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Diana LaScala-Gruenewald

Diana LaScala-Gruenewald

Ph.D. Student in Biology, admitted Autumn 2011

About

I am a Ph.D. candidate at Hopkins Marine Station of Stanford University, slated to graduate in Spring 2017. As part of Dr. Mark Denny’s research group, I explore the ways that small-scale environmental variation influences the foraging behavior of intertidal organisms. I am particularly intrigued by the question: How do relatively simple animals navigate complex and variable environments? To get at this issue, I employ a diverse set of field, lab and computer-based methods. Ultimately, I hope my research will shed some light on the relative roles of evolution and environment in shaping the movement patterns of simple animals.

Academic Appointments

Ph.D. Student in Biology, admitted Autumn 2011

Professional Education

Bachelor of Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Biological Engineering (2011)

Publications

LaScala-Gruenewald, D. E., Miller, L. P., Bracken, M. Es., Allen, B. J., & Denny, M. W. (2016). Quantifying the top-down effects of grazers on a rocky shore: selective grazing and the potential for competition. Marine Ecology Progress Series, 553.