People

Graduate Students

Joe Jackson


I am a community ecologist that is also interested in the roles that foundation and keystone species play in their environment. I specialize in coastal marine environments, most prominently in estuaries along with some experience in the rocky intertidal. I earned my B.S. at Sonoma State University looking at physiological responses to stressors in mussels, which is where I found my passion for coastal ecosystems. However, I knew my goal would be to pursue a career in ecology from the start. My Master’s project will be looking into how the presence of non-native species in estuarine ecosystems can impact the prey or recovering top predators (Enhydra lutris).

Maddy Sanchez


I received my B.S. in Biological Sciences with a concentration in Ecology from California State University San Marcos. As an undergraduate, I developed a passion for wildlife ecology and conservation while studying wildlife corridors in San Diego County. I am currently a first-year graduate student at Sonoma State University with interests in southern sea otter foraging behaviors. For my thesis project, I will be exploring predatory soundscapes and the ability of audio recorders to quantify southern sea otter predation on crabs in the Elkhorn Slough estuary (Monterey, CA). I hope to continue research and field work in wildlife ecology after completing my Masters.   

Undergraduate Students

Byron Whittle

Hi I’m Byron and I am just finishing my degree in biology with a concentration in marine sciences. I have a passion for marine life and the different species interactions, both on the macro and micro scale. I am excited to join this team and explore the North Pacific intertidal, more specifically the predator prey relations that take place. Just grab a tank and get in the water to unveil the mysteries that await