Landscape and Seascape Ecology Team

Big Creek, Monterey CountyWe are a team of ecologists and geographers working to elucidate the linkages between habitat and anadromous fish that spawn in California. Our approach to this uses principles and methods from landscape, ecosystem, community, and population ecology. One aspect of our research is documentation of spatial and temporal patterns in biota and the environment. Observed patterns lead to hypotheses that we test with experimental manipulations or carefully designed observational studies. Provisionally validated hypotheses are formulated as models that make spatial predictions, in the form of maps. We then test these predictions with further observations, and revise hypotheses accordingly. To do all this, we use field surveys, remote sensing, GIS, field experiments, capture-recapture studies, and statistical modeling in various combinations. Our work seeks to explain how and why fish populations have declined in the past, and to guide restoration efforts in the future.

Team members


Technical recovery planning for West Coast salmonids
The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) developed scientifically based viability criteria for Evolutionarily Significant Units (ESUs) of anadromous salmonids listed as Endangered or Threatened under the U.S. Endangered Species Act.


Scanning a juvenile steelhead Snorkel survey