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J. Wilson White

Quantitative Marine Ecology Laboratory

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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 not currently recruiting graduate students for 2016.

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Hameed et al. "Coupled larval production and settlement reveals limited population connectivity along 700 km of wave-swept open coast" has been accepted by Proceedings of the Royal Society B. Lead author Sarah Hameed is a PhD student at UC Davis.
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MS graduate Andrea Dingeldein's thesis is published:
Dingeldein & White (2016) Larval traits carry over to affect post-settlement behaviour in a common coral reef fish. Journal of Animal Ecology DOI: 10.1111/1365-2656.12506
MS graduate Erin Easter's first chapter is published:
Easter & White (2016) Spatial management for protogynous sex-changing fishes: a general framework for coastal systems. Marine Ecology Progress Series 543: 223-249

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 22 Feb 2016