Welcome to the Systems Ecology and Ecoinformatics Laboratory at the UNCW. The overarching goals of our work are

  1. to understand the lawful processes that create, constrain, and sustain ecological systems, and
  2. to develop a formal science of environment that we can use to comprehend the causes and consequences of both local and global environmental changes.

We use a variety of quantitative, computational and informatic methods to address questions like:

  • What role do indirect effects play in ecological interactions? How rapidly do they develop?
  • What processes are required to explain phytoplankton dynamics in the Ross Sea?
  • What makes an ecosystem sustainable?
  • How do we quantitatively predict environmental impacts?
  • What is environment?

If you are interested in learning more, joining us, or collaborating with us, please contact Dr. Stuart Borrett at borretts _at_ uncw _dot_ edu.


Congratulations to Jacob Bentley and team on their new publication Diet uncertainty analysis strengthens model-derived indicators of food web structure and function now published in Ecological Indicators!

Dr. Borrett is serving in the role of Interim Associate Provost for Research at UNCW starting July 1, 2018.

Congratulations to Mr. Evan Anway, Ms. Sarah Brewster, Ms. Jessica Gribble, and Mr. Hunter Synan on their 2018 graduations! The SEE Lab is proud of your hard work and accomplishments!

Our Bibliometric review of Ecological Network Analysis: 2010-2016 is now published in Ecological Modelling! In this paper we are building a broad and comprehensive understanding of the Ecological Network Analysis (ENA), which is used to investigate ecosystem organization and functioning. While ENA has a 40+ year history, this paper looks at the more recent work to assess the current state of the research. This work is in collaboration with our colleagues at the Duke Network Analysis Center.

Congratulations to Camille de la Vega and colleagues on their recent paper Seasonal dynamics and ecosystem functioning of the Sylt-Romo Bight, Northern Wadden Sea.

We have a new simple tutorial to help users get started using enaR. Let Dr. Borrett know what you think!

Thanks to the Wilmington Star News for the shout out as one of the Cape Fear Faces.

Congratulations to Lindsey Bockover for her UNCW CSURF supplies grant to fund part of her investigations of inquiline food webs in purple pitcher plants!

Dr. Borrett enjoyed the ENA workshop at The Alfred Wegener-Institut Helmholtz -Zentrum fur Polar- und Meeresforschung (Sept. 23-27, 2017) on this island of Sylt in Germany (photos).

Thanks to a great collaboration, our new paper Ecological network metrics: opportunities for synthesis is available in the journal EcoSphere. Thanks for leading this work Dr. Lau!

Congratulations to Andria K. Salas who was awarded a John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship! Ms. Salas completed her MS Marine Science in the SEELab, and will soon finish her PhD at the Unversity of Texas Austin. Way to go Andria!

We've released version 3.0 of our enaR package for Ecosystem Network Analysis. It is now available from CRAN and this vignette shows how to use it.

The develoment version of enaR is available on our GitHub site.