Rémy Denéchère: Dr. Denéchère is a postdoc in the Petrik research group. He received his PhD in marine biology at the Technical University of Denmark (DTU). In addition, Dr. Denéchère has developed a strong background in fundamental ecology and mathematics at the Sorbonne University in Paris, France. He further expanded his knowledge of the size- and trait-based approach of marine ecosystems to understand global patterns in ecological systems. His past research includes work on 1) the Metabolic Theory of Ecology that resolves how individual metabolism and traits scale to population-level properties; 2) the trait- and size-based model of marine ecosystems, FEISTY; 3) the ecological role of fast-living squid in structuring ecosystems; 4) the effect of density dependence on the rate of fishing-induced evolution. Dr. Denéchère’s current research at SIO aims to understand the top-down and bottom-up interactions between fish and plankton to improve our predictions of fish distributions and catches and the potential implications of fish feedbacks on the biological pump.

Hyung-Gyu Lim: Dr. Lim is a postdoc in the Petrik research group. He received his PhD in climate dynamics at Pohang University of Science and Technology (POSTECH) in South Korea. He spent three years as a postdoc jointly between the Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences Program at Princeton University and NOAA Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory working with Dr. John Dunne and Dr. Charles Stock. Dr. Lim has a strong background in climate dynamics and oceanography, which he has been applying to examine the interactions of climate variability with biogeochemistry and plankton. Past research topics have been diverse and include 1) an assessment of satellite chlorophyll observations to characterize modes of variability and assess opportunities for empirical prediction, 2) multi-model analysis of Arctic biogeochemistry and chlorophyll-climate feedback under climate warming, 3) mechanisms underlying ENSO-biogeochemistry-chlorophyll evolution in GFDL’s Earth system models, and 4) the role of modeled dynamic terrestrial dust variability on ocean biogeochemistry. Dr. Lim’s current research at SIO aims to understand how much of the interannual variance in fisheries production is explained by climate variability at regional and global scales, how predictable are ecosystem changes, and what are the mechanisms involved.

Lily McGill: Dr. McGill is a postdoc in the Semmens and Petrik research groups. She completed a BS in Environmental Science and Applied Mathematics at the University of Notre Dame and a PhD in Quantitative Ecology and Resource Management at the University of Washington, where she worked with Drs. E. Ashley Steel and Gordon Holtgrieve. Her PhD research focused on understanding historical and future changes to western river water sources, temperature, and hydrology. Her current research at SIO seeks to model the fate and transport of pollutants from the recently rediscovered San Pedro Basin barrel field though the California pelagic food web using archived data from the CalCOFI ecosystem monitoring program. Dr. McGill’s overarching research interest is in harnessing quantitative methods to address management relevant questions in both freshwater and marine science.