Staff Profile
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Project Coordinator for National Fouling Survey of marine invertebrates

My role at SERC focuses around marine invertebrate taxonomy (with an emphasis on Tunicata), data management, and sample curation and management. My research interests include: Community and population ecology of marine invertebrates; Tropical-Temperate comparisons of species richness and diversity; Ecology of invasions. 

Other current SERC projects: Didemnum vexillum eradication, Nearshore Survey, Rhithropanopeus Survey. 


B.S. in Biology (2001) St. Mary's College of Maryland. 




  • Tracy, Brianna M., Larson, Kristen J., Ashton, Gail V., Lambert, Gretchen, Chang, Andrew L. and Ruiz, Gregory M. (2017). Northward range expansion of three non-native ascidians on the west coast of North America. Bioinvasions Records, 6 (3) , 203-209.
  • Gartner, Heidi N., Murray, Cathryn Clarke, Frey, Melissa A., Nelson, Jocelyn C., Larson, Kristen J., Ruiz, Gregory M. and Therriault, Thomas W. (2016). Non-indigenous invertebrate species in the marine fouling communities of British Columbia, Canada. BioInvasions Records: International Journal of Field Research on Biological Invasions, 5 (4) , 205-212.
  • Simkanin, Christina, Fofonoff, Paul W., Larson, Kristen J., Lambert, Gretchen, Dijkstra, Jennifer A. and Ruiz, Gregory M. (2016). Spatial and temporal dynamics of ascidian invasions in the continental United States and Alaska. Marine Biology, 163 (7)
  • deRivera, Catherine E., Ruiz, Gregory M., Crooks, Jeffrey A., Wasson, Kerstin, Lonhart, Steve I., Fofonoff, Paul W., Steves, Brian P., Rumrill, Steven S., Brancato, Mary Sue, Pegau, W. Scott, Bulthuis, Douglas A., Preisler, Rikke Kvist, Schoch, G. Carl, Bowlby, Ed, DeVogelaere, Anderw, Crawford, Maurice K., Gittings, Stephen R., Hines, Anson H., Takata, Lynn, Larson, Kristen J., Huber, Tami, Leyman, Anne Marie, Collinetti, Esther, Pasco, Tiffany, Shull, Suzanne, et al. . (2005). Broad-scale nonindigenous species monitoring along the west coast in National Marine Sanctuaries and National Estuarine Research Reserves. National Fish and Wildlife Foundation .