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Interaction (Ecology & Conservation)

Ecologists study of how the distribution and abundance of plants and animals is affected by the interaction of organisms with each other and with their environment. In recent years, ecological studies have taken on new dimensions as the effects of human society have intensified.

Research at Hopkins involves a wide range of topics: from community ecology of wave-swept shores and kelp forests, to the control of disease through ecological manipulation, to the management and conservation of fisheries and coral reefs.

Barbara Block

Phone: (831) 655-6236

Larry B. Crowder

Phone: (831) 655-6217
Larry Crowder is the Edward F. Ricketts Provostial Professor of Marine Ecology and Conservation at Hopkins Marine Station and a senior fellow at the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment, both part of Stanford University.  He is also a Core Faculty Partner at Stanford Center for Ocean Solutions. Previously, he was the Stephen Toth Professor of Marine Biology at Duke University. Dr. Crowder's research centers on predation and food web interactions, mechanisms underlying recruitment variation in fishes, population and food web modeling in conservation biology, and interdisciplinary (...)

Giulio De Leo

Phone: (831) 655-6202
I am a theoretical ecologist by formation, I am generally interested in investigating factors and processes driving the dynamics of natural and harvested populations and in understanding how to use this knowledge to inform practical management. In recent years I have been particularly interested in investigating factors and processes that provide resilience of natural or managed population to natural and anthropogenic stressors, environmental shocks and climate change. I study resilience from two very different points of view: on the one hand, I have focused my attention on populations that (...)

Mark Denny

Phone: (831) 655-6207
The field of biomechanics uses the principles of engineering and physics to understand how plants and animals function. I was raised as a biomechanic, beginning as an undergraduate at Duke University where I was recruited by two of the influential leaders of the field, Steve Wainwright and Steve Vogel. After my doctoral work at the University of British Columbia (where I explored the mechanics of gastropod locomotion with John Gosline), I began to wonder how biomechanics could be used in an ecological context, and I have been exploring this question ever since. Two years as a postdoc with Bob (...)

William Gilly

Phone: (831) 655-6219

Fiorenza Micheli

Phone: (831) 655-6251

Stephen Palumbi

Phone: (831) 655-6210
Steve has long been fascinated by how quickly the world around us changes. Work on the genomics of marine organisms tries to focus on basic evolutionary questions but also on practical solutions to questions about how to preserve and protect the diverse life in the sea. Steve has lectured extensively on human-induced evolutionary change, has used genetic detective work to identify whales, seahorses, rockfish and sharks for sale in retail markets, and is developing genomic methods to help find ocean species resistant to climate change. Work on corals in American Samoa has identified (...)