- Biological — Aquatic Invertebrate — Physiology / Organismal biology
- Biological — Aquatic Invertebrate — Population dynamics and monitoring
- Biological — Aquatic Invertebrate — Community structures and dynamics
- Biological — General Community Structures — Food web ecology
Education / Outreach Target Audience
- Bachelors students
- Masters / PhD students
I am an aquatic ecologist interested in the ecological and evolutionary processes that determine the structure and stability of populations and communities. My work focuses on freshwater planktonic systems (zooplankton and phytoplankton) and makes use of a variety of empirical approaches including field observations and experiments in both laboratory and field settings. I also occasionally dabble with mathematical models. Current areas of interest include: the impacts of dispersal, invasion history and enrichment on species diversity and compositional turnover (in space and time). The effects of prey heterogeneity and weak trophic interactions on trophic structure and predator-prey dynamics. The effects of dispersal on population persistence, species diversity and community-level stability in environmentally forced metacommunities. The effects of environmental forcing and dispersal on the genetic diversity and clonal dynamics ofDaphnia pulexpopulations.