Diana Louise Steller - Research Faculty / Diving Safety
Moss Landing Marine Laboratories, 8272 Moss Landing Rd., Moss Landing,
(831) 771-4440, (831) 632-4403 FAX
RESEARCH & TEACHING INTERESTS
My research interests include the ecology of temperate
reefs and subtropical carbonate rhodolith beds with and emphasis on macroalgal
ecology algal physiology and species interactions. I have been working
in the Gulf of California for the past 17 years. I am particularly interested
in the role that macroalgae play as a substrate and food resource in subtidal
communities and how algal dynamics influence community dynamics. Additionally,
I am interested in the growth and establishment of carbonate reefs both
past, present and future.
2003 Doctor of Philosophy in Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
University of California at Santa Cruz, Supervisor: Peter Raimondi
1993 Master of Science in Marine Science
Moss Landing Marine Laboratories, San Jose State Univ., Supervisor: Michael
1988 Bachelor of Arts in Aquatic Biology
University of California at Santa Barbara
2004 - 2006 Research Biologist / Diving Safety Officer – Moss Landing
2002 – 2003 Lecturer in Biological Sciences (UCSC), Marine Botany
2001 Lecturer in Biological Science (MLML/SJSU), Marine Botany
1996 – 2003 Graduate Researcher in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
(UCSC) specializing in the ecology, population biology and community ecology
of coralline algal rhodoliths
1995 – 1996 Biology Instructor (CSUMB & Hartnell College)
1996 Biology Instructor (SFSU) Island Conservation of the Gulf of CA
1993 – 1995 Assistant Researcher (Hopkins Marine Station) Algal
physiology, ecology and molecular biology
1991 – 1992 Diving Instructor & Acting Diving Safety Officer
(MLML), Marine Science Diving
ACADEMIC TEACHING EXPERIENCE
Marine Science Diving MS 105 – Moss Landing Marine Laboratories,
1991-1992, 2004-2006 (Inst.)
Marine Environmental Studies of the Gulf of CA MS273 – MLML, 2004
Subtidal Ecology - MS272 – MLML 2005 (Co-Instructor with Mike Graham)
Marine Botany – University of California, Santa Cruz, 1999, 2002,
2003 (Instr. & TA))
Marine Botany – Moss Landing Marine Laboratories, 2001 (Instr.)
Kelp Forest Ecology - University of California, Santa Cruz, 1999 (TA)
Subtidal Ecology - Moss Landing Marine Laboratories, 1991 (TA)
Marine Ecology - University of California, Santa Cruz, 2000 (TA)
Marine Ecology – Hartnell Community College, 1995, 1996 (Instr.)
Marine Ecology of the Gulf of California - University of California, Santa
Cruz, 1998 (TA)
Island Conservation of the Gulf of California – SFSU Wildland Studies,
Environmental Science – Hartnell College, 1995, 1996 (Instr.)
Watershed Ecology – CSUMB/ Hartnell College, 1996 (Instr.)
Conservation in Tropical Ecosystem – University of Massachusetts,
2006 PSI Technician
2004 NAUI Nitrox Instructor
2004 DAN Basic Life Support Pro Instructor, REMO
2004 ASHI (American Safety and Health Institute) Instructor
1996 UC Santa Cruz AAUS Diver
1994 Saturation Diver - NOAA/NURP Aquanaut Saturation Mission, Florida
1991 NAUI Instructor (#13564) Santa Cruz, CA
1989 MLML AAUS Research Diver
1988 NAUI Dive Master (DM), Assistant Instructor (AI), Rescue Diver, UC
1986 UCSB AAUS Research Diver & Blue Water Research Diver
1985 PADI Open water SCUBA diver
DIVING INSTRUCTION EXPERIENCE
2004- 2006 NAUI Master Diver/DM/MLML-CSU Marine Science Diving Courses
1992 & 1995 NAUI basic dive courses – New Hampshire & Monterey,
1992 Interim Diving Safety Officer - Moss Landing Marine Labs
1991 Co-taught the MLML/NAUI Marine Research Diving course
1990 Subtidal Ecology teaching assistant – MLML kelp forest ecology
1988-1989 Recreational SCUBA Instructor/Dive Master – Bahamas, Mexico
1988-1989 NAUI Basic & Specialty Research courses as AI at Catalina
Island Marine Institute
1987-1988 NAUI Basic courses at UCSB as AI
Riosmena-Rodriguez, R., D.L. Steller, G. Hinjosa-Aronjo, M.S. Foster 2006.
Biology and Conservation of Rhodolith Beds in the Gulf of California.
In R. Brusca (Ed.) Marine Biodiversity and Conservation in the Gulf of
California. Univ. of Arizona Press & Sonoran Desert Museum.
Steller, D.L., R. Riosmena-Rodriguez, M.S. Foster 2005.
Sampling and monitoring of rhodolith beds: rhodolith distribution and
taxonomy, biodiversity and long-term sampling. NAGISA book chapter (in
Steller, D. L. 2003. Rhodoliths in the Gulf of California:
growth, demography, disturbance and effects on population dynamics of
catarina scallops. Ph.D., University of California Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz,
Steller, D. L., R. Riosmena-Rodriguez, M.S. Foster and
C.A. Roberts. 2003. Species assemblages associated with Mexican rhodolith
beds: the importance of rhodolith structure. Aquatic Conservation –
Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems. 13: S5-S20.
Steller, D.L. & M. Edwards. 2004 A Manual for Marine
Botany Laboratory. University of California.
Coyer, J. A., D. L. Steller, J. Witman. 2002 update. The
underwater catalog: a guide to methods in underwater research. Shoals
Marine Laboratory, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY. 151 pp.
Zimmerman, R.C., D. L. Steller, D.G. Kohrs and R.S. Alberte.
2001. Top-down impact through a bottom-up mechanism II: in situ effects
of limpet grazing on growth, light requirements and survival of Zostera
marina L. (eelgrass). Marine Ecology Progress Series. V218:127-140.
Steller, D. L., R. Riosmena-Rodriguez, P.T. Raimondi and
M. S. Foster. 1999. The importance of rhodolith beds as recruitment habitat
for the catarina scallop Argopecten ventricosus along the coasts of the
Baja California peninsula, Mexico. In Diving for Science. 1999. Eds. J.N.
Heine, D. Canestro, G. Wuttken. Proceedings of the American Academy of
Underwater Scientists. Pgs. 11-124.
Coyer, J. A., D. L. Steller, J. Witman. 1999. The underwater
catalog: a guide to methods in underwater research. Shoals Marine Laboratory,
Cornell University, Ithaca, NY. 151 pp.
Foster, M.S., R. Riosmena-Rodriguez, D. L. Steller, W.
Woelkerling. 1997. Living rhodolith beds in the Gulf of California and
their implications for paleoenvironmental interpretations. In Pliocene
carbonates and their related facies flanking the Gulf of California, Baja
California, Mexico. Eds. Johnson, M.E. and J. Ledesma-Vazquez. Geological
Society of America Special Paper #318.
Zimmerman, R. C., D. G. Kohrs, D. L. Steller, R.S. Alberte.
1997. Impacts of CO2 enrichment on productivity and light requirements
of eelgrass. Plant Physiology 115(2):599-607.
Steller, D. L., and M. S. Foster. 1995. Environmental
factors influencing distribution and morphology of rhodoliths in Bahia
Concepcion, B.C.S., Mexico. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and
Coyer, J. A., Steller, D. L., Alberte, R. S. 1995. A field-compatible
method for extraction of fingerprint-quality DNA from Macrocystis pyrifera
(Phaeophyceae). Journal of Phycology. 31(1):177-180.
Zimmerman, R. C., Kohrs, D. G., Steller, D. L., Alberte,
R. S. 1995. Carbon partitioning in eelgrass: Regulation by photosynthesis
and the response to daily light-dark cycles. Plant Physiology 108(4):
Steller, D. L. 1993. The ecology of rhodoliths in the
Bahia Concepcion, B.C.S., Mexico. MS thesis, Moss Landing Marine Laboratories,
Steller, D. L., R. Riosmena-Rodriguez. Age and growth in Lithophyllum
margaritae (Coralinalles; Rhodophyta: estimating recovery of rhodolith
populations. Journal of Phycology.
Steller, D. L., A. Boxshall, C. Caceras-Martinez. Evidence
for the enhancement of larval settlement and post-settlement growth of
the scallop Argopecten ventricosus by coralline algal rhodoliths: field
and laboratory experiments. Target Journal. Journal of Experimental Marine
Biology and Ecology.
Steller, D. L. and P. T. Raimondi. The facilitation of
scallop populations by biogenic rhodolith habitat: a stage specific approach.
Target journal – Ecology.
Steller, D. L., A. Cabello-Pasini, R. Riosmena-Rodriguez.
Effects of temperature and light on growth, photosynthesis and calcification
of rhodolith forming coralline algae. Target journal – Journal of
Steller, D. L. and M.S. Foster. Longterm changes in rhodolith
bed ecology: an analysis of disturbance. Target journal – Marine
Ecology Progress Series.
Steller, D. L., R. Dunn and J. Zachos. Novel macroalgal
tools for tracking ocean climate: stable isotopic signatures in temperate
and subtropical coralline algae. Target journal – Limnology and
2005 – GSA Peninsular Geology Meeting, Ensenada, BC, Mexico. Sediment
production estimates from living and fossil rhodolith beds.
2004 – MBARI invited speaker. Ecology of reefs that rock and roll:
rhodolith beds in the Gulf of California
2004 – SJSU invited speaker. Ecology of reefs that rock and roll:
rhodolith beds in the Gulf of California
2004 – Friends of Moss Landing Marine Laboratories Ecology of reefs
that rock and roll: rhodolith beds in the Gulf of California
2003 - Sixth International Temperate Reef Symposium, Christchurch, New
Zealand. Contributions of rhodolith beds to a commercial scallop fishery:
the importance of reefs that rock and roll, contributed.
2001 - International BIOMAERL meeting ‘The scientific basis for
conservation management of maerl grounds’ University Marine Biological
Station Millport, Scotland: Biodiversity related to rhodolith beds in
the Gulf of California, Mexico, invited.
2001 – Western Society of Naturalists: Predicting impact and recovery
from natural and anthropogenic disturbance to coralline algal rhodolith
2000 - Phycological Society of America: Population parameters and photosynthetic
capabilities of coralline rhodoliths: biogeographic implications., contributed.
2000 – Partnership in the Study of Coastal Oceans Conference, Corvallis,
Oregon: Novel tools for understanding global climate change: using coralline
algae as a paleothermometer, contributed.
2000 - International Larval Biology Meeting, Santa Cruz, CA. Rhodolith
beds as key habitats for larval settlement and growth of flying scallops,
1999 - Interamerican Institute Invited Talk: “Growth and population
dynamics of rhodolith forming corallines in the Gulf of California”
La Paz, BCS, Mexico, invited.
1999 – Western Society of Naturalists, Monterey, CA. Coralline algae
6 cm under: is there life after burial?, contributed.
1998 – Western Society of Naturalists, San Diego, CA. The role of
coralline habitats in population dynamics of the Mexican catarina scallop,
1998 - American Association of Underwater Scientists, Santa Cruz, CA.
Coralline habitat ecology: rhodolith beds in the Gulf of California, contributed.
1994 - Western Society of Naturalists, Monterey, CA. Calcium uptake in
marine algae and the impact on the sea/air interchange of global CO2,
1993 – International Seaweed Symposium, Brest, France. Rhodoliths
and maerl in Bahia Concepcion, BCS, Mexico, contributed.
1993 – Second International Temperate Reef Symposium, Auckland,
New Zealand. Rhodoliths beds in Bahia Concepcion, BCS, Mexico: reefs that
rock and roll, contributed.
1992 - Scripps Institute of Oceanography: Ecology of rhodolith beds in
the Gulf of California, invited.
1992 – Western Society of Naturalists Meeting, Oregon, Factors influencing
rhodolith bed distribution in Bahia Concepcion, BCS, Mexico, contributed.
1990 – Western Society of Naturalists Meeting, Monterey, A living
rhodolith community in Baja California Sur, Mexico, contributed.
GRANTS, FELLOWSHIPS & SCHOLARSHIPS
DAN Diving Emergency Equipment Matching Grant 2005 –
Award of two AED (Automated External Defibrillator) units and an Emergency
Oxygen Unit to the Research Diving program of MLML.
UC Santa Cruz Instructional Improvement Grant 2002-2003
- Student Development of a Marine Botany Laboratory Manual: The Integration
of New Technology, D. Steller/M. Edwards.
UC MEXUS Collaborative grant 2001 to D. Steller, P. Raimondi
(UCSC) and Peggy Turk (CEDO). “Effects of rat eradication on the
intertidal ecology of Isla San Jorge: development of a monitoring technique”.
UC MEXUS / CONACYT 2000 to D. Steller and P. Raimondi
(UCSC/Biology), A. Cabello-Pasini (UABC), R. Riosmena Rodriguez (UABCS),
J. Zachos (UCSC Earth Sciences). “Archives of Global Climate Change:
A Novel Use of Coralline Red Algae for Reconstructing Annual to Centennial
Scale Environmental Variability”.
Dynamic Evolution of the Land-Sea Interface (DELSI-UCSC)
2000 to D. Steller. Potential tools for tracking ocean climate: Variability
in stable isotopes in living coralline algae.
Friends of Long Marine Laboratories, 2000. Potential tools
for tracking ocean climate: Variability in stable isotopes in living coralline
GAANN Fellowship, UCSC 1996-1998, 2001-2002 – Fellowship
to cover cost of registration fees, stipend, and institutional payment
for research equipment.
Earl & Ethel Meyers Oceanographic and Marine Biology
Trust, 1999 to D. Steller. Grant written to cover costs for Ph.D. field
UC MEXUS Dissertation Grant, 1998. D. L. Steller, P. Raimondi
(UCSC/Biology), A. Cabello-Pasini
(UABC), R. Riosmena-Rodriguez (UABCS), C. Caceras-Martinez (UABCS). Importance
of rhodolith beds as shellfish recruitment habitats. Collaborators: ($5,000).
UC MEXUS Dissertation Grant, 1998. D. Steller, P. Raimondi
(UCSC/Biology), A. Cabello-Pasini (UABC), R. Riosmena-Rodriguez (UABCS),
C. Caceras-Martinez (UABCS). Importance of rhodolith beds as shellfish
UC MEXUS Collaborative Grant, 1996. D. Steller, P. Raimondi
(UCSC), R. Riosmena-Rodriguez and H. Reyes-Bonilla (UABCS), M. S. Foster
(MLML), Ecological and economic importance of rhodoliths in the Gulf of
California: Biodiversity to Aquaculture.
CURRENT SOCIETIES / MEMBERSHIPS
American Academy of Underwater Sciences
National Association of Underwater Instructors
Phycological Society of America
Western Society of Naturalists
California Native Plant Society
American Women in Science
Divers Alert Network
Ecologia Sociedad de Baja California Sur