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Aquatic Ecology Group

The Aquatic Ecology Group at the US Geological Survey’s California Water Science Center is a team of scientists working to solve important natural science challenges facing society. Our research covers all aspects of aquatic ecology with a focus on freshwater, estuarine and marine fishes and environments. Particular topics include:

  • Water resources
  • Threatened and endangered species
  • Fish habitat
  • Food web dynamics
  • Climate change
  • Drought

We work closely with scientists in other disciplines at USGS to tackle challenges with comprehensive, interdisciplinary research. A particular strength of our group is the ability to use new technology to generate novel solutions to natural resource problems. We also maintain active collaborations with many federal, state, and local agencies, and universities.


We pursue innovative solutions to a diverse array of natural resource problems through applied research. A large portion of our research is field-based and incorporates elements of behavioral, population, and community ecology. Individual projects range from the biology and ecology of individual species to the effects of climate change on ecosystems.

Research Team

Our group includes a team of people ranging from senior research biologists to student interns with a diverse array of skills and expertise. Meet the team!


All of our research is published in technical reports or peer reviewed scientific journals. View our recent publications.