CSULB Wetlands Ecology Lab

Tijuana Estuary

Where are the Mud Labbers now?


Dr. Shira Maezumi graduated in June 2010 with her Master's in Archaeology from CSULB. Her research focused on paleosalinity reconstruction in a local wetland. After recieving her Ph.D. from Univ. of UT and completing a post-doctoral fellow at Exeter University, she is a lecturer at the University of the West Indies in Jamaica. In August 2019 she started a new Marie Curie Fellowship at the University of Amsterdam. http://yoshimaezumi.wixsite.com/paleoecology

Emily in intertidal

Emily graduated in January 2012 with her Master's in Biology from CSULB. Her Master's research focused on wetland restoration trajectory following active planting. She is currently working with a wetland restoration project team at San Dieguito Lagoon.

rachel and the tree

Rachel  graduated in Summer 2012 with her Master's in Biology from CSULB. Her Master's research focused on sparrow use of an invaded habitat. After finishing her Ph.D. at UC Davis on impacts of an invasive plant and being a CA SeaGrant fellow, she is now a senior environmental scientist working at the Delta Conservancy.

Tania and tamarisk

Tania Asef graduated in Winter 2013 with her Master's in Biology from CSULB.  Her research focused on the impact of an invasive plant population (tamarisk) on the invertebrate community of two southern California salt marshes.  She is currently working as and environmental specialist at the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California.

Anastasia in field

Anastasia Shippey graduated in Summer 2014 with her Master's in Biology from CSULB. Her research focused on climate change impacts on salt marsh communities. She is currently working in southern California as a biological consultant.

student in library

Terry Champiuex graduated in Summer 2015 with his Master's in Biology from CSULB. His research focused on the impacts of oyster restoration techniques on the neighboring invertebrate communities. He is currently working in southern California again. 

Sunny door

Sokanary Sun graduated in Summer 2015 with her Master's in Biology from CSULB. Her research focused on the ecosystem functions in both marine and brackish wetlands in Huntington Beach, CA. She is currently working a vector ecologist at Orange County Mosquito and Vector Control District.

student in greenhouse

Megan Fitzgerald graduated in Summer 2016 with her Master's in Biology from CSULB. Her research focused on the relationship between biodiversity and ecosystem functions in a restored coastal salt marsh. She is currently working at EPA in the PA area.

student in nture

Michelle Barton graduated in Summer 2016 with her Master's in Biology from CSULB. Her research focused on the nesting success of the Light-footed Ridgway Rail. She is currently working as an environmental specialist for the City of Los Angeles.

student in tree

Morgan Brown graduated in Summer 2017 with her Master's in Biology from CSULB. Her research focused on impacts of an invasive isopod on respiration rates and invertebrate communities. She is currently an Environmental Program Specialist with Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation.

Jessica
Jessica Lee graduated in Summer 2018 with her Master's in Biology from CSULB. Her research focused on tracking restoration success through time using innovative statistical approaches. She is currently working as a wetland specialist at Irvine Ranch Water District.
kaelin
Kaelin McAtee graduated in Spring 2018 with her Master's in Biology from CSULB. Her research focused on the short-term impacts of sediment augmentation on the plant and invertebrate communities at Seal Beach National Wildlife Refuge. She is currently working with Chambers Group as a biologist.
molly
Molly Burdick-Whipp graduated in Summer 2018 with her Master's in Biology from CSULB. Her research focused on the differing habitat conditions and fish and invertebrate communities resulting from an underground culvert. She is currently working as a biological consultant in San Diego.
madison
Madison Thomas graduated in Summer 2018 with her Master's in Biology from CSULB. Her research focused on the restoration trajectory of invertebrate communities and food webs in the San Diego Salt Ponds. She is currently working with the Delta Science Commission.
marjorie with oyster bed
Marjorie Howard graduated in Summer 2019 with her Master's in Biology from CSULB. She studied the effectiveness of oyster restoration for fish and invertebrate communities in Upper Newport Bay and is working with an environmental consulting company in Maryland.
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                      boat
Nick DaSilva graduated in Spring 2020 with his Master's in Biology from CSULB. He studied the differences in invertebrate communities among different SAV species in Colorado lagoon. He is currently a an environmental scientist with CA State Parks.
student with fish
Chloe VanGrootheest graduated in Summer 2020 with her Master's in Biology from CSULB. She studied the effects of habitat fragmentation on the distribution and diet of two goby species. She is working at CSULB as an instructor.
person in nature
Kyra McClelland graduated in Summer 2021 with her Master's in Biology from CSULB. She studied the small mammal population at Seal Beach National Wildlife Refuge. She is headed to University of Washington to do a Ph.D.