Evolutionary ecology of marine invertebrates
My research interests center around evolutionary ecology of early life stages of marine species. I am interested in questions relating dispersal of marine invertebrates and algae to other ecological and evolutionary processes, especially how 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.
I currently have a post-doc position in the Institut Mediterraneen de Biodiversite et d'Ecologie marine et continentale (IMBE), working at the Station Marine d'Endoume (Marseille, France) to understand population genetics, connectivity, and dispersal in marine systems.
I recently obtained my Ph.D. in the Department of Ecology and Evolution at Stony Brook University, working in the lab of Jeffrey Levinton on the evolutionary ecology of gastropods in the genus Crepidula.
abigail.cahill [at] imbe.fr