CURRICULUM VITAE: Aaron Kimo Morris (abridged)

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Complete CV available upon request


  • Ph.D., Biology, UCLA, 2006
  • M.Sc., Entomology, OSU, 1997
  • B.A. with distinction, Zoology, UCSB, 1994


  • Research and teaching: Marine invertebrate ecology; Biological oceanography of planktonic animals; Transport of larval invertebrates. Biological sampling at sea.  Biology, ecology and evolution of parasitic organisms; Insect and acarine parasitism. Science education, conservation and sustainability.


Santa Ana College
2011 – present
Assistant Professor of Biology
Loyola Marymount University
2010 – 2011
Visitng Assistant Professor of Biology,
Visiting Assistant Professor of Natural Sciences.
Mount San Antonio College
2000 – 2011
Adjunct Professor of Biology
Cypress College
2008 – 2011
Adjunct Professor of Biology
Fullerton College
2008 – 2011
Adjunct Professor of Oceanography
UCLA - 2000 – 2006
Oregon State U. - 1995-1997
Graduate TA, Lab Instructor - Marine & Invertebrate Biology
Graduate TA, Lab Instructor - Entomology


Ecomarine Consulting LLC - 2008 – present

  • Owner, Principal Scientist for marine environmental consulting projects throughout the West Coast.

Los Angeles County Sanitation Districts, Whittier - 2007 – 2008
Weston Solutions, Carlsbad - 2006 – 2007
MBC Applied Environmental Sciences - 1997 – 2006


  • 1,827 logged dives (1/31/12)
  • Int'l Assoc. Nitrox & Technical Divers (IANTD) #11,747 - 1995
  • National Association of Underwater Instructors (NAUI) Divemaster #D9717- 1994
  • National Association of Underwater Instructors (NAUI) Diving Rescue - 1994
  • American Academy of Underwater Sciences (AAUS) Diver - 1993
  • University of California Certified Research Diver #888 - 1993
  • National Association of Underwater Instructors (NAUI) Advanced - 1993
  • National Association of Scuba Diving Schools (NASDS) OW1 - 1986

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS (industry publications furnished upon request)

  • Morris, A.K., 2006, Zooplankton Aggregations in California Coastal Zones, Ph.D. thesis, UCLA, 309pp.
  • Morris, A.K., 2006, Macrozooplankton Assemblages in California Fronts, Coastal Environmental Quality Initiative, Paper 034.
  • Morris, A.K., 1997, A Model of Trophic Evolutionary Pathways, M.Sc. thesis, Oregon State University, 147pp. 
  • Lafferty, K.D. and A.K. Morris, 1996, "Altered Behavior of Parasitized Killifish Increases Susceptibility to Predation by Bird Final Hosts", Ecology 77(5): 1390-1397.
  • November 2010 – Youth Science Center Fundraiser Dinner, "The Blue Marbles Project: Inspiring Youth to Embrace Sustainability of the Earth". (invited, keynote speaker)
  • April 2019 – Mt. San Antonio College, “Environmental Action Group for a Livable Earth” Club – “Humans and the Marine Environment ”. (invited lecture)
  • August 2007 – State Water Resources Control Board, Region Nine – “Current Progress on the Development and Testing of the Regional Harbor Monitoring Program Statistical Design”. (invited)
  • June 2007 – City of Oceanside, “Regional Harbor Monitoring Program Pilot Project Year 2 Statistical Methodology Evaluation”. (invited)
  • March 2007 – California State University, Fullerton, "“Zooplankton Patch Dynamics in Coastal Fronts:  Designed to Drift or Selected to Swim". (invited, Dept. seminar speaker)
  • June 2006 – Central Region Kelp Survey Consortium, “Status of the Kelp Beds - Results from the 2005 Quarterly Aerial Surveys".
  • May 2006 – Southern California Academy of Sciences, “Distribution of plankton near the Monterey Upwelling Front:  Rethinking the concept of plankton as inactive ‘drifters’”.
  • March 2005 – Ohlone College, Biology Department – “Current Trends in California Environmental Policy and Practice”. (invited)
  • August 2004 – Southern California Association of Marine Invertebrate Taxonomists, “Oceanic Fronts: The Great Meeting Place”. (invited)
  • June 2004 – American Society of Limnology and Oceanography, "Caught On Video! Jellyfish Aggregations Along The Monterey Upwelling Shadow, Monterey, California".
  • March 2004 – American Academy of Underwater Sciences, "Swimming Through Space – Measuring Macrozooplankton Densities Along Blue Water Diving Transects".
  • September 2002 – Dana Point Marine Science Center, Marine Science Teaching Colloquium, "Thirty Years of Environmental Monitoring in Long Beach Harbor - For Better or For Worse". (invited)
  • May 1997 – Department of Entomology, Oregon State University, Thesis Presentation, "Trophic Evolutionary Pathways: I eat, therefore I am".
  • June 1994 – Seventy-fourth Annual Meeting of the American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists, University of Southern California and Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County: "Effects of the trematode Euhaplorchis californiensis on the behavior of the estuarine killifish Fundulus parvipinnis ".
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