Reef flat at Coconut Beach, Lizard Island, Great Barrier Reef, Australia


I am excited to announce that I will be joining the Department of Biological Sciences at San José State University as an Assistant Professor in January 2020! I look forward to accepting Master’s students in Fall 2020 as well. Please send me an email if you are interested in learning more about possible Master’s opportunities in my lab!


I am currently the Director of Training Activities for the Sustainable Oceans NSF National Research Traineeship for Ph.D. students at UC Davis. Together with partners in academia, government, NGO’s, and local fishing communities, we are building a new paradigm in marine science and policy where longstanding issues in policy and management drive scientific questions and answers to those questions are yield novel policy development in turn.

My interest in the link between science and policy stems from my research in trophic ecology. My research reveals how the fundamental relationship between feeding morphology and feeding ecology on the individual level can help to shape the trophic ecology of an ecosystem. I approach these classic questions in functional ecology with novel technologies and analysis tools in behavior, stable isotope ecology, and robotics and engineering. 

Research Interests: trophic ecology, functional morphology, animal behavior, marine biodiversity

Contact information

Maya deVries, Ph.D.                                              

Director of Training Activities Sustainable Oceans NSF NRT

Coastal and Marine Sciences Institute
University of California, Davis                                                         One Shields Avenue, Davis, CA 95616