Advancing understanding of marine ecosystems in a changing ocean

We are a group of coastal marine ecologists in the Department of Environmental Sciences at the University of VirginiaAlthough research projects in the lab are diverse, we are collectively interested in understanding spatial patterns and processes in population and community ecology. Our work focuses primarily on coastal marine ecosystems such as kelp forests, seagrass meadows, and oyster reefs, and the rich biodiversity that these habitats support. 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.