PROJECT TEAM

Nikolas Kaplanis

Project Lead

Niko Kaplanis is a PhD student in the Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Program at UC Santa Cruz. He began this work as a research assistant at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography. In addition, he has assisted with intertidal monitoring and research efforts both locally and in Alaska. He also contributed to the Resilient Coastlines Project of Greater San Diego to coordinate local efforts at understanding sea level rise impacts and mitigation efforts in San Diego. 

Dr. Peter T. Raimondi

Project Advisor

Dr. Peter Raimondi is a Professor in the Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Department at UC Santa Cruz, the Director of the Institute of Marine Sciences, and a Principal Investigator for the Pacific Rocky Intertidal Monitoring Program.  A major focus of his work has been to explore how physical and biological processes drive species distributions, stability, and resilience in rocky intertidal communities.

Dr. Jennifer E. Smith

Project Advisor

Dr. Jennifer Smith is an Associate Professor in Marine Ecology and Conservation at Scripps Institution of Oceanography. Her work focuses on understanding how humans impact marine ecosystems in both tropical and temperate systems, and developing strategies for restoring or preserving these systems for future generations.

Clinton Edwards

Project Scientist

Clinton Edwards is an accomplished early career scientist and a PhD student at Scripps Institution of Oceanography. He has a background in spatial ecology and 4 years of direct experience with photomosaic technology, and has been a been a principal contributor to the 100 Island Challenge. Clint intends to continue utilizing photmosaic technology as part of his doctoral dissertation.