Dissertation: Tidal Marsh Habitat Use by Fishes in the San Francisco Estuary
Denise studies the role that tidal wetlands play in providing juvenile fish nursery habitat to native and non-native estuarine and migratory fishes in the San Francisco Estuary. She conducts multidisciplinary research with other Moyle Lab and CWS researchers in order to better understand physical and biological factors that create favorable conditions for foraging, growth and survival of juvenile fishes. Methods include Passive Integrated Transponder (PIT) tag technology, Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Stable Isotope Analysis, Bayesian statistics and time-series analysis of long-term datasets. Denise completed her dissertation in 2019 and is currently a postdoctoral scholar in the Otolith Geochemistry and Fish Ecology Laboratory in the Dept. of Wildlife, Fish, and Conservation Biology at UC Davis.