Our research program addresses the role of macroscopic primary producers (e.g., seaweeds, seagrasses, marsh plants) in regulating the dynamics and diversity of marine systems. We focus in two areas. First, using both laboratory and field experiments we aim to better understand the physical and biological processes that regulate the population dynamics of benthic macrophytes, including both bottom-up (recruitment, productivity) and top-down (competition, herbivory, facilitation) factors. Second, through our network of collaborators we use a multidisciplinary approach to study the consequences of macrophyte population dynamics on their associated communities, including large-scale field experimentation and monitoring, biochemical tracers of energy flow, and even anthropological data.
- The kelp highway hypothesis: Marine ecology, the coastal migration theory, and the peopling of the Americas
- Ice ages and ecological transitions on temperate coasts
- Variability in per capita oogonia and sporophyte production from giant kelp gametophytes (Macrocystis pyrifera, Phaeophyceae)
- Arrested development of giant kelp (Macrocystis pyrifera, Phaeophyceae) embryonic sporophytes: A mechanism for delayed recruitment in perennial kelps?
- Global ecology of the giant kelp Macrocystis: From ecotypes to ecosystems
- Coupling propagule output to supply at the edge and interior of a giant kelp forest
- Effect of high irradiance on recruitment of the giant kelp Macrocystis (Phaeophyta) in shallow water
- Phenotypic plasticity reconciles incongruous molecular and morphological taxonomies: The giant kelp, macrocystis (laminariales, phaeophyceae), is a monospecific genus
- How old is MVII?-seaweeds, shorelines, and the pre-clovis chronology at Monte Verde, Chile
- Post-glacial redistribution and shifts in productivity of giant kelp forests