William Sydeman, Ph.D.

Bill's career exceeds three decades of ecological research. Starting as an intern marine ornithologist working on the Farallon Islands in 1981, Bill spent 15 years as the Director of Marine Ecology at PRBO Conservation Science before establishing the Farallon Institute. Bill has conducted a number of "plankton to predator" studies in the California Current large marine ecosystem, and has written about climate effects on seabirds, marine mammals and fish. In recent papers, Bill described dramatic and abrupt ecosystem changes in response to climate variability. Bill serves on many scientific panels, notably as the Chair of the Advisory Panel for Marine Birds and Mammals for the North Pacific Marine Science Organization and Scientific Advisory Committee for implementation of the State of California's Marine Life Protection Act. Bill has presented to state and federal policy-makers on the effects of climate change on marine ecosystems, and how to best design and use the nation's new ocean observing systems.

Involvement in FI projects:

Selected publications:

  • MacCall et al. 2016. Recent collapse of northern anchovy biomass off California. Fisheries Research.  [pdf]
  • Sydeman et al. 2015. Climate change and marine vertebrates. Science.  [pdf]
  • Sydeman et al. 2015. Climate-ecosystem change off southern California: Time-dependent seabird predator-prey numerical responses. Deep-Sea Research II.  [pdf]
  • Bakun et al. 2015. Anticipated effects of climate change on coastal upwelling ecosystems. Current Climate Change.  [pdf]
  • Garcia-Reyes et al. 2015. Under pressure: Climate change, upwelling, and Eastern Boundary Current Upwelling Systems. Frontiers in Marine Science.  [pdf]
  • Sydeman et al. 2014. Climate change and wind intensification in coastal upwelling ecosystems. Science.  [pdf]
  • Sydeman et al. 2014. Multivariate ocean-climate indicators (MOCI) for the central California Current: Environmental change, 1990-2010. Progress in Oceanography.  [pdf]
  • Black et al. 2014. Six centuries of variability and extremes in a coupled marine-terrestrial ecosystem. Science.  [pdf]
  • Sydeman et al. 2013. Increasing variance in North Pacific climate relates to unprecedented ecosystem variability off California. Global Change Biology.  [pdf]