Andrew Hein is an ecologist and ethologist based at NOAA’s Southwest Fisheries Science Center/ UC Santa Cruz Institute of Marine Sciences. Prior to joining NOAA/UCSC, he was a James S. McDonnell fellow at Princeton University working with Simon Levin and Iain Couzin. He received his PhD at the University of Florida, where he was  co-advised in Biology and Mathematics. Download CVContact: andrew.m.hein [at] gmail {dot} com

Postdoctoral researchers/ Project Scientists/Technicians

Maria Rosa Celis (Data Scientist)Maria Rosa is a mathematician with a PhD from Rice and a specialist in computational optimization.

Vamsi Sridharan (Project Scientist)Vamsi earned his PhD in hydrodynamics from Stanford University. He studies the interface between physics of fluid flow and fish swimming in rivers. (Vamsi’s website)

Natnael Hamda (Project Scientist)Natnael earned his PhD in Ecotoxicology from Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland. He studies the application of machine learning methods for behavioral repertoire mapping from animal tracking data.

Mike Gil (Postdoctoral Scientist): Mike earned his PhD in Biology from the University of Florida and, before joining us, held an NSF-funded postdoctoral fellowship in Andy Sih’s group at UC Davis. Mike works on cutting-edge science at the interface of ecology, animal behavior, and conservation (Mike’s website).

Simone Olivetti (Postdoctoral Scientist): Simone is a computational fluid dynamicist with a broad skill set in fluid dynamics, hyrdologic modeling, data visualization, and open source software development.

Graduate students and undergraduate researchers

Gurleen Brar: Gurleen is a recent graduate in Human Biology from UCSC. She is working with us on our escape decision-making projects.

Scott Nguyen: Scott is an undergraduate Neuroscience major at UCSC. He is working with us on escape decision-making and underwater computer vision.

If you are interested in joining our group as a graduate or undergraduate student, please contact Andrew (andrew.m.hein [at] gmail {dot} com).