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:
-21 November 2013
Former O'Connor lab directed studies student Coreen Forbes' article "Fear of the dark? Community-level effects of non-lethal predators change with light regime" was named 'editor's choice' for the December issue of Oikos!
- 1 November 2013
Matt successfully defended his dissertation proposal, entitled 'Effects of sub-lethal temperature stress at the biochemical, individual, and population level in the splash pool copepod, Tigriopus californicus'.
-25 October 2013
Ross gave a talk on seagrass ecology at the American Academy of Underwater Sciences/European Scientific Diving Panel Joint International Symposium in Curacao.
-16 October 2013
The lab met with Dan Simberloff and discussed the past and future of ecology as a science!
-22 September 2013
Visiting researcher Maria Beger joins the O'Connor lab for several weeks to collaborate on ongoing dispersal/connectivity research.
-10 September 2013
Matt's paper about yelloweye rockfish populations is out in PLoS ONE.
- 4 September 2013
Adrian's new paper about the trophic ecology of reef cryptofauna came out in Coral Reefs.
- 26 August 2013
The lab welcomes new Masters student Natalie Caulk to the fold!
- 18 August 2013
Mary spoke to CBC online, Oregon Public Radio and the Ubyssey about the new climate impacts study!
- 10 August 2013
Ross was awarded the Kevin Flanagan Travel Award for the 2013 American Academy of Underwater Science Symposium in Curacao!
- 4-9 August 2013
Joey, Ross and Mary are presenting at the ESA Conference in Minneapolis this week.
- 30 July 2013
O'Connor Lab collaborator Robyn Zerebecki publishes a paper on snail feeding in Spartina alterniflora in MEPS.
-16-17 July 2013
Ross participated in maintenance dives on the NEPTUNE hydrographic platform at Folger Passage in Barkley Sound.
- 8-13 July 2013
Mary and Joey participate in the Ecological Energetics working group at NCEAS.
-7 July 2013
Lab assistants Nicole and John finished their initial scientific diver training!
Picture of the Week
We cleaned the lab, which contained decades of research paraphernalia. Among the treasures, a boot disk! To what? No indication. We will never know.
New Lab Papers
Subtle population genetic structure in Yelloweye Rockfish (Sebastes ruberrimus) is consistent with a major oceanographic division in British Columbia, Canada. Siegle, M. R., E. B. Taylor, K. M. Miller, R. E. Withler, K. L. Yamanaka. 2013. PLoS ONE.
Predators alter community organization of coral reef cryptofauna and reduce abundance of coral mutualists. Stier A.C. and Leray M. 2013. Coral Reefs. doi: 10.1007/s00338-013-1077-2.
Notes from the field: Lessons learned from using ecosystem service approaches to inform real-world decisions. Ruckelshaus ... Bernhardt, et al. 2013. Ecological Economics.
Ecosystem services and beyond: Using multiple metaphors to understand human-environment relationships. Raymond, Singh, Benessaiah, Bernhardt, et al. 2013. BioScience.
Global imprint of climate change on marine life. Poloczanska ... O'Connor, et al. 2013. Nature Climate Change.
Snail behavioral preference for flowering stems does not impact Spartina alterniflora reproduction. Zerebecki, R & Hughes, A.R. 2013. Marine Ecology Progress Series, 487.
Climate change and species interactions: beyond local communities. B. Gilbert and M. I. O'Connor. 2013. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences.
Predator density and timing of arrival affect reef fish community assembly. 2013. Stier et al., Ecology 94(5).
Does fish larval dispersal differ between high and low latitudes? 2013. Leis, Caselle, Bradbury, Kristiansen, Llopiz, Miller, O'Connor, et al. Proceedings of the Royal Soceity, B.
Illegal Shark Fishing in the Galapagos Marine Reserve. Carr L.A., Stier A.C., Fietz K., Montero I., Gallagher A.J., and J.F. Bruno. 2013. Marine Policy. 39: 317–321.
Process-based models are required to manage
ecological systems in a changing world. 2013. Cuddington, K., M.-J. Fortin, L. R. Gerber, A. Hastings, A. Liebhold, M. O’Connor, and C. Ray. Ecosphere 4(2).