• Benthic Dynamic Modeling

    Exploring how natural and human-caused factors determine winners and losers among the seafloor community­ Ecological modeling provides the mathematical toolkit with which to explore relationships between benthic...

  • Bridging reef resilience research & conservation

    Working in partnership with reef managers to better integrate reef science and management, and improve the fit between advances in research and ongoing and new challenges in...

  • Benthic community patterns

    Exploring how benthic organisms are spatially distributed on coral reefs, how these patterns reflect the biology of the organisms and their interactions with their physical environment, and...

  • Spatial ecology of herbivores

    Exploring the spatial and behavioral patterns of herbivorous reef fishes in order to understand the extent and location of their impacts on reefs. Herbivores play a critical...

  • Herbivory & coral recruitment

    Exploring how large fishes that feed on algae and corals influence coral establishment, survival, and overall reef resilience by modifying the seafloor as they feed. Large reef...

  • Coral recruitment, calcification & bioerosion

    Investigating the rates of coral recruitment, calcification, and bioerosion and the factors that influence them on a relatively pristine reef system. Coral recruitment, calcification and bioerosion are...

  • Physical oceanography

    Developing a detailed circulation model of Palmyra Atoll based on physical oceanographic data from remote sensing and field measurements. Through our work measuring and modeling characteristics of...