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Marine Science Graduate Program

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Frederick (Eric) I. Archer, PhD

Geneticist, Protected Resources Division,Southwest Fisheries Science Center
Eric.Archer@ noaa.gov

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Dr. Archer's graduate work focused on describing and comparing morphometric and genetic variation in striped dolphins. From that he developed an interest in the detection of population subdivision in small cetaceans and the creation of analytical tools for genetic data that will assist managers in the identification of marine mammal stocks. He has also been involved in research on the effects of the ETP tuna purse-seine fishery on dolphin reproduction and early mortality.

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Lisa Ballance, PhD

Director, Protected Resources Division, Southwest Fisheries Science Center
Lisa.Ballance@ noaa.gov

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Dr. Ballance's doctoral research focused on the ecology of seabirds associated with yellowfin tuna and spotted and spinner dolphin schools in the eastern tropical Pacific. She also studied comparative cetacean ecology in the eastern tropical Pacific and tropical Indian oceans. Her current research is heavily focused on cetaceans and seabirds in oceanic systems, ecological trends in space and time (at interannual to regime shift scales), and ecosystem-based approaches to management.

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Ann Bowles, PhD

Senior Research Scientist, Hubbs-SeaWorld Research Institute
abowles@hswri.com

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Dr. Bowles specializes in bioacoustics, the study of animal sound perception and production, and directs the Bioacoustics Laboratory. Her areas of interest are animal communication and the effects of human-made noise. She has examined vocal recognition in emperor penguins and also has studied vocal learning and development in gray whales and killer whales.

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Ngai Chin Lai, PhD

Associate Research Scientist, Department of Medicine
University of California, San Diego
nclai@ucsd.edu

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Dr. Lai's area of interest is comparative physiology. He examines the cardiovascular systems of vertebrates and how adaptations relate to the ecophysiology of the animals he studies. His past projects have involved cardiovascular physiology of elasmobranchs and bony fishes.

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Jeff A. Crooks, PhD

Research Coordinator, Tijuana River National Estuarine Research Reserve
jcrooks@trnerr.org

Dr. Crooks has been the Research Coordinator of the Tijuana River National Estuarine Research Reserve, a Marine Protected Area just north of the US / Mexico border, since 2002. Jeff runs the Reserve's research and monitoring program, which focuses on using sound science to adaptively manage urban marine ecosystems such as salt marshes and lagoons. One key area of research is the ecology and management of invasive species, including the development of unifying principles for invasion biology by exploring roles of exotic species across various habitat types.

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Mark A. Drawbridge

Senior Research Scientist, Hubbs-SeaWorld Research Institute
mdrawbridge@hswri.org

Mr. Drawbridge studies factors that affect the reproduction, growth and health of fishes in an aquaculture setting. Stock enhancement is a particular interest, and his research focuses on the process of raising finfish for eventual introduction into the ocean. He has examined the role of diet, exercise and environmental conditions in the hatchery production of finfish.

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Michael G. Hinton, PhD

Senior Scientist, Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission
mhinton@iattc.org

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Dr. Hinton's principal responsibilities include research on large pelagic fishes, including marlins, swordfish, and sailfish, and how oceanographic conditions affect populations of tunas and tuna-like species. His professional interests include pelagic ecology, physical forcing in environmental and biological systems, and population dynamics/statistics. He models impacts of small-scale events on individuals and populations, uses advanced statistical modeling techniques integrated with basic principles to investigate systems, and carries out resource assessment leading to recommendations for management and conservation.

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Thomas Kretzschmar, PhD

Associate Investigator, Geology Department
Centro de Investigacion Cientificas y de EnseƱanza Superior de Ensenada
tkretzsc@cicese.mx

Dr. Kretzschmar's current research projects involve the hydrogeological and hydrochemical characterization of watersheds in Baja California and Oaxaca. His interests include topics related to the generation of surface water runoff and sediment transport in watersheds with and without anthropogenic impacts and contaminant transport due to anthropogenic impacts.

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Robert J. Olson, PhD

Senior Scientist, Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission
ROlson@iattc.org

Dr. Olson’s research is designed to contribute toward the eventual goal of ecosystem-based approaches to fisheries management. His main focus is the ecological role of tunas and other large pelagic fishes in the eastern Pacific Ocean (EPO), and the indirect effects of fisheries removals that act through the food web. This requires an improved understanding of food web connections, energy flow, and dynamics in the open ocean, and Olson’s studies involve pelagic species caught by the tuna fisheries as well as other key ecosystem components not directly impacted by the fisheries, such as vertically-migrating mesopelagic fishes and squids, and planktonic crustacea.

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Theresa Sinicrope Talley, PhD

Extension Advisor, California Sea Grant Extension Program
tstalley@ucsd.edu

Dr. Talley is a Marine Advisor for the California Sea Grant Extension Program, UCSD. Her research program investigates how disturbances, such as species introductions and climate change effects, influence coastal ecosystem development, restoration and function. She contributes to conservation by targeting pressing environmental issues and translating ecological findings into management strategies. She also contributes to education by engaging students, the public, managers and other scientists in research to address local marine conservation challenges. Prior to her Advisor position, she was a project scientist at Scripps Institution of Oceanography and a lecturer at both UCSD and USD, where she taught various introductory biology and upper-division ecology classes.

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Russ Vetter, PhD

Director, Fisheries Resources Division
Southwest Fisheries Science Center (NMFS)
Russ.Vetter@ noaa.gov

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Dr. Vetter oversees the diverse research of the SWFSC Fisheries Resources Division, which takes an ecosystem approach to the study of high seas and coastal pelagic fisheries of the California Current. His personal research interests include molecular and spatial ecology of fishes as revealed by studies of population genetic structure, electronic tagging of migratory animals, and the application of biotechnology and physiology to investigate effects of environmental stress on natural populations.

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