Michael Behrens, Ph.D


My teaching activities focus primarily on ecology and animal diversity.  This includes general ecology and the ecology of specific habitats, such as marine systems or rivers and streams. My teaching in the area of animal diversity includes general coverage for lower division students and invertebrate zoology.

My research interests include ecology, evolution biology and biogeography, primarily in aquatic systems. Much of my past research has focused on interactions between herbivores and algae in marine systems. This has included studies of geographical gradients of herbivorous fish diversity and how temperature effects on physiology may play a role in driving this pattern and the effects of fisheries and disease on sea urchins and kelp forest ecology. My current research projects include studies of the community and physiological ecology on herbivorous fishes on the Olympic Peninsula of Washington, disease ecology of sea urchins, ecology of human infectious diseases in the United States, and the scope and implications of the international wildlife trade. These projects involve undergraduate student researchers at PLU and collaborators from Brown University, University of Georgia, and the Wildlife Trust.


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