Biologist, Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences
Crystal is a biologist with nearly a decade of experience in aquatic systems research, invertebrate biology, conservation, and fisheries management.
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Crystal is a biologist with nearly a decade of experience in aquatic systems research, invertebrate biology, conservation, and fisheries management. She has experience in aquatic ecosystem monitoring and assessment. Crystal is particularly interested in the trophic interactions between endangered fisheries, non-native species, and prey items such as macroinvertebrates and zooplankton. She studies biotic and abiotic conditions that may cause shifts in community composition and predator-prey interactions predominantly in brackish and freshwater systems. Her research often brings federal, state, non-profit, and corporate sectors together to bridge solutions for ongoing needs.
Areas of expertise
- Garcia, C., I. Woo, D. C. Rogers, A.M. Flanagan, S. E. W. De La Cruz. (2020). Rediscovery of the horseshoe shrimp Lightiella serendipita Jones, 1961 (Cephalocarida: Hutchinsoniellidae) in San Francisco Bay, California, USA, with a key to the worldwide species of Cephalocarida. Journal of Crustacean Biology 40 (5): 600–606.
- Garcia, C., D. Schumann, J. Howell, B. D. S. Graeb, K. N. Bertrand. (2017). “Seasonality, floods, and droughts structure larval fish assemblages in prairie streams.” Ecology of Freshwater Fish ;00:1–9.
Montgomery, E., R. Dagit, C. Garcia, J. Krug, K. Adamek, S. Albers, K. Pease. (2015). “Evidence for Negative Effects of Drought on Baetis sp. (Small Minnow Mayfly) Abundance in a Southern California Stream.” Bulletin of the Southern California Academy of Sciences: Vol. 114: Iss. 3.
Garcia, C., E. Montgomery, J. Krug, and R. Dagit. (2015). "Removal Efforts and Ecosystem Effects of Invasive Red Swamp Crayfish (Procambarus clarkii) in Topanga Creek, California." Bulletin of the Southern California Academy of Sciences: Vol. 114: Iss. 1.
Dagit, R., J. Krug, K. Adamek, E. Montgomery, C. Garcia, and S. Albers. (2014). Topanga Source ID Final Report. Resource Conservation District of the Santa Monica Mountains. Topanga, California.