Faculty Affiliated with the Marine Laboratory

Dr. Jeff Abell

Chemical Oceanography. Biochemical processes in seawater and sediments; biochemical cycling of carbon, oxygen, and nitrogen cycling in open ocean environments; dissolved organic matter (DOM); development of techniques for organic nutrient analysis.


Dr. Dan Barton

Life history evolution, basic and applied population ecology, and wildlife conservation. Courses taught: Conservation Biology, Principles of Wildlife Management, Wildlife Ecology and Management, Ecology of Wildlife Populations.

Spatial and landscape ecology, especially in rodents and other small mammals; uniting novel spatial methods in GIS and remote sensing with traditional field work to aid management; historical ecology and wildlife in the humanities; conservation science.

Geological Oceanography. Research Interests: marine sedimentation; shallow marine stratigraphy; coastal geomorphology; sediment transport.




Fisheries Oceanography. Research Interests: ecological and physical processes affecting recruitment and population structure of marine fishes; population and metapopulation dynamics of anadromous and marine fishes.


Dr. Paul Bourdeau

My research focuses on how marine organisms track and respond to changing environmental conditions within their lifetimes. I am particularly interested in how marine organisms respond to environmental change brought about by human activities, such as the introduction of non-native species and climate change.

Dr. Andre Buchheister

My research integrates ecological modeling, advanced statistics, fieldwork, and laboratory methods to answer both basic and applied questions in fisheries science. I specifically focus on four, interrelated research areas: 1) science in support of ecosystem based fisheries management, 2) structure, function, and drivers of fish communities and marine ecosystems, 3) trophic dynamics and predator-prey interactions, and 4) fish population dynamics.

Biological Oceanography. Research Interests: Research Interests: Ecology and physiology of zooplankton and invertebrate nekton, effects of oceanic oxygen minimum zones on marine organisms. 



Marine Ecology Research Interests: evolution of cooperation in colonial marine animals; rocky intertidal and subtidal community ecology.



Dr. Lori Dengler

Geophysics; Seismology Research Interests: historic seismicity of North Coast California; earthquake intensity studies; earthquake/tsunami mitigation.




Biological Oceanography/Marine Biology Research Interest: zooplankton ecology.




Marine Mammal Ecology Research Interests: ecology and behavior of marine mammals; VHF/satellite-telemetry; marine mammal/fisheries interactions; oil spill and marine mammal interactions.


DR. Mark Henderson


My current research focuses on the interactions between Pacific salmon and the environment. My approach is to use data collected in the field to develop and inform ecological models. Modeling techniques I have used include statistical analyses, mark-recapture, growth models, bioenergetics, and individual-based models. These models can then be used to study how environmental changes affect fish behavior and population dynamics.

My research interests lie in two areas: (1) the development of analytical methods for the determination of trace metals in aquatic systems, and (2) the study of trace metal and nutrient cycling in natural systems with a particular interest in determining the toxicity and/or bioavailability of elemental species. Currently, the study sites used in my undergraduate research program include Humboldt Bay, Arcata Marsh and California coastal waters. 


Dr. Steve Hackett

His work is focused on the economics of clean energy, the environment, and natural resources (with an emphasis on fisheries). His responsibilities have ranged from faculty member and senior consulting research economist to chair of several academic departments and service as associate dean. He serves as a faculty member in a number of interdisciplinary programs, including Environmental Science and Management; Energy Technology and Policy; and Environmental Studies.

Dr. David Hankin

Research is focused on the management of Dungeness crab and Chinook salmon fisheries. He has also been actively involved in assessment of impacts of salmon hatcheries on natural populations of Chinook salmon, and in development of survey designs for estimating abundance of fish in small streams. 

Dr. Arne Jacobson

Research interests include renewable energy technology, energy and climate change mitigation policy, and energy access for low income people in developing countries. His work is interdisciplinary, combining renewable energy engineering, energy policy, and a social geography based approach to international development studies. 

Dr. Andrew Kinziger

Research area is in application of genetic techniques to study fish conservation and management.  Research includes both freshwater and marine fishes, including studies of  population structure, genetic diversity, effective population size, evolutionarily significant unit designations, hybridization, and environmental DNA.


Fish Physiology and Early Life History of Fishes Research Interests: larval fish development; ecology and population structures of green sturgeon and California halibut

Dr. Tim Mulligan

Ecology of Marine Fishes Research Interests: fish-habitat interactions (i.e., eelgrass and saltmarsh communities); ecology of estuarine and marine fishes.




Danny O'Shea has been a research assistant at HSU since 1997, Associate Faculty at College of the Redwoods since 1999, and Lecturer at HSU since 2001.  While primarily involved with undergraduate education, he has also participated in several research projects involving mapping and sediment coring of the continental shelf and estuaries.  His interests include the effects of coastal processes, sea level changes, and tectonic forcing on biotic communities.

Dr. Laurie Richmond

Expertise in the area of human dimensions of marine and coastal resources. Her research focuses on questions of equity and sustainability in ocean governance.    



Seaweed and Seagrass Ecology Research Interests: population and community ecology of marine algae and seagrasses, particularly an examination of bottom up limiting factors to eelgrass; the description of the phytoplankton community in the bay.


Dr. Brian Tissot

Research is focused on the ecology and conservation of marine invertebrates and fishes in tropical and temperate ecosystems. Research projects investigate issues at the interface between conservation science, management, and policy. We use quantitative statistical approaches combined with geospatial tools to explore both physical and biological aspects of marine communities.

Dr. Joe Tyburczy

Dr. Tyburczy became a Coastal Specialist with California Sea Grant Extension in 2012 and joined the Department of Biological Sciences as adjunct faculty in 2013; he is based in Eureka. His research background is in marine ecology and the oceanographic transport of larvae. Dr. Tyburczy’s current efforts are focused on collaborative research that engages and serves the needs of local communities, including: baseline monitoring of newly-enacted marine protected areas, adaptation to sea level rise, ocean acidification, and local/regional fisheries issues.