Staff Profile
Chela Zabin


Broadly speaking, I am interested in the temporal and spatial patterns in abundance and distribution of marine species. In particular, my research focuses on the patterns that occur as a result of both natural processes and human impacts. This interest has taken me down three distinct research tracks: 1. ecological impacts, patterns and mechanisms of the spread of non-native species, 2. restoration of important benthic habitats including oyster and eelgrass beds, and 3. patterns in species abundance and richness over different temporal and spatial scales. I have a strong interest in education and outreach and ways in which to involve the public in “citizen science” to build capacity for environmental monitoring for conservation.


  • Strain, Elisabeth M. A., Steinberg, Peter D., Vozzo, Maria, Johnston, Emma L., Abbiati, Marco, Aguilera, Moises A., Airoldi, Laura, Aguirre, J. David, Ashton, Gail, Bernardi, Maritina, Brooks, Paul, Chan, Benny K. K., Cheah, Chee B., Chee, Su Yin, Coutinho, Ricardo, Crowe, Tasman, Davey, Adam, Firth, Louise B., Fraser, Clarissa, Hanley, Mick E., Hawkins, Stephen J., Knick, Kathleen E., Lau, Edward T. C., Leung, Kenneth M. Y., McKenzie, Connor, et al. (2020). A global analysis of complexity-biodiversity relationships on marine artificial structures. Global Ecology and Biogeography,
  • Wasson, Kerstin, Gossard, Daniel J., Gardner, Luke, Hain, Peter R., Zabin, Chela J., Fork, Susanne, Ridlon, April D., Bible, Jillian M., Deck, Anna K. and Hughes, Brent B. (2020). A scientific framework for conservation aquaculture: A case study of oyster restoration in central California. Biological Conservation, 250 , 108745-108745.
  • Zabin, Chela J., Davidson, Ian C., Holzer, Kimberly K., Smith, George, Ashton, Gail V., Tamburri, Mario N. and Ruiz, Gregory M. (2018). How will vessels be inspected to meet emerging biofouling regulations for the prevention of marine invasions?. Management of Biological Invasions, 9 (3) , 195-208.
  • Bible, Jillian M., Cheng, Brian S., Chang, Andrew L., Ferner, Matthew C., Wasson, Kerstin, Zabin, Chela J., Latta, Marilyn, Sanford, Eric, Deck, Anna and Grosholz, Edwin D. (2017). Timing of stressors alters interactive effects on a coastal foundation species. Ecology, 98 (9) , 2468-2478.
  • Wasson, Kerstin, Hughes, Brent B., Berriman, John S., Chang, Andrew L., Deck, Anna K., Dinnel, Paul A., Endris, Charlie, Espinoza, Michael, Dudas, Sarah, Ferner, Matthew C., Grosholz, Edwin D., Kimbro, David, Ruesink, Jennifer L., Trimble, Alan C., Vander Schaaf, Dick, Zabin, Chela J. and Zacherl, Danielle C. (2016). Coast-wide recruitment dynamics of Olympia oysters reveal limited synchrony and multiple predictors of failure. Ecology, 97 (12) , 3503-3516.
  • Zabin, Chela J., Wasson, Kerstin and Fork, Susanne. (2016). Restoration of native oysters in a highly invaded estuary . Biological Conservation, 202 , 78-87.
  • Cheng, Brian S., Bible, Jillian M., Chang, Andrew L., Ferner, Matthew C., Wasson, Kerstin, Zabin, Chela J., Latta, Marilyn, Deck, Anna, Todgham, Anne E. and Grosholz, Edwin D. (2015). Testing local and global stressor impacts on a coastal foundation species using an ecologically realistic framework. Global Change Biology, 21 (7) , 2488-2499.
  • Cox, Traci Erin, Philippoff, Joanna, Baumgartner, Erin, Zabin, Chela J. and Smith, Celia M. (2013). Spatial and Temporal Variation in Rocky Intertidal Communities Along the Main Hawaiian Islands . Pacific Science, 67 (1) , 23-45.
  • Zabin, Chela J., Danner, Eric M., Baumgartner, Erin P., Spafford, David, Miller, Kathy Ann and Pearse, John S. (2013). A comparison of intertidal species richness and composition between Central California and Oahu, Hawaii. Marine Ecology, 34 (2) , 131-156.
  • Davidson, Ian C., Zabin, Chela J., Chang, Andrew L., Brown, Christopher W., Sytsma, Mark D. and Ruiz, Gregory M. (2010). Recreational boats as potential vectors of marine organisms at an invasion hotspot. Aquatic Biology, 11 (2) , 179-191.
  • Zabin, Chela J., Obernolte, Rena, Mackie, Joshua A., Gentry, Jackson, Harris, Leslie and Geller, Jonathan. (2010). A non-native bryozoan creates novel substrate on the mudflats in San Francisco Bay. Marine Ecology Progress Series, 412 , 129-139.
  • Cohen, A. N. and Zabin, Chela J. (2009). Oyster shells as vectors for exotic organisms. Journal of Shellfish Research, 28 (1) , 163-167.
  • Zabin, Chela J. (2009). Battle of the barnacle newcomers: niche compression in invading species in Kaneohe Bay, Oahu, Hawaii. Marine Ecology Progress Series, 381 , 175-182.
  • Zabin, Chela J., Ashton, Gail V., Brown, Christopher W. and Ruiz, Gregory M. (2009). Northern range expansion of the Asian kelp Undaria pinnatifida (Harvey) Suringar (Laminariales, Phaeophyceae) in western North America . Aquatic Invasions, 4 (3) , 429-434.
  • Zabin, Chela J. and Altieri, Andrew. (2007). Hawaiian limpet facilitates recruitment of a competitively dominant invasive barnacle . Marine Ecology Progress Series, 337 , 175-185.