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Faculty & Principal Staff

Charles Simenstad

Charles "Si" SIMENSTAD
Research Professor
simenstd@u.washington.edu
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As both a staff scientist and research faculty member, Si has devoted over 40 years of his research career at the University of Washington to enhance the understanding of basic and applied estuarine and coastal marine ecology. Some of the more eclectic topics of his scientific inquiry include the role of sea otters as keystone species, estuarine/early marine ecology of juvenile Pacific salmon (Oncorhynchus spp.), feeding ecology of fishes, organic matter sources and organization of estuarine food webs, stable isotopes as food web biomarkers, tidal wetland landscape ecology, planning and assessing the functional performance of restoring estuarine wetlands, and the ecological effects of anthropogenic alterations to coastal ecosystems. Recent undertakings have transported Si into the arena of ensuring that the best ecological science is assimilated into governmental policy.

 

Jeff Cordell

Jeff CORDELL
Principal Research Biologist
jcordell@u.washington.edu
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Jeff Cordell is a native Seattleite and has been a research scientist at the School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences since 1977. His research mainly focuses on understanding how juvenile salmon and the invertebrates that they feed on are affected by human development and how degraded habitats can be improved. His other research interests include ecology of plankton in Puget Sound, assessing the risks of ballast water-introduced invasive organisms, and the classification (taxonomy) of small crustaceans. He has published peer-reviewed papers in these fields, and has participated in many interdisciplinary projects on the Pacific coast.

 

Jason Toft

Jason TOFT
Senior Research Scientist
tofty@u.washington.edu
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Jason Toft has been a research scientist at the School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences since 2000, focusing on restoration monitoring and ecological effects of shoreline armoring in Puget Sound on juvenile salmon and invertebrates. His recent work with Washington Sea Grant has centered around development of the Shoreline Monitoring Toolbox and coordination of the PSEMP Nearshore work group.

 

Graduate Students

William MATSUBU

Bill MATSUBU
WMatsubu@u.washington.edu
Bill Matsubu is currently a MS student and a member of the Wetland Ecosystem Team. He graduated from Humboldt State University with a BS in Fisheries Biology and a minor in Applied Statistics.  His research will evaluate the response of juvenile steelhead in respect to open versus closed mouth conditions of the Russian River estuary.  In conjunction with ongoing and previous research, this work will help anticipate how changes in estuary management that affect the formation of a freshwater lagoon will influence juvenile steelhead.

 

Stuart MUNSCH

Stuart MUNSCH
smunsch@u.washington.edu
Stuart Munsch is a MS student in the Simenstad research group at the University of Washington. His research explores the effect of shoreline modifications on fish and macroinvertebrate assemblages in the urbanized estuary of Elliott Bay, Washington within Puget Sound. Utilizing snorkel and scuba observation methods, Stu's research suggests shoreline modifications affect the distribution, assemblage structure, and behavior of fish and macroinvertebrates, including juvenile salmon. The Elliott Bay Seawall will be reconstructed in late 2013 and will include habitat enhancements to reduce its ecological impact.

 

Brianna PIERCE

Brianna PIERCE
bdpierce@u.washington.edu
Before joining the Wetland Ecosystem Team, Brianna received her bachelor’s degree in Marine Biology from Auburn University where she studied habitat selection and intraspecific competition in the Red Sea anemonefish. Her master’s research will combine field and quantitative methods to evaluate the relationship between fish community structure and the estuarine landscape in the Anchor River, Alaska. Specifically, she will examine how habitat variables and the nonsalmonid fish community influence patterns of juvenile salmon abundance and movement within the estuary.

Research & Technical Staff

Mary RAMIREZ

Mary RAMIREZ
Research Scientist/GIS Analyst
ramirez9@u.washington.edu
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Mary Ramirez has been the Spatial Analyst for the Wetland Ecosystem Team since 2008, focusing on habitat classification, nearshore ecosystems and salmon ecology. She has been actively involved in the Columbia River Estuary Ecosystem Classification and the Puget Sound Nearshore Ecosystem Restoration Project’s Landscape Change Analsyis. 

 

Bob Oxborrow

Bob OXBORROW
Lab Technician
oxborrow@u.washington.edu



Mike Caputo

Mike CAPUTO
Marine Technologist
mjcap@u.washington.edu
In 2010 Mike Caputo received his Bachelors degree from UWs Program on the Environment; his Capstone project was underwater video surveys of the Seattle seawall for the Wetland Ecosystem Team. Shortly thereafter he joined the team as a scuba diving researcher. Since then Mike has greatly expanded his role within the group applying various scientific research methods on projects throughout nearshore ecosystems of the Pacific Northwest.

 

Alyssa SUZUMURA

Alyssa SUZUMURA
Lab Technician

 

Olga KALATA

Olga KALATA
Lab Technician