Ecosystem Dynamics and Theory

The practical and theoretical study of how communities of living organisms change over time.



Associate Professor


Associate Researcher

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Centers, Labs, and Projects

Coral Reef Ecology
Studies coral reef ecosystems to answer fundamental questions of population biology, trophic dynamics, and spatial ecology.
Coral Reef Systems
A working group of scientists united by an integrated, interdisciplinary approach to studying coral reefs across gradients of anthropogenic stress.
Gulf of California Marine Program
Dedicated to generating and disseminating scientific information that has a direct, positive impact on conservation and management issues and policies in the region.
Levin Lab
Aburto Lab
We analyze the interactions among marine ecology and biodiversity, fisheries, socioeconomics, climate change, and more.
Sugihara Lab
Much of the work from this lab involves inductive theoretical approaches to understanding nature from observational data.
Hechinger Lab
We work to better understand parasites and parasitism, and to use them to enhance general ecological, evolutionary, and behavioral science.
Choy Lab
Research in our lab traces the flow of organic matter through marine ecosystems, focusing on the trophic connectivity of species and assemblages in deep pelagic waters.

Recent Publications

Danovaro, R.; Fanelli, E.; Aguzzi, J.; Billett, D.; Carugati, L.; Corinaldesi, C.; Dell'Anno, A.; Gjerde, K.; Jamieson, A. J.; Kark, S.; McClain, C.; Levin, L.; Levin, N.; Ramirez-Llodra, E.; Ruhl, H.; Smith, C. R.; Snelgrove, P. V. R.; Thomsen, L.; Van Dover, C. L.; Yasuhara, M.
James, A. K.; Washburn, L.; Gotschalk, C.; Maritorena, S.; Alldredge, A.; Nelson, C. E.; Hench, J. L.; Leichter, J. J.; Wyatt, A. S. J.; Carlson, C. A.
Garcon, V.; Karstensen, J.; Palacz, A.; Telszewski, M.; Lara, T. A.; Breitburg, D.; Chavez, F.; Coelho, P.; Cornejo-D'Ottone, M.; Santos, C.; Fiedler, B.; Gallo, N. D.; Gregoire, M.; Gutierrez, D.; Hernandez-Ayon, M.; Isensee, K.; Koslow, T.; Levin, L.; Marsac, F.; Maske, H.; Mbaye, B. C.; Montes, I.; Naqvi, W.; Pearlman, J.; Pinto, E.; Pitcher, G.; Pizarro, O.; Rose, K.; Shenoy, D.; Van der Plas, A.; Vito, M. R.; Weng, K.