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Marine Science Graduate Program

Completed Marine Science Theses


Whitney Sears

Effects of watershed development and rainfall on sedimentation in coastal bays with coral reefs, U.S. Virgin Islands

Samantha San Francisco Examining the time-activity and energy budgets of Eared Grebes (Podiceps nigricollis) at Salton Sea
Elizabeth Smith Evaluation of reproductive strategies in captive California Yellowtail (Seriola lalandi) using genetic parentage analyses


Robert Harrington

Impacts of development on ridge to reef transport of terrestrial metals in St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands

Morgan Martin The diet of California Sea Lions (Zalophus californianus) at San Clemente and San Nicolas Islands
Whitney Musser Differences in acoustic features of vocalizations produced by Killer Whales cross-socialized with Bottlenose Dolphins
Anai Novoa Examining bivalve community shifts over time in several estuaries in Southern California and Northern Baja California, Mexico
Kevin Stolzenbach Biological and physiological condition of juvenile California Halibut (Paralichthys californicus) exposed to a contamination gradient in Mission Bay, CA
Allison Yoshida Plasma metabolites reveal changes in physiological state of Eared Grebes (Podiceps nigricollis) during three non-migratory periods


Casey Capolupo

Copper bioavailability and toxicity to Mytilus gallopreovincialis in Shelter Island Yacht Basin, CA

Elizabeth Hetherington Food web structure in the eastern tropical Pacific
Brianna Tracy Temporal and spatial variation in native and non-indigenous ascidian settlement within fouling communities of Mission Bay, San Diego, California


Charlene Renck

Age and growth of albacore (Thunnus alalunga) in the eastern North pacific Ocean.


Meg Kolupski

Sedimentation in coastal bays with coral reefs: Impacts of watershed development, St. John, USVI.

Joel Burke Trace metal accumulation in tissues of Callinectes bellicosus in Bahia Magdalena, B.C.S. Mexico.

Kurt Tardy

Functional morphology and swimming behavior of early stage white seabass (Atractoscion nobilis).

Sean Hitchman

Age-specific association with potential adult habitat in larval bocaccio, Sebastes paucispinis, in the Southern California bight.


Joel Van Noord

Feeding ecology and oceanographic influences on the diet of three surface-migrating myctophid fishes in the eastern tropical Pacific Ocean.

Marshall K. Olson

Analysis of the spatial and temporal distributions of dolphinfishes (Coryphaena hippurus and C. equiselis) in the eastern Pacific Ocean.

Brian J. Gauger

Egg and larval quality of captive white seabass.


Kimbrie L. Gobbi

Inorganic sediment source, flux, and composition within bays in St. John USVI.

Trish Narwold

Organic composition of sediment in two bays with fringing coral reefs in St. John USVI.

Ryan Griggs

Temporal and spatial patterns of Meroplankton in Mission Bay, San Diego.

Amber Michaud

Population structure of shortfin mako shark, Isurus oxyrinchus, in the Pacific as inferred through mtDNA.

Suzanne Roden

Detecting Green Turtle population structure in the Pacific using single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNP’s).

Melissa Carter

Patterns of chlorophyll variability off Southern California and the influence of macroscale and regional oceanographic processes.


Jennifer Gafney

Tracking Eared Grebe (Podiceps nigricollis) migration using fatty acid signature analysis.

Christopher Peters

Continuous exercise enhances swim performance and alters growth rate, IGF-I, and cortisol in juvenile marine finfish in aquaculture.

Jessica Crance

Changes in killer whale, Orcinus orca stereotyped call repertoires as a function of time and social association.

Kaci Conselyea

Monsoon season precipitation over Tibetan Plateau in relation to macroscale circulation patterns.


Melissa May

Energetic cost of northward migrating gray whale calves, Eschrischtius robustus.


Mike Colella

The variability of coral skeletal tin (Sn) concentrations in Porites lobata corals.

Jack Kittinger

Aspects of estuarine mesozooplankton dynamics in Mission Bay, San Diego.


Janet Lowther

Genetic variation of coastal and offshore bottlenose dolphins, Tursiops truncates, in the eastern North Pacific Ocean.

David Elliott

Spatial and temporal dynamics of Mission Bay zooplankton: relationship to the environment.

Andres Baquero

Vertical and horizontal movements of the common thresher shark, Alopias vulpinus, in the Southern California Bight.

Jamie Ward

Coral skeleton cadmium as a tracer of anthropogenic nutrients in Kona, Hawaii.

Anita Cepuritis

Exercise effects on growth rate, IGF activity, and cortisol in juvenile white seabass.

Diane Tulipani

The functional morphology and fluid dynamics of swimming in the pelagic red crab, Pleuroncodes planipes.

Joshua Gregory

Aspects of cardiovascular function in the white sturgeon, Acipenser transmontanus.

Brandon Swope

Spatial and temporal dynamics of phytoplankton in Mission Bay over a complete annual cycle


Angi Hotz

Bioaccumulation of copper in the white clam, Chione californiensis from Bahia Magdalena, Baja California Sur, Mexico.

Kerri Danil

Growth and reproduction of short-beaked common dolphins, Delphinius delphis in the eastern tropical pacific.

Lisa Louie

Behavioral comparisons between wild and cultured juvenile California halibut, Paralichtys californicus.

Mathew Fripp

Thermoregulation in black-crowned night herons, Nycticorax nycticorax.

Jonathan Nelson

Habitat utilization and movements by whale sharks, Rhincodon typus within Bahia del los Angeles, Baja California Norte, Mexico.


Jeff Smiley

The acute effects of gas saturation on cultured juvenile white seabass, Atractoscion nobilis in the laboratory.

David Escamilla

A re-evaluation of the Fish Creek gypsum in Imperial County, California.

Michele Siegle Coghill

An examination of optimal egg size (OES) theory in olive ridley sea turtle, Lepidochelys olivacea.

Janette Holtz

A life history study of the San Diego fairy shrimp, Branchinecta sandiegonensis.

Cheryl Ann Kurtz

The relationship of copper, lead and zinc contamination in sediments and eelgrass, Zostera marina in two different flow-regime environments.

Amy Bergen

Enzyme activities associated with changes in body composition in eared grebes during fall staging.


Diolinda Parsick

A preliminary look at feeding in the fairy shrimp, Branchinecta sandiegonensis.

Mary Fran Cullen

Seasonal variation of biochemical indicators in Antarctic krill, Euphausia superba.

Kathleen Dykes

The influence of hydrothermal activity at Deception Island, Antarctica.

Ben Duehr

The effects of copper on the anemone Anthopleura sola and its symbiotic zooxanthellae.

James Swaney

The effects of temperature and ration level on digestion, growth and glycolytic enzyme activity of white seabass, Atractoscion nobilis.

Geoffrey Daly

Anthropogenic impacts on Porites lobata corals in Hawaii: a survey of coral skeletal chemistry (copper and zinc), growth rates, ecology and seawater chemistry.


Brian Head

Effects of diet on trimethylamine oxide levels in marine elasmobranchs.

Valerie Greenslade

Comparative foraging ecology of Pacific harbor seals, Phoca vitulina richardii and California sea lions, Zalophus californianus in the Southern California Bight.


Shawn Narum

Assortative mating and population structure of gopher rockfish, Sebastes carnatusi  and black-and-yellow rockfish, Sebastes chrysomelas.

Rindy Anderson

Behavioral responses of California sea lions, Zalophus californianus to a novel net fragment and alarm, and the effects of motivational state.

Sheyna Wisdom

Sound production development in gray whales, Eschrichtius robustus.


Lisa Draze

The effects of environmental stresses on symbiont densities in the temperate sea anemone, Anthopleura elegantissima.

Samuel Hung

Ranging patterns of Indo-Pacific hump backed dolphins, Sousa chinensis in Hong Kong waters.

Larry Wolski

Physiological responses of northern elephant seals, Mirounga angustirostris, California sea lions, Zalophus californianus, and harbor seals,  Phoca vitulina to simulated sonic booms, air puffs and white noise bursts.

Karen Abella

The effects of the eastern tropical pacific (ETP) yellowfin tuna purse-seine fishery on the mother-calf bond of the pantropical spotted dolphin, Stenella attenuata.

Anna Zimmerman

In vitro myosatellite cell proliferation and in vivo muscle fiber development n the white seabass, Atractoscion nobilis.

Sonia Cawsey-McGowan

Aspects of dormancy release in marine copepod resting eggs.


Thomas Gregory

The internal rare earth element geochemistry of the active TAG Mound, 260 N mid-Atlantic Ridge.


Winli Lin

Parental behavior and the question of brood division in whimbrels, Numenius phaeopus.

Thomas Gruninger

The predator-prey relationship between the Californian moray eel, Gymnathorax mordax and the two spotted octopus, Octopus bimaculoides.

Mary Burgan

Analysis of the diving behavior of killer whales, Orcinus orca in the Hara Strait, Washington, using GPS.

Jacob Moorad

Identification of Brachinecta sandiegonensis cyst banks and their ecological and population genetic response to habitat unpredictability.


Cathleen Davis

Population genetic structure of a California endemic branchiopod, Branchinecta sandiegonensis.

Eric Cathcart

Stable isotope records measured on Porites lobata corals from Kona, Hawaii.

Lisa Ann Morici

Endocrine and physiological response to osmotic stress in the American alligator, Alligator mississippinsis.

Sally Jean Lane

Associations and the ontogeny of calling in killer whale calf, Orcinus orca during her first six months.

Stewart Fallon

Uranium/Calcium variations in scleractinian corals from Fiji and Hawaii.


Wendy Dunlap-Harding

The influence of El Nino on pinniped strandings along the California coast 1982-1999.


John Rankin

Settlement of Strongylocentrotus spp. across a sea urchin barren-kelp bed boundary.


William Everett

Breeding biology of the black storm-petrel at islas Los Coronados, Baja California, Mexico.

Mary Ellen Walther

The effect of light intensities on zooxanthellae densities and chlorophyll content in the coral, Goniopora lobata in aquaria.

Mark Kinsey

Evidence of vocal sequencing by killer whales, Orcinus orca.

John Nichelson

*The feasibility of a floating airport offshore San Diego.

Harold Dorr

Variations in the elk kelp, Pelagophycus porra (Leman) Setch, in two different environments.


Thomas McGrath

*The impacts of oceanographers on the secondary sewage treatment issue in San Diego, California.

Melody Ashley

Seasonal meiofaunal populations, with emphasis upon nematodes, in San Diego Bay.

Luiz Fernandes

Abundance of males and females of five species of copepods, Calanoida and their seasonal and bathymetric distribution from collections obtained by the United States Antarctic Research Program, Eltanin cruises.