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Mentors and Projects

Stay up to date by checking out our Calendar of Events, come say hello on our Facebook page, or marvel at our many research adventures as told through students' photos, tweets, instagram posts and more at #MontereyBayREU.

For inquiries about mentors and their projects, please look over the mentor's webpages (linked to their names). If you still have questions, please email us at Please do not contact the mentors directly. Students who contact mentors may be removed from consideration for the REU.

Each year we highlight a selection of mentors across our six research partners. See below for the REU mentor list, which highlight the types of research available to students in our program.

California State University, Monterey Bay (CSUMB)

Mentors Research Theme
Dr. JP Dundore-AriasRole of Native Microbial Communities on Plant Community Assembly in Coastal Marshes, Influence of Plant-Invasion and Establishment of Non-Native Species
Dr. Daniel Fernandez

Fog Water Collection and Measurement

Dr. Corey GarzaMarine Landscape Ecology, Intertidal Ecology, Drones, GIS
Dr. Arlene HaffaAgricultural Nutrient and Pesticide Management to Reduce Greenhouse Gases, and Water Contamination
Dr. Allison HauptConservation Biology
Dr. Nathaniel JueBioinformatics, Evolutionary Biology, Genetics
Dr. James LindholmFish Ecology
Dr. Cheryl LoganMarine Physiology, Climate Change Stress Physiology, Ecological Forecasting, Ocean Climate Change Policy
Dr. Steve MooreMarine Biology and Ocean Robotics
Dr. John  OlsonFreshwater Ecology, Invasive Species, Microplastics, Coastal Rivers
Dr. Sherry PalaciosBiological Oceanography

Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve (ESNERR)*

Mentors Research Theme
Dr. Kerstin WassonEstuarine Conservation Biology
Susie ForkEnvironmental Indicator Development
John HaskinsWater Quality Science
Dr. Rikke JeppesenEstuarine Ecology, Invasive Species, Marsh Restoration

Hopkins Marine Station (HMS)

Mentors  Research Themes
Dr. Larry CrowderMarine Ecology and Conservation
Dr. Giulio DeLeoMarine Population Dynamics
Dr. Mark DennyMarine Biomechanics
Dr. William GillyMarine Developmental Biology
Dr. Jeremy GoldbogenMarine Mammal Science, Biomechanics and Physiological Ecology 
Dr. Chris LoweDevelopmental Biology
Dr. Fiorenza MicheliPopulation Biology
Dr. Steve PalumbiMolecular Ecology

Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI)

Mentors  Research Themes
Dr. James BarryBiology and Ecology of Marine Benthic Communities
Dr. Peter BrewerOcean Chemistry, Laser Raman Spectroscopy
Dr. Francisco ChavezClimate Change, Ocean Acidification, Hypoxia, El Niño, Observational Genomics
Danielle Cline and John RyanPassive Acoustic Monitoring
Dr. Andrea Fassbender
Marine Biogeochemical Cycling
Dr. Steve HaddockBioluminescence and Jellies
Dr. Kakani KatijaBioinspired Design
Dr. George MatsumotoDeep-sea Ecology
Dr. Mike McCannBig Ocean Data Analytics and Software Engineering
Dr. Ken Smith and Dr. Chrissy HuffardClimate Change and Deep-sea Community Stucture
Dr. Yui TakeshitaChemical Sensor Development, Coral Reef Metabolism and Biogeochemistry, Seawater CO2 Chemistry, Benthic Fluxes, and Seagrass and Kelp Forest Biogeochemistry

Moss Landing Marine Laboratories (MLML)

Mentors  Research Themes
Dr. Ivano AielloMarine Geology
Dr. Holly BowersEnvironmental Biotechnology
Dr. Tom ConnollyPhysical Oceanography
Dr. Colleen DurkinBiological Oceanography
Dr. Dave EbertShark Biology and Ecology
Dr. Michael GrahamAlgal Ecology
Dr. Scott HamiltonFish Ecology
Dr. Amanda KahnInvertebrate Ecology: Trophic Ecology, Suspension Feeders, Natural History of Marine Invertebrates
Dr. Gitte McDonaldMarine Mammal and Seabird Ecology, Physiological Ecology and Polar Science
Dr. Kim NullBiological Oceanography and Nutrient Chemistry
Dr. Jason SmithEco-Physiology
Dr. Diana StellerMacroalgal Ecology
Dr. Nick WelschmeyerBiological Oceanography

Naval Postgraduate School (NPS)

Mentors  Research Themes
Dr. Haflidi Jonsson
Marine Meteorology, Marine Boundary Layers, Airplane Based Weather Measurements

John JosephAcoustics and Marine Mammal Acoustic Signatures
Dr. Jamie MacMahan
Oceanography, Surf Zone and Inner Shelf Processes

Dr. Wieslaw MaslowskiArctic Earth Systems
Dr. Tom MurphreeClimate Variations, Climate change, and the Ocean's Role in Earth's Climate System
Dr. Wendell NussCoastal and Marine Meteorology
Dr. Jeff PaduanPhysical Oceanography

Research Experiences for Undergraduates