Mike Vasey


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Director, San Francisco Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve
Associate Director for Science Engagement (EOS Center); Environmental Science, Botany and Ecology
(415) 338-3703


Research Interests
My background and research interests are in environmental studies and conservation biology. I originally came to San Francisco State in 1990 as Coordinator for the then-new SFSU Conservation Biology Program. In the early 1990’s, I was Acting Manager for the SF Bay NERR and led the effort to have it officially designated in 2003. Also during that time, I worked on tidal wetland vegetation projects from South SF Bay to the Delta. I recently received my PhD in Environmental Studies at UC Santa Cruz, where I conducted research on the influence of the summer marine layer on maritime chaparral. For the last 20 years, I have worked with colleagues to develop a systematic treatment for the woody genus Arctostaphylos.
Selected Papers
Vasey, MC, ME Loik, VT Parker. 2012. Influence of summer marine fog and low cloud stratus on water relations of evergreen woody shrubs (Arctostaphylos: Ericaceae) in the chaparral of central California. Oecologia 170: 325-377. DOI 10.1007/s00442-012-2321-0.

Parker, V.T., E.R. Herbert, J.C. Callaway, L.M. Schile, M.C. Vasey. 2012. Impact of climate change on San Francisco Bay-Delta tidal wetlands. California Native Plant Society Conservation Conference Proceedings: Strategies and Solutions, January, 2009.

Vasey, M.C., V.T. Parker, J.C. Callaway, E.R. Herbert, L.M. Schile.  2012.  Tidal wetland vegetation in the San Francisco Bay-Delta Estuary.  San Francisco Estuary and Watershed Science 10(2). http://escholarship.org/uc/44z5v7xf.

Vasey, MC. 2012. Influence of the summer marine layer on maritime chaparral and implications for conservation policy in the California Coastal Zone.  Dissertation, University of California Santa Cruz.

Parker, VT, MC Vasey, JE Keeley.  2012. Arctostaphylos. In Baldwin, BE (Editor), The Jepson Manual (2nd Ed), UC Press, Berkeley, CA.  p 686-700.

Anacker B, N Rajakaruna, D Ackerly, S Harrison, J Keeley, M Vasey. 2011. Ecological strategies in California chaparral: interacting effects of soils, climate, and fire on specific leaf area. Plant Ecology and Diversity 4: 179-188.

Schile LM, Callaway JC, Parker VT, Vasey MC.  2011.  Salinity and inundation influence productivity of the halophytic plant Sarcocornia pacifica.  Wetlands 31(6): 1165-1174.

Parker, V. T., J. C. Callaway, L. M. Schile, M. C. Vasey & E. Herbert.  2011.  Climate change and San Francisco Bay-Delta tidal wetlands.  San Francisco Estuary and Watershed Science 9(3): http://escholarship.org/uc/item/8j20685w

Callaway, J. C., V.T. Parker, L. M. Schile, M. C. Vasey & E. Herbert.  2011.  Restoration in the San Francisco Bay-Delta.  San Francisco Estuary and Watershed Science 9(3): http://escholarship.org/uc/item/5dd3n9x3

Tuxen, K, D. Stralberg, S. Siegel, L. Schile, V.T. Parker, M. Vasey, J. C. Callaway, and M. Kelly.  2011.  Tidal marsh vegetation mapping using high-resolution aerial photography and a hybrid pixel-based classification approach.  Wetlands Ecology and Management 19: 141-157.

Parker, V.T., L.M. Schile, M.C. Vasey and J.C. Callaway.  2011.  Do gradient-directed transects work at small scales: A test using tidal wetland vegetation sampling design.  Ecosphere 2: art99. [doi:10.1890/ES11-00151.1]