Lab Principal Investigator

Cascade Sorte – Ph.D. University of California, Davis (2010); M.A. University of California, Santa Barbara (2003); B.A. Whitman College, Walla Walla, WA (1999)

Curriculum vitae

Project Scientist

Amy Henry (2017-present)

Community assembly processes in shallow epibenthic communities: importance of spatial patterning and neighborhood interactions

Current Ph.D. students

Lauren Pandori (2014-present)

Age-dependent responses of marine invertebrates to climate change

 Piper Wallingford (2015-present)

Impacts of climate change on predator population dynamics and community interactions


 Samuel Mahanes (2017-present)




Heidi Waite (arriving Fall 2018)

Lab technician

Genevieve_croppedGenevieve Bernatchez (2014-present)

M.S. Northeastern University (2012)

Curriculum vitae


Current undergraduate students

We are always on the lookout for new UCI undergraduates to join the lab, and 2-3 positions typically come available every year. Please email a CV/resume, unofficial transcripts, and description of research experience and interest if you would like to be considered.

Ritika Singh – 199 student, UC-Irvine (2017-present) (W17)Invertebrate abundance and metabolic processes: are all measurements of abundance created equal? (S17) Avian predators: bridging the gap between intertidal and terrestrial ecosystems (F17) Dark unicorn: southern Californian expansion

Eduardo Cruz – 199 student, UC-Irvine (2017-present) (S17) Stability of an acclimating seawater system (F17) Range and heat tolerance of the mussel Brachidontes adamsianus in Southern California

Danny Truong – 199 student, UC-Irvine (2017-present) (F17) TBD


Previous graduate students

Adam Fuller – M.S. Northeastern University (2008)

Impacts of heat waves on invasive dominance in a marine epibenthic community


Robyn Zerebecki – M.S. Northeastern University (2009)

Thermal tolerances of native versus invasive species in a marine epibenthic community


Marcy Cockrell – M.S. Northeastern University (2009)

Predicting population growth via stage-specific demographic modeling of non-native species in a marine epibenthic community

Previous undergraduate students

Mackenzie Peich – 199 student, UC-Irvine (2016-17) Vulnerability of the New Zealand mussel guild in response to thermal stress; Phenotypic variation of the California mussel across microhabitats and tide height; Growth rate of Mytilus californianus across tide heights and life stages

Savannah Todd – 199 student, UC-Irvine (2015-16) Variability in seawater characteristics over time and space on the Orange County coast; Distributions of predatory snails in the genus Nucella across latitudinal and intertidal gradients; Prey preference of the predatory whelk Nucella emarginata; Abundance of the non-native predatory whelk, Mexacanthina lugubris, and the native predatory whelk, Nucella emarginata, along the coast of southern California

Alyssa Medina – Excellence in Research 199 student, UC-Irvine (2015-16) Thermal tolerance and possible invasion of the green mussel Perna viridis to Redondo Beach, California; Reproductive maturity of the California mussel Mytilus californianus across an intertidal gradient

Samer Khan – 199 student, UC-Irvine (2016) Analysis of temperature, pH, species distribution and dissolved oxygen in tide pools: insight in how primary producers might cope with climate change

Kunheng Cai – 199 student, UC-Irvine (2015) The interaction between climate change and sea star wasting disease

Betzy Alvizo – 199 student, UC-Irvine (2014-15) Seasonal changes in thermal tolerance and recruitment of the California mussel Mytilus californianus

Marcus Franklin – REU, CREST program, UMass-Boston (2013)

Carissa McKinney – REU, CREST program, UMass-Boston (2011)

Robert Spackman – REU, CREST program, UMass-Boston (2011)

Rachel Wong – Research Intern, NU Marine Science Center, MA (2010)

Jasmina Cerda – REU, UCD Bodega Marine Lab, CA (2009)

Omar Bonilla – REU, UCD Bodega Marine Lab, CA (2007)

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