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Kevin Lafferty

Dr. Keving Lafferty is a Senior Ecologist with the Western Ecological Research Center.

His main interest lies in how parasites affect ecosystems and, in turn, how ecosystems affect parasites. He is also involved in research on the conservation of marine resources, investigating strategies for protecting endangered shorebirds, fish and abalone. He has also assessed the effects of marine reserves.

Dr. Lafferty received his Ph. D. in Ecological Parasitology in 1991 at University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) and took a post doc with the National Marine Sanctuary and a research position at the University of California, Los Angeles. He is presently a Marine Ecologist for the USGS at the Channel Islands Field Station. As a UCSB adjunct faculty member, the university's Department of Ecology, Evolution and Marine Biology generously provides for Dr. Lafferty's office and laboratory space in the Marine Lab. He advises graduate students in Marine Ecology, but has no formal teaching assignments.


  • Conservation biology
  • Invasive species ecology
  • Nearshore marine ecology
  • Parasite ecology
  • Wetland ecology


Professional Experience

  • Marine Ecologist, USGS, Western Ecological Science Center, Jul 1998-Present

  • Assistant Adj. Prof., UCSB, Ecology, Evolution and Marine Biology, Jul 1998-Present

  • Assist. Research Biologist, UCSB Marine Science Institute, Jun 1996-Jul 1998

  • Assist. Research Biologist, UCLA, Environmental Sciences and Engineering, Jun 1994-Jul 1998

  • Assist. Research Biologist, UCSB, Marine Science Institute, Jan 1993-May 1994

  • Post Doctoral Researcher, National Marine Sanctuaries Program, Jan 1992-Dec 1992

Education and Certifications

  • Ph.D., Ecology, University of California, Santa Barbara, CA 1991

  • M.A., Zoology, University of California, Santa Barbara, CA 1988

  • B.A., Aquatic Biology, University of California, Santa Barbara, CA 1985

Affiliations and Memberships*

  • Amercian Society of Parasitologists

  • American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists

  • California Botanical Society

  • Ecological Society of America

  • Ecological Society of America

  • Natural Areas Association

  • Western Society of Naturalists

Science and Products

*Disclaimer: Listing outside positions with professional scientific organizations on this Staff Profile are for informational purposes only and do not constitute an endorsement of those professional scientific organizations or their activities by the USGS, Department of the Interior, or U.S. Government