Diversity in New York Coastal Systems
Our work in local coastal systems focuses on how species interactions interact with abiotic factors to shape community diversity and ecosystem functioning. Beginning with a focus on non-consumptive effects, the lab's interest has grown to consider how predators, prey, competitors, and mutualists all interact with their environment to influence community composition, contributions to important ecosystem services, and outcomes of management actions. Current work includes how predators impact biogeochemical cycles in salt marshes and oyster reefs and how mutualisms in salt marshes impact marsh restoration practices.
Related Articles (* indicate undergraduate author)
Gosnell, J.S., Spurgin, K.*, and Levine, E. Caged oysters still get scared: Predator presence and number influence growth in oysters, but only at very close ranges. 2017. Marine Ecology Progress Series 568: 111–122.
Needles, L. A., Gosnell, J. S., Waltz, T. W., Wendt, D. E., and Gaines, S. D. Trophic cascades in an invaded ecosystem: Native keystone predators facilitate a dominant invader in an estuarine community. 2015. Oikos 124: 1282–1292.
Gosnell, J.S., and Gaines, S.D. 2012. Keystone intimidators in the intertidal: non-consumptive effects of a keystone sea star regulate feeding and growth in whelks. Marine Ecology Progress Series 450:107-114.