People

Dr. Wayne P. Sousa, Principal Investigator

I supervised or co-supervised 31 Ph.D. and 3 MA students during my 44 years on the Berkeley faculty.  They are listed chronologically below (last to first) with their dissertation or thesis title, degree year, current positions (as of September 2021), and links to their websites or LinkedIn pages.

 

Lab Member's Research Sites Map

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Lab Alumni

Lindsey Hendricks-Franco, PhD 2020 

Post-fire succession of plants and soils in chaparral shrublands: the role of ephemeral herbs and mammalian herbivores 

Current Position: Education Manager Europe for Newton Room, based in Berlin, Germany

Linkedin site: https://de.linkedin.com/in/lindsey-hendricks-franco-phd-4b5b54123 

Audrey Haynes, PhD 2020 

Ecology and physiology of parasitic plants 

Current Position: Data Scientist at the Twilio Company, San Francisco, CA

Linkedin site: https://www.linkedin.com/in/audreyhaynes 

Rosemary Romero, PhD 2018

(co-advised with David Lindberg)

Population dynamics of green tide macroalgae in the central San Francisco Bay
Current Position: Executive Director, Mt. Shasta Sisson Museum, Mt. Shasta, CA

Linkedin site: https://www.linkedin.com/in/rosemary-romero-863a9960  

Richelle Tanner, PhD 2018

(co-advised with Jonathon Stillman)

Thermal tolerance plasticity of the eelgrass sea hare in a changing climate
Current Position: Assistant Professor, Department of Environmental Science and Policy, Chapman University, Orange, CA
Richelle’s website: https://www.richelletanner.com/ 

Madison Dipman, MA 2017

MA by examination

Current Position: J.D candidate at UCLA School of Law, Los Angeles, CA

Linkedin site: https://www.linkedin.com/in/madison-dipman 

David Armitage, PhD 2016

Microbes in time: incorporating bacteria into ecosystem development theory
Current Position: Assistant Professor, Integrative Community Ecology Unit, Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology, Japan
Dave’s website: https://groups.oist.jp/ice 

Hiromi Uno, PhD 2016

(co-advised with Mary Power)

Spatial and temporal linkage of stream-riparian food webs by seasonal migration of mayfly Ephemerella maculate
Current Position: Associate Professor, Center for Ecological Research, Kyoto University, Japan
Hiromi’s website: https://sites.google.com/site/hiromiunouno/home 

Arielle Halpern, PhD 2016

Prescribed fire and tanoak (Nololithocarpus densiflora) associated cultural plant resources of the Karuk and Yurok Peoples of California

Current Position: Assistant Professor, Department of Biology, Southern Oregon University, Ashland, OR

Arielle’s website: https://sou.edu/academics/biology/faculty/arielle-halpern/ 

Emily Dangremond, PhD 2013

Biotic and abiotic factors constraining the distribution and abundance of the rare mangrove Pelliciera rhizophorae in Panama. 
Current Position: Assistant Professor, Department of Biological, Chemical and Physical Sciences, Roosevelt University, Chicago, IL
Emily’s website:  https://emilydangremond.weebly.com/ 

Brody Sandel, PhD 2010

Invasibility, diversity and scale-dependence. Focusing on invasion into California coastal grasslands. 
Current Position: Associate Professor, Department of Biology, Santa Clara University, Santa Clara, CA
Brody’s website:  https://sandellab.wordpress.com/ 

Jennifer Skene, PhD 2009

The ecology of the intertidal alga Pelvetiopsis limitata: implications of climate change
Current Position: Senior Product Manager at the Segment Company, San Francisco, CA
Jen’s website: http://www.jenniferskene.com/

Linkedin site: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jenniferskene

Andrea Swei, PhD 2009

(co-advised with Cheryl Briggs) 

Influence of spatial heterogeneity and vertebrate species assemblage on the ecology and risk of Lyme disease in the far-western United States.
Current Position: Associate Professor, Department of Biology, San Francisco State University, San Francisco, CA
Andrea’s website:  https://www.sweilab.com/ 

Joel Abraham, PhD 2008

(co-advised with Carla D’Antonio)

On the importance of plant phenology and resource use in the invasion of California coastal grasslands
Current Position: Associate Professor, Department of Biology, California State University, Fullerton, CA
Joel’s website: https://abrahamlabcsuf.wixsite.com/abraham-lab 

 Margaret Metz, PhD 2007

Spatiotemporal variation in seedling dynamics and the maintenance of diversity in an Amazonian forest.
Current Position: Associate Professor, Department of Biology, Lewis & Clark College, Portland, OR
Margaret’s website:  http://www.margaretmetz.com/ 

Rebecca Lutzy, M.A. 2006

(co-advised with Ellen Simms)

MA by examination

Recent position: PhD student at Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University, NJ.  Dissertation research focused on federal climate and clean energy policies.

Peter Kennedy, PhD 2005

(co-advised with Tom Bruns)

Ecological factors affecting forest encroachment into coastal California grasslands.
Current position: Professor, Departments of Plant and Microbial Biology and Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
Peter’s website:  https://cbs.umn.edu/kennedy-lab/home 

Meredith Thomsen, PhD 2005

(co-advised with Carla D’Antonio)

Ecological resistance, propagule supply and the invasion of California coastal prairie by the European grass Holcus lanatus L. 
Current Position: Professor, Department of Biology, and Dean of Graduate and Extended Learning, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, WI
Meredith’s website:  https://www.uwlax.edu/profile/mthomsen/ 

Jodi McGraw, PhD 2004

The interacting effects of natural disturbances and competition with exotic plant species on native plants in sandhills habitat of central coastal California. 
Current Position: Director, Jodi McGraw Consulting, Freedom CA

Jodi’s website:  https://jodimcgrawconsulting.com/ 

Neil Hausmann, PhD 2004

(co-advised with T. Dawson)

On the adaptive role of water use efficiency in plant drought response. 
Current Position: Senior program officer at Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Seattle, WA.

Linkedin site: https://www.linkedin.com/in/neil-j-hausmann 

Doris Vidal, PhD 2001

(co-advised with A. Horne) 

Tolerance and adaptation of aquatic oligochaetes to mercury contamination. 
Current position: Ecotoxicologist with the Southern California Coastal Water Research Project, Costa Mesa, CA.

Linkedin site: https://www.linkedin.com/in/doris-e-vidal-dorsch-a5a25b5b 

Mary F. Poteet, PhD 2001

Effects of disturbance on host-parasite interactions: a case study involving the Pacific giant salamander. 
Current position: Lecturer in geological and natural sciences, Jackson School of Geosciences, University of Texas, Austin, TX.

Mary’s webpage: https://www.jsg.utexas.edu/researcher/mary_poteet/ 

Jonathan M. Levine, PhD 2000

(co-advised with C. D'Antonio)

Ecological determinants and consequences of plant species diversity along a California stream. 
Current position: Professor, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Princeton University, NJ 
Jonathan’s website:  https://levine.princeton.edu/ 

Mary G. Gleason, Ph.D. 1994

Factors influencing the recovery of coral after natural disturbance on reefs in Moorea, French Polynesia. 
Current position: Director of Science, California Oceans Program, The Nature Conservancy, Monterey, CA

Mary’s website: https://www.scienceforconservation.org/our-team/mary-gleason 

Linkedin site: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mary-gleason-b790072a 

Peter M. Kotanen, PhD 1994

Revegetation of meadows disturbed by feral pigs (Sus scrofa L.) in Mendocino County, California. 
Current position: Professor, Departments of Biology, University of Toronto, Mississauga, Canada and Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada.
Peter’s website:  https://www.utm.utoronto.ca/~w3pkota/ 

Stuart K. Allison, PhD 1991

Variation in response to a continuum of stress and disturbance in a salt marsh plant assemblage. 
Current position: Professor, Department of Biology, Knox College, Galesburg, IL
Stuart’s websites:  https://www.knox.edu/academics/faculty/allison-stuart; http://faculty.knox.edu/sallison/ 

Edwin D. Grosholz, PhD 1990

The population dynamics of terrestrial isopods and an iridescent virus. 
Current position: Professor, Department of Environmental Science and Policy, University of California, Davis, CA
Ted’s website:  http://www.des.ucdavis.edu/faculty/grosholz/index.htm 

H. Elizabeth Braker, PhD 1986

(co-advised with H. Rowell and R. Colwell)

Host plant relationships of the neotropical grasshopper Microtylopteryx hebardi Rehn (Acrididae: Omnatolampinae). 
Current position: Professor, Department of Biology, Occidental College, Los Angeles, CA

Beth’s website: https://sites.google.com/a/oxy.edu/dr-elizabeth-braker/ 

Ilze K. Berzins, PhD 1985

(co-advised with R. Caldwell) 

The dynamics of beach wrack invertebrate communities: an evaluation of habitat use patterns. 
Current position: Clinical veterinarian, All Paws Animal Hospital, Saint Louis Park, MN, and aquatic animal health consultant for One Water, One Health, LLC.

Linkedin site: https://www.linkedin.com/in/ilze-berzins-7a919818   

Jane A. Sherfy, PhD 1985

(deceased) 
Aspects of the foraging behavior of the painted ghost crab (Ocypode gaudichaudii): the influence of density-dependent agonistic interactions, predation, and reproductive biology.

Beth Okamura, PhD 1984

(co-advised with M. Koehl) 

Functional and ecological consequences of aggregation and coloniality in benthic, marine suspension feeders. 
Current position: Merit researcher, Natural History Museum, Life Sciences, U.K.
Beth’s website:  https://www.nhm.ac.uk/our-science/departments-and-staff/staff-directory/beth-okamura.html 

Peter H. Pressley, PhD. 1983

The evolution of hermaphrodism in coral reef fishes. 
Current position: Owner & software engineer, Pressley Consulting, Inc., Ketchum, ID.

Company website: https://www.pressleyconsulting.com/Consulting/

M. Kimberly Smith, PhD 1983

Some ecological determinants of the growth and survival of juvenile penaeid shrimp Penaus setiferus (Linnaeus) in Terminos Lagoon, Campeche, Mexico, with special attention to the role of population density.

Current position: unknown

Catherine E. Halversen, M.A. 1982

Habitat selection and other aspects of the ecology of some tidepool sculpins. 
Current position: Co-director for Marine Activities, Resources, and Education, and Senior Project Director with the Learning and Teaching Group, Lawrence Hall of Science, University of California, Berkeley, CA

Catherine’s bio: https://mare.lawrencehallofscience.org/about-us/contact-staff 

James M. Watanabe, PhD 1982

Aspects of community organization in a temperate kelp forest habitat: factors influencing the bathymetric segregation of three species of herbivorous gastropods. 
Current position: Lecturer in Marine Ecology and Invertebrate Zoology, Hopkins Marine Laboratory, Stanford University, Pacific Grove, CA
Jim’s website:  https://seanet.stanford.edu/watanabe