MEB Faculty

Dale Kiefer

Professor of Biological Sciences

Contact Information
Phone: (213) 740-5814
Office: AHF 342

Curriculum Vitae


  • Ph.D. , Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California, San Diego
  • B.S. , Yale University

  • Description of Research

    Summary Statement of Research Interests
    Professor Kiefer researches the population dynamics of microbial populations in the sea, particularly material and energy flow within planktonic populations of phytoplankton, microzooplankton, and bacteria. He examines how physiological acclimation to the ambient growth environment influences the absorption, scattering, and fluorescence properties of microbial cells. This work has led to the development of a fluorometer which may provide a new and rapid means of measuring primary production in the sea. Professor Kiefer also investigates changes in the underwater light field when different concentrations of plankton are in the ocean using a radiative transfer algorithm.

    Funded Research

    Contracts and Grants Awarded
    • Fishscape: Complex Dynamics of the Eastern Pacific Tuna Fishery (NSF), Dale A. Kiefer, $1,200,000, 08/01/2010-09/01/2013  
    • Synthesizing a Habitat Preference Model of Top Marine Predators (NASA), Dale Kiefer, Chihin Lam, $90,000, 2010-2011   
    Proposals Submitted
    • USC 2020 Program, funded, Doug Capone and David Hutchins, Dale Kiefer, $200,000, 2010-2011   

    Conferences and Other Presentations

    Conference Presentations
    • "Modeling the Bi-Stable State of Prince William Sound Herring", Alaska Marine Science Symposium, Poster, Abstract, Anchorage, Alaska, Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Trust Fund, Invited, 01/22/2009-  
    • "The Pelagic Habitat Analysis Module", Using Oceanography for Fisheries Stock Assessment and Management, Talk/Oral Presentation, La Jolla, California, Inter American Tropical Tuna Commission, Invited, 09/03/2011-09/07/2011  
    • "The EASy for Fishery Management and Fish Farms ", FIFTH INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM ON GIS/SPATIAL ANALYSES IN FISHERY AND AQUATIC SCIENCES, Talk/Oral Presentation, Wellington, New Zealand, International Fishery GIS Society, Invited, 08/22/2011-08/26/2011  
    • "The Pelagic Habitat Analysis Module", Seminar, Lecture/Seminar, Sydney, Australia, Sydney University, Invited, 07/04/2011-07/08/2011  
    • "AquaModel for Simulation of Marine Fish Farms", seminar, Lecture/Seminar, Launceston, Tasmania, Australian Maritime College, University of Tasmani, Invited, 03/09/2011-03/10/2011  
    • "The role of spawning and juvenile herring distribution on recruitment in Prince William Sound, Alaska", Lowell Wakefield Fishery Symposium, Poster, Paper, Anchorage, Alaska, Sea Grant, Invited, 11/08/2010-11/11/2010  
    • "Simulating Marine Fish Farm Operations", Aquaculture in the Caribbean Sea, Talk/Oral Presentation, Abstract, San Juan, Puerto Rico, NOAA & EPA, Invited, 10/02/2010-10/03/2010  
    • "Modeling Waste Dynamics of Marine Fish Farms", Extractive Technologies for the Nutrient Cycle of Long Island Sound, Keynote Lecture, Abstract, Stamford, Connecticut, EPA and NOAA, Invited, 2009-2010   
    • "Pelagics Habitat Analysis Module & ECCO2", Work on the ECCO2 Global Circulation Model, Talk/Oral Presentation, Abstract, California Institute of Technology, NASA, Invited, 2009-2010   
    • "The Pelagic Habitat Module", Biodiversity and Ecological Forecasting Workshop, Talk/Oral Presentation, Abstract, Washington D.C., NASA, Invited, 05/17/2010-05/19/2010  
    • "AquaModel Simulation Software", World Aquaculture Society, Talk/Oral Presentation, Abstract, San Diego, CA, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Invited, 03/03/2010  
    • "Herring Population Dynamics In Prince William Sound", Interamerican Tropical Tuna Commission Stock Assessment Workshop, Talk/Oral Presentation, La Jolla, CA, Interamerican Tropical Tuna CommissionI, Invited, 11/03/2009  

    Other Presentations
    • "Population Dynamics of Prince William Sound Herring after the Oil Spill ", Invited Talk to Marine Ecology Seminar, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, La Jolla, CA, 10/12/2010-10/13/2010  
    • "The Pelagic Habitat Module", Guest Lecture, South China Sea Institute Of Oceanology, Guangzhou , 09/30/2010  
    • "Aquamodel Simulations of Marine Fish Farms", Guest Lecture, South China Sea Fisheries Research Institute, Guangzhou, China, 09/28/2010  
    • "Modeling Fish Farm Impacts and Operations", Conducted Workshop, Ceniacua, Cartagena, Colombia, 2009-2010   
    • "A Population Dynamics Model of Alaskan Herring", Invited Talk, Univeristy of Maine, Orono, Orono, Maine, 2008-2009   
    • "A Population Dynamics Model of Alaskan Herring", Invited Talk, Bigelow Laboratory of Ocean Sciences, Boothbay Harbor Maine, 2008-2009   
    • "An Marine Geographic Information System", Invited Talk, University of Hawaii, Coconut Island, Oahu, 2008-2009   

    Other Research

    • Ocean Nourishment Corporation Australia: Sulu Sea Expedition Nitrogen and Phosphate Fertilization Field Study, 10/09/2007-10/19/2007  


    Book Chapter
    • Rensel, J., Kiefer, D. A., O'Brien, F. J. AquaModel: ComprehensiveAquaculture Modeling Software. Cheng- Sheng Lee and Patricia J. O'Bryen. World Aquaculture Society: Open Ocean Aquaculture - Moving Forward, 2009. 37-39.

    • Kiefer, D. A. Berwald, J., D. Stramski, C.D. Mobley, and D.A. Kiefer, Influences of absorption and scattering on vertical changes in the average cosine of the underwater light field, Limnol. Oceanogr, 40(8) 1347-1357, 1995.
    • Kiefer, D. A. Kiefer, D.A.and R.A. Reynolds, Advances in understanding phytoplankton fluorescence and photosynthesis, In Primary Productivity and Biogeochemical Cycles in the Sea, P.G. Falkowski and A.D. Woodhead, ed., Plenum Press, 1992.
    • Kiefer, D. A. Kiefer, D.A., W.S. Chamberlin, and C.R. Booth, Natural fluorescence of chlorophyll a: Relationship to photosynthesis and chlorophyll concentration in the western south Pacific gyre, Limnol. Oceanogr. 34(5): 868-881, 1989.

    Guest Lectures in Courses

    • Aquaculture Engineering: Aquaculture Engineering One week guest lecture at US Naval Academy, Annapolis, Maryland, 04/19/2010-04/23/2010  

    Service to the University

    • Member, MEB Search Committee for Modeler, 2011-2012   
    • Member, Graduate Student Screening Exam Committee, 2011-2012   
    • Member, Graduate Student Screening Exam Committee, 2010-2011   

    Other Service to the University
    • With support from the US Office of Naval Research on hosted and instructed to graduate students James Mmuomaihe from Nigeria and Kwame Agyekum from Guana., 01/01/2010-04/01/2010  

    Service to the Profession

    Other Service to the Profession
    • I am on the board of directors of the Marine Conservation Science Institute. MCSI is a non-profit institute devoted to the research and protection of large pelagic fish and sharks., 06/01/2010-06/01/2015  
    • I am on the board of directors of the Pacific Blue Foundation, a none profit organization devoted to improving the conditions of Fijian fishing communities., 01/10/2008-01/01/2015  

  • Department of Biological Sciences
  • University of Southern California
  • Allan Hancock Foundation Building
  • Los Angeles, CA 90089-0371