Postdocs and Research Scientists

Current postdocs and research scientists in the Grosholz Lab.

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Chela Zabin

Associate Project Scientist

Ph.D. (2005) University of Hawaii

Research interests: I am interested in the temporal and spatial patterns in abundance and distribution of marine species. This interest has taken me down three distinct research tracks: 1. impacts, vectors and eradication of non-native species, 2. restoration of native species, and 3. patterns in intertidal species abundance and richness over different temporal and spatial scales. I also have a strong interest in public education and outreach and in understanding the best way to involve the public in environmental monitoring for conservation.

I am also a Research Biologist with the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center based at the Romberg Tiburon Center

Julie Hopper

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Ph.D. (2015) University of California, Berkeley

Research interests: I am currently investigating the mechanisms for effective biological control of the invasive water hyacinth, Eichhornia crassipes, in the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta, California. Although the classical biological control agent, Neochetina bruchi, results in damage to water hyacinth, current control outcomes in the Delta have not reached the desirable levels observed in other regions of the globe where classical biological control has been implemented. I am collaborating with researchers from UC Davis, USDA, the Department of Water Resources, and NASA to achieve desired control levels of water hyacinth in the Delta and to inform future biological control programs. For more updates, see my website at:

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Pamela Reynolds

Postdoctoral Fellow

Ph.D. (2010) University of North Carolina

Research interests: I am broadly interested in the role of biodiversity and its interactions with top-down and bottom-up forcing in marine communities. I have worked in many nearshore systems including seagrass, rocky intertidal and subtidal, fouling, marsh and mud flat habitats to pursue how predator-prey dynamics and changes in food web structure influence ecosystem functioning at both local and global scales. My research spans community and behavioral ecology to understand the causes and consequences of species invasions and extinctions, and seeks to provide recommendations for effective ecosystem management and mitigation efforts.

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