Dr. John Largier

John Largier

Position Title
Professor, Environmental Science & Policy

Coastal and Marine Sciences Institute
Department of Environmental Science and Policy
Bodega Marine Laboratory


John Largier addresses how moving water connects ecosystems and people in the coastal ocean.  His focus is on west-coast bays, estuaries and coastal waters, comparing California with other places characterized by coastal upwelling and seasonal rainfall (e.g., Chile, Spain, Portugal, Mexico, South Africa).  He is an environmental oceanographer who writes/teaches/advises on issues that include water quality, ecology, climate change, and water management – with an emphasis on an integrated understanding of the environmental system.  After graduate studies in Cape Town (South Africa), he joined Scripps Institution of Oceanography (UC San Diego) and later returned to the University of Cape Town.  He joined UC Davis in 2004 as Professor of Oceanography in the Department of Environmental Science and Policy.  He is based at Bodega Marine Laboratory and Associate Director of the Coastal and Marine Sciences Institute at UC Davis.

  • Sanford, E., J. L. Sones, M. Garcia-Reyes, J. H. R. Goddard and J. L. Largier, 2019. Widespread shifts in the coastal biota of northern California during the 2014-2016 marine heatwaves. Scientific Reports, 9:4216, https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-019-40784-3
  • Duncan, B., K. D. Johnson, T. H. Suchanek, M. Brown and J.L. Largier, 2019. Developing ocean climate change indicators for the north-central California coast and ocean. Journal of Environmental Management, 252, 109343, doi.org/10.1016/j.jenvman.2019.109343
  • Largier, J., D. Behrens, K. Hewett, M. Koohafkan, M. Robart, D. Dann, and R. Roettger, 2020. Managing the mouth of the Russian River Estuary, California. In: Complex Coastal Systems – Transdisciplinary Learning on International Case Studies. J.Slinger, S. Taljaard, F. d’Hont (eds), Delft Academic Press, pp 71-86.
  • Harvey, M., S.N. Giddings, E.D. Stein, J.A. Crooks, C. Whitcraft, T. Gallien, J.L. Largier, L. Tiefenthaler, H. Meltzer, G. Pawlak, K. Thorne, K. Johnston, R. Ambrose, S.C. Schroeter, H.M. Page, and H. Elwany, 2020. Effects of elevated sea levels and waves on southern California estuaries during the 2015-2016 El Niño. Estuaries and Coasts, 43:256-271,
  • Gallop, S.L., A. Vila-Concejo, T. E. Fellowes, M.D. Harley, M. Rahbani and J.L. Largier 2020. Wave direction shift triggered severe erosion of beaches in estuaries and bays with limited post-storm recovery. Earth Surface Processes and Landforms, in press.
  • Ghalambor, C., E. Gross, T. Grosholtz, K. Jeffries, J. Largier, S. McCormick, T. Sommer, J. Velotta, and A. Whitehead, 2020. Ecological Effects of Climate-Driven Salinity Variation in the San Francisco Estuary: Can We Anticipate and Manage the Coming Changes? San Francisco Estuary and Watershed Science