Welcome to the Systems Ecology and Ecoinformatics Laboratory at the UNCW. The overarching goals of our work are

  1. to understand the lawful processes that create, constrain, and sustain ecological systems, and
  2. to develop a formal science of environment that we can use to comprehend the causes and consequences of both local and global environmental changes.

We use a variety of quantitative, computational and informatic methods to address questions like:

  • What role do indirect effects play in ecological interactions? How rapidly do they develop?
  • What processes are required to explain phytoplankton dynamics in the Ross Sea?
  • What makes an ecosystem sustainable?
  • How do we quantitatively predict environmental impacts?
  • What is environment?

If you are interested in learning more, joining us, or collaborating with us, please contact Dr. Stuart Borrett at borretts _at_ uncw _dot_ edu.


Dr. Borrett enjoyed the 2023 International Society for Ecological Modelling Global Conference. You can learn more about the Workshop on Ecological Network Analaysis he taught with Dr. Brian Fath.

Dr. Borrett enjoyed guest lecturing about ecological networks (notes) in Dr. Albert Meier's ecology class @Western Kentucky University.

Check out our newest paper! Network construction, evaluation, and documentation: A guideline

Our enaR software package is available from our GitHub enaR site. Please see this brief tutorial for instructions on how to load it from GitHub.

Congratulations to Jacob Bentley and team on their publication Diet uncertainty analysis strengthens model-derived indicators of food web structure and function now published in Ecological Indicators!

We have a new simple tutorial to help users get started using enaR. Let Dr. Borrett know what you think!

We've released version 3.0 of our enaR package for Ecosystem Network Analysis. It is now available from CRAN and this vignette shows how to use it.

The develoment version of enaR is available on our GitHub site.