Biophysical Ecology Team Staff

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Eric Danner  Leader
Ecologist
Phone: (831) 420-3917
Fax: (831) 420-3977
E-mail: eric.danner@noaa.gov

I am interested in spatial patterns in ecology. My research combines remote sensing and field methods to better understand how physical processes affect the spatiotemporal dynamics of anadromous fish populations. Along with members of the Landscape Ecology Team I am currently developing a regional model for estimating stream temperatures using dynamic remote sensing data, climate data, and static bio- and geophysical data.

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Alex McHuron
Staff Research Associate
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E-mail: alex.mchuron@noaa.gov

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Alyssa FitzGerald
Project Scientist
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E-mail: alyssa.fitzgerald@noaa.gov

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Andrew Hein
Research Ecologist
Phone: (831) 420-3992
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E-mail: andrew.hein@noaa.gov

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Arnold Ammann
Phone: (831) 420-3968
Fax: (831) 420-3977
E-mail: arnold.ammann@noaa.gov

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Ben Martin
Research Ecologist
Phone: (831) 420-3665
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E-mail: benjamin.martin@noaa.gov

Predicting how species will respond to a changing climate is a central challenge in ecology. Species are coupled to their environments through the exchange of matter and energy; however, what they do with energy and materials is ultimately constrained by physiology and biomechanics. My research, therefore, seeks to develop a mechanistic understanding of the processes at the interface of physics and physiology to predict how anadromous fish populations respond to their environments. For example, in Martin et al. (2015 Ecology Letters) we showed how considering the biochemical constraints aerobic and anaerobic metabolic pathways impose on endurance drastically improves our ability to predict the migration behavior of salmon. In another case (Martin et al. 2016 Ecology Letters), our work on how the physics of flow and diffusion limits the supply of oxygen to developing embryos helped explain why salmon embryos in the field have a much lower thermal tolerance than expected from laboratory studies. In both of these studies, isolating the physical and chemical mechanisms through which the environment affects physiology allowed us to predict how salmon are affected by their environments.

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Brendan Lehman
Phone: (831) 420-3951
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E-mail: brendan.lehman@noaa.gov

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Cyril Michel
Assistant Project Scientist
Phone: (831) 420-3986
Fax: (831) 420-3977
E-mail: cyril.michel@noaa.gov

My work focuses on the survival and migrations of imperiled juvenile salmon in California. California is not only the southern extent of range distribution for most Pacific salmon species, meaning California’s environment is often marginal for salmon preferences and tolerances, but furthermore, in the most populated U.S. State with thriving agribusiness (despite being a dry climate), salmonid populations are arguably more at odds with humankind and their impacts here than anywhere else. My particular research focuses are regarding what environmental conditions and habitat features seem to influence survival and migration of juvenile salmon, both directly and indirectly through the top-down controls of various native and introduced predator species.

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Ethan Mora
Project Scientist
Phone: (831) 420-3663
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E-mail: ethan.mora@noaa.gov

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Flora Cordoleani
Assistant Project Scientist
Phone: (831) 420-3963
Fax: (831) 420-3977
E-mail: flora.cordoleani@noaa.gov

My research area focuses on the study of marine biological systems through the use of mathematical models and statistical tools.

I am globally interested in understanding the combined effects of human and/or environmental forcing and biological interactions on the dynamics of marine populations and ecosystems.

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Jeremy Notch
Phone: (831) 420-3990
Fax: (831) 420-3977
E-mail: jeremy.notch@noaa.gov

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Maya Friedman
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Mike Gil
Postdoctoral Scholar
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E-mail: michael.a.gil@noaa.gov

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Miles Daniels
Specialist
Phone: (831) 420-3946
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E-mail: miles.daniels@noaa.gov

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Natnael Hamda
Postdoctoral Scholar
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E-mail: natnael.hamda@noaa.gov

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Nicholas Macias
Graduate Student Researcher
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Nicholas Demetras
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E-mail: nicholas.demetras@noaa.gov

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Peter Dudley
Postdoctoral Scholar
Phone: (831) 420-3924
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E-mail: peter.dudley@noaa.gov

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Sara John
Phone: (831) 420-3916
Fax: (831) 420-3977
E-mail: sara.john@noaa.gov

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Travis Apgar
Graduate Student Researcher
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E-mail: travis.apgar@noaa.gov

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Vamsi Sridharan
Postdoctoral Scholar
Phone: (831) 420-3905
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E-mail: vamsi.sridharan@noaa.gov

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