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The Baskett Lab

Students, postdocs, and lab alumni

Current members

Graduate students

Laurinne Balstad, Graduate Group in Population Biology

I am a PhD student in the Population Biology Graduate Group and the Sustainable Oceans NRT. I am interested in using theoretical ecology to better understand human environment interactions, economic and coastal resilience in marine systems, management practices, and population dynamics

Mei Blundell, Graduate Group in Population Biology

I am interested in integrating theoretical modeling of marine ecosystems with empirical data to predict outcomes of our interactions with the natural world and to inform sustainable management decisions. I am particularly intrigued by the effects of species range shifts and biodiversity loss on community stability, and by climate-wise habitat connectivity as a strategy for supporting populations of ecological, economic, or cultural significance. As a trainee in the Sustainable Oceans NRT, I am also interested in seeking alignments in conservation, stakeholder, and policymaker interests to facilitate implementation of management strategies..  

Jack Buckner, Graduate Group in Ecology

I am a PhD Student in the Graduate Group in Ecology and the Sustainable Oceans NSF research-training program here at UC Davis.  I am broadly interested in using mathematical, statistical and computational tools to address the challenge of sustainably managing marine resources in a changing world. My research focuses on the role of ecological feedbacks and tipping points in managed systems and how policy can be designed to improve the resilience of marine ecosystems. In particular, I study the economic value of ecological information for managing complex systems and the role transient dynamics play in ecosystem-based management. In addition to addressing specific questions related to marine resources, I aim to build theoretical tools to better understand how the interactions between non-linearity, stochastic environmental conditions affect population dynamics.  

Additional affiliations: Springborn Lab

Nima Farchadi, Graduate Group in Ecology Joint Doctoral Program with San Diego State University

Im a PhD student in the San Diego State University - University of California, Davis Joint Doctoral Program in Ecology. My interests broadly are in using spatial statistics and remote sensing to better understand the spatiotemporal dynamics of pelagic predators and how the environment influences their distributions. In 2018 I completed my MS in Marine Science at University of San Diego studying the spatiotemporal distribution and habitat preferences of blue and black marlin in the eastern Pacific Ocean. Currently my PhD research focuses on understanding how climate-driven anomalies (i.e. Marine Heatwaves) affect the spatiotemporal distribution of fishing vessels and what impacts this may have on coastal communities. This research is part of a collaborative project with researchers from Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, NOAA, and Gulf of Maine Research Institute, that is developing a dynamic ocean management tool (FaCeT) that will help support climate-ready and sustainable fisheries. When he isnt behind his computer writing code, you can find him outside surfing, camping, or enjoying good food and movies with friends and family.

Additional affiliations: Lewison Lab, SDSU

Richard Kim, Graduate Group in Ecology

I am broadly interested in wildlife conservation, invasion ecology, and predator-prey dynamics. On a theoretical aspect, I am interested in exploring mechanisms that govern the dynamics of trophic interactions and alternative ecosystem states in systems where invasive species and listed species co-occur. On an applied conservational aspect, I plan to design empirical study to parameterize system-specific models and perform decision analyses: under which conditions invasive species should be removed for the conservation of target listed species.

Additional affiliations: Lawler lab, USGS Western Ecological Research Center
Google scholar profile: https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=kIpjYoIAAAAJ&hl=en&authuser=2

Andrea Odell, Graduate Group in Ecology

I am a PhD student in the Graduate Group in Ecology and a Sustainable Oceans NRT Trainee. I use quantitative tools to explore how species interactions, environmental changes, and anthropogenic activities structure marine populations and communities in order to develop robust and well-informed management strategies for marine fisheries. I have ongoing research exploring the potential for a selective lingcod fishery within no-take areas to facilitate the recovery of yelloweye rockfish off the coast of California. I am also committed to supporting aspiring marine scientists particularly those who are first-generation and/or from an underrepresented group and seek out opportunities to grow as a mentor.

Undergraduate students

Shelbie Ishimaru, Environmental Science and Management

I am interested in conservation and how changes in the environment impact populations with an emphasis on endangered species management. Along with conservation, I am interested in computational methods of ecology as a tool to analyze populations over time.


Lab alumni

Emil Aalto, Graduate Group in Ecology (co-adviser: Marcel Holyoak); PhD completed 2013
Dissertation title: Lagged Recruitment, Indirect Interactions, and Delayed Recovery in Multi-Species Fisheries
Current position: Postdoctoral Scholar, Hopkins Marine Station, Stanford University (de Leo lab)

Jaime Ashander, Population Biology Graduate Group; PhD completed 2016
Dissertation title: Causes and Consequences of Evolutionary Rescue in Noisy Environments
Current position: Postdoctoral Scholar, Resources for the Future

Lewis Barnett, Graduate Group in Ecology (co-adviser: Louis Botsford); PhD completed 2015
Dissertation title: Effects of Fishing, Species Interactions, and Climate on Populations and Communities: Insights for Ecosystem-Based Fisheries Management
Current position: Fishery Biologist, NOAA Alaska Fisheries Science Center

Greg Backus, postdoctoral scholar 2017-2021
Current position: Postdoctoral scholar, University of California Riverside

Scott Burgess, Center for Population Biology; postdoctoral scholar 2011-2014
Current position: Associate Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, Florida State University

Max Castorani, Graduate Group in Ecology, Joint Doctoral Program with San Diego State University (SDSU adviser: Kevin Hovel); PhD completed 2014
Dissertation title: Context-dependent species interactions in seagrass ecosystems
Current position: Assistant Professor, Department of Environmental Sciences, University of Virginia

Allison Dedrick, Graduate Group in Ecology (co-advisor: Louis Botsford), PhD completed 2017  
Dissertation title: Effects of Environmental Conditions and Management Practices on Harvested Marine Populations
Current position: Postdoctoral Scholar, Center for Ocean Solutions, Stanford University

Robert Dunn, Graduate Group in Ecology, Joint Doctoral Program with San Diego State University (Kevin Hovel, SDSU adviser), PhD completed 2019
Dissertation title: Effects of predators on sea urchin abundance and behavior on temperate rocky reefs and tropical coral reefs
Current position: Research Coordinator, North Inlet-Winyah Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve and Research Professor, University of South Carolina

Mike Gil, National Science Foundation Research Fellow (co-mentor: Andy Sih), 2016-2018
Current position: Postdoctoral Scholar, University of Colorado, Boulder

Vadim Karatayev, Graduate Group in Ecology, PhD completed 2019
Current position: Postdoctoral Scholar, University of Guelph

Katie Kaplan, CA Department of Fish & Wildlife postdoctoral scholar on marine reserve monitoring, 2017-2018

Nao Takashina, Visiting graduate student from Kyushu University (adviser: Yoh Iwasa) in 2013-2014
Current position: Postdoctoral Scholar, University of Bergen

Lauren Yamane, CA Department of Fish & Wildlife postdoctoral scholar on fisheries/reserve integration, 2017-2018

Luojun Yang, Undergraduate researcher (exchange student from Nanjing University) in 2016-2017
Current position: PhD student, Princeton University

Yibiao Zou, Undergraduate researcher (exchange student from Nanjing University) in 2019
Current position: MS student, ETH Zurich

Last updated September 2021