Our lab studies how the interactions between species affect the structure and dynamics of ecological communities. We are particularly interested in aquatic systems, both marine and freshwater, and use a combination of observational and experimental approaches to inform and test mathematical models of multispecies interactions. We thereby aim to contribute theory that integrates our understanding of the behaviour of individuals (e.g., predator foraging) with the ecosystem-level consequences of the interacting populations and species they constitute.


Our lab values diversity. We are immigrants and the descendants of immigrants. We are atheists, agnostics, and people of faith. We don’t all look the same, love the same, or share the same heroes. We are scientists.


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Lab members

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David Rockow

Honors Student

community dynamics, press perturbations

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Mark Novak

Associate Professor

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Cheyenne Jarman

NSF Graduate Research Fellow

consumer-resource interactions, interaction modifications, higher-order effects

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Zach Randell

NSF Graduate Research Fellow

community structure and stability, consumer-resource interactions, kelp forest ecology

Research

Dynamics

Understanding population, community and network dynamics

Individual variation

Quantifying patterns and effects of intraspecific (diet) variation

Interaction strengths

Characterizing the forms and strengths of species interactions

Intertidal

Intertidal ecology

Streams

Stream ecology

Subtidal

Subtidal ecology

Theory

Theoretical ecology

Teaching

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Analytical Workflows (IB516)

Analytical Workflows (IB516)

Tools and best-practices for efficient project managment

Ecology (BI370)

Ecology (BI370)

Distribution, structure and dynamics of species, communities and ecosystems

Marine Ecology (BI351)

Marine Ecology (BI351)

Physical, chemical and biological aspects of life in the oceans, with an ecological emphasis

Past courses

Past courses

Courses and seminars of the past

Theoretical Ecology (BI592)

Theoretical Ecology (BI592)

Analysis of dynamical systems, from single populations to species-rich communities

Alumni

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Dan Preston

Colorado State University (assistant professor)

Postdoc

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Kyle Coblentz

University of Nebraska, Lincoln (postdoc)

NSF Graduate Research Fellow

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Leah Segui

Pew Charitable Trusts (senior associate)

NSF Graduate Research Fellow, NSF GROW Fellow

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Jeremy Henderson

Oregon Fish & Wildlife (project manager)

Lab Manager

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Shannon Hennessey

Arizona State University (postdoc)

NSF Graduate Research Fellow, ARCS Foundation Fellow

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Alison Iles

Postdoc

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Chris Wolf

Oregon State University (research associate)

Affiliate Graduate Student

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Kurt Ingeman

David H. Smith Conservation Research Fellow

NSF Graduate Research Fellow

Technicians and Undergraduate Alumni

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Landon Falke

Colorado State University (phd student)

Research Assistant

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Stephanie Merhoff

Delaware Division of Fish and Wildlife

Research Assistant

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Tamara Layden

Reed College

Research Assistant

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Isaac Shepard

University of Maine (phd student)

Honors Student

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Julia Bingham

Duke University (phd student)

Honors Student

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Wendy Saepharn

Element Materials Technology (microbiologist)

Research Assistant

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Hamza Moulvi

Independent Research

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Alicen Billings

Research Assistant

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Beatriz Werber

Oregon Health and Science University

Research Assistant

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Daniel Gradison

Research Assistant

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Jonny Schwartz

Research Assistant

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Sam Sturman

Research Assistant

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Simone Vachon

Independent Research

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Trevor Bark

Independent Research