Dr. Isabelle Côté- Tropical Marine Ecology
Her research ranges broadly, but we are all linked by our interest in marine conservation. Virtually everything we do is applied, either directly or indirectly. Most of it deals with coastal marine ecosystems – coral reefs in particular. They use a variety of approaches, usually complementing field-intensive ecological work with meta-analyses of published information, lab experiments and/or modelling.
The current work of TMEL (Tropical Marine Ecology Lab) is divided into three overlapping areas:
Marine protected areas
Reconstructing and understanding patterns of ecological change on coral reefs
Dr. Nicholas Dulvy– Marine Biodiversity and Conservation
The Dulvy lab, like others in E2O focused on doing marine science that matters. All students and staff are focused on real world problems and often work with national, regional and international policy issues, such as international trade and MPAs. The ability to smart policy decisions in the face of scientific uncertainty requires an understanding of the deeper evolutionary and ecological patterns and processes that structure abundance, biomass, and diversity across the globe. Our conservation-facing science in-turn relies upon fundamental science that probes the fundamental rules of life on Earth.
Dr. Jonathan Moore– Aquatic Ecology
The focus on Jonathan Moore’s research is on global change biology and biodiversity in aquatic ecosystems. He and his team primarily work in coastal rivers, lakes, and estuaries with migratory fishes such as Pacific salmon. Thus, they call themselves the “salmon watersheds lab”. He aims to do research that has conservation and management implications, and works collaboratively with diverse partner organizations.
Dr. Wendy Palen– Aquatic Ecology and Conservation
The research program of Wendy’s group is broadly defined by the ecology of aquatic communities, currently ranging from amphibian populations of California, the Pacific Northwest, and the far north, to the river and lake food webs that support salmon populations from California to Alaska. We rely heavily on field-based experimental manipulations to tease apart the mechanistic underpinnings of ecological patterns, from species physiology to food web interactions. However, we are also fundamentally committed to the growing necessity for understanding the dynamics of individuals, populations, and communities at the broad spatial and temporal scales relevant to the conservation and management of aquatic systems. This kind of applied ecological problem-solving requires tailoring a combination of approaches to each particular question; from lab-based physiological assays, behavioural observations, manipulative field experiments, landscape-scale surveys, paleoecological reconstructions, population dynamics modeling, and importantly, the emerging quantitative challenge of drawing all of them together.
Dr. John Reynolds– Aquatic Ecology and Conservation
John holds the Tom Buell BC Leadership Chair in Salmon Conservation and Management at Simon Fraser University. His lab combines research and education aimed at enhancing aquatic biodiversity, including large-scale field studies of salmon and their ecosystems, with projects ranging from impacts of nutrients from salmon on birds and plants to links between life history traits of fish and vulnerability to extinction.