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Crow White


Contact Information

Associate Professor

Office: 33-378
Phone: (805) 756-2954

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Research Profile:

Sustainable management of changing and increasingly crowded marine ecosystems

Research Interests:

The overarching conceptual theme of my research is to understand causes and consequences of spatial and temporal population dynamics of coastal marine species, trophic processes among species in communities and ecosystems, and interactions between marine ecological communities and human users of the ocean, including fisheries, renewable energy and aquaculture industries, and conservationists. A common applied goal of my research is to identify how the implications of the above dynamics can be used to guide sustainable management of renewable natural marine resources and the conservation of marine ecosystems.

Noteworthy focal research topics include:

  • Seascape genetics for estimating patterns of dispersal and population connectivity
  • Natural and controlled field and laboratory studies for quantifying variation in species demographics and community structure and function in response to human impacts (e.g., fishing)
  • Designing and evaluating marine protected areas and catch shares for promoting sustainable fisheries
  • Identifying optimal and practical ecosystem-based and marine spatial planning management strategies (of fisheries, aquaculture farms, wind farms, shipping lanes, etc.) for achieving conservation and socioeconomic objectives.


Ph.D. Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Marine Biology, University of California, Santa Barbara 2008

M.S. Department of Wildlife Biology, University of Montana, Missoula 2002

B.A. Biology (Chemistry minor), University of Oregon, Eugene 1997

Professional Appointments:

Associate Professor of Biology, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo 2019-present

Assistant Professor of Biology, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo 2013-2019

Project Scientist. Bren School of Environmental Science & Management University of California, Santa Barbara. Sustainable Fisheries Group 2011-2013

Postdoctoral Research Fellow. Marine Science Institute University of California, Santa Barbara Advisors: Drs. Christopher Costello and Steven Gaines 2008-2011

Current Research Projects:

Spatial property rights fisheries management on an international scale: Bioeconomic evaluation of Exclusive Economic Zones and high seas MPAs on the conservation and value of pelagic fisheries.

Making room for offshore marine aquaculture and renewable energy: Empirical evaluation and bioeconomic marine spatial planning of aquaculture farms and wind energy facilities in California's nearshore and offshore waters in relation to wild-catch fishery, marine conservation and other ecosystem services.

Avoiding the cliff edge: Empirical and bioeconomic evaluation of how marine ecosystem stressors (e.g., fishing, pollution, climate change, etc.) can synergistically affect undesirable, nonlinear changes in ecosystem state and resilience.

Finding Nemo: Integrating empirical genetic, oceanographic, geochemical and ecological methods for measuring spatial and temporal patterns of larval dispersal and recruitment (i.e., realized population connectivity) in open-coast marine species populations.

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