We selected trainers in the Sustainable Oceans program for their disciplinary expertise, skill in advising, and record of interdisciplinary collaboration. We anticipate adding additional faculty as trainers throughout the Sustainable Oceans program. For questions, please contact Academic Coordinator, Pernille Sporon Bøving

Gwen Arnold examines the integration of scientific knowledge into public policy. Research methods include surveys, interviews, social network analysis, and statistical methods. Gwen also serves as the associate director of the Center for Environmental Policy and Behavior.
Marissa L. Baskett focuses on theoretical population, community, and evolutionary ecology applied to conservation biology, particularly in marine systems.  Ecological topics include life history evolution, local adaptation, and resilience theory, and applied topics include marine reserve design and monitoring, sustainable aquaculture and hatchery management, ecological responses to climate change, and human-driven rapid evolution.
Rachael Bay studies interactions between human-induced changes in the environment and evolutionary processes. This includes how animals respond to changes in their environment that are caused by humans as well as how evolution might mitigate some of the negative impacts of human-induced change. Understanding patterns of evolution associated with anthropogenic impacts across a wide range of animals can ultimately be used to create forward-looking conservation management decisions.
Louis W. Botsford does research on population dynamics and resource management with special attention on measuring the performance of marine protected areas. Recent research includes understanding how resource management and environmental drivers impact individuals in the population and how this impact maps to changes at the population and ecosystem level.
Nann Fangue focuses on understanding the physiological specializations that allow animals to survive and thrive in complex environments. Her lab studies a variety of fish species, often those living in naturally extreme or anthropogenically-challenging habitats, to understand whether these organisms have sufficient physiological capacity or plasticity to maintain successful performance in the face of anthropogenic environmental perturbations such as climate change.
Brian Gaylord conducts interdisciplinary research at the interface of biomechanics and marine ecology. He studies coastal marine systems, focusing on how the scaling of physical processes places bounds on organismal design and ecological pattern.
Rick Grosberg uses a variety of genetic approaches to characterize population structure and connectivity in marine organisms, and the contributions that gene flow and selection make to the scale and dynamics of adaptive evolution in the sea. Rick also directs the UC Davis Coastal and Marine Sciences Institute.
Ted Grosholz focuses on the intersection between processes that structure benthic communities and the human impacts that also impact these ecosystems. This work includes climate change impacts associated with increasing temperature, acidification and sea levels as well as the consequences of biological invasions on estuarine ecosystems. He is also actively engaged in restoration of native oysters, seagrasses and wetland plants as well as the management of invasive non-native species.
Jackson Gross develops solutions for aquaculture production, and studies ecological issues surrounding the control and/or eradication of aquatic nuisance species, and the preservation and conservation of native species and ecosystems. He serves as a Cooperative Extension Specialist focusing on aquaculture.
Alan Hastings is interested in a range of topics in theoretical ecology and population biology, and more generally in mathematical biology.
Tessa Hill‘s research interests include climate change, both past and present, and understanding the response of marine species to environmental perturbation. She is part of the Bodega Ocean Acidification Research (BOAR) group at Bodega Marine Laboratory, which aims to understand the impact of ocean acidification on marine species. Tessa leads an NSF-supported program with future (pre-service) K-12 science teachers to infuse their classrooms with climate change science, and an industry-academic partnership to understand the consequences of ocean acidification on shellfish farmers.
John Largier is a leader in developing the field of “environmental oceanography” through linking traditional oceanographic study to critical environmental issues. His work is motivated by contemporary environmental issues and centered on the role of transport in ocean, bay, nearshore and estuarine waters. He addresses transport of plankton, larvae, contaminants, pathogens, heat, salt, nutrients, dissolved oxygen, and sediment – and he places this work in the context of diverse environmental issues.
Beth Rose Middleton examines Native environmental policy and Native activism for site protection using conservation tools. Her broader research interests include intergenerational trauma and healing, rural environmental justice, indigenous analysis of climate change, Afro-indigeneity, and qualitative GIS.
Kiva Oken takes a range of quantitative approaches, including data analysis, simulation, and mathematical models, to research the ecology and management of marine ecosystems. She studies population, community, and fishery dynamics and develops new methods in those fields with the aim of increasing the consideration of broader ecological and socioeconomic considerations into tactical fisheries management.
Matt Reimer’s research focuses on the design and evaluation of public policies, particularly those for managing marine resources. He employs a diverse set of methodological tools, ranging from reduced-form and structural econometrics, to dynamic numerical analysis and simulation, integrated bioeconomic modeling, and field experiments.
James Sanchirico applies empirical and theoretical quantitative methods to study the design and evaluation of policy instruments for the conservation of natural resources. In addition to his faculty position at UC Davis, Sanchirico also has an appointment as a University Fellow at Resources for the Future.
Tyler Scott’s research focuses on institutional design and management strategies for improving environmental governance in complex institutional settings. A primary component of this work involves the use of inferential network analysis methods for understanding network governance processes and stakeholder coordination. Scott also uses computational methods such as automated text analysis to generate novel data from procedural documents and agent-based modeling to simulate policy system behavior.
Michael Springborn works on problems of resource management and decision-making under environmental risk and uncertainty, including climate change, invasive species, disease, and fisheries. His methods include econometrics, dynamic optimization, and Bayesian learning processes.
Anne Todgham uses molecular, biochemical, physiological and behavioral approaches to understand how animals cope with environmental change and the mechanisms underlying sensitivity to stress. Her research program focuses both on the conservation physiology of aquatic species in temperate and polar environments as well as strategies for managing stress in sustainable aquaculture.
Jim Wilen works on topics relating to natural resource economics and environmental economics.