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  • McPhee-Shaw, E.E., K.J. Nielsen, J.L. Largier and B.A. Menge. 2011. Nearshore chlorophyll a events and wave-driven transport. Geophysical Research Letters 38.

  • Thompson, S.A., H. Knoll, C.A. Blanchette and K.J. Nielsen. 2010. Population consequences of biomass loss due to commercial collection of the wild seaweed Postelsia palmaeformis. Marine Ecology Progress Series 413: 17-31.

  • Sanford, E., M. Wood and K. Nielsen. 2009. Non-lethal method for estimation of gonad and pyloric caecum indices in sea stars. Invertebrate Biology 128: 372-380.

  • Menge, B.A., F. Chan, K.J. Nielsen, E. Di Lorenzo and J. Lubchenco. 2009. Climatic variation alters supply-side ecology: impact of climate patterns on phytoplankton and mussel recruitment. Ecological Monographs In Press.

  • Kavanaugh, M.T., K.J. Nielsen, F.T. Chan, B.A. Menge, R.M. Letelier and L.M. Goodrich. 2009. Experimental assessment of the effects of shade on an intertidal kelp: Do phytoplankton blooms inhibit growth of open coast macroalgae? Limnology and Oceanography 54: 276-288.

  • Nielsen, K.J. 2007. Algae, overview. In Encyclopedia of Tidepools, edited by S.D. Gaines and M.W. Denny. University of California.

  • Barth, J., B. Menge, J. Lubchenco, F. Chan, J. Bane, A. Kirincich, M. McManus, K. Nielsen, S. Pierce and L. Washburn. 2007. Delayed upwelling alters nearshore coastal ocean ecosystems in the northern California current. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America: 3719-24.

  • Nielsen, K.J., C.A. Blanchette, B.A. Menge and J. Lubchenco. 2006. Physiological snapshots reflect ecological performance of the Sea Palm, Postesia palmaeformis , (Phaeophyceae) across intertidal elevation and exposure gradients. Journal of Phycology 42: 548-559.

  • Nielsen, K.J. 2004. Mesoscale regulation comes from the bottom-up: intertidal interactions between consumers and upwelling. Ecology Letters 7: 31-41.

  • Bracken, M. and K. Nielsen. 2004. Diversity of intertidal macroalgae increases with nitrogen loading by invertebrates. Ecology 85: 2828-2836.

  • Grantham, B., F. Chan, K. Nielsen, D. Fox, J. Barth, A. Huyer, J. Lubchenco and B. Menge. 2004. Upwelling-driven nearshore hypoxia signals ecosystem and oceanographic changes in the northeast Pacific. Nature: 749-54.

  • Nielsen, K. 2003. Nutrient loading and consumers: agents of change in open-coast macrophyte assemblages. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America: 7660-5.

  • Nielsen, K. 2001. Bottom-up and top-down forces in tide pools: test of a simple food-chain model in an intertidal community. Ecological Monographs 71: 187-217.

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Educational Background

  • 1998 – Ph.D, Oregon State University (Marine Ecology)

  • 1992 – BS, Brooklyn College - City University of New York (Biology)

  • 1979 – 1982 – , Hampshire College, Amherst, MA (Photography & Filmmaking)

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  • The role of calcifying algae as a determinant of rocky intertidal macrophyte community structure at a meta-ecosystem scale (NSF Collaborative Research)

  • CeNCOOS: Integrating marine observations to inform decision makers and the general public

  • Baseline Monitoring of Ecosystem and Socioeconomic Indicators for MPAs along the North Central Coast of California: Sandy Beaches and Surfzones

  • Central and Northern Caliornia Ocean Observing System (CeNCOOS): Long-term Monitoring of Environmental Conditions in Support of Protected Marine Area Management in Central and Northern California (NOAA)

  • Scaling up from Community to Meta-Ecosystem Dynamics in the Rocky Intertidal - a Comparative-Experimental Approach (NSF Collaborative Research)

  • Collecting Sea Palms: Planning for Sustainable Use in a Variable Environment (CA Sea Grant)

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Positions & Honors

  • 2008 – present – Associate Professor, Department of Biology, Sonoma State University

  • 2008 – present – Courtesy Associate Professor, Department of Zoology, Oregon State University

  • 2007 – present – Senior Research Associate, Partnership for Interdisciplinary Studies of Coastal Oceans (PISCO)

  • 2003 – 2008 – Assistant Professor, Department of Biology, Sonoma State University

  • 2003 – 2008 – Courtesy Assistant Professor, Department of Zoology, Oregon State University

  • 2000 – Instructor, Hatfield Marine Science Center & Biology Program, Oregon State University

  • 1992 – 1998 – Teaching & Research Assistant, Department of Biology, Oregon State University

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Collaborators, Advisors & Advisees

  • Blanchette, C – Marine Sciences Institute, UCSB

  • Burnaford, J – CSU - Fullerton

  • Chan, F – Oregon State University

  • Dugan, J – Marine Sciences Institute, UCSB

  • Largier, J – Bodega Marine Lab

  • Lubchenco, J – NOAA

  • McPhee-Shaw, E – Moss Landing Marine Lab

  • Menge, B – Oregon State University

  • Morgan, S – Bodega Marine Lab

  • Navarrete, S – Estacion Costera de Investigaciones Marinas, Universidad Catolica de Chile

  • Shaughnessey, F – Humboldt State University

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