Subtidal reefs

Marine Life Protection act

Kelp Forest

Kelp forest ecosystems are among the most productive and species rich ecosystems on Earth. Because of their biodiversity, productivity and close proximity to shore, they support a variety of ecosystem services, including commercial and recreational fisheries, recreation, carbon sequestration and protection of shorelines. Our lab conducts research in kelp forest ecology, fish ecology, physiology, evolution, and modeling. We have worked along the entire Californian coastline as well as in Baja, Mexico, and in Oregon and Washington.

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Coral Reefs

Coral reef ecosystems, including a suite of reef, lagoon, and mangrove habitats, are the most species rich marine ecosystem. Because of their biodiversity, productivity and close proximity to shore, they support a variety of ecosystem services, including artisanal and commercial fisheries, tourism and recreation, natural products (e.g., anti-cancer drugs), and protection of shorelines. Our lab conducts research on coral reef ecology and reef socio-ecological processes and works to apply such science to reef conservation.

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