Division of
Science and Environmental Policy

Dr Corey Garza








Associate Professor

Division of Science and Environmental Policy


Dr. Corey Garza is an associate professor in the Division of Science and Environmental Policy at California State University, Monterey Bay. Prior to arriving at CSUMB he was a research ecologist with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) where he served as scientific liaison to and chief scientist for the United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) Long Island Sound Study. He has held postdoctoral positions with the USEPA Environmental Monitoring and Assessment Program, and the Center for Environmental Analysis at California State University, Los Angeles.

His research interests are in the area of marine landscape ecology. He uses GIS modeling and spatial statistics to study the relationship between scale dependence, habitat complexity and patterns of species distribution and abundance in marine communities. Dr. Garza serves as the principal investigator for the Marine Landscape Ecology Lab at CSUMB (sep.csumb.edu/mlel) and is the co-director for the California State University Council on Ocean Affairs Science and Technology (www.calstate.edu/coast/index.asp) Geospatial Research Education and Technology Network (www.calstate.edu/coast/GREAT). He also directs the NSF funded, Monterey Bay Regional Ocean Science Research Experiences for Undergraduates Program (http://reu.csumb.edu/).

At CSUMB Dr. Garza teaches ENVS 332, Introduction to GIS/GPS, MSCI 350, Quantitative Marine Science and ENVS 545, Marine Ecological Systems. Dr. Garza is also active in educational outreach, particularly in advancing the participation of underrepresented groups in science. Currently he serves as the co-director for Ocean Opportunities (www.oceanopportunities.org), an outreach program that supports minority undergraduate students in their pursuit of Ocean Science related educational and career opportunities. For the last 10 years he has chaired and organized a special scientific symposium in Marine Science at the annual meeting of the Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS). He also participates as a faculty mentor in the McNair Scholars Program at CSUMB and is the faculty advisor for the CSUMB SACNAS student chapter.


B.Sc., Biology, California State University, Los Angeles, 1995

Ph.D., Ecology, Evolution and Marine Biology, University of California, Santa Barbara, 2001

Research Interests:

Marine Landscape Ecology

Intertidal Community Dynamics

Marine Invertebrates

Geospatial Technology


Recent Publications:

Garza, C. 2015. Reaching out to underserved communities. Marine Technology Society Journal. Special Issue, Blue Futures: Educating the Next Generation, 49 (4): 8-12.

Yarish, C., Swanson, L., Tedesco, M., Latimer, J. Stacey, P. and Garza, C. Eds. 2014. Long Island Sound: Prospects for an Urban Sea, XXII, 899 pp. Springer, New York, New York.

Tedesco, M., Swanson, L., Stacey, P., Latimer, J., Yarish, C., and Garza, C. 2014. Synthesis for Management. In: Long Island Sound: Prospects for an Urban Sea, XXII,Yarish, C., Swanson, L., Tedesco, M., Latimer, J. Stacey, P. and Garza, C. Eds. pp:481-539. Springer, New York, New York.

Brousseau, D. J., Goldberg, R. and Garza, C. 2014.  Impact of predation by the invasive crab Hemigrapsus sanguineus on juvenille blue mussel survival in Western Long Island Sound, U.S.A. Northeastern Naturalist, 21 (1): 119-133.

Rosevelt, C, LosHuertos, M., Garza, C. and Nevins, H.M. 2013. Marine debris in Central California. Quantifying type and abundance of beach liter in Monterey Bay, CA. Marine Pollution Bulletin, 71 (1-2): 299-306.

Young, M.A., Kvitek, R.G., Iampietro, P.J., Garza, C.D., Maillet, R., and Hanlon, R.T. 2011. Seafloor mapping and landscape 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 (2): 226-233.

Young, M.A., Iampietro, P.J., Kvitek, R.G. and Garza, C.D. 2010. Multivariate bathymetry-derived generalized linear model accurately predicts rockfish distribution on Cordell Bank, California, USA. Marine Ecology Progress Series, 415: 247-261.

Robles, C.D, Garza, C., Desharnais, R.A. and Donahue, M.J. 2010. Landscape patterns in boundary intensity: A case study of mussel beds. Landscape Ecology, 25 (5): 745-759.

Garza, C. and C.D. Robles. 2010. Effects of brackish water incursions and diel phasing of tides on vertical excursions of the keystone predator Pisaster ochraceus. Marine Biology, 157: 673-682.

Robles, C.D., Desharnais, R.A., Garza, C., Donahue, M.J. and Martinez, C.A. 2009. Complex equilibria in the maintenance of boundaries: experiments with mussel beds. Ecology, 90 (4): 985-995.

Garza, C. 2008. Relating spatial scale to patterns of polychaete species diversity in coastal estuaries of the western United States. Special Issue, Marine and Coastal Applications in Landscape Ecology, Landscape Ecology, 23 (Supplement 1): 107-121.


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