Lou Botsford's basic research interests are the population dynamics of age, size and spatially structured marine populations. Questions are usually posed in the context of application to fisheries and ecosystem management through MPAs and conventional means.
Closely related is his interest in the physical forces underlying larval transport in local marine populations, and their population consequences. Another area of interest is the interaction between upwelling winds and the productivity that supplies coastal ecosystem in the California current.
Hastings, A. and L.W. Botsford. 2006. Persistence of spatial populations depends on returning home. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, U.S. 103: 6067-6072.
O'Farrell, M. R. and L. W. Botsford. 2006. Estimating the status of nearshore rockfish (Sebastes spp.) with length frequency data. Ecological Applications 16: 977-986.
Diehl, J.M., R.J. Toonen, and L.W. Botsford. 2007. Variabilty in the spatial pattern of recruitment of the sand crab, Emerita analoga, throughout California in relation to wind-driven currents. Marine Ecology Progress Series 350: 1-17.