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Interaction (Ecology & Conservation)

Ecologists study of how the distribution and abundance of plants and animals is affected by the interaction of organisms with each other and with their environment. In recent years, ecological studies have taken on new dimensions as the effects of human society have intensified.

Research at Hopkins involves a wide range of topics: from community ecology of wave-swept shores and kelp forests, to the control of disease through ecological manipulation, to the management and conservation of fisheries and coral reefs.

Shaili Johri

I am a geneticist who works in the field of marine science and conservation. My work is aimed at reducing knowledge gaps in conservation science through scientific research, community partnerships and knowledge exchange across disciplines. Genomics research by our group aims to inform conservation policy and assist in reducing illegal wildlife trade.

Sammy Andrzejaczek

I joined the Block lab in 2019 and am broadly interested in using modern tagging technologies to better understand the movement and behavioural ecology of sharks and other large pelagic predators. I completed my PhD at the University of Western Australia where my research focused on investigating the patterns and drivers of vertical movements of sharks and other large epipelagic predatory fishes. At Hopkins Marine Station, I aim to continue to investigate the vertical movement patterns of these animals, as well as evaluate how best to incorporate these findings into conservation and (...)

Robin Elahi

I am a lecturer at Stanford University’s Hopkins Marine Station, where I teach courses in kelp forest ecology, statistics, and scientific computing. In general, I study drivers of spatial and temporal change in marine ecosystems. Ongoing and recent projects include: -examining the consequences of fisheries closures on fisher behavior -understanding why some coral reefs fare better than their neighbors -biodiversity and body size change, particularly in the context of recent human impacts

Benjamin Burford

I earned my B.S. in field and wildlife biology from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo in 2013. After graduation, I worked for the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute and the National Marine Fisheries Service in the respective fields of deep sea and anadromous fish ecology. In fall 2015, I enrolled in the Biology PhD program at Stanford University where my research utilizes in situ footage, scientific surveys, animal-borne data loggers, oceanographic data and molecular techniques to understand the migratory behaviors of ecologically and economically important Pacific squids and the environmental (...)

Larry Crowder

Phone: (831) 655-6217
Larry Crowder is the Edward F. Ricketts Provostial Professor of Marine Ecology and Conservation at Hopkins Marine Station and a senior fellow at the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment, both part of Stanford University.  He is also Affliated Faculty at Stanford Center for Ocean Solutions. Previously, he was the Stephen Toth Professor of Marine Biology at Duke University. Dr. Crowder's research centers on predation and food web interactions, mechanisms underlying recruitment variation in fishes, population and food web modeling in conservation biology, and interdisciplinary approaches (...)

Giulio De Leo

Phone: (831) 655-6202
I am a theoretical ecologist by formation, I am generally interested in investigating factors and processes driving the dynamics of natural and harvested populations and in understanding how to use this knowledge to inform practical management. In recent years I have been particularly interested in investigating factors and processes that provide resilience of natural or managed population to natural and anthropogenic stressors, environmental shocks and climate change. I study resilience from two very different points of view: on the one hand, I have focused my attention on populations that (...)

Mark Denny

Phone: (831) 655-6208
The field of biomechanics uses the principles of engineering and physics to understand how plants and animals function. I was raised as a biomechanic, beginning as an undergraduate at Duke University where I was recruited by two of the influential leaders of the field, Steve Wainwright and Steve Vogel. After my doctoral work at the University of British Columbia (where I explored the mechanics of gastropod locomotion with John Gosline), I began to wonder how biomechanics could be used in an ecological context, and I have been exploring this question ever since. Two years as a postdoc with Bob (...)

William Gilly

Phone: (831) 655-6219

Fiorenza Micheli

Phone: (831) 655-6251
Fiorenza Micheli is co-director of Stanford’s Center for Ocean Solutions, and a marine ecologist at the Hopkins Marine Station of Stanford University, where she is the David and Lucile Packard Professor of Marine Science. Micheli’s research focuses on the processes shaping marine communities and coastal social-ecological systems, and incorporating this understanding in marine management and conservation. She investigates climatic impacts on marine ecosystems, particularly the impacts of hypoxia and ocean acidification on marine species, communities and fisheries, marine predators’ ecology and (...)

Stephen Palumbi

Phone: (831) 655-6210
Steve has long been fascinated by how quickly the world around us changes. Work on the genomics of marine organisms tries to focus on basic evolutionary questions but also on practical solutions to questions about how to preserve and protect the diverse life in the sea. Steve has lectured extensively on human-induced evolutionary change, has used genetic detective work to identify whales, seahorses, rockfish and sharks for sale in retail markets, and is developing genomic methods to help find ocean species resistant to climate change. Work on corals in American Samoa has identified (...)