Donald R. Strong Jr.

Donald Strong Jr.

Position Title
Distinguished Professor

Department of Evolution and Ecology, College of Biological Sciences
Center for Population Biology
Bodega Marine Laboratory
Coastal and Marine Sciences Institute

5326 Storer

Research Interests

Trophic ecology. Ecology and evolution of insect-plant interactions. Soil ecology, natural enemy, and salt-marsh ecology. Biological control of weeds.

Grad Group Affiliations

  • Ecology Graduate Group
  • Population Biology

Specialties / Focus

  • Community Ecology
  • Evolutionary Ecology and Life History Strategies
  • Population Dynamics
  • Population Interactions


  • BIS 002B Introduction to Biology: Principles of Ecology and Evolution
  • EVE 101 Introduction to Ecology
  • EVE 120 Global Change Ecology

Field Sites

  • Bodega Marine Reserve, San Francisco Bay, salt marshes worldwide

Honors and Awards

  • 2011. Distinguished Service Citation, Ecological Society of America
  • Fellow of the Ecological Society of America, 2012

    Professional Societies

    • Ecological Society of America


    • 1966 BA Biology University of California, Santa Barbara
    • 1968 MS Biology University of California, Irvine
    • 1971 PhD Population Biology University of Oregon


    Overton, C. T., Casazza, M. L., Takekawa, J. Y., Strong, D. R., and Holyoak, M. 2014. Tidal and seasonal effects on survival rates of the endangered California clapper rail: does invasive Spartina facilitate greater survival in a dynamic environment? Biological Invasions. Published online 21 January 2014.

    Strong, D. R. and Frank, K. T. 2010. Human Involvement in Foodwebs. The Annual Review of Environment and Resources. 35:3.1–3.24. doi: 10.1146/annurev-environ-031809-133103.

    Strong, D. R. and D. A Ayres. 2013. Ecological and Evolutionary Misadventures of Spartina. Annual Review of Ecology, Evolution, and Systematics. Vol. 44.