Understanding the relationships between individual organisms and their environment is a fundamental goal in ecology, which is all the more pertinent due to the unprecedented environmental changes underway.
Research in the Kroeker Lab addresses the drivers of change in marine communities. Our research program is advanced by two complementary approaches. First, we combine field experiments with laboratory manipulations to understand the underpinnings of community and ecosystem dynamics. Second, we use meta-analysis and modeling to synthesize empirical results and advance broad theoretical frameworks for predicting the emergent effects of environmental change. We use a variety of systems to answer our questions, from seagrass ecosystems and rocky intertidal communities to rocky reefs surrounding volcanic carbon dioxide vents and kelp forests.
For global problems such as environmental change, science can identify the problem, its effects, and a portfolio of potential solutions. Enactment of these solutions will require communication and collaboration across scientific disciplines and non-academic organizations. Research in the Kroeker Lab is therefore strengthened by interdisciplinary collaborations with other scientists, stakeholders, practitioners and managers, as well as engagement with policy makers. We endeavor to do science that can inform sustainable solutions to some of our most pressing environmental problems.