Graduate Student Research Topics

Current Students

Jason Shaffer
Thesis: Comparing environmental DNA and snorkel surveys to determine the spatial distribution of Coho Salmon (Oncorhynchus kisutch) in the Smith River Basin, California
Advisor: Andre Buchheister, Ph.D.

Alex Juan
Thesis: Evaluating the Use of a Trojan Y Chromosome Strategy to Eradicate Invasive Sacramento Pikeminnow in the Eel River to Aid Recovery of Threatened Salmonids
Advisor: Andre Buchheister, Ph.D.

Claire Stuart
Thesis: Monitoring and evaluating rocky-reef marine protected areas in Northern California
Advisor: Andre Buchheister, Ph.D.

Gavin B. Bandy
Thesis: A Technique to Calibrate eDNA Surveys for Coho Salmon (Oncorhynchus kisutch)
Advisor: Andrew Kinziger, Ph.D.

Dylan J. Keel
Thesis: Quantification of the variability of Ceratonova shasta DNA concentrations in Klamath River water samples
Advisor: Andrew Kinziger, Ph.D.

Noah Angell
Thesis: Describing Population Status of Redtail Surfperch and Silver Surfperch in Sandy Beach Surf Zones in Northern California Including Marine Protected Areas
Advisor: Jose Marin Jarrin, Ph.D.

Sarah Moreau
Thesis: Factors that attract Yellowfin tuna, Thunnus albacares, to fixed fish aggregating devices (FADs) in the Galapagos Islands
Advisor: Jose Marin Jarrin, Ph.D.

Olivia Boeberitz
Thesis: Green sturgeon
Advisor: Jose Marin Jarrin, Ph.D.

Z Zenobia
Thesis: Status of Spirinchus starksi (Night Smelt) in Northern California in 2021
Advisor: Jose Marin Jarrin, Ph.D.

Daniel Montoya
Thesis: Surf smelt
Advisor: Jose Marin Jarrin, Ph.D.

Lily Olmo
Thesis: Using fish to study the trophic food chain of artificial wetlands in the Arcata Marsh, CA
Advisor: Jose Marin Jarrin, Ph.D.

Jacqueline Bridegum


Summer 2022

Spring 2022


Natasha Ficzycz
Thesis: Inferring exposure to harmful pseudo-nitzschia blooms from ocean-to-estuary gradients in domoic acid concentrations in Humboldt Bay bivalves
Advisor: Eric Bjorkstedt, Ph.D.

Braden Herman
Thesis: Use of foreign eDNA tracers to resolve site- and time-specific eDNA distributions in natural streams
Advisor: Eric Bjorkstedt, Ph.D.