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Students, postdocs, and lab alumni


Current students

Graduate students


Jack Buckner, Graduate Group in Ecology

I am a PhD Student in the Graduate Group in Ecology and the Sustainable Oceans NSF research-training program here at UC Davis.  I am broadly interested in using mathematical, statistical and computational tools to address the challenge of sustainably managing marine resources in a changing world. My research focuses on the role of ecological feedbacks and tipping points in managed systems and how policy can be designed to improve the resilience of marine ecosystems. In particular, I study the economic value of ecological information for managing complex systems and the role transient dynamics play in ecosystem-based management. In addition to addressing specific questions related to marine resources, I aim to build theoretical tools to better understand how the interactions between non-linearity, stochastic environmental conditions affect population dynamics.  

Additional affiliations: Springborn Lab

Vadim Karatayev, Graduate Group in Ecology

I am interested in the dynamics of metacommunities in spatially and temporally variable environments, and how these communities are shaped by strongly dispersing species. Some of my previous and ongoing research also relates to freshwater ecology and biological invasions. As lakes, streams, and coastal marine systems are hotspots of both human activity and biotic diversity, my research typically lies in the context of environmental changes and conservation.

Website: http://aqeco-vadim.weebly.com/

Richard Kim, Graduate Group in Ecology

I am broadly interested in wildlife conservation, invasion ecology, and predator-prey dynamics. On a theoretical aspect, I am interested in exploring mechanisms that govern the dynamics of trophic interactions and alternative ecosystem states in systems where invasive species and listed species co-occur. On an applied conservational aspect, I plan to design empirical study to parameterize system-specific models and perform decision analyses: under which conditions invasive species should be removed for the conservation of target listed species.

Additional affiliations: Lawler lab, USGS Western Ecological Research Center

Undergraduate students


Yibiao Zou, undergraduate researcher

I am broadly interested in using mathematical model to study how forest response to global warming and evaluate potential management strategies for protection. In addition, I am looking to understand the role that the changing fire regime plays in shaping plant allocation strategies. I am also interested in disentangling processes which generate regular spatial pattern of forest. 



Current postdocs


Greg Backus, postdoctoral scholar on NSF-funded managed relocation project

I am interested using mathematical modeling techniques to explore the many possible futures of conservation biology. My previous research focused on how modern genetic engineering technologies might be used to eradicate invasive species. Now I am studying the managed relocation of organisms to protect species and genotypes that are geographically restricted. If implemented, both of these of these ideas could have a wide range of potential ecological, economic, and social outcomes. As we discuss how these possible ecological futures might unfold, I am interested in applying my quantitative skill set to the larger interdisciplinary conversation.

GoogleScholar profile: https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=BHNRA80AAAAJ&hl=en
Collaborative research link: https://research.ncsu.edu/islandmice/

Lab alumni

Emil Aalto, Graduate Group in Ecology (co-adviser: Marcel Holyoak); PhD completed 2013
Dissertation title: Lagged Recruitment, Indirect Interactions, and Delayed Recovery in Multi-Species Fisheries
Current position: Postdoctoral Scholar, Hopkins Marine Station, Stanford University (de Leo lab)

Jaime Ashander, Population Biology Graduate Group; PhD completed 2016
Dissertation title: Causes and Consequences of Evolutionary Rescue in Noisy Environments
Current position: Postdoctoral Scholar, Resources for the Future

Lewis Barnett, Graduate Group in Ecology (co-adviser: Louis Botsford); PhD completed 2015
Dissertation title: Effects of Fishing, Species Interactions, and Climate on Populations and Communities: Insights for Ecosystem-Based Fisheries Management
Current position: Postdoctoral Scholar, joint with the Northwest Fisheries Science Center, National Marine Fisheries Service and School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences, University of Washington
http://lewisbarnett.wordpress.com/
http://scholar.google.com/citations?user=WfKvBp4AAAAJ

Scott Burgess, Center for Population Biology; postdoctoral scholar 2011-2014
Current position: Assistant Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, Florida State University
http://scottburgessecology.wordpress.com/

Max Castorani, Graduate Group in Ecology, Joint Doctoral Program with San Diego State University (SDSU adviser: Kevin Hovel); PhD completed 2014
Dissertation title: Context-dependent species interactions in seagrass ecosystems
Current position: Assistant Professor, Department of Environmental Sciences, University of Virginia
https://castorani.evsc.virginia.edu
http://scholar.google.com/citations?user=OOkVA9IAAAAJ

Allison Dedrick, Graduate Group in Ecology (co-advisor: Louis Botsford), PhD completed 2017  
Dissertation title: Effects of Environmental Conditions and Management Practices on Harvested Marine Populations
Current position: Postdoctoral Scholar, Rutgers University (Pinsky lab)
http://agdedrick.weebly.com

Robert Dunn, Graduate Group in Ecology, Joint Doctoral Program with San Diego State University (Kevin Hovel, SDSU adviser), PhD completed 2019
Dissertation title: Effects of predators on sea urchin abundance and behavior on temperate rocky reefs and tropical coral reefs
Current position: Postdoctoral Scholar, San Diego State University

Mike Gil, National Science Foundation Research Fellow (co-mentor: Andy Sih), 2016-2018
Current position: Postdoctoral Scholar, University of California, Santa Cruz

Katie Kaplan, CA Department of Fish & Wildlife postdoctoral scholar on marine reserve monitoring, 2017-2018

Nao Takashina, Visiting graduate student from Kyushu University (adviser: Yoh Iwasa) in 2013-2014
Current position: JSPS Postdoctoral Fellow, Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology
https://sites.google.com/site/naotakashinaswebsite/

Lauren Yamane, CA Department of Fish & Wildlife postdoctoral scholar on fisheries/reserve integration, 2017-2018

Luojun Yang, Undergraduate researcher (exchange student from Nanjing University) in 2016-2017
Current position: PhD student, Princeton University

Last updated September 2019