Jeff Brown

Senior Research Technician
Biology

Jeff Brown is a biologist who investigates fate and effects of contaminants in storm water runoff and wetlands. He received his B.S. in marine biology in 1988, and M.S. in biology in 1995, both from California State University, Long Beach. Brown joined SCCWRP in 1990. His present research efforts focus on developing methods for managers to improve their ability to track the ecological and administrative success of compensatory mitigation and restoration wetland programs, and examining the condition of ephemeral stream habitats in southern California.

 

Education

M.S., Biology, California State University, Long Beach, 1995

B.S., Marine Biology, California State University, Long Beach, 1988

Areas of Expertise

Brown is a biologist specializing in the fate and effect of contaminants in storm water runoff and wetlands. His previous work has included examining the effectiveness of structural Best Management Practices (BMPs) in reducing contaminants and toxicity in stormwater, investigating the risks and tradeoffs with using wetlands as both habitat for wildlife and for treatment of contaminants in urban runoff, examining pollutant-particle dynamics in stormwater, investigating the effects of wildfire on water quality, investigating the contributions of natural sources of bacteria in the exceedance of shellfish harvesting water quality standards, investigating the condition of Areas of Special Biological Significance, and studying the condition and major stressors affecting depressional wetlands in southern California.

His most recent work has included developing methods for managers to improve their ability to track the ecological and administrative success of compensatory mitigation and restoration wetland programs, and examining the condition of ephemeral stream habitats in southern California.

Professional Experience

Senior Research Technician, Southern California Coastal Water Research Project Authority. Costa Mesa, CA. 1990-Present

Honors and Awards

Richard B. Loomis Research Award, Department of Biological Sciences, California State University, Long Beach (1990, 1992)

Publications


Journal Articles

Stein, E.D., J.S. Brown, R.D. Mazor. 2017. Transferability of bioassessment indices among water body types and ecoregions: A California experiment in wetland assessment. Ecological Indicators 81:65-73.

Howard, M.D.A., C. Nagoda, R.M. Kudela, K. Hayashi, A. Tatters, D.A. Caron, L. Busse, J.S. Brown, M. Sutula, E.D. Stein. 2017. Microcystin Prevalence throughout Lentic Waterbodies in Coastal Southern California. Toxins 9:231.

Schiff, K.C., J.S. Brown, S. Trump, D. Hardin. 2016. Near-Coastal Water Quality at Reference Sites Following Storm Events. Marine Pollution Bulletin 103:294-300.

Stein, E.D., L.G. Lackey, J.S. Brown. 2015. How accurate are probability-based estimates of wetland extent? Results of a California validation study. Wetlands Ecology and Management 24:347-356.

Brown, J.S., E.D. Stein, D. Ackerman, J.H. Dorsey, J. Lyon, P.M. Carters. 2013. Metals and bacteria partitioning to various size particles in Ballona Creek storm water runoff. Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry 32:320-328.

Stein, E.D., J.S. Brown, T.S. Hogue, M.P. Burke, A. Kinoshita. 2012. Stormwater contaminant loading following southern California wildfires. Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry 31:2625-2638.

Brown, J.S., D. Ackerman, E.D. Stein. 2012. Continuous in situ characterization of particulate sizes in urban stormwater: Method testing and refinement. Journal of Environmental Engineering 138:673-679.

Brown, J.S., M. Sutula, C. Stransky, J. Rudolph, E. Byron. 2010. Sediment contaminant chemistry and toxicity of freshwater in urban wetlands in southern California. Journal of the American Water Resources Association 46:367-384.

Sapozhnikova, Y., E. Wirth, K.C. Schiff, J.S. Brown, M. Fulton. 2007. Antifouling pesticides in the coastal waters of southern California. Marine Pollution Bulletin 54:1972-1978.

Schiff, K.C., J.S. Brown, D.W. Diehl, D.J. Greenstein. 2007. Extent and magnitude of copper contamination in marinas of the San Diego region, California, USA. Marine Pollution Bulletin 54:322-328.

Greenstein, D.J., S.M. Bay, A. Jirik, J.S. Brown, C. Alexander. 2003. Toxicity assessment of sediment cores from Santa Monica Bay, California. Marine Environmental Research 56:277-297.

Brown, J.S., S.A. Steinert. 2003. DNA damage and biliary PAH metabilites in flatfish from southern California bays and harbors, and the Channel Islands. Ecological Indicators 3:263-274.

Brown, J.S., S.M. Bay, D.J. Greenstein, W. Ray. 2001. Concentrations of methyl-tert-butyl ether (MTBE) in inputs and receiving waters of southern California. Marine Pollution Bulletin 42:957-966.

Technical Reports

Stein, E.D., J.S. Brown, A. Barrera. 2019. Aquatic Resource Type Conversion Evaluation Framework: Literature Review and Summary of Existing State of Practice. Technical Report 1074. Southern California Coastal Water Research Project. Costa Mesa, CA.

Mazor, R.D., M. Beck, J.S. Brown. 2018. 2017 Report on the Southern California Stormwater Monitoring Coalition Regional Stream Survey. Technical Report 1029. Southern California Coastal Water Research Project. Costa Mesa, CA.

Stein, E.D., K.B. Lunde, J.S. Brown. 2017. Assessment of the condition of San Francisco Bay Area depressional wetlands. Technical Report 940. Surface Water Ambient Monitoring Program. Sacramento, CA.

Mazor, R.D., J.S. Brown, E.D. Stein, J.R. Olson, M.D. Robinson, T. Clark. 2017. Assessment of Episodic Streams in the San Diego Region. Technical Report 1011. Southern California Coastal Water Research Project. Costa Mesa, CA.

Brown, J.S., E.D. Stein, C. Solek, A.E. Fetscher. 2016. Assessment of the Condition of Southern California Depressional Wetlands: Application of Macroinvertebrate, Diatom and Overall Condition Indices for Assessing Southern California Depressional Wetlands. Technical Report 921. State Water Resources Control Board Surface Water Ambient Monitoring Program. Sacramento, CA.

Fetscher, A.E., K. Lunde, E.D. Stein, J.S. Brown. 2015. Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) for Collection of Macroinvertebrates, Benthic Algae, and Associated Physical Habitat Data in California Depressional Wetlands. Technical Report 832. Southern California Coastal Water Research Project Authority. Costa Mesa, CA.

Schiff, K.C., J.S. Brown. 2015. North Coast Areas of Special Biological Significance Regional Monitoring Program: First Year Results. Technical Report 856. Southern California Coastal Water Research Project Authority. Costa Mesa, CA.

Schiff, K.C., J.S. Brown. 2015. Proposition 84 Grant Evaluation Report: Assessing Pollutant Reductions to Areas of Biological Significance. Technical Report 858. Southern California Coastal Water Research Project Authority. Costa Mesa, CA.

Schiff, K.C., J.S. Brown. 2015. South Coast Areas of Special Biological Significance Regional Monitoring Program Year 2 Results. Technical Report 852. Southern California Coastal Water Research Project Authority. Costa Mesa, CA.

Schiff, K.C., J.S. Brown, S. Trump, D. Hardin. 2015. Near-Coastal Water Quality at Reference Sites Following Storm Events. Technical Report 853. Southern California Coastal Water Research Project Authority. Costa Mesa, CA.

Stein, E.D., J.S. Brown, K. Cayce, M. Klatt, M. Salomon, P. Pendleton, S. Dark, K. O'Connor, C. Endris. 2014. California Aquatic Resources Status and Trends Program: Mapping Methodology. Technical Report 833. Southern California Coastal Water Research Project Authority. Costa Mesa, CA.

Brown, J.S., S.M. Bay. 2011. Temporal Assessment of Chemistry, Toxicity and Benthic Communities in Sediments at the Mouths of Chollas Creek and Paleta Creek, San Diego Bay. Technical Report 668. Southern California Coastal Water Research Project. Costa Mesa, CA.

Stein, E.D., J.S. Brown. 2009. Effects of post-fire runoff on surface water quality: Development of a southern California regional monitoring program with management questions and implementation recommendations. Technical Report 598. Southern California Coastal Water Research Project. Costa Mesa, CA.

Stein, E.D., J.S. Brown. 2009. Effects of post-fire runoff on surface water quality: Development of a southern California regional monitoring program with management questions and implementation recommendations (Appendix A). Technical Report 598.A. Southern California Coastal Water Research Project. Costa Mesa, CA.

Sutula, M., J.S. Brown, E. Fetscher, M. Mattson, S. Madon, G. Santolo, E. Byron, C. Stransky. 2008. Habitat value and treatment effectiveness of freshwater urban wetlands. Technical Report 559. Southern California Coastal Water Research Project. Costa Mesa, CA.

Schiff, K.C., J.S. Brown, D.W. Diehl. 2006. Extent and magnitude of copper contamination in marinas of the San Diego region, CA USA. Technical Report 483. Southern California Coastal Water Research Project. Westminster, CA.

Brown, J.S., S.M. Bay. 2005. Assessment of best management practice (BMP) effectiveness. Technical Report 461. Southern California Coastal Water Research Project. Westminster, CA.

Bay, S.M., D.J. Greenstein, J.S. Brown. 2004. Newport Bay sediment toxicity studies. Technical Report 433. Southern California Coastal Water Research Project. Westminster, CA.

Bay, S.M., J.S. Brown. 2003. Chemistry and toxicity in Rhine Channel sediments. Technical Report 391. Southern California Coastal Water Research Project. Westminster, CA.

Bay, S.M., J.S. Brown. 2003. Organophosphorus pesticides in the Malibu Creek watershed. Technical Report 403. Southern California Coastal Water Research Project. Westminster, CA.

Allen, M.J., A.K. Groce, D. Diener, J.S. Brown, S.A. Steinert, G. Deets, J.A. Noblet, S.L. Moore, D.W. Diehl, E.T. Jarvis, V. Raco-Rands, C. Thomas, Y. Ralph, R. Gartman, D. Cadien, S.B. Weisberg, T. Mikel. 2002. Southern California Bight 1998 Regional Monitoring Program: V. Demersal fishes and megabenthic invertebrates. Technical Report 380. Southern California Coastal Water Research Project. Westminster, CA.

Schiff, K.C., J.S. Brown, S.B. Weisberg. 2001. Model monitoring program for large ocean discharges in southern California. Technical Report 357. Southern California Coastal Water Research Project. Westminster, CA.

Bay, S.M., J.S. Brown. 2000. Assessment of the MTBE discharge impacts on California marine water quality. Technical Report 319. Southern California Coastal Water Research Project. Westminster, CA.

Bay, S.M., D.J. Greenstein, A.W. Jirik, J.S. Brown. 1998. Southern California Bight 1994 Pilot Project: VI. Sediment toxicity. Technical Report 309. Southern California Coastal Water Research Project. Westminster, CA.

Bay, S.M., D.J. Greenstein, J.S. Brown, A. Jirik. 1994. Investigation of toxicity in Palos Verdes sediments. Technical Report 286. Southern California Coastal Water Research Project. Westminster, CA.

Annual Report Articles

Stein, E.D., J.S. Brown, T.S. Hogue, M.P. Burke, A. Kinoshita. 2012. Stormwater contaminant loading following wildfires. in: S.B. Weisberg, K. Miller (eds.), Southern California Coastal Water Research Project 2012 Annual Report pp. 11-28. Southern California Coastal Water Research Project. Costa Mesa, CA.

Brown, J.S., E.D. Stein, D. Ackerman, J.H. Dorsey, J. Lyon, P.M. Carter. 2011. Metals and bacteria partitioning to various size particles in Ballona Creek stormwater runoff. in: K.C. Schiff, K. Miller (eds.), Southern California Coastal Water Research Project 2011 Annual Report pp. 48-60. Southern California Coastal Water Research Project. Costa Mesa, CA.

Brown, J.S., D. Ackerman, E.D. Stein. 2009. Continuous in situ characterization of particulate sizes in urban stormwater: Method testing and refinement. in: K.C. Schiff, K. Miller (eds.), Southern California Coastal Water Research Project 2009 Annual Report pp. 183-193. Southern California Coastal Water Research Project. Costa Mesa, CA.

Brown, J.S., M. Sutula, C. Stransky, J. Rudolph. 2008. Sediment contaminant chemistry and toxicity of freshwater urban wetlands. in: S.B. Weisberg, K. Miller (eds.), Southern California Coastal Water Research Project 2008 Annual Report pp. 271-287. Southern California Coastal Water Research Project. Costa Mesa, CA.

Sapozhnikova, Y., E. Wirth, K.C. Schiff, J.S. Brown, M. Fulton. 2007. Antifouling pesticides in the coastal waters of southern California. in: S.B. Weisberg, K. Miller (eds.), Southern California Coastal Water Research Project 2007 Annual Report pp. 93-101. Southern California Coastal Water Research Project. Costa Mesa, CA.

Brown, J.S., S.M. Bay. 2006. Assessment of Best Management Practice (BMP) effectiveness for reducing toxicity in urban runoff. in: S.B. Weisberg, K. Miller (eds.), Southern California Coastal Water Research Project 2005-06 Biennial Report pp. 207-225. Southern California Coastal Water Research Project. Westminster, CA.

Schiff, K.C., J.S. Brown, D.W. Diehl, D.J. Greenstein. 2006. Extent and magnitude of copper contamination in marinas of the San Diego region, California. in: S.B. Weisberg, K. Miller (eds.), Southern California Coastal Water Research Project 2005-06 Biennial Report pp. 155-163. Southern California Coastal Water Research Project. Westminster, CA.

Greenstein, D.J., S.M. Bay, J.S. Brown. 2004. Characterization of sediment toxicity in Newport Bay. in: S.B. Weisberg, D. Elmore (eds.), Southern California Coastal Water Research Project 2003-04 Biennial Report pp. 139-148. Southern California Coastal Water Research Project. Westminster, CA.

Brown, J.S., S.A. Steinert. 2003. PAH exposure and DNA damage in flatfish from southern California bays and harbors, and the Channel Islands. in: S.B. Weisberg, D. Elmore (eds.), Southern California Coastal Water Research Project 2001-02 Biennial Report pp. 408-417. Southern California Coastal Water Research Project. Westminster, CA.

Greenstein, D.J., S.M. Bay, A.W. Jirik, J.S. Brown, C. Alexander. 2001. Toxicity assessment of sediment cores from Santa Monica Bay. in: S.B. Weisberg, D. Elmore (eds.), Southern California Coastal Water Research Project 1999-2000 Annual Report pp. 143-153. Southern California Coastal Water Research Project. Westminster, CA.

Bay, S.M., J.S. Brown, D.J. Greenstein, A.W. Jirik. 2001. Toxicity of methyl-tert-butyl ether (MTBE) to California marine life. in: S.B. Weisberg, D. Elmore (eds.), Southern California Coastal Water Research Project 1999-2000 Annual Report pp. 136-142. Southern California Coastal Water Research Project. Westminster, CA.

Brown, J.S., S.M. Bay, D.J. Greenstein, W.R. Ray. 2001. Concentrations of methyl-tert butyl ether (MTBE) in inputs and receiving waters of southern California. in: S.B. Weisberg, D. Elmore (eds.), Southern California Coastal Water Research Project 1999-2000 Annual Report pp. 125-134. Southern California Coastal Water Research Project. Westminster, CA.

Brown, J.S., S.M. Bay. 1999. Biomarkers of contaminant exposure and effect in flatfish from southern California. in: S.B. Weisberg, D. Elmore (eds.), Southern California Coastal Water Research Project 1997-1998 Annual Report pp. 62-67. Southern California Coastal Water Research Project. Westminster, CA.