Kimberly Luke

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Position Title
Assistant Specialist
Masters Student Alum


I attended UC Davis for both my bachelor’s and master’s degrees, specializing in fish biology and aquatic ecology. My master's thesis analyzed spatial and temporal trends of zooplankton density in the North Delta region of the San Francisco Estuary. Recently, I transitioned to the role of assistant specialist for the Aquatic Research Collective led by John Durand.  

As an assistant specialist, I lead our monthly monitoring project in the North Delta. This project looks at the fish and zooplankton assemblages, aquatic vegetation, and water quality in the Cache-Lindsey slough networks. I'm also continuing my thesis work and processing more zooplankton samples to expand our understanding of zooplankton in the region. I’m interested in food availability for juvenile fishes and identifying hot spots of zooplankton and the factors that support high densities.

Education and Degree(s)
  • M.S.
Research Interests & Expertise
  • Zooplankton
  • Food Webs
  • Ecology and Conservation of Freshwater and Estuarine Fishes