Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Units Program: California
Education, Research and Technical Assistance for Managing Our Natural Resources

California Staff Member

Nissa Kreidler

Nissa Kreidler collecting marsh data.



  • BS University of California, Santa Cruz 2012


Nissa joined the Coop Unit August 2017 and is currently seeking her M.S. degree in Fisheries under Mark Henderson. She is a recipient of NOAA's Dr. Nancy Foster scholarship. Nissa is studying the deep sea coral habitats in the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary. In her free time she enjoys backpacking, birding, botanizing and any excuse to be outdoors. Nissa is a performing member of the Bay Area dance troupe, Blue Diamonds Belly Dance, and has performed at many benefit and fundraisers.

Research Interest

Tropical plant eco-physiology to determine climate change impacts on rainforest communities in southwest China. Island plant eco-physiology to determine evolutionary differences drought traits among island and mainland plant populations. Philippine seagrass conservation, U.C. Santa Cruz thesis work: Reducing sampling time by determining predictive equation for seagrass biomass. Assessing long-term impacts of invasive sheep on vegetation on Santa Cruz Island, California.

Presentations Presentation Date
Kreidler N., Buchheister A., and Henderson M. 2018. Habitat Suitability Mapping for Southern California Bight Deep Sea Corals and Sponges. 15th Deep-Sea Biology symposium. Monterey, CA. Sept 9-14, 2018 September 2018