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Research Highlights

Articles on Research Highlights

COPR Beaches: Modeling the Impacts of Climate Change


What We Can Learn from the Undisturbed Tick Populations at COPR

How COPR’s Mud Tells the History of the California Coastline


Research in progress:

Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties Coastal Processes Study

Ventura Marsh Milk-vetch Soil Moisture Studies

Tick population dynamics and Lyme disease risk in Southern California

Sandy Beach Food Web

Gray Whales Count

Snowy Plover Breeding Season Monitoring

MARINe (Multi-Agency Rocky Intertidal Network) Monitoring

Rapids assessment of endangered species and lagoon condition during a year of anticipated hydrologic variation in Southern California

Pilot Tidewater Goby Training for Restoration Practioners

The ecological and evolutionary effects of estuary seasonal closure of estuaries on the California killifish, Fundulus parvipinnis in Southern California

Santa Barbara Audubon Christmas Bird Count

Pismo Clams Surveys

Fog drip quantification and chemistry

Evaluating ecological function of urbanized sandy beach ecosystems

Variability of coastal populations of Schoenoplectus pungens

Do species co-occurrence and environmental filtering determine community composition?

The Effects of the Refugio Oil Spill on the Nesting and Feeding Behavior of Western Snowy Plovers


Recent publications:


MacDonald, Andrew J., et al. "Lyme disease risk in southern California: abiotic and environmental drivers of Ixodes pacificus (Acari: Ixodidae) density and infection prevalence with Borrelia burgdorferi." Parasites & Vectors 10.1 (2017): 7.


Emery, Nathan Charles, 2016. Summer Fog and Live Fuel Moisture in Coastal Californian Shrubland Ecosystems.  PhD Dissertation, UCSB, Dept of Ecology, Evolution and Marine Biology.

Simms, A., Reynolds, L., Bentz, M., Roman, A., Rockwell, T., and Peters, R. Tectonic Subsidence of California Estuaries Increases Forecasts of Relative Sea-Level Rise. Estuaries and Coasts 39:1571-1581. 


Barnard, Patrick L., et al. "Coastal vulnerability across the Pacific dominated by El Niño/Southern Oscillation." Nature Geoscience 8.10 (2015): 801-807.

Ejarque, A., Anderson S, Simms, A., and Gentry B. Pre-historic fires and the shaping of colonial transported landscapes in Suthern California: a paleoenvironmental study at Dune Pond, Santa Barbara County. Quaternary Scienece Reviews 112 (2015) 181-196.

Emery, Nathan, and Josephine Lesage. "Late Summer Fog Use In The Drought Deciduous Shrub, Artemisia californica (Asteraceae)." Madroño 62.3 (2015): 150-157.

Magrann, Tracey, Howard Meredith DA, and Sutula Martha. "Screening Assessment of Cyanobacteria and Cyanotoxins in Southern California Lentic Habitats." Environmental Management and Sustainable Development 4.2 (2015): 91-111.

Poinar Jr, George, et al. "Proparasitylenchus californicus n. sp.(Tylenchida: Allantonematidae), parasitic in the intertidal rove beetle Tarphiota geniculata (Mäklin)(Coleoptera: Staphylinidae) in California, USA." Systematic Parasitology 92.1 (2015): 57-64.

Rivadeneira, Marcelo M., et al. "Geographic patterns of diversification and the latitudinal gradient of richness of rocky intertidal gastropods: the into the tropical museumhypothesis." Global Ecology and Biogeography 24.10 (2015): 1149-1158.

Tobias, Michele M. "California foredune plant biogeomorphology." Physical Geography 36.1 (2015): 19-33.

Warrick, Jonathan A., John M. Melack, and Blair M. Goodridge. "Sediment yields from small, steep coastal watersheds of California." Journal of Hydrology: Regional Studies 4 (2015): 516-534.

Weinstein, Sara B. Transmission of Raccoon Roundworm, Balysascaris procyonis, through the deer mouse, Peromyscus maniculatus. Integrative and Comparative Biology 54. E222-E222