My research combines lab and field experiments with mathematical theory to answer fundamental questions about how marine ecosystems function:

  • How does environmental variation in time and space combine with population structure to determine ecological and evolutionary dynamics?
  • How do individual-level sensory capabilities and movement behaviors modulate population-level demographics and fluxes?
  • How might we combine our understanding of biological and physical oceanographic processes to better predict and mitigate human effects on
    marine ecosystems?

My research program seeks to establish quantitative relationships between short-term, small-scale processes, such as individual movement behaviors, and their long-term, large-scale population level effects, such as population fluxes and distributions. I use a broadly cross-disciplinary array of scientific approaches from population biology, behavioral ecology, mathematical biology, biomechanics, and fluid dynamics.

Photo: Richard R. Veit

Links to current research projects

Predicting distributions of zooplankton populations

Emergent properties of social groups

Rational Design of Marine Reserves in the San Juan Islands

Linking krill distributions to spatial foraging patterns in Antarctic seabirds

The sensory and behavioral basis of odor source location

Functional ecology of colonial marine invertebrates

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