OH

The School for International Training, Australia

MA University of California, Santa Cruz (2014)


Research Interests

My research interest is understanding aspects of fisheries ecology that have implications for management and conservation decisions. I am especially interested in predator-prey interactions, fish habitat use, and ecosystem-based management.

My graduate thesis collaborates with NMFS Southwest Fisheries Science Center and East Bay Municipal Utilities District.

I will examine striped bass predation on juvenile salmonids migrating to the sea in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.  Striped bass are considered a significant predator of ESA-listed species and are a focus of current management strategies.  Disconcertingly, there is a lack of information on the mechanisms of this predator-prey interaction.  My project will examine if season, habitat, and community composition, influence juvenile salmon mortality by striped bass.  This will help determine which factors create instances of high predation.  Managers can use this information to develop more efficient and effective management strategies.

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