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Ecology in Variable Environments

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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.

I am joining the Biology Department at Reed College as an Assistant Professor in August 2017. 



May: I've visited NCEAS to participate in the first meeting of a new working group: Synthesizing population and community synchrony to understand drivers of ecological stability across LTER sites.

January: Sam heads to his first SICB Meeting to participate in a symposium on the indirect effects of global change.


August: I'm going to be a visitor in Tony Ives's lab in Madison, Wisconsin for much of the 2016-2017 year.

June: Ever wondered how environmental variation can impact organisms? how to understand if it is changing?, or how to manipulate existing time series question to ask "what if" questions? If so, you might enjoy this paper I helped complete.

May: I've accepted a position as an Assistant Professor of Biology at Reed College! I am officially starting in August 2017.

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