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Kevin Lafferty

   Research Ecologist

Kevin Lafferty
Channel Islands Field Station
USGS, Western Ecological Research Center c/o Marine Science Institute
UC Santa Barbara, CA 93106
Phone: (805) 893-8778
Fax: (805) 893-8062
Email: klafferty@usgs.gov
Marine Ecologist Kevin Lafferty near Point Conception conducting field work.
Bio

My main interest is in how parasites affect ecosystems and, in turn, how ecosystems affect parasites. I am also involved in research on conservation of marine resources investigating strategies for protecting endangered shorebirds, fish and abalone. I have also assessed the effects of marine reserves.

I received my Ph. D. in Ecological Parasitology in 1991 at University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) and took a post doc with the National Marine Sanctuary and a research position at UCLA. I am presently Marine Ecologist for the USGS at the Channel Islands Field Station. As a UCSB adjunct faculty member, the department of Ecology, Evolution and Marine Biology generously provides for my office and laboratory space in the Marine Lab. I advise graduate students in Marine Ecology, but have no formal teaching assignments.

 

RESEARCH INTERESTS
  • Conservation biology
  • Invasive species ecology
  • Nearshore marine ecology
  • Parasite ecology
  • Wetland ecology

EDUCATION
  • Ph.D., Ecology, University of California, Santa Barbara, CA 1991
  • M.A., Zoology, University of California, Santa Barbara, CA 1988
  • B.A., Aquatic Biology, University of California, Santa Barbara, CA 1985

PROFESSIONAL AND HONORARY SOCIETIES AND SCIENCE ADVISORY COMMITTEES
  • Amercian Society of Parasitologists
  • American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists
  • California Botanical Society
  • Ecological Society of America
  • Natural Areas Association
  • Western Society of Naturalists

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
  • Marine Ecologist, USGS, Western Ecological Science Center, Jul 1998-Present
  • Assistant Adj. Prof., UCSB, Ecology, Evolution and Marine Biology, Jul 1998-Present
  • Assist. Research Biologist, UCSB Marine Science Institute, Jun 1996-Jul 1998
  • Assist. Research Biologist, UCLA, Environmental Sciences and Engineering, Jun 1994-Jul 1998
  • Assist. Research Biologist, UCSB, Marine Science Institute, Jan 1993-May 1994
  • Post Doctoral Researcher, National Marine Sanctuaries Program, Jan 1992-Dec 1992
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