Stuart Sandin

Dr. Stuart Sandin, an Assistant Professor at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, leads the RTI project, Benthic Community Patterns, and co-leads the RTI project, Benthic Dynamic Modeling. Stuart is a quantitative ecologist with specific interests in the population and community ecology. His research addresses questions in which ecology can most effectively inform marine management. What have been the impacts of human activities on marine ecosystems? How have changes in the structure of these ecosystems affected their functioning, especially related to important ecosystem services? Finally, how can ecological insights best be applied to develop creative and effective solutions to marine management problems? Much in the same way that an engineer provides informed solutions to practical commercial problems, an ecologist can provide informed recommendations for the protection and sustained use of natural resources. Stuart firmly believes that novel and fundamental ecological discoveries are yet to be learned, and that such discoveries hold promise to enhance current management strategies. His research focuses largely on the ecology of coral reefs, with the goal of finding effective management and restoration approaches for this imperiled ecosystem. Contact Stuart