*postdoctoral scholar, graduate student, undergraduate student

In press

(31) Tedford, K.N., and M.C.N. Castorani. In press. Meta-analysis reveals controls on oyster predation. Frontiers in Marine Science.

(30) Halpern, B.S., C. Boettiger, [and 113 others including R.S. Smith* and M.C.N. Castorani]. In press. Priorities for synthesis research in ecology and environmental science. Ecosphere.

(29) Smith*, R.S., S.L. Cheng, and M.C.N. Castorani. In press. Meta-analysis of ecosystem services associated with oyster restoration. Conservation Biology. [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.

(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.


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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