Oceanography & Ecology Laboratory
We conduct basic and applied research emphasizing:
-Connectivity of marine populations and ecosystems (broadly including larval dispersal, landscape ecology, and ontogeny);
-Trophic interactions involving bivalves and fishes in estuarine communities; and
-Ecosystem service delivery of biogenic habitats.
These themes are directly related to the maintenance of coastal ecosystems, and provide key data for management strategies of nearshore fisheries. Primarily, we work in the benthic environments of coastal and estuarine ecosystems (including seagrass meadows, oyster reefs, salt marshes, mangrove forests, and mud flats).
Additionally, we have conducted experiments related to recruitment processes and mechanisms, oyster reef restoration ecology, and oil-spill impacts. Research tools include manipulative field experiments, intensive field surveys, historical reconstructions, GIS simulations, ROVs, stable isotope analyses, population projection matrix models, geochemical tagging, and acoustic tagging.