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Aquatic Ecology Lab at WSU Vancouver


Welcome to the homepage of the Coastal & Estuarine Ecology Lab and the Microbial Aquatic Ecology Lab headed by Dr. Stephen M. Bollens and Dr. Gretchen Rollwagen-Bollens of Washington State University.  We are an active and diverse research team consisting of post-doctoral investigators, research technicians and graduate students. We are based on the WSU Vancouver campus, located in the Portland Metropolitan Area.

Our research is broadly concerned with the ecology of marine and estuarine zooplankton and fish, and spans the sub-disciplines of behavior, population biology, community ecology and ecosystem dynamics. Our research often has an applied aspect to it, touching upon such areas as conservation biology, restoration ecology, fisheries oceanography, and global change. We employ a wide variety of approaches to “doing science”, including field (observational), modeling and experimental techniques.

While much of our current research is focused on estuaries of the northeast Pacific (CA, OR, WA, and BC) locations of other current or recent projects include San Francisco Bay and the coastal ocean off California, Georges Bank/Northwest Atlantic, the Arabian Sea, the Florida Keys, and the Bering Sea. These projects are funded by a wide range of federal and state agencies, including the National Science Foundation (NSF), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Office of Naval Research (ONR), the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the United States Geological Survey (USGS), and the CALFED Bay/Delta Program. For more detailed information on our current and recent research projects, please visit our Research page.