We study how ecosystems work, how they change, and what that means for humans.
We want to understand what drives variation in ecosystem structure and function to better understand the ecological impacts of climate change and habitat modification, and to explore how conservation efforts can be most effective given natural environmental changes.
Our research includes:
Resources for dealing with personal challenges that arise while in grad school (or life in general):
stress and depression
more coming, please suggest good ones that focus on resources and solutions!
Pikas are tiny farmers - Natalie Stafl's research is featured in the Westcoast Reader
Tseng, M. and M. I. O'Connor. 2015. Predators modify the evolutionary response of prey to temperature change. Biology Letters 11: 2015:0798.
Biodiversity mediates top-down control in eelgrass ecosystems: a global comparative-experimental approach. Duffy, J.E., Reynolds, P.L., Boström, C., Coyer, J.A., Cusson, M., Donadi, S., Douglass, J. G., Eklöf, J. S., Engelen, A.H., Eriksson, B.K., Fredriksen, S., Gamfeldt, L., Gustafsson, C., Hoarau, G., Hori, M., Hovel, K., Iken, K., Lefcheck, J. S., Moksnes, P., Nakaoka, M., O'Connor, M.I., Olsen, J.L., Richardson, J.P., Ruesink, J.L., Sotka, E.E., Thormar, J., Whalen, M.A., J.J Stachowicz. (2015). Ecology Letters, doi:10.1046
Huang, A. M. Essak, M. I. O'Connor. 2015. Top down control by great blue herons Ardea heroditas regulates seagrass associated epifauna. Oikos.
Indirect effects of predators control herbivore richness and abundance in a benthic eelgrass (Zostera marina) mesograzer community. Amundrud SL, Srivastava DS, O'Connor MI. 2015. Journal of Animal Ecology.
A comparison of epifaunal invertebrate communities in native eelgrass Zostera marina and non-native Zostera japonica at Tsawwassen, BC. Knight, N.S., Prentice, C., Tseng, M., & M.I. O'Connor. 2015. Marine Biology Research