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J. Wilson White

Quantitative Marine Ecology Laboratory


Our lab uses a variety of quantitative and empirical tools to investigate the dynamics of marine populations and communities across a range of spatial and temporal scales.

The overall goal of the lab is to investigate factors affecting the metapopulation dynamics of marine species across spatial scales. Consequently we work on topics ranging from small scales, focused on individual behavioral decisions (e.g., how do predators choose patches of prey?), to large scales, dealing with the influence of larval dispersal and fishery management strategies on source-sink dynamics and the design of marine protected areas.  In all of these efforts we utilize quantitative approaches that allow us to "scale up" small-scale processes to examine their population-level consequences, and vice versa.

Current research topics in our lab include the spatial scale of predator foraging decisions, the effects of size-selective mortality on the population dynamics of sex-changing fish, the effects of endocrine disrupting compounds on population dynamics, and the role of environmental variability in structuring estuarine predator-prey interactions.

Dr. White is currently recruiting a PhD student for fall 2015 or 2016 to work on the population dynamics and conservation of sex-changing fishes.


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Honors student Erin McCarthy's thesis is published: McCarthy & White. Density-dependent prey mortality is determined by the spatial scale of predator foraging. Oecologia, in press

MS student Melissa Heintz's thesis is published:
Heintz et al. (2015) Endocrine disrupting compounds alter risk-taking behavior in fish (Poecelia reticulata). Ethology 121:480-491

White (2015)
Marine reserve design theory for species with ontogenetic migration published in Biology Letters

Department of Biology and Marine Biology
University of North Carolina Wilmington
601 S. College Rd
Wilmington, NC 28403
(910) 962-3058 (voice)
(910) 962-4066 (fax)
whitejw [at] uncw [dot] edu

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Last modified 18 August 2015