Completed EOSC Theses

Before graduation, MS EOSC students complete a thesis that is presented before a thesis committee. View the following completed theses to gain an understanding of research conducted by our department.

Graduate Student Theses

Jason Langevin

The distribution and demography of the Native Olympia Oyster (Ostrea lurida) and the Invasive Pacific Oyster (Crassostrea gigas) in the San Diego River

Bryanna Paulson

Spatial and Temporal Variation in the Diet Composition of Zooplankton in Mission Bay

James Wright

Artisanal mining impacts in semi-arid environments: Lessons from historic arsenic mining near San Diego, California

Rachel Steinberg

Vertical and geographic habitats of whale sharks (Rhincodon typus) tagged along Ningaloo Reef, Western Australia

Caitlynn Birch The effects of seasonal variation, El Niño-Southern Oscillation events, and climate change on the tuna-dolphin association
Darbi Berry

Understanding the relationships between sedimentation, vegetation and topography in the Tijuana River Estuary, CA


Connor Payne Cayson

 The effects of density gradients on the distribution and behavior of copepods

Nima Farchadi

Habitat preferences of Blue Marlin (Makaira nigricans) and Black Marlin (Istiompax indica) in the Eastern Pacific Ocean

Kate Hargenrader

The spatial-temporal dynamics of larval supply, settlement, and adult populations for Chthamalus fissus in the La Jolla, California rocky intertidal


Joy Shapiro

Copepod distribution in relation to environmental parameters on diel time scales in Mission Bay, San Diego, California

Juliette S. Nash

Repertoire shift & behavior in an adult female killer whale

Malloree Hagerty

Vertical and cross-shore distributions of barnacle larvae in La Jolla, CA nearshore waters: implications for larval transport processes

Laura Schwebel

Understanding and Optimizing Growth of California Yellowtail (Seriola dorsalis) in Aquaculture Using Physiological Tools

Thaïs M. Fournier

Long - term changes in a spatially subsidized insular ecosystem in Bahía de los Ángeles, Baja California, MX

Brian Juhl

The Impact of Copper on Non-Indigenous and Native Species of Suspension-Feeding Bivalves in Mission Bay, San Diego, California

Stephen Campbell The Effect of Watershed Runoff and Sediment Resuspension on Turbidity and Sediment Deposition in St. John, US Virgin Islands: Implications for Watershed and Marine Development and Restoration in Bays with Coral Reefs
Dustin Chen Larval rockfish diversity abundance dynamics in association with a marine protected area in the Southern California Bight
Anthony Basilio Settlement of larval spotted sand bass (Paralabrax maculatofasciatus) within Mission Bay, San Diego CA in relation to environmental conditions
Elizabeth Johnston Geochemical Investigation of Anomalous Arsenic Enrichment in the Santiago Peak Volcanics of Southern California
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
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.