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Will White

I use a combination of empirical, theoretical, and statistical tools to investigate the structure and dynamics of marine populations, from individual behavioral interactions to coast-wide metapopulations.  My research interests include predator-prey interactions, the foraging behavior of fishes, larval dispersal, metapopulation dynamics, and the spatial management of marine fisheries.


Graduate Students

Lisa Hollensead (PhD Marine Biology)

[starting Fall 2012]

Andrea Dingeldein (MS Marine Biology)

I attended UNCW and graduated with a B.S. in Marine Biology and a B.A. in Studio Art in 2010. In the spring of 2009, I enrolled in a research apprenticeship at the University of Washington's Friday Harbor Labs on the San Juan Islands. There, I studied the flora and fauna of the Pacific rocky intertidal and surveyed the colonization of coarse wood debris (fallen logs) by marine organisms. Currently, I am interested in questions surrounding the larval life history stage of invertebrates and reef fishes. My graduate research will be focused on the growth and development of larval bluehead wrasse and how this influences recruit behavior.

Melissa Heintz (MS Marine Biology)

Originally from Boyertown, PA, I graduated in May 2011 from Saint Francis University, PA with a B.S. in marine biology. As an undergrad, I did research on tomont chemoreception of Cryptocaryon irritans, a common marine parasite that infects fish. I also swam for Saint Francis University’s Division I women’s swim team. My research interests include the effects of EDCs (endocrine disrupting chemicals) on the predator behavior of fish species commonly found in North Carolina’s Cape Fear region.

Erin Easter (MS Marine Biology)

[starting Fall 2012]

Undergraduate Honors Students

Matthew Birk

My primary research interests lie in the predator-prey interactions of cephalopods. I am also interested in other aspects of behavioral ecology as well as ecophysiology, sensory systems, and animal communication. I enjoy taking an organismal approach to his research. I am currently using a freshwater fish model system to determine the spatial scale at which predators perceive patches of their prey. I hope to use these data to better understand how predators make their foraging decisions.

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Kaela Vogel

Project: marine population dynamics

Amanda Jefferson

Project: transient responses of fished populations to marine reserves


Current position
whitney_headshot Whitney Wilson – Honors (2012)

"Condition at larval settlement affects post-settlement
social decision-making in a coral reef fish"

MS student, UNCW

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Last modified 9 July 2012