Graduate Students and Research Opportunities
As part of our commitment to advancing ecological research and training the next generation of conservation scientists, we encourage graduate students, prospective graduate students, and post doctoral researchers to look to Point Blue as a possible partner in their studies.
Point Blue’s tradition of excellence in long-term monitoring provides several large temporally and spatially explicit datasets, and we are proud of a strong history of collaboration with graduate advisors at several universities.
Specific topics our graduate students have addressed include:
- Bird ecology and evolution
- Impacts of climate change on avian demography
- Climate change impacts to ecosystem and community function
- Oceanography and marine ecology in central California
- Ecosystem responses to restoration and ecology of the Farallon Islands
- Habitat prioritization, reducing conflict between wildlife and human activities.
- Coastal scrub ecology
- Ecology and conservation of riparian ecosystems
- Habitat restoration
- Libby Porzig, UC Davis Ecology Graduate Group: Libby is working with our Palomarin Field Station to pursue research on how birds adapt to changes in habitat.
- Annie Schmidt, UC Davis Ecology Graduate Group: Annie is working with our Farallon program on the Farallon Island National Wildlife Refuge to pursue research on what is driving population changes in the Brandt's Cormorant, a seabird.
- Kristen Dybala, UC Davis Ecology Graduate Group: Kristen received her PhD in 2012 and worked with our Palomarin Field Station to pursue research on how young birds disperse after they leave the nest and how climate change is affecting that important life stage. She is continuing as a postdoctoral researcher to study population dynamics of birds and affects of climates change on nature in California and beyond.
- Scott Jennings, Oregon State University: Scott is working with our Antarctica program to pursue research on how climate change is affecting areas virtually untouched physically by humans.
- Rachel Fontana, Bodega Marine Laboratory, UC Davis: Rachel has worked with our ACCESS partnership program to pursue reasearch on ocean ocean health and dynamics, including preparing ocean acification talking point for congress.
- Jen McGowan, San Francisco State University: Jen worked with our ACCESS partnership to pursue marine research in feeding hotspots of seabirds to inform marine spacial planning, like placement of shipping lanes and marine sanctuaries.
- Andrea Dransfield, San Francisco State University: Andrea worked with our ACCESS partnership to pursue research on humpback whales to inform marine spacial planning, like placement of shipping lanes and marine sanctuaries.
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If you are interested in exploring opportunities for graduate studies or post doctoral research opportunities please contact the following:
- Tom Gardali – Central CA Coast and Central Valley – climate change vulnerability, wetland and riparian ecology, restoration, agriculture
- Jaime Jahncke – Oceanography, Marine Ecology
- Ryan Burnett – Sierra Nevada Ecology, forest ecology
- Geoff Geupel – Sierra Foothills, grazing and ecology
- John Parodi – North Bay stream restoration
- Laurette Rogers - Watershed and Science Education
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