Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, University of California Irvine
I am interested in linking community-level and ecosystem-level processes, especially in marine systems. Ecological communities are composed of suites of interacting species, and I study how those species mediate the transformation and flux of energy and nutrients. Like many complex systems, a functioning community can be greater than the sum of its parts, and my work highlights the emergent role of biodiversity as a driver of important ecosystem functions such as nutrient cycling and biomass accumulation. I am also interested in the role of local-scale versus large-scale processes, spatial subsidies, and non-traditional species interactions. For example, I have done quite a bit of research into the roles of consumers as mediators of nutrient availability in marine systems.
Monday, August 2, 2021