Brian Hentschel

Department of Biology
Associate Professor, Biology

Office/Lab: SDSU Main Campus, Physical Science 147/Life Science South 259C

Hentschel Lab

Coming soon…

Marine invertebrates, benthic ecology, larval ecology, complex life cycles, ontogenetic niche shifts, organism-flow interactions.

Kate Bocskor (M.S.)

B.S. Biology, University of Virginia (2015)

Research Interests: Larval ecology, marine invertebrate fisheries, conservation biology

Thesis topic: Prey preference of market squid paralarvae.


Katherine Kowal (M.S.)

B.S. Zoology, Humboldt State University

Research Interests: Larval ecology, marine invertebrate embryology, maternal effects, and evolution of larval forms

Thesis topic: Quantifying the swimming speed of California Mussel larvae to better understand larvae escape responses and larviphagy by adult Mussels


Carson, H.S., and B.T. Hentschel. 2006. Estimating the dispersal potential of polychaete species in the Southern California Bight: Implications for designing marine reserves. Marine Ecology Progress Series 316: 105-113.

Hentschel, B.T., and N.S. Harper. 2006. Effects of simulated sublethal predation on the growth and regeneration rates of a spionid polychaete in laboratory flumes. Marine Biology 149: 1175-1183.

Hentschel, B.T., and A.A. Larson. 2006. Hydrodynamic mediation of density-dependent growth and adult-juvenile interactions of a spionid polychaete. Limnology & Oceanography 51: 1031-1037.

Howard, S.C., and B.T. Hentschel. 2005. Effects of short-term food variability on the plasticity of age and size at metamorphosis of porcelain crab larvae. Limnology & Oceanography 50: 1960-1971.

Hentschel, B.T., and B.S. Herrick. 2005. Growth rates of interface-feeding spionid polychaetes in simulated tidal currents. Journal of Marine Research 63: 983-999.

Hentschel, B.T., and A.A. Larson. 2005. Growth rates of interface-feeding polychaetes: Combined effects of flow speed and suspended food concentration. Marine Ecology Progress Series 293: 119-129

Hentschel, B.T. 2004. Sediment resuspension and boundary-layer flow dramatically enhance the growth rates of interface-feeding spionid polychaetes. Journal of Marine Systems 49: 209-224. (Invited paper for a special issue on “Biophysical factors affecting the growth and survival of aquatic organisms”).

Hentschel, B.T., and R.B. Emlet. 2000. Metamorphosis of barnacle nauplii: Effects of food variability and a comparison with amphibian models. Ecology 81:3495-3508.

Hentschel, B.T. 1999. Complex life cycles in a variable environment: Predicting when the timing of metamorphosis shifts from resource dependent to developmentally fixed. American Naturalist 154: 549-558.

Hentschel, B.T. 1998. Intraspecific variations in delta-13C indicate ontogenetic diet changes in deposit-feeding polychaetes. Ecology 79:1357-1370.