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  • Davis, A., R.G. Kvitek, C.B. Mueller, M.A. Young, C.D. Storlazzi and E.L. Phillips. 2013. Distribution and abundance of rippled scour depressions along the California coast. Continential Shelf Research 69: 88-100.

  • Quan, S., R.G. Kvitek and D. Smith. 2013. Using vessel-base LIDAR to quanity coastal erosion during El Niño and Inter-El Niño periods in Monterey Bay, California. Journal of Coatal Research 29: 88-100.

  • Hallenbeck, T.R., R.G. Kvitek and J. Lindholm. 2012. Rippled scour depressions add ecologically significant heterogeneity to soft-bottom habitats on the continental shelf. Marine Ecology Progress Series 468: 119-133.

  • Barnard, P.L, Erikson, L.H, Rubin, D.M, Dartnell, P. and R.G. Kvitek. 2012. Analyzing bedforms mapped using multibeam sonar to determine regional bedload sediment transport patterns in the San Francisco Bay coastal system. In Sediments, Morphology and Sedimentary Processes on Continental Shelves: Advances in technologies, research and applications, edited by . International Association of Sedimentologists.

  • Iliffe, T. M., R.G. Kvitek, S. Blasco, and K. Blasco. 2011. Search for Bermuda’s deep water caves. Hydrobiologia .

  • Young, M.A., , R.G. Kvitek, P. J. Iampietro, C. Garza, and R. T. Hanlon. 2011. Seafloor mapping and landscape ecology analyses used to monitor variations in spawning site preference and benthic egg mop abundance for the California market squid (Doryteuthis opalescens). Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology 407: 226-233.

  • Barnard, Erikson and R.G. Kvitek. 2011. Small-scale sediment transport patterns and bedform morphodynamics: new insights from high resolution multibeam bathymetry. Geo-Marine Letters (DOI 10.1007/s00367-011-0227-1.

  • Young, M.A., , P.J. Iampietro, R.G. Kvitek and C.D. Garza. 2010. Multivariate bathymetry-derived generalization linear model accurately predicts rockfish distribution on Cordell Bank, California, USA. Mar. Ecol. Progr. Ser. 415.

  • Xu, J.P., F.L. Wong, D.P. Smith, C.K. Paull and R.G. Kvitek. 2008. Sandwave migration in Monterey Submarine Canyon, Central California. Marine Geology 248: 193-212.

  • Kvitek, R.G., J. Goldberg, M. Silver and G.J. Smith. 2008. Domoic acid in the benthic food web of Monterey bay, California. Marine Ecology Progress Series 367: 35-47.

  • Kvitek, R.G., D.P. Smith and P.J. Iampietro. 2007. Twenty-nine months of geomorphic change in upper Monterey Canyon (2002-2005). Marine Geology 236: 79–94.

  • Kvitek, R.G., S. Thrush, P. Dayton, R. Cattaneo-Vietti, M. Chiantore, V. Cummings, N. Andrew, I. Hawesa, S. Kim and A. Schwarz. 2006. Broad-scale factors influencing the biodiversity of coastal benthic communities of the Ross Sea. Deep-Sea Research II 53: 959-971.

  • Barnard, P.L., D.M. Hanes, D.M. Rubin and R.G. Kvitek. 2006. Giant Sand Waves at the Mouth of San Francisco Bay. Eos 87: 285.

  • Foote, K., R. Hanlon, P. Lampietro and R. Kvitek. 2006. Acoustic detection and quantification of benthic egg beds of the squid Loligo opalescens in Monterey Bay, California. The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America: 844-56.

  • Conlan, K., G. Rau and R. Kvitek. 2006. Delta13C and delta15N shifts in benthic invertebrates exposed to sewage from McMurdo Station, Antarctica. Marine pollution bulletin: 1695-707.

  • Smith, D.P., G. Ruiz and R.G. Kvitek. 2005. Semi-annual patterns of erosion and deposition in Upper Monterey Canyon from serial multibeam bathymetry. Geological Society of America Bulletin 117: 1123-1133.

  • Kvitek, R.G. and C.K. Bretz. 2005. Shorebirds alter feeding behavior in response to harmful algal bloom toxins in bivalve and crustacean prey. Marine Ecology Progress Series 293: 303–309.

  • Iampietro, P.J., E. Morris and R.G. Kvitek. 2005. Recent advances in automated genus-specific marine habitat mapping enabled by high-resolution multibeam bathymetry. Marine Technology Society Journal 39: 83-93.

  • Conlan, K.E. and R.G. Kvitek. 2005. Recolonization of ice scours on an exposed Arctic coast. Ecology Progress Series 286: 21–42.

  • Kvitek, R.G. and C.K. Bretz. 2004. Harmful algal bloom toxins protect bivalve populations from sea otter predation. Marine Ecology Progress Series 271: 233-243.

  • Powell, C., M. Ferdin, M. Busman, R. Kvitek and G. Doucette. 2002. Development of a protocol for determination of domoic acid in the sand crab (Emerita analoga): a possible new indicator species. Toxicon : official journal of the International Society on Toxinology: 485-92.

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Educational Background

  • 1991 – PhD, University of Washington, Seattle (zoology)

  • 1987 – MS, Moss Landing Marine Laboratories (Marine Science)

  • 1971 – BS, University of Michingan, Ann Arbor, MI (zoology)

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  • Seafloor change detection San Francisco Bay

  • California State Waters Mapping Project

  • Dredge spoil monitoring and beach replenishment experiment at Ocean Beach, San Francisco, California

  • Sidescan sonar mapping of squid egg distribution

  • Multibeam bathymetry mapping of SIMoN priority habitat areas within the MBNMS.

  • New hydrographic research vessel to increase enrollment capacity and capabilities of the Geospatial Technology Curriculum at CSUMB

  • Multibeam bathymetry mapping of potential white abalone habitat at Tanner Bank, California

  • Integrated Spatial Data Modeling Tools for the Auto-classification and Delineation of Species-Specific Habitat Maps from High-Resolution, Digital Hydrographic Data

  • Development of an integrated data acquisition and coastal marine GIS analysis system for habitat mapping and change detection in the Elkhorn Slough NERR

  • Victoria Land Latitudinal Gradient Project: Benthic Marine Habitat Characterization

  • Mapping and Assessment of Shallow Water Habitats in Santa Monica Bay

  • Fisheries Habitat Characterization of the California Continental Margin: Identification, Quantification and Synthesis of Existing Information

  • Acoustic Habitat Mapping of Proposed California State Marine Protected Areas

  • Initiation of the California Continental Shelf GIS of Essential Marine Habitats

  • Influence of Harmful Algal Blooms on the Distribution and Ecology of High Level Marine Predators

  • Ice scour disturbance and the structure of Arctic sea floor communities

  • Fate and effects of domoic acid in the benthic versus pelagic food chain: chronology, tracking and development of new indicator species

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Positions & Honors

  • 2012-14 – Sigma Xi Distinguished Lecturer, Sigma Xi

  • 2012 – 2012 Great Ideas, BoatUS

  • 2010 – Presidents Medal, California State University, Monterey Bay

  • 2010 – Rickett’s Award, Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary

  • 2004 – Wang Family Excellence Award in the Sciences, California State University

  • 1996-present – professor, CSU Monterey Bay

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