Foundation species, or ecosystem engineers, are organisms that physically modify the environment in ways that benefit other species and enhance diversity. For instance, reef-building corals and canopy-forming kelps form structurally … Continue readingWhat are foundation species?
Synanthropes often share several characteristics: They are typically generalists –their diet varies according to what’s available. They are often opportunistic, “r-selected” species (short lifespan with high reproduction rate – think … Continue readingWhat makes an urban synanthrope?
Key Points: Giant Pacific octopus the largest known octopus species in the world. A recent study suggests that deep-dwelling giant Pacific octopus are positively correlated with urbanization intensity. This … Continue readingUrban Octopus
Key Points: Algal turfs are thick, carpet-like beds of seaweed that retain sediment and compete with foundation species like corals and kelps. High nutrient and sediment loads in urban waters … Continue readingAlgal Turf
Key Points: Urban sea lions utilize the extensive haul-out opportunities provided by buoys, floating docks, and other urban infrastructure. Dense aggregations of sea lions in many coastal cities suggest they … Continue readingCity Sea Lions
I recently learned about the San Francisco Subtidal Habitat Goals Project, a self-stated “Collaborative, Interagency Approach to Protect the Hidden Bay.” The organization is a collaboration between a variety of … Continue readingSan Francisco Bay Subtidal Habitat Goals Project
Urbanization may affect many aspects of marine ecosystems, but as ecologists we often ignore the potential evolutionary consequences of urban development. Several years ago now, there was a great study on … Continue readingAdaptation
I’m terribly sad to be leaving this beautiful city and a new assemblage of friends and colleagues who I will forever cherish. My time at UNSW has been eye opening … Continue readingLeavin’ on a jet plane
So. Many. Tiny. Cups. That’s the conclusion today after my first foray into stable isotope analysis with Henna. Though I must admit, chemistry was my least favorite subject in my … Continue readingSo. Many. Tiny. Cups.
SYDNEY, AUS: In the day to day here, as I commute to work, take the bus around town, and observe, I’m frequently overwhelmed by daily demonstrations of niche theory and … Continue readingNiche Theory In Everyday Life