Eric Sanford

Eric Sanford

Position Title

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

Bodega Marine Lab, Box 247, Bodega Bay, CA 94923

Research Interests

Marine community ecology. Climate change. Biogeography. Local adaptation. Regulation of geographic range limits. Marine invertebrate biology.

Grad Group Affiliations

  • Ecology Graduate Group
  • Population Biology

Specialties / Focus

  • Behavior, Physiology and Morphology
  • Community Ecology
  • Evolutionary Ecology and Life History Strategies
  • Population Interactions


  • EVE 112 Invertebrate Biology
  • EVE 114 Experimental Invertebrate Biology
  • BIS 124 Coastal Marine Research
  • EVE 111 Marine Environmental Issues
  • EVE 112L Biol Invertebrates Lab

Field Sites

  • Bodega Marine Reserve
  • California coast
  • Oregon coast
  • Cape Cod, MA


  • 1999 Ph.D. Zoology Oregon State University
  • 1990 B.A. Biology Brown University


Sanford, E. and D.J. Worth. 2010. Local adaptation along a continuous coastline: prey recruitment drives differentiation in a predatory snail. Ecology, in press.

Pincebourde, S., E. Sanford, and B. Helmuth. 2009. An intertidal sea star adjusts thermal inertia to avoid extreme body temperatures. American Naturalist 174: 890–897.

Sanford, E. and D.J. Worth. 2009. Genetic differences among populations of a marine snail drive geographic variation in predation. Ecology 90: 3108–3118.