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.


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 recently 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!

Congratulations to Nathalie A. Reilly, who was an undergraduate intern with the PINEMAP program. The work she helped with on loblolly pine genetics was recently published -- with her as a co-author!

Congratulations to Matt Reeps, who graduated spring 2017 -- and won the Departmental Service Award!

Thanks to Dr. Jen Hamel from Elon University for presenting her research "A community approach to insect behavior" at UNCW.

Congratulations to Liz McCoy on the publication of her MS Thesis research titled "Estimating the impact of oyster restoration scenarios on transient fish production" in Restoration Ecology!

We've released version 2.10 of our enaR package for Ecosystem Network Analysis. It is now available from CRAN and this vignette shows how to use it. This package now includes a library of 100 ecosystem models.

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