Marine Community Ecology

Marine community ecology in northern California and around the world. Research in our lab concerns the ecological causes of patterns of biodiversity, and the consequences of variation in diversity for populations, communities and ecosystems. The vast diversity of life forms in the marine environment (many of the animal phyla are exclusively marine, or nearly so) makes it a rewarding system for addressing these sorts of issues. We study organisms from all over the tree of life, including vascular plants, algae (seaweed), bacteria, and a range of invertebrate taxa including corals, hydroids, crabs, echinoderms, polychaetes, ascidians, bryozoans, and snails.

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Marine community ecology in Northern California and around the world