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My research focuses on understanding the consequences of rapid evolution to changing environments for processes in population ecology. In particular, I'm interested in transient dynamics, connecting models to data, and forecasting. I also maintain interest in the ecological and evolutionary dynamics of sea lice and salmonids, which I focused on during my Master's with Prof. Mark Lewis at the University of Alberta.
I am interested in how temporal environmental variability and trophic interactions affect population and community dynamics. Within this context, I aim to understand what combinations of marine resource management practices (e.g., conventional fisheries management, no-take marine reserves) provide the best outcomes in terms of maintaining population persistence and fishery yield.
GoogleScholar profile: http://scholar.google.com/citations?user=WfKvBp4AAAAJ
Additional affiliations: Botsford lab, UC Davis
I am interested in the effects of environmental change and variability on the population dynamics of marine organisms and the implications for management. I am currently focusing on the effects of ocean acidification on invertebrates.
Group in Ecology, Joint Doctoral Program with San Diego State
Hovel, SDSU advisor)
While I am broadly interested in applying ecological theory to marine conservation and management issues, my dissertation research focuses on the influence of trophic dynamics on community structure within subtidal rocky reef ecosystems. I am also interested in the effects of fisheries on biotic interactions as well as ecosystem restoration, which was the focus of my Master's research at North Carolina State University. My current work, in collaboration with my advisor at San Diego State University, Dr. Kevin Hovel, is on predator-prey interactions among California spiny lobster, sheephead wrasse, and sea urchins on rocky reefs in the Southern California Bight. Along with spending lots of time collecting data underwater, I will be using empirical data from field and lab experiments to develop a community dynamics model to simulate the biotic interactions occurring in this ecosystem.
GoogleScholar profile: http://scholar.google.com/citations?user=azB2rH0AAAAJ
Additional affiliations: Hovel Lab, SDSU
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.
Graduate Group in Ecology; PhD
Current position: Postdoctoral scholar, Hopkins Marine Station, Stanford University (de Leo lab)
Max Castorani, Graduate Group in Ecology, Joint Doctoral Program with San Diego State University (Kevin Hovel, SDSU advisor); PhD completed 2014Current position: Postdoctoral Scholar, Marine Science Institute, University of California, Santa Barbara
Nao Takashina, Visiting graduate student from Kyushu University in 2013-2014Current position: Graduate student, Kyushu University