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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 effect of larval experiences on post-settlement behavior in reef fishes, and optimal spatial management strategies for ontogenetically migrating fishes.

Dr. White is currently accepting a graduate student interested in using otolith chemical analysis to investigate spatial population dynamics. 


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Talk on MPA science at State of the CA Central Coast

Honors student Matt Birk's thesis is in press: Birk and White (2003) Experimental determination of the spatial scale of a prey patch from the predator's perspectiveOecologia, in press.

White et al. (2014) Paper accepted! White, et al. (2014)
Stochastic models reveal conditions for cyclic dominance in sockeye salmon populations just published in Ecological Monographs

Burgess et al. (2014) Beyond connectivity: how empirical methods can quantify population persistence to improve marine protected area design just published in Ecological Applications

Stier & White (2014)
Predator density and the functional response of coral reef fish just published in Coral Reefs

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 16 Feb 2014