Current Students

AMY HENRY:  Amy is studying whether sandy-bottom ecosystems flip between seagrass- and sand dollar-dominated alternative states in the San Juan Islands of Washington, and whether outbreaks of disease mediate dominance.





ELIZABETH SANDER:  Liz is co-advised by Stefano Allesina.  She is developing network theory and analysis that can be connected to the interaction web data from Tatoosh Island, Washington that has been collected over the past 45 years.  This includes developing realistic interaction web models to test for commonalities in behavior with patterns obseved in empirical webs, developing algorithms to fit time series data to multi-species models, and probing for structural patterns in the Tatoosh interaction web

Allesina, S. E. Sander, M. J. Smith, and S. Tang.  2013.  Superelliptical laws for complex networks.  arXiv preprint arXiv:1309.7275

Sander, E. L., J. T. Wootton, and S. Allesina.  2015.  What can interaction webs tell us about species roles? PLoS Computational Biology. 11(7): e1004330. doi:10.1371/journal.pcbi.1004330

Smith, M. J., E. Sander, G. Barabás, and S. Allesina.  2015.  Stability and feedback levels in food webs.  Ecology Letters 18: 593-595.



JOHN PARK: John became interested in how temporal fluctuations influence life history evolution and community composition after noting patterns of biting flies on the Canadian Tundra while doing research. He is now exploring responses of the high tidepool copepod Tigriopus on Tatoosh Island and the adjacent mainland to regimes of wave wash, pool drying, temperature stress and rainfall by combining experiments and obervations in tide pools with demographic modeling.

Park, J.S. In Press. A race against time: habitat alteration by snow geese prunes the seasonal sequence of mosquito emergence in a subaractic brackish landscape. Polar Biology.