Spatial ecology of coastal ecosystems

Max Castorani is an ecologist and Assistant Professor in the Department of Environmental Sciences at the University of Virginia. Research in the Castorani Lab emphasizes spatial patterns and processes in population and community ecology. We combine long-term observations, experiments, and models to understand the abundance and distribution of species across a broad range of spatial scales. Much of our work is highly interdisciplinary, involving collaborations in oceanography, fluid dynamics, biogeochemistry, remote sensing, and mathematics. Research projects in the Castorani Lab focus primarily on coastal marine ecosystems such as kelp forests, seagrass meadows, and oyster reefs.