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I am an ecologist interested in how environmental variation influences the composition, structure, and functioning of interactive biological communities. I consider myself a community ecologist, but my research extends into physiological, population, and ecosystem ecology as well. Most of my research takes place in aquatic ecosystems and I especially enjoy working with lake and pond pelagic food webs. I incorporate field observations, short-term lab experiments, and mathematical models to address my research questions. I think that a variety of approaches makes for strong scientific inference, and makes things more fun for the scientist.
I am a currently a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Yale University, where I am advised by David Vasseur.
February: Sam and David's paper how thermal variability and species interactions alter the response of populations to climate warming is accepted in Ecology.
January: Sam quoted in the New York Times regarding the ongoing common murre die off in Alaska Link