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.


Check out our two newest papers! Biodiversity increases multitrophic energy use efficiency, flow and storage in grasslands and Shifting levels of ecological network’s analysis reveals different system properties.

Unfortunatley, our enaR software package has fallen off of CRAN. While we are working to correct this issue, the software remains available from our GitHub enaR site. Please see this brief tutorial for instructions.

Dr. Borrett is presented at the 2019 Southeast - International Commerce & Innovation Summit: Energy, Ocean Economy and Sustainable Development in Charlotte, NC.

Dr. Borrett is now serving as UNCW's Associate Provost for Research and Innovation. Dr. Borrett is delighted to join a number of new campus leaders (read more)

Dr. Borrett was honored to talk with the Cape Fear Rotary Club (Mar 8, 2019) about Why do Universites do Research? and highlight research at UNCW.

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!

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.

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

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.