kelp bass  

San Diego State University Department of Biology
   and Coastal & Marine Institute

Fish Ecology Lab

  [Faculty Advisor]   [Graduate Students]   [Projects and Publications]   [Presentations]

  [Collaborators]   [Funding]   [Lab Alumni]  

Adult male and female S. pulcher.Adult Kelp Bass (P. clathratus). 

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.

Faculty Advisor 

Todd Anderson
Professor of Biology 
Director, Coastal & Marine Institute
Ecology Master's Program Graduate Advisor

Ph.D. Biology, University of California, Santa Barbara, 1993

E-mail: todda@sunstroke.sdsu.edu  

Phone: 619-594-0995    FAX: 619-594-5676    Lab phone: 619-594-3750

Graduate Students (Degree Program)

Jeff Barr (Ph.D.) B.S. Aquatic Biology, University of California, Santa Barbara, 2004

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, McGill University, 2006

Dissertation topic: Ecological consequences of toxicant exposure in estuarine fishes  

Tye Nichols (M.S.) B.S. Biological Sciences, University of California, Davis, 2009

Thesis topic: Impacts of anthropogenic and natural sounds on juvenile coastal fishes

Katie Sievers (M.S.) B.S. Aquatic Biology, University of California, Santa Barbara, 2009

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

Undergraduate Students

Claire Andrews
Nathan Bohline
risten Casaday
Alex Favor
Brandon Mitchell
Corey Muir
Aubrey Sever
Brian Stirling                 

Contact Information

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 University of California, Davis, and a degree is awarded by both institutions.

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. 

Lab Telephone


Postal address

Dr. Todd Anderson

Department of Biology

San Diego State University

5500 Campanile Dr.

San Diego, CA 92182-4614

Electronic mail

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