Research Areas and Sub-Specialties

Food Web Ecology/Trophic Dynamics

KillifishCoastal food webs are experiencing increased stress related to eutrophication, habitat degradation and overfishing. However, because of the complexity of coastal food webs, we have only a partial understanding of the trophic dynamics of these systems and potential responses to anthropogenic and natural disturbances. Current research areas include the relative importance of predation and food/nutrient enhancement in structuring estuarine and subtropical ecosystems, roles of structural habitats (e.g. oysters, seagrasses, marshes, reefs) in coastal food webs, responses to anthropogenic changes (e.g. eutrophication) and natural disturbances, and trophic interactions among key species. The presence of an excellent small boat fleet as well as seawater facilities, including both an indoor wet lab and an outdoor mesocosm area, facilitates access to local Fish traps along saltmarsh edgehabitats and experimental approaches.

 

 

 

 


Faculty researching this area include:

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Alina Szmant
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Martin Posey
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Thomas Lankford
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Frederick Scharf

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