Research Interests

Our research focuses on various ecological processes governing marine ecosystem structuring. Many of these processes touch on areas of symbiosis, food webs and trophodynamics, behavioral ecology, and conservation biology. Since key ecosystem engineers (specifically foundation species) have a disproportionate influence on ecosystem structure, we focus on factors and processes that influence their performance. We use exploratory observations combined with careful, manipulative experiments to discover the patterns and uncover the mechanisms guiding these dynamics. Specifically, we integrate field observations and lab experiments together with models to investigate factors that regulate the performance of marine ecosystem engineers and the cascading influence on ecosystem structure. Within this context, our research distills to 4 main themes:

1. Symbioses in key ecosystem engineers and foundation species

2. Fish-coral interactions on tropical reefs

3. Behavioral ecology of marine organisms

4. Conservation ecology in marine environments

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