Andrew L. Rypel - PI
Degrees: B.A. Saint Louis University; M.S. Auburn University; Ph.D. University of Alabama
Research Interests: Fish Ecology; Conservation Science; Ecosystem Ecology; Global Change; Macroecology; Fisheries Management; Freshwater Mussels
I am a Professor and the Peter B. Moyle and California Trout Chair in Coldwater Fish Ecology at University of California, Davis in the Department of Wildlife, Fish & Conservation Biology. I am also the Director for the Center for Watershed Sciences. I believe human societies must strive to leave healthier ecosystems and fisheries to future generations. Over time, I have been involved on a wide range of basic and applied research, but most of my efforts center on creating actionable science-based solutions, and assisting conservation professionals, on problems commonly encountered in freshwater ecosystems and fisheries.
My general approach to science is four-legged; incorporating theory, manipulation, empirical observation (especially long-term ecological research and large data synthesis), and quantitative models. I am also passionate about transfer and translation of ecological research to the broader public, and in training the next generation of scientists to be leaders in this art.
Contact Information; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org; Office: 1369 Academic Surge; Phone: 530.752.9567; Mailing address: Department of Wildlife, Fish & Conservation Biology, One Shields Avenue, Davis, CA USA 95616
NCEAS working groups:
LTER Synchrony: https://www.nceas.ucsb.edu/projects/12764
Community Dynamics: https://www.nceas.ucsb.edu/projects/12677
Graduate Students and Post Docs
Emily Mensch - Ph.D. Student
Degrees: B.S. Colorado State University; M.S. Michigan State University
Research Interests: Aquatic Ecology, Fish Ecology, Conservation Science, Behavioral Ecology, Reconciliation Ecology, Community Engagement & Outreach
I am interested in studying creative solutions to large ecological problems. During my masters, I studied chemical ecology of sea lamprey with implications for invasive species management and native species conservation. At UC Davis, I am using cooperative ecological methods to investigate interactions between waterbirds and fish in flooded rice field systems within California’s agricultural basin. Specifically, I am experimentally excluding waterbirds from plots with and without introduced fish to quantify predation, competition, and/or facilitation between waterbirds and introduced fish. This research will aid in understanding boosting ecosystem services from floodplains in the face of climate change. I also aim to use ecological theory and community engagement to dually inform wildlife managers and farmers on best ways to use limited water resources for support of agricultural yields and biodiversity.
Erin Tracy - Ph.D. Student
Degrees: B.S. Guilford College; M.S. Michigan State University
Research Interests: Fisheries Management, Aquatic Ecology, Social Ecological Systems Response to Climate Change, Effective Teaching Strategies in Ecology
I am broadly interested in the study of both social and ecological aspects of aquatic conservation and in effectively communicating this research to natural resource managers, students, and the public. At Davis I will be working with telemetry data from a variety of fish species to inform management and conservation. My masters research explored how social and ecological systems change under a changing climate. This research included a qualitative study on climate change perceptions in natural resource management organizations and a quantitative study on the influence of landscape features and climate change on aquatic habitats and fisheries.
Rachelle Tallman - Ph.D. Candidate
Degrees: B.S. University of California, Santa Cruz
Research Interests: Fisheries Management; Conservation Science; Fisheries Policy; Fish Ecology
I’m interested in collaborative and innovative approaches to improving fisheries conservation and management. My current research is focused on exploring the potential for agricultural rice fields to be used in the conservation of native fishes in the Central Valley. Juvenile Chinook salmon once reared on vast floodplains throughout the Central Valley during their out-migration to the Pacific Ocean. While most of these natural floodplains are now gone, flooded agricultural fields exist that could function as surrogate floodplains for salmon. This work is forging unique collaborations between agricultural and conservation groups in California to find solutions for declining fishes, especially salmon.
Mattea Berglund - Ph.D. Candidate
Degrees: B.S. Brown University
Research Interests: Aquatic Ecology; Fish Ecology; Global Change; Conservation Science; Fisheries Management; Disease Ecology
I am interested in how human drivers impact the health, distribution, and composition of aquatic communities, and how these changes impact resource users. My past research has spanned New England salt marshes, New Jersey artificial reefs, and Alaska salmon hatcheries. Through collaborations with policy makers, managers, and stakeholders, I aim to inform more equitable and effective management and restoration strategies. I am also passionate about communicating science and promoting diversity and inclusion in STEM.
David Ayers - Ph.D. Candidate
Degrees: B.S. Fishery Resources, Wildlife Resources; University of Idaho
Research Interests: Fish Ecology; Fisheries Conservation and Management; Behavioral Ecology; Animal Bioacoustics; Habitat Restoration; Hydrodynamics
I am interested in understanding how aquatic habitats structure ecological processes and influence fish distribution. I am currently investigating how hydrodynamic, biogeochemical, and diel factors affect fish movement and habitat use in tidal wetlands. To accomplish this, I employ non-invasive imaging sonars to examine how fishes respond to environmental factors across spatiotemporal scales. This approach is intended to contextualize habitat use patterns, elucidate ecological processes, and facilitate effective restoration of tidal wetland habitats for native and imperiled fishes of the Sacramento San-Joaquin River Delta.
Alexandra Wampler - Ph.D. Student
Degrees: B.S. University of California, Davis Wildlife, Fish & Conservation Biology
Research Interests: Fish ecology; population genetics; reconciliation ecology; Chinook Salmon conservation and management
Lauren G. Hitt - MS Student
Current Position: California Department of Fish and Wildlife
Francine De Castro - Undergraduate Student
Research Interests: Fish Ecology; Reconciliation Ecology; Ecological Sustainability; Fish Physiology
Current Position: Ph.D. student at UC Davis
I am currently working to complete my undergraduate studies at UCD for a Bachelor's in Environmental Toxicology with a focus in ecology. As an undergrad intern in the Rypel Lab I am working to digitize a decades-long legacy dataset detailing the standing stock fish biomass in reservoirs across the United States. I have also assisted in research rearing Chinook Salmon (Oncorhynchus tshawytscha) on agricultural rice fields, and am also assisting with the rotary screw trap project on Putah Creek.
Adrian Loera- Undergraduate Student
Research interests: Fish Ecology; Fisheries Management, Fish and Water Policy; Science Communication
Current Position: California Trout, Inc.
Sierra Mabanta - Undergraduate Student
Current Position: California Department of Water Resources
Wilson Xiong - Junior Specialist
Elias Tita - Undergraduate Student
Current Position: Grad Student, School of Global Studies, University of Sussex, Brighton, UK
Kiana Lindblad - Undergraduate Student
Current Position: Grad Student, Saint Louis University
Hailey Gleason - Undergraduate Student
Daisuke Goto (Post Doc, University of Wisconsin - Madison, co-advised with Jake Vander Zanden) - Research Scientist with the Institute of Marine Research, Norway
Bonnie Myers (MS, Virginia Tech University) - PhD Student at NC State University
Matt Weberg (MS, Virginia Tech University) - Fisheries Biologist with Minnesota Department of Natural Resources