Researchers in the benthic ecology laboratory at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington are taking a population and community approach to understanding coastal habitats. Using infauna, epifauna and nekton as indicators, we are interested in factors controlling food web structure in coastal and estuarine habitats, the importance of various habitat types, especially oyster, seagrass and salt marsh, as nurseries and foraging areas, and the influence of anthropogenic changes on coastal communities.

  Specific ongoing studies include: