San Diego State University
Department of Biology
and Coastal & Marine Institute
Fish Ecology Lab
Welcome to the Fish Ecology Lab...
The general focus of our research group is to understand the biology and ecology of marine organisms, particularly coastal fishes as models to test hypotheses of basic or applied ecological interest. We work in a variety of ecosystems, including reefs, bays and estuaries, and the rocky intertidal zone. Our interests include the processes and mechanisms that influence the demography of populations and the structure of assemblages. Often we direct our studies towards the early life history stages of fishes, especially concerning recruitment (input of young) to demersal habitats. Explore our website to learn more about us and our projects.
Contact us if you are interested in becoming a graduate student in the lab or are an undergraduate at SDSU who would like to become more involved in research.
619-594-0995 FAX: 619-594-5676 Lab phone:
Graduate Students (Degree Program)
Jeff Barr (Ph.D.) B.S. Aquatic Biology,
Dissertation topic: Evaluating the efficacy of marine protected areas for rocky reef fishes
Joshua Brower (M.S.) B.S. Biological Science, Florida State University, 2009
Thesis topic: Consequences of predation threat for a macrophyte-associated fish
Violet Compton (Ph.D.) B.S. Biology,
Dissertation topic: Ecological consequences of toxicant exposure in estuarine fishes
Thesis topic: Impacts of anthropogenic and natural sounds on juvenile coastal fishes
Thesis topic: Role of habitat area and topographic complexity on the distribution and abundance of rocky reef fishes
Sarah Wheeler (Ph.D.) B.S. Biology, University of Michigan, 2007
Dissertation topic: Biological and oceanographic
drivers of larval condition, settlement, and recruitment in rockfishes
If you are an undergraduate at SDSU who would like to get involved in the Fish Ecology Lab, please contact us. We offer Biol 299, 497, and 499 units and are always looking for AAUS-certified divers to assist us.
SDSU offers both a Master's Program and a
Joint Doctoral Program
in Ecology. The Doctoral
Program is run in conjunction with the
If you are interested in augmenting your undergraduate education or earning a graduate degree, follow the links above or contact the lab using the information below.
Dr. Todd Anderson
Department of Biology
Faculty Advisor: Todd Anderson
SDSU Ecology Program Area Faculty: http://www.bio.sdsu.edu/ecology/faculty.php
About the Photographs and Images
Eric Hanauer has graciously donated a few of his beautiful photos from his underwater collection for use in this webpage. If you would like to view more of his professional photography please visit his gallery at http://www.ehanauer.com