Student Spotlight

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. 

Nicole McGee
August 1, 2020

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

August 1, 2019

Foundational fishery parameters for macroinvertebrates of southern California rocky reefs

Dafna Erana
August 1, 2018

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

Natalie Myers
August 1, 2017

Connectivity of Hypsypops rubicundus populations across the Southern California Bight

Miranda Roethler
August 1, 2017

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

Grace Coogan
September 1, 2016

Spatial and sex-specific patterns in growth of California’s state marine fish

Stuart Schwab
August 5, 2016

Maximizing artificial reef placement off the coast of California

Alex Roeper
August 4, 2016

Long-term stability of fish communities in San Diego Bay

Sabrina Moffly
August 3, 2016

Age distribution and growth rates of Garibaldi from Santa Catalina Island

Adrienne Mikovari
August 2, 2016

Abundance, distribution, and size frequency of three emergent fishery species in Palos Verdes, California