My research focuses on the causes and consequences of biodiversity change in marine and freshwater ecosystems, with the goal of developing science-based tools to inform conservation and restoration under global change. Our lab uses a range of methods—including behavioural observation, field experiments, theoretical and statistical models, stakeholder surveys, and studies along environmental disturbance gradients— to understand how drivers like biological invasion, climate change, and harvesting are altering the structure and function of aquatic ecosystems and the goods and services they provide to people. Our projects feature strong partnerships with practitioners and local community members to ensure that the research addresses practical information needs, as well as intriguing ecological questions. We also pair ecological and social science approaches to understand the consequences of conservation and restoration interventions for coupled human-natural systems.
Research in our lab is relevant to:
MA SC 437- Marine Population Ecology & Dynamics (at the Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre)
BIOL 208- Principles of Ecology
BIOL 603- Advanced Ecology
If you are an undergraduate student interested in conducting an independent research course (BIOL 298, 398, 399, 499) please contact me. I'm always happy to hear from you!
Designed for new graduate students in environmental biology to foster critical thinking and discussion and to introduce them to issues of experimental design and analysis and different approaches to ecology. The course involves student discussion of papers, lectures by faculty members on their research, seminars by students and a written assignment. Prerequisite: consent of instructor. Preference will be given to students in Biological Sciences.Winter Term 2022