Dr. Talina Konotchick is a postdoctoral scholar in the Allen Lab studying the taxonomic and functional diversity of marine phytoplankton communities using genomic approaches. Talina completed her B.S. in Marine Biology (summa cum laude) at the University of California, Los Angeles and her PhD in Biological Oceanography at Scripps Institution of Oceanography (UC San Diego). Talina’s PhD work focused on the transcriptomic response of the Giant Kelp, Macrocystis pyrifera, to variable environmental gradients in light, temperature and nutrients.

Research Interests:

  • Environmental Genomics
  • Physical-Biological Interactions
  • Large-scale data analysis and visualization

Talina has been awarded the NSF Postdoctoral Fellowship in Math & Biology (2012-2014), the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship (2008-2011), and the National Defense Science & Engineering Graduate Fellowship (2005-2008).


B.K. Reese, J.A. Koester, J. Kirkpatrick, T. Konotchick, L.Z. Allen, and C. Dziallas. 2014. How extreme is extreme? Eco-DAS X Chapter 6: 82-100.

C.J. Patrick, K. Cavanaugh, T. Konotchick, and H. Peter. 2014. Quantifying co-occurrence patterns in space and time. Eco-DAS X Chapter 2: 14-26.

D.B. Stengel, R. Conde-Alvarez, S. Connan, U. Nitschke, F. Arenas, H. Abreu, J.B. Barufi, F. Chow, D. Robledo, E.J. Malta, M. Mata, T. Konotchick, C. Nassar, A. Perez-Ruzafa, D. Lopez, R. Marquart, F. Vaz-Pinto, M. Hermoso, E. Ruiz, G. Ordonez, P. Flores, M. Zanolla, E. Banares-Espana, M. Altamirano, N. Korbee, K. Bischof, and F.L. Figueroa. 2014. Short-term effects of CO2, nutrients and temperature on three marine macroalgae under solar radiation. Aquatic Biology 22:159-176.

F.L. Figueroa, J.B. Barufi, E.J. Malta, R. Conde-Alvarez, U. Nitschke, F. Arenas, M. Mata, S. Connan, M.H. Abreu, R. Marquart, F. Vaz-Pinto, T. Konotchick, P.S.M. Celis-Pla, M. Hermoso, G. Ordonez, E. Ruiz, P. Flores, J. de los Rios, D. Kirke, F. Chow, C.A.G. Nassar, D. Robledo, A. Perez-Ruzafa, E. Banares-Espana, M. Altamirano, C. Jiminez, N. Korbee, K. Bischof, and D.B. Stengel. 2014. Short-term effects of increasing CO2, nitrate and temperature on three Mediterranean macroalgae: biochemical composition. Aquatic Biology 22: 177-193.

Konotchick, T., C.L. Dupont, R.E. Valas, J.H. Badger, and A.E. Allen. 2013. Transcriptomic analysis of metabolic function in the giant kelp, Macrocystis pyrifera, across depth and season. New Phytologist 198(2): 398-407.

Konotchick, T., P.E. Parnell, P.K. Dayton, and J.J. Leichter. 2012. Vertical distribution of Macrocystis pyrifera nutrient exposure in southern California. Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science. 106: 85-92.

Levin, L.A., G.F. Mendoza, T. Konotchick, and R. Lee. 2009. Macrobenthos community structure and trophic relationships within active and inactive Pacific hydrothermal sediments. Deep Sea Research II 56 (19-20): 1632-1648.

Erisman, B., T. Konotchick, and S. Blum. 2009. Observations of spawning in the Leather Bass, Dermatolepis dermatolepis (Teleostei: Epinephelinae), at Cocos Island, Costa Rica. Environmental Biology of Fishes 85: 15-20.

Sandin, S.A., J.E. Smith, E.E. DeMartini, E.A. Dinsdale, S.D. Donner, A.M. Friedlander, T. Konotchick, M. Malay, J.E. Maragos, D. Obura, O. Pantos, G. Paulay, M. Richie, F. Rohwer, R.E. Schroeder, S. Walsh, J.B.C. Jackson, N. Knowlton, E. Sala. Baselines and degradation of coral reefs in the Northern Line Islands. 2008. PLoS ONE 3(2): e1548.

Talina’s current research in environmental genomics focuses on the taxonomic and functional diversity of marine phytoplankton communities and their dynamics in the Southern California Bight (i.e. NOAA CalCOFI Genomics Project) and at the Bermuda Atlantic Time Series (BATS) station, two locations with rich oceanographic time series metadata. Other projects examine macroalgal and seagrass transcriptomic response to experimentally induced climate change stressors. Interests include large-scale data analysis and visualization, especially for linking genomics-enabled data and associated environmental metadata.