Marine Ecology

Gabrielle Nevitt, Chair

The Marine Ecology Area of Emphasis (ME-AOE) in the Graduate Group in Ecology has as its focus the study of ecological processes in marine and coastal habitats. Marine Ecology necessarily incorporates processes operating at a variety of scales from individuals through populations and communities to landscape and global scales. The conceptual range is broad including questions as diverse as fisheries management and marine reserve design to complex links between oceanographic processes and recruitment dynamics of marine populations. A wide range of approaches are used which may include theoretical approaches to understanding fisheries populations, experimental approaches to understanding diversity and abundance patterns, genetic approaches to measure gene flow between populations, to remote sensing to delineate the link between physical oceanographic processes and population processes.