Dr. Steve Bollens

Director and Professor, WSU System-wide School of the Environment
photo of Dr. Steve Bollens
Phone: (360) 546-9116
Fax: (360) 546-9064
Located in Life Sciences (VSCI) 230Q


My research is broadly concerned with the ecology of marine and estuarine zooplankton and fish, and spans the sub-disciplines of behavior, population biology, community ecology and ecosystem dynamics. My research often has an applied aspect to it, touching upon such areas as conservation biology, restoration ecology, fisheries oceanography, and global change. I employ a wide variety of approaches to "doing science", including field (observational), modeling and experimental techniques. Locations of my current or recent projects include estuaries of the northeast Pacific (CA, OR, WA, and BC), Georges Bank/Northwest Atlantic, the Arabian Sea, the Florida Keys, and the Bering Sea. These projects are funded by a wide range of federal and state agencies, including the National Science Foundation (NSF), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Office of Naval Research (ONR), the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the United States Geological Survey (USGS), and the CALFED Bay/Delta Program.

Recent Publications

Bollens S, Rollwagen-Bollens G, Quenette* J, Bochdansky A.  (In review)  Cascading Migrations and Implications for Vertical Fluxes in Pelagic Ecosystems.  Journal of Plankton Research.

Duerr* J, Rollwagen-Bollens G, Bollens S.  (In review)  Microzooplankton grazing on cyanobacteria in Vancouver Lake, Washington, USA.  Aquatic Microbial Ecology.

Friedenberg* L, Bollens S, Rollwagen-Bollens G.  (In Review)  Feeding dynamics of larval Pacific herring (Clupea pallasi) on natural assemblages of microplankton.  Marine Ecology Progress Series.

Bochdansky, A., Bollens, S., Rollwagen-Bollens, G.C., Gibson A.+  (2010)  The effect of microzooplankton and copepods on vertical carbon fluxes in and around phytoplankton thin layers.  Marine Ecology Progress Series 401: 179-196.

Breckenridge*, J. K and S. M. Bollens (2010) Biological thin layer formation:  Interactions between the larval decapod, Neotrypaea californiensis, haloclines and light. Journal of Plankton Research 32(7): 1097-1102.

Graham* E. S. and S. M. Bollens (2010) Macrozooplankton community dynamics in relation to environmental variables in Willapa Bay, Washington, USA. Estuaries and Coasts 33(1): 182-194.

Bochdansky, A. and Bollens S.  (2009)  Thin layer formation during runaway stratification in the tidally dynamic San Francisco Estuary.  Journal of Plankton Research 31: 1385-1390.

Gifford*, S.M., Rollwagen-Bollens, G.C., Bollens, S.M.  (2007)  Mesozooplankton omnivory in the upper San Francisco Estuary.  Marine Ecology Progress Series 348: 33-46

Slaughter+, A.M., Bollens, S.M., Rollwagen-Bollens, G.C.  (2006)  Grazing impact of mesozooplankton in an upwelling region off northern California, 2000-2003.  Deep-Sea Research II 53: 3099-3115

Rollwagen-Bollens, G.C., Bollens, S.M., Penry, D.L.  (2006)  Vertical distribution of micro- and nanoplankton in the San Francisco Estuary, in relation to hydrography and predators.  Aquatic Microbial Ecology 44:143-163

Bochdansky#, A. B. and S.M. Bollens.  (2004)  Relevant scales in zooplankton ecology: Distribution, feeding and reproduction of the copepod Acartia hudsonica in response to thin-layers of the diatom Skeletonema costatum.  Limnol. Oceangr 49:625-636.

 Bollens, S.M., J. C. Cordell, S. Avent*+, and R. Hooff*.  2002.  Invasive Zooplankton: A Brief Review, Plus Two Case Studies from the Northeast Pacific Ocean.  Hydrobiologia, 480: 87-110.

*  Students under my direct supervision.

+  Technicians under my direct supervision.

Post-docs under my direct supervision.