Principles of Biology II, Physiological Ecology, Marine Ecology
My students and I combine manipulative field experiments with laboratory techniques, such as HPLC and DNA fingerprinting, to investigate the ecology of marine invertebrates. Combining these approaches allows us to address problems at multiple scales of organization ranging from physiology to populations. Current areas of research include: 1) the role of environmental stresses in the ecology of marine invertebrates, 2) the role of various reproductive modes in maintaining local populations of benthic invertebrates, and 3) recruitment processes. While much of my field work takes place in tropical marine systems, I also conduct extensive research along the Georgia coast.