We work in wet coastal habitats from the upper intertidal to the shallow subtidal.  For examples of current and recent projects, see below.  Also see People for descriptions of student projects and Publications to view and download published research articles.  Our research is supported by the funding sources listed at the bottom of this page.

Eelgrass restoration: investigating local amelioration of ocean acidification and carbon storage

Oyster reef design innovations

Living Shorelines: the role of subtidal features in providing habitat and shoreline protection (Link to pdf of brief project description)

Habitat characteristics of brackish SAV in northern San Francisco Estuary (see also, Pondweeds!)

Herbivory effects on eelgrass growth and life history patterns

Factors controlling establishment of rare plants in tidal marshes

The role of nitrogen with increased water clarity in eelgrass beds

After the spray: restoration of native cordgrass following invasive hybrid cordgrass removal

Trophic interactions of native fish and non-native mesograzers as mediated by habitat complexity in eelgrass beds

The potential for spread and impacts of non-native Algerian sea lavender in San Francisco Bay natural and restored marshes

Experimental approaches toward successful restoration of eelgrass in San Francisco Bay

Biodiversity and ecosystem function in marine systems: environmental context and stability of macroalgal communities

Effects of nitrogen on marsh species richness and dominance in an increasingly saline environment

The Seven Site Survey: seasonal and spatial patterns in San Francisco Bay eelgrass beds

Invasion of perennial pepperweed and Algerian sea lavendar in San Francisco Bay: evaluating impacts, potential for spread, and control mechanisms

Funding Sources

We appreciate generous support from:

American Association for the Advancement of Science grant to Gwen Santos

Anthropocene Institute

ARCS Foundation fellowships to Stephanie Kiriakopolos, Gavin Archbald, Stephanie Saffouri, Margot Buchbinder, and Laura Hollander

Association of Environmental Professionals scholarships to Gavin Archbald and Gwen Santos

Annelies Atchley

Budweiser Conservation Scholarship Award to Brittany Huntington

CALFED Ecosystem Restoration Program

California Native Plant Society grants to Brittany Huntington, Anya Perron-Burdick, Amelia Ryan, and Margot Buchbinder

California State Coastal Conservancy

California Ocean Protection Council

California Department of Fish and Game

        - Native Fisheries Summer Internship to Autumn Cleave

California State University

        - Council on Ocean Affairs, Science, and Technology Fellowships to Gwen Santos,

           Jeff Lewis, Autumn Cleave, Rosa Schneider, Evyan Borgnis, Cassie Pinnell, Lauren

           Scheinberg, Melissa Patten, Serina Sebilian, Crystal Weaver, Julie Gonzalez, Margot

           Buchbinder, Christian Tettelbach, Laura Hollander, Carl Hendrickson, and Geana Ayala     

        - Sally Casanova Pre-Doctoral Scholar Award to Serina Sebilian and Julie Gonzalez

Delta Science Program

Environmental Protection Agency

  1. -Science to Achieve Results (STAR) fellowship to Brittany Huntington

Golden West Women Flyfishers Foundation Scholarship to Brittany Huntington

Lori Grace

Marine Technology Society Scholarship to Crystal Weaver

Meyer’s Trust Scholarship to Lindsey Carr

National Fish and Wildlife Foundation

National Science Foundation

  1. -Biological Oceanography Program

  2. -NRT (RIPTIDES) awards to Kelly Santos, Christian Tettelbach, Geana Ayala, Carl Hendrickson, Ellie Slick and Rebecca Natoli

- GK-12 Program awards to Anya Perron-Burdick and Gwen Santos

- S-STEM Program awards to Stephanie Kiriakopolos, Jeff Lewis, and Rosa Schneider

  1. -Undergraduate Mentoring in Environmental Biology (UMEB) award to Courtney Cacace

  2. -Undergraduate Training in Quantitative Biology Program (UBM) awards to Gavin Archbald, Stephanie Kiriakopolos, Gwen Santos, and Melanie Williams


  1. -Cooperative Institute for Coastal & Estuarine Environmental Technology (CICEET)

  2. -National Estuarine Research Reserve Graduate Fellowship to Rosa Schneider

  3. -National Marine Fisheries Service

  4. -NOAA Restoration Center

National Park Service RFP award to Brittany Huntington

Northern California Botanists Research Scholarship to Gavin Archbald, Rosa Schneider, Crystal

           Weaver, Stephanie Saffouri, and Margot Buchbinder

San Francisco State University

  1. -Biology Department (Nelson Scholarships to Amelia Ryan, Gavin Archbald, and Rosa


  1. -College of Science and Engineering (Maxwell Scholarships to Amelia Ryan, Gavin Archbald, Stephanie Kiriakopolos, Lindsey Carr, Rosa Schneider, and Cassie Pinnell; James Kelly Award to Anya Perron-Burdick and Gavin Archbald; Advisory Board Scholarship to Amelia Ryan; Women in Science award to Crystal Weaver )

  2. -University Scholarship and University Women’s Association Scholarship to Lindsey Carr, Graduate Fellowship Award to Anya Perron-Burdick, Alumni Scholarship to Stephanie Kiriakopolos, Gwen Santos, and Margot Buchbinder

  3. -Provost’s Scholar Award to Margot Buchbinder and Serina Sebillian

San Francisco Bay Joint Venture

Seed Fund

Society of Wetland Scientists Grant to Cassie Pinnell and Evyan Borgnis

South Bay Salt Ponds Restoration Program Graduate Fellowship to Gavin Archbald

The Nature Conservancy

Tiburon Sunset Rotary Club

Tyee Club Scholarship to Lindsey Carr

Western Aquatic Plant Management Society scholarship to Anya Perron-Burdick and

        Stephanie Kiriakopolos

H. Hsu

K. Boyer