*postdoctoral scholar, graduate student, undergraduate student

In press

(36) Hardison, S.B., K.J. McGlathery, and M.C.N. Castorani. In press. Effects of seagrass restoration on coastal fish abundance and diversity. Conservation Biology e14147. [PDF]

(35) Reuman, D.C., M.C.N. Castorani, K.C. Cavanaugh, L.W. Sheppard, J.A. Walter, and T.W. Bell. In press. How environmental drivers of spatial synchrony interact. Ecography e06795. [PDF]


(34) Wisnoski, N.I., R. Andrade, M.C.N. Castorani, C.P. Catano, A. Compagnoni, T. Lamy, N.K. Lany, L. Marazzi, S. Record, A.C. Smith, C.M. Swan, J.D. Tonkin, N.M. Voelker, P.L. Zarnetske, and E.R. Sokol. 2023. Diversity–stability relationships across organism groups and ecosystem types become decoupled across spatial scales. Ecology 104(9):e4136. [PDF]

(33) Lang, S.E., K.M.A. Luis, S.C. Doney, O. Cronin-Golomb, and M.C.N. Castorani. 2023. Modeling coastal water clarity using Landsat-8 and Sentinel-2. Earth and Space Science 10(7):e2022EA002579. [PDF]

(32) Smith*, R.S., and M.C.N. Castorani. 2023. Meta-analysis reveals drivers of restoration success for oysters and reef community. Ecological Applications 33(5):e2865. [PDF]

(31) Smith*, R.S., S.L. Cheng, and M.C.N. Castorani. 2023. Meta-analysis of ecosystem services associated with oyster restoration. Conservation Biology 37(1):e13966. [PDF]

(30) Halpern, B.S., C. Boettiger, [and 113 others including R.S. Smith* and M.C.N. Castorani]. 2023. Priorities for synthesis research in ecology and environmental science. Ecosphere 14(1):e4342. [PDF]


(29) Tedford, K.N., and M.C.N. Castorani. 2022. Meta-analysis reveals controls on oyster predation. Frontiers in Marine Science 9:1055240. [PDF]

(28) Smith*, R.S., B. Lusk, and M.C.N. Castorani. 2022. Restored oyster reefs match multiple functions of natural reefs within a decade. Conservation Letters 15(4):e12883. [PDF]

(27) Cheng, S.L., M.R. Cornish, S. Hardison, R.S. Smith*, K.N. Tedford, and M.C.N. Castorani. 2022. Coastal vegetation and bathymetry influence blue crab abundance across spatial scales. Estuaries and Coasts 45:1701–1715. [PDF]

(26) Castorani, M.C.N., T.W. Bell, J.A. Walter, D.C. Reuman, K.C. Cavanaugh, and L.W. Sheppard. 2022. Disturbance and nutrients synchronise kelp forests across scales through interacting Moran effects. Ecology Letters 25(8):1854–1868. [PDF]

(25) Walter, J.A., M.C.N. Castorani, T.W. Bell, L.W. Sheppard, K.C. Cavanaugh, and D.C. Reuman. 2022. Tail-dependent spatial synchrony arises from nonlinear driver-response relationships. Ecology Letters 25(5):1189–1201. [PDF]

(24) Shoemaker, L.G., L.M. Hallett, L. Zhao, D.C. Reuman, S. Wang, K.L. Cottingham, R.J. Hobbs, M.C.N. Castorani, A.L. Downing, J.C. Dudney, S.B. Fey, L.A. Gherardi, N.K. Lany, C. Portales-Reyes, A.L. Rypel, L.W. Sheppard, J.A. Walter, and K.N. Suding. 2022. The long and the short of it: mechanisms of synchronous and compensatory dynamics across temporal scales. Ecology 103(4):e3650[PDF]

(23) Hogan, S., E.A.K. Murphy, M.P. Volaric, M.C.N. Castorani, P. Berg, and M.A. Reidenbach. 2022. Influence of oyster reefs on infauna and sediment spatial distributions within intertidal mudflats. Marine Ecology Progress Series 686:91–106. [PDF]

(22) Smith*, R.S., S. Hogan, K.N. Tedford, B. Lusk, M.A. Reidenbach, and M.C.N. Castorani. 2022. Long-term data reveals greater intertidal oyster biomass in predicted suitable habitat. Marine Ecology Progress Series 683:221–226. [PDF]


(21) Lamy, T., N.I. Wisnoski, R. Andrade, M.C.N. Castorani, A. Compagnoni, N. Lany, L. Marazzi, S. Record, C.M. Swan, J.D. Tonkin, N.M. Voelker, S. Wang, P.L. Zarnetske, and E.R. Sokol. 2021. The dual nature of metacommunity variability. Oikos 130(12):2078–2092. [PDF]

    • Oikos Editor’s Choice

(20) Walter, J.A., L.G. Shoemaker, N.K. Lany, M.C.N. Castorani, S.B. Fey, J.C. Dudney, L.A. Gherardi, C. Portales-Reyes, A.L. Rypel, K.L. Cottingham, K.N. Suding, D.C. Reuman, and L.M. Hallett. 2021. The spatial synchrony of species richness and its implications for ecosystem stability. Ecology 102(11):e03486. [PDF]

(19) Luo, M., D.C. Reuman, L.M. Hallett, L.G. Shoemaker, L. Zhao, M.C.N. Castorani, J.C. Dudney, L.A. Gherardi, A.L. Rypel, L.W. Sheppard, J.A. Walter, and S. Wang. 2021. The effects of dispersal on spatial synchrony in metapopulations differ by timescale. Oikos 130(10):1762–1772. [PDF]

(18) Castorani, M.C.N., S.L. Harrer, R.J. Miller, and D.C. Reed. 2021. Disturbance structures canopy and understory productivity along an environmental gradient. Ecology Letters 24(10):2192–2206. [PDF]

(17) O’Brien, M., C.A. Smith, E.R. Sokol, C. Gries, N. Lany, S. Record, and M.C.N. Castorani. 2021. ecocomDP: A flexible data design pattern for ecological community survey data. Ecological Informatics 64:101374. [PDF]

(16) Iwaniec, D.M., M. Gooseff, K.N. Suding, D.S. Johnson, D.C. Reed, D.P.C. Peters, B. Adams, J.E. Barrett, B.T. Bestelmeyer, M.C.N. Castorani, E.M. Cook, M.J. Davidson, P.M. Groffman, N.P. Hanan, L.F. Huenneke, P.T.J. Johnson, D.M. McKnight, R.J. Miller, G.S. Okin, D.L. Preston, A. Rassweiler, C. Ray, O.E. Sala, R.L. Schooley, T. Seastedt, M.J. Spasojevic, and E.R. Vivoni. 2021. Connectivity: insights from the U.S. Long Term Ecological Research Network. Ecosphere 12(5):e03432. [PDF]

(15) Record, S., N.M. Voelker, P.L. Zarnetske, N.I. Wisnoski, J.D. Tonkin, C. Swan, L. Marazzi, N. Lany, T. Lamy, A. Compagnoni, M.C.N. Castorani, R. Andrade, and E.R. Sokol. 2021. Novel insights to be gained from applying metacommunity theory to long-term, spatially replicated biodiversity data. Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution 8:612794. [PDF]


(14) Zhao, L., S. Wang, L.M. Hallett, A.L. Rypel, L.W. Sheppard, M.C.N. Castorani, L.G. Shoemaker, K.L. Cottingham, K. Suding, and D.C. Reuman. 2020. A new variance ratio metric to detect the timescale of compensatory dynamics. Ecosphere 11(5):e03114. [PDF]

(13) Gaiser, E.E., D.M. Bell, M.C.N. Castorani, D.L. Childers, P.M. Groffman, C.R. Jackson, J.S. Kominoski, D.P.C. Peters, S.T.A. Pickett, J. Ripplinger, and J.C. Zinnert. 2020. Long term ecological research and evolving frameworks of disturbance ecology. BioScience 70(2):141–156. [PDF]

(12) Castorani, M.C.N. and M.L. Baskett. 2020. Disturbance size and frequency mediate the coexistence of benthic spatial competitors. Ecology 101(1):e02904[PDF]


(11) Cavanaugh, K.C., D.C. Reed, T.W. Bell, M.C.N. Castorani, and R. Beas-Luna. 2019. Spatial variability in the resistance and resilience of giant kelp in southern and Baja California to a multiyear heatwave. Frontiers in Marine Science 6:413. [PDF]


(10) Castorani, M.C.N., D.C. Reed, and R.J. Miller. 2018. Loss of foundation species: disturbance frequency outweighs severity in structuring kelp forest communities. Ecology 99(11):2442–2454. [PDF]

(9) Aburto-Oropeza, O., A.F. Johnson, [and 91 others including M.C.N. Castorani]. 2018. Harnessing cross-border resources to confront climate change. Environmental Science and Policy 87:128–132. [PDF]


(8) Castorani, M.C.N., D.C. Reed, P.T. Raimondi, F. Alberto, T.W. Bell, K.C. Cavanaugh, D.A. Siegel, and R.D. Simons. 2017. Fluctuations in population fecundity drive variation in demographic connectivity and metapopulation dynamics. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 284(1847):20162086. [PDF]


(7) Hasler-Sheetal, H., M.C.N. Castorani, R.N. Glud, D.E. Canfield, and M. Holmer. 2016. Metabolomics reveals cryptic interactive effects of species interactions and environmental stress on nitrogen and sulfur metabolism in seagrass. Environmental Science & Technology 50(21):11602–11609. [PDF]

(6) Castorani, M.C.N., and K.A. Hovel. 2016. Native predator chemical cues induce anti-predation behaviors in an invasive marine bivalve. Biological Invasions 18(1):169–181. [PDF]


(5) Castorani, M.C.N., D.C. Reed, F. Alberto, T.W. Bell, R.D. Simons, K.C. Cavanaugh, D.A. Siegel, and P.T. Raimondi. 2015. Connectivity structures local populations dynamics: a long-term empirical test in a large metapopulation system. Ecology 96(12):3141–3152. [PDF]

(4) Castorani, M.C.N., R.N. Glud, H. Hasler-Sheetal, and M. Holmer. 2015. Light indirectly mediates bivalve habitat modification and impacts on seagrass. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology 472:41–53. [PDF]

(3) Castorani, M.C.N., and K.A. Hovel. 2015. Invasive prey indirectly increase predation on their native competitors. Ecology 96(7):1911–1922. [PDF]


(2) Castorani, M.C.N., K.A. Hovel, S.L. Williams, and M.L. Baskett. 2014. Disturbance facilitates the coexistence of antagonistic ecosystem engineers in California estuariesEcology 95(8):2277–2288. [PDF]


(1) Rodríguez, E., C.N. Castorani, and M. Daly. 2008. Morphological phylogeny of the family Actinostolidae (Anthozoa: Actiniaria) with a description of a new genus and species of hydrothermal vent sea anemone redefining the family ActinoscyphiidaeInvertebrate Systematics 22(4):439–452. [PDF]


Ramírez-Valdez, A., O. Aburto-Oropeza, N. Arafeh Dalmau, R. Beas-Luna, J.E. Casselle, M.C.N. Castorani, K. Cavanaugh, M. Edwards, G. Hernández-Carmona, A.F. Johnson, H.M. Leslie, G. Montaño-Moctezuma, F. Micheli, J. Palleiro-Nayar, P.E. Parnell, D.C. Reed, O. Sosa-Nishizaki, J. Torre, G. Torres Moye, J.A. Zertuche-González, and P. Raimondi. 2017. Mexico-California bi-national initiative of kelp forest ecosystems and fisheries. UC Office of the President: UC-Mexico Initiative. [PDF]

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