Professor of Biological Oceanography
Integrative Oceanography Division
Curator, Pelagic Invertebrates
Scripps Oceanographic Collections

Mark D. Ohman is a professor of Biological Oceanography in the Integrative Oceanography Division of Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego.  He is also faculty Curator of the Scripps Pelagic Invertebrates Collection.

His research interests include the effects of climate variability on the California Current Ecosystem, the population ecology of marine zooplankton, copepod biology, demographic estimation methods, and the use of autonomous methods in zooplankton ecology.

Ohman serves as the lead Principal Investigator of the NSF-supported California Current Ecosystem Long-Term Ecological Research (LTER) site. He is currently working on climate change effects on zooplankton of the California Current System, applications of inverse models to infer demographic rates in stage-structured zooplankton populations, and the consequences of submesoscale fronts for zooplankton population dynamics.

Born in San Francisco, California, Ohman received his bachelor’s degree in Biology at UC Santa Cruz, his master’s degree in Biology at California State University, San Francisco, and his Ph.D. in Oceanography at the University of Washington, Seattle.

He is a member of the Executive Board of the U.S. LTER Network and has previously served on the scientific steering committee of the U.S. Ocean Carbon Biogeochemistry program, the SCOR international working group on Global Comparison of Zooplankton Time Series, the Executive Council of the World Association of Copepodologists, the scientific steering committee of the U.S. GLOBEC (Global Ocean Ecosystem Dynamics) program, the NSF Ocean Sciences Decadal Planning Group, and on a number of NSF advisory panels.  He also has served on the editorial boards of the Journal of Plankton Research, the Chinese Journal of Oceanology and Limnology, and the LTER Trends Analysis project.

Ohman has received editors' citations for Outstanding Service as Reviewer of Limnology and Oceanography and for Excellence in Refereeing for the Journal of Geophysical Research, Oceans.

Ohman is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, member of the American Society of Limnology and Oceanography, the Ecological Society of America, the American Geophysical Union. the World Association of Copepodologists, and the Royal Society of New Zealand.

Last updated December 2014