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J. Wilson White

Quantitative Marine Ecology Laboratory


Effective Sept. 2017, Dr. White's lab will move to Oregon State University, where he will join the Coastal Oregon Marine Experiment Station (COMES) at Hatfield Marine Science Center.

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. Please do not ask if I work with sharks or dolphins.

Dr. White is not currently recruiting graduate students for 2016.


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Talk on MPA science at State of the CA Central Coast

Paper accepted:
White JW, Nickols KJ, Botsford LW (2017) Response to O'Leary et al.: Misuse of models leads to misguided conservation recommendations. Conservation Letters, in press.
Paper accepted:
White JW, Cole BJ, Cherr GN, Connon RE, Brander SM. (2017) Scaling up endocrine disruption effects from individuals to populations: outcomes depend on how many males a population needs. Environmental Science and Technology, in press. DOI 10.1021/acs.est.6b05276
Paper accepted:
Kimbro DL, Grabowski JH, Hughes AR, Piehler MF, White JW. (2017) Nonconsumptive effects of a predator weaken then rebound over time. Ecology, in press. DOI 10.1002/ecy.1702

New publication:

White JW, Nickols KJ, Malone D, Carr MH, Starr RM, Cordoleani F, Baskett ML, Hastings A, Botsford LW (2016) Methods for fitting state-space integral projection models to size-structured time series data to estimate unknown parameters. Ecological Applications 26: 2675-2692
 Model code

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 9 Jan 2017