I am a marine biologist and ecologist. At SBCC I teach Biological Oceanography, Marine Biology, Concepts of Biology, Ecology, Seminars in Biology, and Methods in Field Biology. Degrees: Ph.D.(Marine Science): Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science, University of Miami. M.Sc. (Marine Science): University of California at Santa Cruz. B.A. (Marine Biology), University of California at Santa Cruz.
In addition to teaching, I actively conduct research and am always looking for ways to involve undergraduates in current research science. I currently work in two very different ecosystems – coral reefs and cold/temperate reefs (kelp forests & rocky reefs). I specialize in reef fish ecology, working mainly with kelp forest fishes here on the west coast and herbivorous fishes (parrotfish, surgeonfish, etc) in the tropics. I explore ecological interactions between fish and their reef environments and seek to discover how these interactions structure and maintain these communities. I also investigate how environmental change and human actions affect the population dynamics and behaviors of fishes. I work closely with communities & fishermen across the world to help create more sustainable ecosystems.
Prior to my scientific career, I was a principal dancer with ‘Images of Cultural Artistry’, a Katherine Dunham–inspired dance company in Washington, D.C. I still strive to keep art and dance a strong part of life, for myself and others.
Links to some of Michelle's coral reef publications.