Bruce Kendall

Bruce Kendall, Professor – Applied Ecology

Contact Phone

(805) 893-7539

Office Location

Bren Hall 4514


Quantitative Ecology, and Animal and Plant Population Dynamics
Faculty in Bren School of Environmental Science and Management 


  • Ph.D., Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, University of Arizona
  • ?B.A., Physics, Williams College


Bruce Kendall (PhD University of Arizona, 1996) is an associate professor at the Bren School of Environmental Science and Management, where he has been located since 1998. He is a quantitative ecologist with a focus on animal and plant population dynamics. 

He received his BA in physics, with an environmental studies minor, from Williams College(Massachusetts) in 1986, and a PhD in ecology and evolutionary biology from the University of Arizona in 1996. His dissertation work focussed on chaos theory, spatial population models, and models of small populations. From 1996 through 1998, he was a postdoctoral fellow at the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (UC Santa Barbara), where he studied the causes of population cycles.

The highlights of his years between college and grad school include bicycling across the country, working at the environmental education center for the San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge, spending a year as an agricultural intern at the Land Institute in Kansas, and working at a commercial trout hatchery in Massachusetts.


Dr. Bruce Kendall's specific research interests include: processes that cause population abundances to fluctuate over time; predicting the extinction risk of rare species; patterns of individual growth in fluctuating environments and how they affect population growth rates; and the effects of current-driven dispersal on marine fish species. His funded research has included investigations into fish growth in estuaries and rivers, marine fisheries management, invasion biology, and the population consequences of among-individual heterogeneity in birth and death rates.


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ESM 206AB: Statistics & Data Analysis for Environmental Science & Management
ESM 211: Applied Population Ecology**
ESM 595: PhD Seminar: Ecological Sustainability
ESM 595: PhD Seminar: Invasive Species
**Elective course for IEES