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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 adviser)
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.
student from Nanjing University
I am broadly interested in understanding the dynamics of complex systems, including resilience of ecosystems, decision making in collective behavior, and patterns of learning in neural networks. I am also interested in modelling evolutionary dynamics. Currently I am working on effects of aquaculture escapees on the fitness of wild fish populations.
National Science Foundation Research Fellow (co-mentor: Andy Sih)
Broadly, I'm interested in the role that species interactions play in regime shifts in natural ecosystems. Recently, I've become particularly interested in understanding if and how animal social interactions over fine spatiotemporal scales affect the structure and function of ecological communities. To answer my questions, I combine observations and experiments from the field, mostly in tropical coral reefs, with various modeling approaches. I also love connecting the public with science, an incredible process of discovery that is often misunderstood.
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, University of California, Los Angeles (Shaffer lab)
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 Managementhttp://lewisbarnett.wordpress.com/
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
Current position: Assistant Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, Florida State Universityhttp://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 ecosystemshttp://maxcastorani.weebly.com/
Current position: Postdoctoral Scholar, Marine Science Institute, University of California, Santa Barbara
Nao Takashina, Visiting graduate student from Kyushu University (adviser: Yoh Iwasa) in 2013-2014
Current position: Postdoctoral Researcher, Tropical Biosphere Research Center, University of the Ryukyushttps://sites.google.com/site/naotakashinaswebsite/