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  • Population and Community Ecology | Ecology, Evolution, and Marine Biology | UC Santa Barbara
    at UCSB investigate marine freshwater and terrestrial systems ranging from tropical coral reef systems at the Moorea Coral Reef Long Term Ecological Research site in French Polynesia to freshwater systems in the arctic tundra Faculty Cherie Briggs Dr Briggs studies disease ecology population ecology and systems biology combining theoretical and empirical approaches using models and laboratory and field experiments Deron Burkepile My research has mostly focused on how trophic interactions and productivity shape community organization across a variety of different ecosystems including coral reefs rivers tall grass prairies and African savannas Scott D Cooper A current focus of my research is to examine how disturbances wildfire floods operating at different scales of time interact to affect top down and bottom up interactions in streams Carla D Antonio Research in my lab elucidates mechanisms controlling plant dominance and the conditions under which non native plants have short versus long term community and ecosystem impacts Thomas Even Population and community ecology river ecology predator prey interactions science education Steve Gaines Conservation biology sustainable fisheries climate change biogeography marine ecology biostatistics Sally Holbrook Community ecology marine vertebrate predation and competition Debora Iglesias Rodriguez Marine biogeochemistry ocean acidification phytoplankton ecophysiology marine calcification inorganic carbon chemistry genomics shot gun proteomics genetic diversity Armand Kuris Parasite population and community ecology marine ecology crustacean biology Susan J Mazer Adaptive evolution within and among wild plant species with a special interest in physiological performance life history phenology floral traits and mating system Douglas McCauley Understanding the ecology of communities and ecosystems in a rapidly changing world John M Melack John Melack is internationally recognized for making seminal contributions to our understanding of the ecological functioning of inland waters and their importance in the carbon cycle William Murdoch Population ecology regulation of populations predator prey relationships Roger Nisbet Dr

    Original URL path: https://www.eemb.ucsb.edu/research/ecology/population (2016-02-17)
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  • Evolutionary Ecology | Ecology, Evolution, and Marine Biology | UC Santa Barbara
    processes and mechanisms in natural habitats or in controlled environments evolutionary ecologists aim to explain the ecological forces contributing to a wide range of evolutionary and geographic variation in traits that have strong effects on an individual s fitness or on a population s or taxon s long term persistence including its life history mating system modes of sexual attraction and behavior sociality physiological processes metabolic rates disease resistance body size and shape and dispersal mechanisms Recent applications of evolutionary ecology include intriguing studies designed to detect or to predict the evolutionary responses of plants and animals to climate change to emerging infectious diseases to new predators to changes in community structure and to the spread of invasive species Faculty Scott Hodges Our laboratory studies the genetic basis of adaptation and speciation using genomic analyses and field based studies in the genus Aquilegia Columbines Armand Kuris Parasite population and community ecology marine ecology crustacean biology Susan J Mazer Adaptive evolution within and among wild plant species with a special interest in physiological performance life history phenology floral traits and mating system Todd Oakley Our lab addresses the question of how complex traits originate during evolution We primarily study invertebrate visual

    Original URL path: https://www.eemb.ucsb.edu/research/evolution/ecology (2016-02-17)
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  • Evolutionary Genetics | Ecology, Evolution, and Marine Biology | UC Santa Barbara
    macroevolutionary scales These include phylogenetic analyses to assess the evolutionary history of traits and the processes acting on specific genes experimental evolution to understand the dynamics of genome evolution and the genetic basis of adaptive traits and genomic analyses to understand the process of speciation Because evolutionary genetics concerns processes that affect all organisms our group is highly interactive and includes researchers studying a broad diversity of organisms such as invertebrates vertebrates plants and fungi Faculty Scott Hodges Our laboratory studies the genetic basis of adaptation and speciation using genomic analyses and field based studies in the genus Aquilegia Columbines Susan J Mazer Adaptive evolution within and among wild plant species with a special interest in physiological performance life history phenology floral traits and mating system Todd Oakley Our lab addresses the question of how complex traits originate during evolution We primarily study invertebrate visual systems and eyes addressing questions like when did a particular phenotype evolve When did the components of that phenotype evolve Where did those components come from What evolutionary processes and mechanisms were involved Ryoko Oono Research in the Oono Lab is focused on understanding how symbiotic associations evolve particularly between plant hosts or communities and

    Original URL path: https://www.eemb.ucsb.edu/research/evolution/genetics (2016-02-17)
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  • Macroevolution | Ecology, Evolution, and Marine Biology | UC Santa Barbara
    correlated evolution of multiple traits To accomplish these studies macroevolutionists utilize historical scientific methods including tools from phylogenetics and paleontology Faculty Scott Hodges Our laboratory studies the genetic basis of adaptation and speciation using genomic analyses and field based studies in the genus Aquilegia Columbines Todd Oakley Our lab addresses the question of how complex traits originate during evolution We primarily study invertebrate visual systems and eyes addressing questions like

    Original URL path: https://www.eemb.ucsb.edu/research/evolution/macroevolution (2016-02-17)
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  • Behavior | Ecology, Evolution, and Marine Biology | UC Santa Barbara
    involve studies of biomechanics physiology gene expression and neural biology Behavioral ecology also has a long tradition of using mathematical models to predict the fitness effects of differences in behavior Behavioral ecologists in EEMB have studied diverse topics including behavioral responses to climate change and habitat fragmentation studies of foraging and energy use dynamic energy budgets and optimal control models Faculty Deron Burkepile My research has mostly focused on how trophic interactions and productivity shape community organization across a variety of different ecosystems including coral reefs rivers tall grass prairies and African savannas Douglas McCauley Understanding the ecology of communities and ecosystems in a rapidly changing world Todd Oakley Our lab addresses the question of how complex traits originate during evolution We primarily study invertebrate visual systems and eyes addressing questions like when did a particular phenotype evolve When did the components of that phenotype evolve Where did those components come from What evolutionary processes and mechanisms were involved Stephen Proulx The Proulx lab is interested in the fundamental processes that govern evolutionary change We use mathematical and computational approaches to understand evolutionary dynamics William Rice Genetic basis of evolution speciation adaptive significance of sexual recombination intersexual antagonistic coevolution Interlocus

    Original URL path: https://www.eemb.ucsb.edu/research/organismal/behavior (2016-02-17)
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  • Botany | Ecology, Evolution, and Marine Biology | UC Santa Barbara
    adaptation with studies of plant interactions with the biotic and abiotic environment Our diverse faculty with expertise in disciplines from the individual plant to the global biosphere makes possible study of the integration of plant performance from molecular to the community and ecosystem scales and from the perspective of micro to macroevolution Specific areas of expertise include 1 genomic analysis of development and adaptations using the genus Aquilegia Columbines 2 evaluating factors influencing the evolution of life history and mating system using the genus Clarkia fare well to spring 3 documenting plant phenological shifts in response to climate change 4 evaluating plant traits allowing coexistence of native with non native plant species 5 evaluating biotic and abiotic controls over the success and impact of plant invaders and 6 evaluating the contribution of plant biomass roots litter root exudates to soil microbial activity ecosystem N cycling and carbon storage Faculty Carla D Antonio Research in my lab elucidates mechanisms controlling plant dominance and the conditions under which non native plants have short versus long term community and ecosystem impacts Scott Hodges Our laboratory studies the genetic basis of adaptation and speciation using genomic analyses and field based studies in the genus

    Original URL path: https://www.eemb.ucsb.edu/research/organismal/botany (2016-02-17)
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  • Microbial Ecology | Ecology, Evolution, and Marine Biology | UC Santa Barbara
    growth they can have significant impact on their chemical environment Although individual microbes live and interact on spatial scales equal to one billionth of a meter their collective metabolisms control the great nutrient cycles of our planet such as the carbon nitrogen phosphorus and iron cycles to name a few EEMB s microbial ecologists study the ecological biogeochemical and evolutionary processes associated with microbes in terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems They integrate cutting edge technologies in molecular biology bioinformatics biochemistry and biogeochemistry to investigate microbial interactions with one another and their chemical and physical environment EEMB s terrestrial microbial ecologists study microbial processes controlling nitrogen cycle in sites ranging from UCSB s natural reserves in central California to the Artic tundra Microbial oceanographers at UCSB study the metabolic activity of microbes thriving in the world s open ocean and relate their community composition to the biogeochemical processes such as the oceanic carbon nitrogen and silica cycle Faculty Mark Brzezinski Phytoplankton ecology and physiology phytoplankton cell cycles elemental cycling in surface ocean Craig Carlson Dr Carlson s research interests are shaped by an interdisciplinary blend of marine microbial ecology microbiology and ocean biogeochemistry Debora Iglesias Rodriguez Marine biogeochemistry ocean acidification phytoplankton ecophysiology

    Original URL path: https://www.eemb.ucsb.edu/research/organismal/microbial (2016-02-17)
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  • Ecological and Evolutionary Physiology | Ecology, Evolution, and Marine Biology | UC Santa Barbara
    organismal distribution and abundance behavior responses and adaptation to environmental change Evolutionary physiologists study the origins and evolution of function EEMB faculty investigate the hormonal mechanisms regulating reproduction in fishes the selective forces that influence the geographic distribution of intertidal marine invertebrates the effects of ocean acidification the origins and evolution of visual systems and floral pigments the mechanisms underlying body size scaling of metabolic rates the effects of temperature and altitude on foraging behavior Ecological and evolutionary physiology in EEMB represents a shift in focus from the traditional study of mechanism for the sake of mechanism interesting and important as it is to mechanisms fundamental to the understanding of ecological patterns and processes survival in and adaptation to a changing world Faculty James Childress Ecological physiology of invertebrates and fishes biological oceanography physiology of deep sea animals metabolic adaptations of hydrothermal vent animals chemoautotrophic endosymbioses Erika Eliason The Eliason Lab studies ecological and evolutionary physiology in fish We are interested in the behavioral physiological and biochemical processes that allow fish to thrive in their specific environmental conditions Gretchen Hofmann Ecological physiology of marine organisms Debora Iglesias Rodriguez Marine biogeochemistry ocean acidification phytoplankton ecophysiology marine calcification inorganic carbon chemistry genomics

    Original URL path: https://www.eemb.ucsb.edu/research/organismal/physiology (2016-02-17)
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