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Caren Barceló

Postdoctoral Researcher
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BSc in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
UC Santa Cruz
MSc in Fisheries
Dept of Fisheries, Wildlife and Conservation Biology
PhD in Ocean Biogeochemistry and Ecology
College of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences, OSU

Dr. Caren Barceló is a quantitative marine ecologist with research interests focusing on the impacts of climate change and regional oceanographic variability on marine fish populations and ecological communities. Her research ranges from studying long-term community composition variability in pelagic ecosystems, population dynamics of multiple species in and outside of marine protected areas, spatial stock assessment, and ecosystem modeling with the ECOTRAN and Atlantis ‘whole of ecosystem’ models developed for PNW ecosystems. Broadly, her research hopes to inform biodiversity conservation and sustainable fisheries management.

Currently, she is working on the Puget Sound Integrated Modeling Framework Project as part of the PSIMF Atlantis team – contributing to the parameterization of the Puget Sound Atlantis model with a focus on collaboratively coupling both an oceanographic model (Salish Sea Model) and an ecohydrological watershed model (VELMA) to drive dynamics within Atlantis. We are interested in exploring resultant climate change-driven marine ecosystem (foodweb) change and broader marine ecosystem resilience given anthropogenetic perturbations.

Relevant publications:

Barceló C., Ruzicka J., Jacox, M., et al. Non-linear and alternating spatial effects of climate change on the Northern California Current Ecosystem: Insights from a climate and eco-physiology linked end-to- end ecosystem model (Under review at Nature Communications

Karp, M., Link J., Grezlik, M., Cadrin S., Fay G., Lynch P., Townsend, H., Methot R., Adams G., Blackhart K., Barceló C., et al. (2023) Increasing the uptake of multispecies models in fisheries management. ICES JMS. DOI:10.1093/icesjms/fsad001 

Barceló C., White JW., Botsford LW., Hastings A. (2021) Projecting the time scale of fishery yield increases after implementation of marine protected areas. ICES Journal of Marine Science. DOI: 10.1093/icesjms/fsaa233 

Barceló C., Brodeur R, Ciannelli L, Risien C, Saldias G, Samhouri J. (2021) Time-varying epipelagic community seascapes: Assessing and predicting species composition in the Northeastern Pacific Ocean. Frontiers in Marine Science 8 – Research Topic: Marine Biodiversity Observation Network. DOI: 10.3389/fmars.2021.58667 

Barceló C., Ciannelli L, Brodeur R. (2018) Pelagic marine refugia and climatically-sensitive areas in an eastern boundary current upwelling system. Global Change Biology. 24:668-680. DOI: 10.1111/gcb.13857

Barceló, C., Olsen, E.M., Ciannelli, L., Johannessen, T., Knutsen, H. (2016) Eight decades of fish sampling reveal a contemporary novel fish assemblage along the Skagerrak coast of Norway. Global Change Biology. 22, 1155–1167, DOI: 10.1111/gcb.13047 

Leising AW, Schroeder ID, Bograd SJ, (and 30 other authors, including Barceló C.) (2015) State of the California Current 2014-2015: Impacts of the warm-water ‘Blob’. State of the California Current. CalCOFI Rep., Vol. 56, 2015.