The Vantuna Research Group encourages its undergraduate research assistants to participate in the honors program and the Occidental College Summer Research Program.

These students have completed a proposal, secured funding for supplies, and conducted independent research projects over the summer or during the academic year. Many of these projects were presented at academic conferences including the Southern California Conference for Undergraduate Research, the Western Society of Naturalists Annual Meeting, and the Southern California Academy of Sciences Annual Meeting. 

Ilana Baum
Ilana Baum '25

Reproductive Patterns of Camotillo (Paralabrax albomaculatus)

Marisa Mow
Marisa Mow '25

Reproductive patterns in the parrot rock bass

Hope Hendry '21
Hope Hendry '21

How does temperature affect body size at maturation of Paralabrax loro in Baja California, Mexico?

Matthew Klein
Matthew Klein ’23

Microplastics in Prey Fish Gastrointestinal Tracts Along the Los Angeles Coast

Zoë Spearman
Zoë Spearman '21

How do growth rates differ between male and female California corbina, Menticirrhus undulatus?

Nicole McGee
Nicole McGee ’21

Comparing fish populations at sites dominated by native and invasive algae species in the Southern California Bight

Hannah Hoefs '20

Foundational fishery parameters for macroinvertebrates of southern California rocky reefs

Dafna Erana
Dafna Erana '21

Comparing historical and current intertidal algae and invertebrate communities in MPA and non-MPA sites at the Palos Verdes Peninsula

Natalie Myers
Natalie Myers '18

Connectivity of Hypsypops rubicundus populations across the Southern California Bight

Miranda Roethler
Miranda Roethler '17

Temporal and spatial changes in climate influence forage fish populations in San Diego Bay

Contact Vantuna Research Group
Anderson Center for Environmental Sciences

1600 Campus Road 
Los Angeles, CA 90041