Shelly Moore

Information Research Scientist
Biogeochemistry

Shelly Moore is a Scientist in the Biogeochemistry Department who specializes in a variety of areas relative to water quality.  She has expertise in marine debris, fish biology and data management/analysis/visualization. She received her B.S. in Marine Biology in 1991 and M.S. in Biology (with a focus on fish and biostatistics) in 1998 from California State University, Long Beach. Ms. Moore joined SCCWRP in July 1994. Her present efforts focus on examining the amount, fate and effect of marine debris/trash in a variety of habitats through projects such as the Bight Regional Monitoring Program and the state-wide Trash Monitoring Method Project to develop monitoring methods for use by many stakeholders. She is also examining/developing new methods for examining trash, such as UAS (drone) imagery and machine learning to identify and quantify macro-debris, and new microscopic techniques to examine microplastics.

Education

M.S., Biology, California State University, Long Beach, 1998

B.S., Marine Biology, California State University, Long Beach, 1991

Areas of Expertise

Ms. Moore is a Scientist in the Biogeochemistry Department at SCCWRP with 25 years of experience in water quality research. Here areas of expertise include marine debris, fish biology and data management/visualization. Her current projects include examining debris on the ocean bottom and in rivers/streams. She is co-leading a project with the San Francisco Estuary Institute to develop monitoring methods for use by stakeholders throughout California. Additionally, she is chairing the Bight 18 Trawl Committee and is charged with analyzing fish and invertebrate data to determine if communities have changed or remain the same.

Historically, she has managed data for many large-scale regional monitoring programs, such as the Bight since 1998. She has been instrumental in creating data validation systems for multiple projects that allow users to submit comparable data to SCCWRP. Recently she has worked on projects that include the Surfer Health Survey, San Diego Bay Fish Consumption Study, and the Bight’13 Debris Study. She has been instrumental in developing an easy to use web-based application for the Benthic Response Index and an online Taxonomic Database tool for the Southern California Association of Marine Invertebrate Taxonomists (SCAMIT). She has also developed additional web-based tools for visualizing trash data and a Virtual/Augmented Reality tool for visualizing sea-level rise in the Tijuana Estuary.

Previously, Ms. Moore worked in the Fish Biology and Information Management Groups where she specialized in data management and the analysis of fish and invertebrate communities and marine debris in the Southern California Bight. She earned her B.S. in marine biology and M.S. in biology from California State University, Long Beach. Her thesis research examined the age and growth of white croaker (Genyonemus lineatus) off of Palos Verdes and Dana Point, California.

Professional Experience

Scientist, Southern California Coastal Water Research Project Authority. Costa Mesa, CA. 2017-Present

Information Systems Manager, Southern California Coastal Water Research Project Authority. Costa Mesa, CA. 2008-2017

Programmer/Analyst, Southern California Coastal Water Research Project Authority. Costa Mesa, CA. 2000-2007

Senior Research Technician, Southern California Coastal Water Research Project Authority. Westminster, CA. 1999-2000

Research Technician, Southern California Coastal Water Research Project Authority. Westminster, CA. 1994-1998

Professional Appointments

Southern California Academy of Sciences Board of Directors and Webmaster (2012-present)

Cabrillo Marine Aquarium Adjunct Research Scientist (2015-present)

Honors and Awards

Richard B. Loomis Research Award, Department of Biological Sciences, California State University, Long Beach (1993)
Magna Cum Laude

Professional Societies and Certifications

American Institute of Fisheries Research Biologists (Vice Director Southern California Chapter, 1997-1999)
Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry
Southern California Academy of Sciences
Southern California Association of Marine Invertebrate Taxonomists

 Selected Presentations and Conference Proceedings

Steinberg, S.J., S. L. Steinberg, S.L. Moore, P. Smith. 2017. A Geospatial Survey of Anglers to Assess Fish Consumption in S.D. Bay. ESRI User Conference, San Diego, CA.

Moore, S.L. and S.J. Steinberg. 2016. Using GIS to Manage Large‐Scale Regional Monitoring Programs. Presented at the ESRI Oceans Summit. Redlands, CA.

Moore, S.L., S.J. Steinberg, P. Smith. 2016. A Survey of Anglers to Assess Fish Consumption from San Diego Bay. Presented at the Southern California Academy of Sciences Annual Meeting. University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA.

Moore, S.L., M.A. Sutula, K. Schiff, T. VonBitner, G. Lattin. 2016. A Regional Perspective on Trash and Debris from the Rivers to the Sea in Southern California. Presented at the Southern California Academy of Sciences Annual Meeting. University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA.

Steinberg, S.J., S. Moore and P. Smith, 2016. A Geospatial Survey of Anglers to Assess Fish Consumption from San Diego Bay. European Sociological Association, Qualitative Methods: Qualitative Methods and Research Technologies Summit, September 1-3, Krakow, Poland.

Moore, S.L. 2015. Data, Data Everywhere: Turning Data into Useful Information through Analysis and Visualization. Presented at the Southern California Academy of Sciences Annual Meeting. Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, CA.

Steinberg, S.J. and S.L. Moore. 2015 Turning Data into Information for Stormwater Decision Makers: A Web-Based Program Management Dashboard. California Stormwater Quality Association, Monterey, CA.

Vidal-Dorsch, D.E., S.M. Bay, S.L. Moore, C. Beegan. 2014. Application of the California Sediment Quality Objectives Human Health Assessment Framework. Presented at the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry Conference. Vancouver, Canada.

Vidal-Dorsch, D.E., S.M. Bay, S.L. Moore, B. Layton, A.C. Mehinto, C.D. Vulpe, M. Brown-Augustine A. Loguinov, H. Poynton, N. Garcia-Reyero, E.J. Perkins, L. Escalon, N.D. Denslow, R. C. Colli-Dula, T. Doan, S. Shukradas, J. Bruno, L. Brown, G. Van Agglen, P. Jackman and M. Bauer. 2014. Ecotoxicogenomics: Interlaboratory Comparability of Microarray Data. Poster presented at the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry Conference. Vancouver, Canada.

Moore, S.L., P.D. Smith, and S.J. Steinberg. 2012. An Open Source System for Data Management and Geospatial Visualization of Integrated Benthic Indices. Presented at the American Water Resources Association, Spring Specialty Conference. New Orleans, LA.

Moore, S.L., S. Walther, and L.D. Cooper. 2008. Data Collaboration for Large-Scale Regional Surveys in Southern California. Presented at the Environmental Information Management Conference. Albuquerque, NM.

Publications


Journal Articles

Vidal-Dorsch, D.E., S.M. Bay, S.L. Moore, B. Layton, A.C. Mehinto, C.D. Vulpe, M. Brown-Augustine, A. Loguinov, H. Poynton, N. Garcia-Reyero, E.J. Perkins, L. Escalon, N.D. Denslow, C.R. Colli-Dula, T. Doan, S. Shukradas, J. Bruno, L. Brown, G. Van Agglen, P. Jackman, M. Bauer. 2016. Ecotoxicogenomics: Microarray interlaboratory comparability. Chemosphere 144:193-200.

Judd, N., Y. Lowney, P. Anderson, S. Baird, S.M. Bay, J. Breidt, M. Buonanduci, Z. Dong, D. Essig, M.R. Garry, R.C. Jim, G. Kirkwood, S.L. Moore, C. Niemi, R. O'Rourke, B. Ruffle, L.A. Schaider, D.E. Vidal-Dorsch. 2015. Fish Consumption as a Driver of Risk-Management Decisions and Human Health-Based Water Quality Criteria. Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry 34:2427-2436.

Boerger, C.M., G.L. Lattin, S.L. Moore, C.J. Moore. 2010. Plastic ingestion by planktivorous fishes in the North Pacific Gyre. Marine Pollution Bulletin 60:2275-2278.

Allen, M.J., S.L. Moore, S.B. Weisberg, A.K. Groce, M.K. Leecaster. 2002. Comparability of bioaccumulation within the sanddab guild in coastal southern California. Marine Pollution Bulletin 44:452-458.

Moore, C.J., S.L. Moore, S.B. Weisberg, G.L. Lattin, A.F. Zellers. 2002. A comparison of neustonic plastic and zooplankton abundance in southern California's coastal waters. Marine Pollution Bulletin 44:1035-1038.

Moore, S.L., D. Gregorio, M. Carreon, S.B. Weisberg, M. Leecaster. 2001. Composition and distribution of beach debris in Orange County, California. Marine Pollution Bulletin 42:241-245.

Moore, C.J., S.L. Moore, M.K. Leecaster, S.B. Weisberg. 2001. A comparison of plastic and plankton in the North Pacific Central Gyre. Marine Pollution Bulletin 42:1297-1300.

Moore, S.L., M.J. Allen. 2000. Distribution of Anthropogenic and natural debris on the mainland shelf of Southern California Bight. Marine Pollution Bulletin 40:83-88.

Book Chapters

Schiff, K.C., K. McLaughlin, S.L. Moore, Y. Cao. 2019. Southern California Bight. in: C. Sheppard (ed.), World Seas: An Environmental Evaluation pp. 465-482. Academic Press. London, UK.

Technical Reports

Steinberg, S.J., S.L. Moore. 2017. San Diego Bay Fish Consumption Study. Technical Report 976. Southern California Coastal Water Research Project. Costa Mesa, CA.

Moore, S.L., M. Sutula, T.V. Bitner, G. Lattin, K.C. Schiff. 2016. Southern California Bight 2013 Regional Monitoring Program: Volume III. Trash and Marine Debris. Technical Report 928. Southern California Coastal Water Research Project Authority. Costa Mesa, CA.

Bay, S.M., D.J. Greenstein, S.L. Moore, K.J. Ritter, J.A. Ranasinghe. 2013. Evaluation of Sediment Condition Using California's Sediment Quality Objectives Assessment Framework. Technical Report 764. Southern California Coastal Water Research Project. Costa Mesa, CA.

Allen, M.J., D. Cadien, D.W. Diehl, K. Ritter, S.L. Moore, C. Cash, D.J. Pondella II, V. Raco-Rands, C. Thomas, R. Gartman, W. Power, A.K. Latker, J. Williams, J.L. Armstrong, E. Miller, K.C. Schiff. 2011. Southern California Bight 2008 Regional Monitoring Program: Volume IV. Demersal Fishes and Megabenthic Invertebrates. Technical Report 655. Southern California Coastal Water Research Project. Costa Mesa, CA.

Allen, M.J., D. Cadien, D.W. Diehl, K. Ritter, S.L. Moore, C. Cash, D.J. Pondella II, V. Raco-Rands, C. Thomas, R. Gartman, W. Power, A.K. Latker, J. Williams, J.L. Armstrong, E. Miller, K.C. Schiff. 2011. Southern California Bight 2008 Regional Monitoring Program: Volume IV. Demersal Fishes and Megabenthic Invertebrates (Appendix B). Technical Report 655.B. Southern California Coastal Water Research Project. Costa Mesa, CA.

Allen, M.J., D. Cadien, D.W. Diehl, K. Ritter, S.L. Moore, C. Cash, D.J. Pondella II, V. Raco-Rands, C. Thomas, R. Gartman, W. Power, A.K. Latker, J. Williams, J.L. Armstrong, E. Miller, K.C. Schiff. 2011. Southern California Bight 2008 Regional Monitoring Program: Volume IV. Demersal Fishes and Megabenthic Invertebrates (Appendix D). Technical Report 655.D. Southern California Coastal Water Research Project. Costa Mesa, CA.

Allen, M.J., D. Cadien, D.W. Diehl, K. Ritter, S.L. Moore, C. Cash, D.J. Pondella II, V. Raco-Rands, C. Thomas, R. Gartman, W. Power, A.K. Latker, J. Williams, J.L. Armstrong, E. Miller, K.C. Schiff. 2011. Southern California Bight 2008 Regional Monitoring Program: Volume IV. Demersal Fishes and Megabenthic Invertebrates (Appendix A). Technical Report 655.A. Southern California Coastal Water Research Project. Costa Mesa, CA.

Allen, M.J., D. Cadien, D.W. Diehl, K. Ritter, S.L. Moore, C. Cash, D.J. Pondella II, V. Raco-Rands, C. Thomas, R. Gartman, W. Power, A.K. Latker, J. Williams, J.L. Armstrong, E. Miller, K.C. Schiff. 2011. Southern California Bight 2008 Regional Monitoring Program: Volume IV. Demersal Fishes and Megabenthic Invertebrates (Appendix C). Technical Report 655.C. Southern California Coastal Water Research Project. Costa Mesa, CA.

Allen, M.J., D. Cadien, D.W. Diehl, K. Ritter, S.L. Moore, C. Cash, D.J. Pondella II, V. Raco-Rands, C. Thomas, R. Gartman, W. Power, A.K. Latker, J. Williams, J.L. Armstrong, E. Miller, K.C. Schiff. 2011. Southern California Bight 2008 Regional Monitoring Program: Volume IV. Demersal Fishes and Megabenthic Invertebrates (Appendix E). Technical Report 655.E. Southern California Coastal Water Research Project. Costa Mesa, CA.

Allen, M.J., D. Cadien, D.W. Diehl, K. Ritter, S.L. Moore, C. Cash, D.J. Pondella II, V. Raco-Rands, C. Thomas, R. Gartman, W. Power, A.K. Latker, J. Williams, J.L. Armstrong, E. Miller, K.C. Schiff. 2011. Southern California Bight 2008 Regional Monitoring Program: Volume IV. Demersal Fishes and Megabenthic Invertebrates (Appendix F). Technical Report 655.F. Southern California Coastal Water Research Project. Costa Mesa, CA.

Allen, M.J., D. Cadien, D.W. Diehl, K. Ritter, S.L. Moore, C. Cash, D.J. Pondella II, V. Raco-Rands, C. Thomas, R. Gartman, W. Power, A.K. Latker, J. Williams, J.L. Armstrong, E. Miller, K.C. Schiff. 2011. Southern California Bight 2008 Regional Monitoring Program: Volume IV. Demersal Fishes and Megabenthic Invertebrates (Appendix G). Technical Report 655.G. Southern California Coastal Water Research Project. Costa Mesa, CA.

Allen, M.J., D. Cadien, D.W. Diehl, K. Ritter, S.L. Moore, C. Cash, D.J. Pondella II, V. Raco-Rands, C. Thomas, R. Gartman, W. Power, A.K. Latker, J. Williams, J.L. Armstrong, E. Miller, K.C. Schiff. 2011. Southern California Bight 2008 Regional Monitoring Program: Volume IV. Demersal Fishes and Megabenthic Invertebrates (Appendix H). Technical Report 655.H. Southern California Coastal Water Research Project. Costa Mesa, CA.

Allen, M.J., T. Mikel, D. Cadien, J.E. Kalman, E.T. Jarvis, K.C. Schiff, D.W. Diehl, S.L. Moore, S. Walther, G. Deets, C. Cash, S. Watts, D.J. Pondella II, V. Raco-Rands, C. Thomas, R. Gartman, L. Sabin, W. Power, A.K. Groce, J.L. Armstrong. 2007. Southern California Bight 2003 Regional Monitoring Program: IV. Demersal Fishes and Megabenthic Invertebrates. Technical Report 505. Southern California Coastal Water Research Project. Costa Mesa, CA.

Barnett, A.M., S.M. Bay, K.J. Ritter, S.L. Moore, S.B. Weisberg. 2007. Sediment quality in California bays and estuaries. Technical Report 522. Southern California Coastal Water Research Project. Costa Mesa, 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.

Allen, M.J., S.L. Moore, K.C. Schiff, S.B. Weisberg, D. Diener, J.K. Stull, A. Groce, J. Mubarak, C.L. Tang, R. Gartman. 1998. Southern California Bight 1994 Pilot Project: V. Demersal fishes and megabenthic invertebrates. Technical Report 308. Southern California Coastal Water Research Project. Westminster, CA.

Annual Report Articles

Boerger, C.M., G.L. Lattin, S.L. Moore, C.J. Moore. 2010. Plastic ingestion by planktivorous fishes in the North Pacific Central Gyre. in: S.B. Weisberg, K. Miller (eds.), Southern California Coastal Water Research Project 2010 Annual Report pp. 281-285. Southern California Coastal Water Research Project. Costa Mesa, CA.

Barnett, A.M., S.M. Bay, K.J. Ritter, S.L. Moore, S.B. Weisberg. 2008. Sediment quality in California bays and estuaries. in: S.B. Weisberg, K. Miller (eds.), Southern California Coastal Water Research Project 2008 Annual Report pp. 187-198. Southern California Coastal Water Research Project. Costa Mesa, CA.

Gregorio, D., S.L. Moore. 2004. Discharges into state water quality protection areas in southern California. in: S.B. Weisberg, D. Elmore (eds.), Southern California Coastal Water Research Project 2003-04 Biennial Report pp. 286-290. Southern California Coastal Water Research Project. Westminster, CA.

Lattin, G.L., C.J. Moore, A.F. Zellers, S.L. Moore, S.B. Weisberg. 2004. A comparison of neustonic plastic and zooplankton at different depths near the southern California shore. in: S.B. Weisberg, D. Elmore (eds.), Southern California Coastal Water Research Project 2003-04 Biennial Report pp. 103-106. Southern California Coastal Water Research Project. Westminster, CA.

Moore, C.J., S.L. Moore, S.B. Weisberg, G.L. Lattin, A.F. Zellers. 2003. A comparison of neustonic plastic and zooplankton abundance in southern California's coastal waters. in: S.B. Weisberg, D. Elmore (eds.), Southern California Coastal Water Research Project 2001-02 Biennial Report pp. 72-77. Southern California Coastal Water Research Project. Westminster, CA.

Moore, S.L., D. Gregorio, M. Carreon, S.B. Weisberg, M.K. Leecaster. 2001. Composition and distribution of beach debris in Orange County, California. in: S.B. Weisberg, D. Elmore (eds.), Southern California Coastal Water Research Project 1999-2000 Annual Report pp. 114-119. Southern California Coastal Water Research Project. Westminster, CA.

Herbinson, K.T., M.J. Allen, S.L. Moore. 2001. Historical trends in nearshore croaker (family Sciaenidae) populations in southern California from 1977 through 1998. in: S.B. Weisberg, D. Elmore (eds.), Southern California Coastal Water Research Project 1999-2000 Annual Report pp. 253-264. Southern California Coastal Water Research Project. Westminster, CA.

Moore, S.L. 2001. Age and growth of white croaker (Genyonemus lineatus) off Palos Verdes and Dana Point, California. in: S.B. Weisberg, D. Elmore (eds.), Southern California Coastal Water Research Project 1999-2000 Annual Report pp. 154-163. Southern California Coastal Water Research Project. Westminster, CA.

Stull, J.K., M.J. Allen, S.L. Moore, C.-L. Tang. 2001. Relative abundance and health of megabenthic invertebrate species on the Southern California Shelf in 1994. in: S.B. Weisberg, D. Elmore (eds.), Southern California Coastal Water Research Project 1999-2000 Annual Report pp. 189-209. Southern California Coastal Water Research Project. Westminster, CA.

Allen, M.J., J.K. Stull, S.L. Moore, C.-L. Tang. 2001. Relative abundance and health of demersal fish species on the Southern California Shelf in 1994. in: S.B. Weisberg, D. Elmore (eds.), Southern California Coastal Water Research Project 1999-2000 Annual Report pp. 170-188. Southern California Coastal Water Research Project. Westminster, CA.

Moore, C.J., S.L. Moore, M.K. Leecaster, S.B. Weisberg. 2001. A comparison of plastic and plankton in the North Pacific central gyre. in: S.B. Weisberg, D. Elmore (eds.), Southern California Coastal Water Research Project 1999-2000 Annual Report pp. 120-124. Southern California Coastal Water Research Project. Westminster, CA.

Moore, S.L., M.J. Allen. 1999. Distribution of anthropogenic and natural debris on the Mainland Shelf of the Southern California Bight. in: S.B. Weisberg, D. Elmore (eds.), Southern California Coastal Water Research Project 1997-1998 Annual Report pp. 137-142. Southern California Coastal Water Research Project. Westminster, CA.

Allen, M.J., S.L. Moore, S.B. Weisberg, A.K. Groce, M. Leecaster. 1999. Comparability of bioaccumulation within the Sanddab feeding guild in coastal southern California. in: S.B. Weisberg, D. Elmore (eds.), Southern California Coastal Water Research Project 1997-1998 Annual Report pp. 199-206. Southern California Coastal Water Research Project. Westminster, CA.

Allen, M.J., D. Diener, J. Mubarak, S.B. Weisberg, S.L. Moore. 1999. Demersal fish assemblages of the Mainland Shelf of southern California in 1994. in: S.B. Weisberg, D. Elmore (eds.), Southern California Coastal Water Research Project 1997-1998 Annual Report pp. 101-112. Southern California Coastal Water Research Project. Westminster, CA.

Allen, M.J., D. Diener, J. Mubarak, S.B. Weisberg, S.L. Moore. 1999. Megabenthic invertebrate assemblages of the Mainland Shelf of southern California in 1994. in: S.B. Weisberg, D. Elmore (eds.), Southern California Coastal Water Research Project 1997-1998 Annual Report pp. 113-124. Southern California Coastal Water Research Project. Westminster, CA.

Allen, M.J., S.L. Moore. 1997. Recurrent groups of demersal fishes on the Mainland Shelf of southern California in 1994. in: S.B. Weisberg, C. Francisco, D. Hallock (eds.), Southern California Coastal Water Research Project 1996 Annual Report pp. 121-128. Southern California Coastal Water Research Project. Westminster, CA.

Allen, M.J., S.L. Moore. 1997. Recurrent groups of megabenthic invertebrates on the Mainland Shelf of southern California in 1994. in: S.B. Weisberg, C. Francisco, D. Hallock (eds.), Southern California Coastal Water Research Project 1996 Annual Report pp. 129-135. Southern California Coastal Water Research Project. Westminster, CA.

Allen, M.J., S.L. Moore. 1996. Spatial variability in southern California demersal fish and invertebrate catch parameters in 1994. in: M.J. Allen, C. Francisco, D. Hallock (eds.), Southern California Coastal Water Research Project 1994-95 Annual Report pp. 114-127. Southern California Coastal Water Research Project. Westminster, CA.