Biological control of invasive plants; Evolution and developmental biology of insects


Danuta Bennet portrait

My research focuses on disturbance effect in aquatic ecosystems. Through experimental and field studies, I investigate how natural disturbances (fire, flood, and drought) and human related impacts (invasive species, eutrophication and air pollution that results in accelerated climate change) that adversely affect resilience and resistance in aquatic ecosystems.

Ecological impacts of invasive plants; Restoration planning

Plant-herbivore interactions and evolution

Gail M. Drus portrait

Gail graduated from our lab in Spring 2013 is now a Biology faculty member at St. Francis University.

Ecophysiology of desert plants; Climate change and plant responses

Wildlife ecology / riparian bird population biology

Restoration ecology, T&E bird surveys, red-legged frog, tidewater goby, botanic surveys

Restoration of coastal dune communities subject to iceplant invasion

Director of Conservation and Education, Santa Barbara Botanic Garden

Geology/fluvial geomorphology; Landscape assessment and restoration planning

Bruce Orr

Riparian ecology and vegetation science; Restoration for biodiversity enhancement - fish and riparian birds

Habitat Restoration and Plant Ecology - Restoration Planning Researcher 
Master's of Environmental Management Student at University of San Francisco 
Matt Stoecker portrait

Salmonid ecology, river restoration for fish access

Emily is currently a postdoc in the Dudley Lab.  Her work focuses on the use of environmental DNA to detect species presence and estimate biological diversity.  Currently she is working on a project to detect rare native freshwater mussels, as well as estimate fish and amphibian diversity, in Los Angeles and Ventura Counties.