briggs [at] lifesci [dot] ucsb [dot] edu (Cherie Briggs)
essing [at] u [dot] washington [dot] edu (Tim Essington)
My research focuses on basic and applied questions in marine ecology and fisheries, with a specific interest in the effects of human activity on marine food webs. My work uses multiple approaches, including quantitative analysis, ecological modeling and empirical studies to better understand anthropogenic impacts on marine food webs. I've worked on temperate rocky reefs, estuaries, sub-tropical pelagic gyres and semi-enclosed seas. I also conduct large, global scale meta-analysis of fishery and ecological systems to derive generalities about the nature of linkages between the two.
jfryxell [at] uoguelph [dot] ca (John M. Fryxell)
My research focuses on the effects of behavioral decisions on population dynamics and community structure. A mix of theoretical and empirical approaches is used to consider the dynamics of specific systems. Topics include herbivore and carnivore movement in relation to resource availability and predation risk, optimal diet, patch selection, and dispersal patterns in heterogeneous environments, the effect of social interference and territoriality on consumer-resource interactions, and impacts of harvesting. Empirical work is currently underway in several different ecosystems: plankton populations in large mesocosms (well, OK, beer vats), grazing antelopes, lions, and hyenas in Serengeti National Park, and woodland caribou, elk, wolves, and moose in northern Canada.
eli [dot] holmes [at] noaa [dot] gov (Elizabeth Holmes)
I work mainly in the area of theoretical ecology and statistical ecology. My current focus is on the behavior of stochastic population and community processes, and on the analysis of noisy data from such populations and communities. I spend inordinate amounts of time pondering multivariate and hierarchical stochastic processes. I use this research to guide extinction and status analyses for endangered and threatened species as part of my work with the National Marine Fisheries Service.
Pendall [at] uwyo [dot] edu (Elise Pendall)
I conduct research on carbon and water fluxes between terrestrial ecosystems and the atmosphere, and on the effects of global changes such as increasing carbon dioxide concentrations and land-use change on these fluxes. An important component of my work involves the use of stable isotopes as tracers to better quantify small changes in these fluxes that might not otherwise be detected. Much of my research focuses on belowground carbon pools and processes to characterize their role in ecosystem responses to global change.
fasmith [at] unm [dot] edu (Felisa Smith)
I am interested in the factors influencing the body size of organisms across time, space and hierarchical scales. Current studies range from field investigations of the physiological and morphological trade offs to living in extreme environments, paleomidden work examining the evolutionary response of mammals to late Quaternary climate shifts, macroecological studies of mammalian body size across the globe and across their evolutionary history, to body size patterns of life over the past 3.6 billion years.