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Karen Martin, Ph.D. 
Professor of Biology and Frank R. Seaver Chair in Natural Science
Seaver College

Phone: (310) 506-4808
Cellular: (310) 713-4808
Location: Malibu Campus

Areas of Expertise

  • Coastal ecology
  • Sandy beach ecology
  • Marine biology
  • Tide pools
  • grunion

Karen Martin is a well-known expert on the California grunion. She has received funding from California Sea Grant College, the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, National Geographic Society, National Marine Fisheries Service, and others to study the grunion population, and also the harmful effects of beach grooming on grunion and California beach health. She is a Fellow of the American Institute of Fishery Research Biologists, a research associate at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, a recipient of the Environmental Partnership Award from the American Shore and Beach Preservation Association, and the Friday Harbor Postdoctoral Fellowship.

Martin has written extensively on grunion, tidepools, the ecology of California marine fishes, and beach spawning. Her media credits include:

Newspapers: Los Angeles Times, San Diego Union-Tribune, Malibu Times, Malibu Surfside News, Orange County Register, Monterey County Herald, La Jolla Light, Ventura County Star, Santa Barbara News-Press, San Diego Beach and Bay, The Graphic, Laguna Beach Independent, Daily Pilot (Newport Beach), San Diego Reader, The Coast News, Beach Reporter, Beach and Breakers, Contra Costa Times, Pt. Reyes Light, San Francisco Examiner.
Magazines: Sunset, Westways, Pepperdine Voice, Currents, Der Spiegel, California Coast & Ocean, Making Waves, Bay Nature, Coastal Living, Coastal Services (NOAA).
Television: Los Angeles: KCBS, KCAL-9; San Diego affiliates of ABC, CBS; The Discovery Channel - Animal Planet, CNN, Falcon Cable Channel 15, KOCE - "Real Orange," BBC series on Time, Fox News, National Geographic Television series on bare handed fishing, Korean television MBC series on waves.
Radio: KNX - News radio, Los Angles; KPBS - public radio, San Diego; KCBS - Los Angeles; KCLU - Ventura County; National Public Radio NPR (special feature); KPCC - Public radio, Los Angeles County.

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