Updates and thoughts from a fish ecologist


Updates and thoughts from a fish ecologist


A collection of Denise's work

Recorded presentations:

Colombano, D. D. “Strength in numbers: advancing estuarine ecology through data synthesis and collaboration.” Interagency Ecological Program Annual Workshop, Invited Plenary, March 22nd, 2022. Voted People’s Choice Award for Best Presentation. YouTube Link

Colombano, D. D., Carlson, S. M., Hobbs, J. A., & Ruhi, A. “A state-space approach to scaling species-level responses to hydroclimatic variability.” Society for Freshwater Science Virtual Meeting, March 25th, 2021. YouTube Link

Peer-reviewed publications:

Rogers, T., Bashevkin, S., Burdi, C., Colombano, D., Dudley, P., Mahardja, B., Mitchell, L., Perry, S., & Saffarinia, P. Submitted. Evaluating top-down, bottom-up, and environmental drivers of pelagic food web dynamics along an estuarine gradient. Preprint Link

Yando, E., Jones, S., James, W. R., Colombano, D., Montemayor, D., Nolte, S., Raw, J., Ziegler, S., Chen, L., Daffonchio, D., Fusi, M., Rogers, K., & Sergienko, L. In review. An integrative salt marsh conceptual framework for global comparisons.

Pak, N. (1), Colombano, D. (1), Greiner, T., Hobbs, J., Carlson, S., & Ruhi, A. 2023. Disentangling abiotic and biotic controls of age-0 Pacific herring population stability across the San Francisco Estuary. Ecosphere. (1=equal contribution) Link

Herbold, B., Bush, E., Castillo, G., Colombano, D., Hartman, R., Lehman, P., Mahardja, B., & Sommer, T. (2022). Climate change impacts on San Francisco Estuary aquatic ecosystems: A review. San Francisco Estuary and Watershed Science. Link

Colombano, D. D., Carlson, S. M., Hobbs, J. A., & Ruhi, A. (2022). Four decades of climatic fluctuations and fish recruitment stability across a marine-freshwater gradient. Global Change Biology. Link

Keeley, A., Fremier, A., Goertler, P., Huber, P., Sturrock, A., Bashevkin, S., Barbaree, B., Grenier, L., Dilts, T., Gogol-Prokurat, M., Colombano, D. D., … & Stahl, A. (2022). Governing ecological connectivity in cross-scale dependent systems. BioScience. Link

Kimball, M. E., Connolly, R. M, Alford, S. B., Colombano, D. D., James, W. R., Kenworthy, M. D., Norris, G. S., … & Taylor, M. D. (2021). Novel applications of technology for advancing tidal marsh ecology. Estuaries and Coasts. Link

Colombano, D. D., Handley, T. B., O’Rear, T. A., Durand, J. R., & Moyle, P. B. (2021). Complex tidal marsh dynamics structure fish foraging patterns in the San Francisco Estuary. Estuaries and Coasts. Link

Colombano, D. D., Litvin, S. Y., Ziegler, S. L., Alford, S. B., Baker, R., Barbeau, M. A., Cebrian, J., Connolly, R. M., … & Waltham, N. J. (2021). Climate change implications for tidal marshes and food web linkages to estuarine and coastal nekton. Estuaries and Coasts. Link

Ziegler, S. L., Baker, R., Crosby, S. C., Colombano, D. D., Barbeau, M. A., Cebrian, J., … & Rozas, L. P. (2021). Geographic variation in salt marsh structure and function for nekton: a guide to finding commonality across multiple scales. Estuaries and Coasts. Link

Baker, R., Taylor, M. D., Able, K. W., Beck, M. W., Cebrian, J., Colombano, D. D., … & Staver, L. W. (2020). Fisheries rely on threatened salt marshes. Science. Link

Gilby, B. L., Weinstein, M. P., Baker, R., Cebrian, J., Alford, S. B., Chelsky, A., Colombano, D. D., … & Ziegler, S. L. (2020). Human actions alter tidal marsh seascapes and the provision of ecosystem services. Estuaries and Coasts. Link

Colombano, D. D., Donovan, J. M., Ayers, D. E., O’Rear, T. A., & Moyle, P. B. (2020). Tidal effects on marsh habitat use by three fishes in the San Francisco Estuary. Environmental Biology of Fishes, 103: 605-623. Link

Colombano, D. D., Manfree, A. D., O’Rear, T. A., Durand, J. R., & Moyle, P. B. (2020). Estuarine-terrestrial habitat gradients enhance nursery function for resident and transient fishes in the San Francisco Estuary. Marine Ecology Progress Series, 637: 141-157. Link

Weinersmith, K. L., Colombano, D. D., Bibian, A. J., Young, M. J., Sih, A., & Conrad, J. L. (2019). Diets of Largemouth Bass (Micropterus salmoides) in the Sacramento San Joaquin Delta. San Francisco Estuary and Watershed Science, 17(1). Link

Young, M. J., Feyrer, F. V., Colombano, D. D., Conrad, J. L., & Sih, A. (2018). Fish-habitat relationships along the estuarine gradient of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, California: implications for habitat restoration. Estuaries and Coasts, 41(8), 2389-2409. Link

Conrad, J. L., Bibian, A. J., Weinersmith, K. L., De Carion, D., Young, M. J., Crain, P., … & Sih, A. (2016). Novel species interactions in a highly modified estuary: association of Largemouth Bass with Brazilian waterweed Egeria densa. Transactions of the American Fisheries Society, 145(2), 249-263. Link


Climate Change MAST (Management, Analysis and Synthesis Team). (2022). Synthesis of data and studies related to the effects of climate change on the ecosystem and biota of the Upper San Francisco Estuary. IEP Technical Report 99. Link

Williamson, B. O., O’Rear, T., De Carion, D., Durand, J. R., & Moyle, P. B. (2016). Fishes of the Nurse-Denverton Complex: managed wetlands and tidal waterways in Suisun Marsh. Interagency Ecological Program Newsletter. Link


Colombano, D. D. (2019). Tidal marsh habitat use by fishes in the San Francisco Estuary. PhD Dissertation, University of California, Davis. Link