Sarah Ann Thompson, M.Sc.

Sarah Ann began her marine science career in intertidal ecology, conducting large-scale rocky intertidal biodiversity surveys and experimental research on the effects of commercial collection on the sea palm kelp, Postelsia palmaeformis (Thompson et al. 2010). At the Farallon Institute, Sarah Ann participates in studies of climate effects on top predators. These studies include linking changes in seabird abundance to ocean predictors (Thompson et al. 2012a), and exploring indirect pathways of predator responses to variation in upwelling (Thompson et al. 2012b). Other projects focus on climate variability in the California Current and predator-prey relationships in the Bering Sea and Gulf of Alaska. Sarah Ann manages the Farallon Institute's Integrated Marine Ecological Database (IMED) with physical and biological data sets for the California Current. She also holds an affiliate staff appointment in the University of Washington's Climate Impacts Group.

Involvement in FI projects:

Selected publications:

  • Sydeman et al. 2015. Climate change and marine vertebrates.  Science. [pdf]
  • Sydeman et al. 2014. Multi-variate ocean-climate indicators (MOCI) for the central California Current: environmental change, 1990-2010. Progress in Oceanography. [pdf]
  • Sydeman et al. 2014. Climate change and wind intensification in coastal upwelling ecosystems. Science. [pdf]
  • Poloczanska et al. 2013. Global imprint of climate change on marine life. Nature Climate Change. [pdf]
  • Garcia-Reyes et al. 2013. Integrated assessment of wind effects on Central California's pelagic ecosystem. Ecosystems. [pdf]
  • Sydeman et al. 2013. Increasing variance in North Pacific climate relates to unprecedented ecosystem variability off California. Global Change Biology. [pdf]
  • Thompson et al. 2012. Linking predators to seasonality of upwelling: Using food web indicators and path analysis to infer trophic connections. Progress in Oceanography. [pdf]
  • Thompson et al. 2012. Phenology of pelagic seabird abundance relative to marine climate change in the Alaska Gyre. Marine Ecology Progress Series. [pdf]