Our research focuses on understanding the processes that shape marine communities, and what conditions and interactions support or erode their diversity and resilience to climate variability.
We currently conduct research in Palau, Mexico, Italy, the Chagos Archipelago, Marshall Islands, Palmyra Atoll, Canada, Washington, and California.
I am interested in the role of mobile marine predators like sharks and tunas in creating connections between nearshore and open ocean food webs, the ecological significance of these interactions and their implication for sustainable management of marine resources. My current research is in Palau, a small-island/big ocean nation in the Central Pacific, who recently designated 80% of their ocean territory as a no-take marine reserve. The outcomes of our connectivity research will inform critical decision making for Palau’s changing fishing sectors and practices and establish crucial baseline knowledge for the long term monitoring and management of the new sanctuary.
I work on several projects including The Shark Baseline Project/SharkPulse, a smartphone app involving citizen scientists in monitoring global shark populations; Kids and Climate, developing activity books and worksheets aimed at teaching elementary school students about ocean acidification; as well as sustainable fisheries research. I also manage the Hopkins Marine Station and Micheli Lab social media pages, and in my spare time I work on marine mammal conservation and bilingual Spanish/English environmental outreach and education.
My research will focus on linking ocean health and human well-being by considering how human activity impacts oceans ecosystems and the services they provide such as nutrition and livelihoods. Additionally, I am interested in exploring solutions to create equitable and sustainable seafood production. I plan to employ a combination of field ecology, social science, and metanalyses to contribute to the burgeoning field of planetary health.
I am interested in how communities are assembled through time and across space. I am currently working on coral reef benthic communities, in the wilderness area, the Chagos Archipelago. I am studying how top down control by fishes (e.g. herbivores and corallivores) influences benthic community assembly and how this top down control is mediated by predators like sharks.
Fiorenza Micheli is co-director of Stanford’s Center for Ocean Solutions, and a marine ecologist at the Hopkins Marine Station of Stanford University, where she is the David and Lucile Packard Professor of Marine Science. Her research focuses on the processes shaping marine communities and coastal social-ecological systems, and incorporating this understanding in marine management and conservation. She investigates climatic impacts on marine ecosystems, particularly the impacts of hypoxia and ocean acidification on marine species, communities and fisheries, marine predators’ ecology and trophic cascades, the dynamics and sustainability of small-scale fisheries, and the design and function of Marine Protected Areas. Her current research takes her to Mexico, Italy, Palau, the Line Islands, and Chagos, in addition to California. She is a Pew Fellow in Marine Conservation, a fellow of the California Academy of Sciences, research advisor to the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, Seafood Watch and the Benioff Ocean Initiative, and senior fellow at Stanford’s Woods Institute for the Environment.
Carolina Olguín Jacobson
I am interested in the relationship between kelp forest ecosystems and sustainable fishery cooperatives. For this postdoc, I will focus on socio-ecological systems within fishery cooperatives in Baja California, Mexico, investigating their response and adaptation to environmental changes such as climate change, as well as social and global changes such as the COVID-19 pandemic through oceanographic and ecological monitoring.
I'm interested in studying the ecology of climate change resilience in kelp forest habitats, as well as applied management and restoration. I plan to examine how multiple stressors, such as ocean acidification, hypoxia, and increasing temperatures impact marine organisms, and how these effects scale up to whole communities. My research will focus on identifying the "winners and losers" from climate change in kelp ecosystems using field and mesocosm experiments and modeling.
I am a biology PhD student with research interests in coral reef community ecology, anthropogenic change, species interactions, and community resilience and stability. I am also dedicated to the diversification of the fields of marine biology and ecology and evolution, as well as equity within academia and in the sense of access to and utilization of natural resources. Before becoming a grad student at Stanford, I was a CAMINO scholar at UC Santa Cruz where I earned a B.S. in Marine Biology. During this time I participated in research involving coral microbiomes, salamander response to heat stress, marine mammal fatality surveys, and more.
Juan Carlos Villaseñor-Derbez
I am a postdoctoral scholar working with Dr. Fiorenza Micheli at the Hopkins Marine Station. I study coupled human-natural systems, with an emphasis on fisheries and conservation policy. I am particularly interested in how ecological processes shape human incentives and how human actions can modify the environment. I draw from my training in oceanography, ecology, and environmental economics and combine geospatial, econometric, and machine learning methods to answer questions around the design and evaluation of policy interventions that seek to conserve and manage natural resources.