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Evolutionary ecology of marine invertebrates


Holding a gumboot chiton on San Juan Island, WA.
Photo by E. Rivest.

About me:
I am a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Ecology and Evolution at Stony Brook University, working in the lab of Jeffrey Levinton. My research interests center around evolutionary ecology of early life stages of marine invertebrates (larvae and juveniles), particularly gastropods in the genus Crepidula.

I am intere
sted in questions relating dispersal of marine invertebrates to other ecological and evolutionary processes, especially how larval dispersal type can influence local adaptation to temperature regimes and ultimately how these species may or may not evolve in response to global climate change.

I am also interested in how marine invertebrate population dynamics are driven by recruitment and subsequent survival, and how these crucial processes are affected by environmental, phenotypic, and genetic variation.


Contact:
acahill-at-life.bio.sunysb.edu

Useful links:
Levinton lab
Department of Ecology and Evolution, Stony Brook University
Calyptraeid database