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Department Chair: Ingrid Parker Department Manager: Jacqueline Rose
Graduate Adviser: Sarah Arantza Amador Administraive Assistant: Stephanie Zakarian
Undergraduate Adviser: Karina Frazier Undergraduate Adviser: Bee Vadakan
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Ellen Margaret Willis-Norton

Summary of Expertise

I am interested in how U.S. West Coast marine ecosystems (California Current System, Gulf of Alaska, and Eastern Bering Sea) are responding to climate change. My research currently focuses on 1) assessing the vulnerability of west coast fisheries to climate change, 2) potential predator/prey mismatches with climate change, and 3) whether certain management tools can increase species’ resilience to a changing climate.

Honors, Awards and Grants

National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow – 2017-present


Selected Publications

Willis-Norton, E., Hazen, E.L., Fossette, S., Shillinger, G., Rykaczewski, R., Foley, D.G., Dunne, J., Bograd, S.J. (2015). Climate change impacts on leatherback turtle pelagic habitat in the southeast Pacific. Deep-Sea Research II.


Sutton, R., Mason, S. A., Stanek, S. K., Willis-Norton, E., Wren, I. F., & Box, C. (2016). Microplastic contamination in the San Francisco Bay, California, USA. Marine Pollution Bulletin.