Ryan Crim

Ryan investigated the effects of temperature and ocean acidification on marine invertebrates, particularly endangered abalone. His work ranged from climate change impacts on fertilization to larval development to adult growth and performance, and is showing that important non-additive effects emerge when temperature and carbon dioxide are manipulated simultaneously.

Rebecca Gooding

Becca’s research focused on the impacts of climate change on a predator-prey interaction: the sea star Pisaster and the mussel Mytilus. She showed that the sea stars actually grow faster in future climate conditions, and that these effects were likely to impact prey populations via changes in predation rates.

Jennifer Jorve

Jenn is interested in the effects of climate change on marine algae, particularly kelp. She is studying the ability of seaweeds to adapt to climate stress. She is co-supervised by Patrick Martone.

Rebecca Kordas

Becca is studying the ecological impacts of climate warming by experimentally increasing temperature in the field. She is interested in the effects of global warming on interspecific interactions such as competition, facilitation, and herbivory, and on ecological processes such as succession. She is co-supervised by Ladd Johnson.

Sarah Nienhuis

Sarah studied the effects of ocean acidification on calcifying marine invertebrates. Her research has examined the effects of OA on sea urchin growth, consumption, and population dynamics, and the effects of OA on calcification in dogwhelks.

Gerald Singh

Gerald studied the productivity and diversity of intertidal communities, particularly mussel beds, in the context of sea otter reintroduction to areas they were formerly extirpated. He sought to provide policy relevant results that can help resolve disputes between resource extraction and species conservation. Gerald is now working on his PhD at UBC with Kai Chan.

Penny White

Penny studied edible seaweeds in the genus Porphyra. She characterized the seaweed’s genetic population structure in British Columbia, and investigated the use of Porphyra by First Nations peoples. She was co-supervised by Sandra Lindstrom.

Graduate students

Jocelyn Nelson

Jocelyn studied invasive tunicates in the framework of multiple stressors. She deployed settlement plates throughout British Columbia and as far south as California to better understand how factors like temperature and salinity facilitate or limit the spread and impact of these invasive species.

Undergraduate students

Theraesa Coyle

Theraesa is a USRA / honors student who is studying the effects of regional variation in salinity on plant-herbivore interactions. She combines field manipulations in West Vancouver, Lions Bay, and the Gulf Islands with laboratory studies on the physiological tolerances of limpets, snails, and seaweeds.

Rebecca Martone

Rebecca co-coordinated an interdisciplinary project (BCCES) examining ecosystem service production in nearshore coastal ecosystems in response to sea otter reintroduction. Her work focused on the productivity, diversity, and stability of subtidal communities in response to trophic cascades in kelp forest ecosystems. Rebecca now works for Fisheries and Oceans Canada.

Postdoctoral fellows

Former students and postdocs

Kat Anderson

Kat is interested in the effects of anthropogenic stressors, particularly ocean acidification, on plant-herbivore interactions. Her experimental work includes laboratory investigations of algal growth and invertebrate feeding rates and field manipulations of carbon dioxide concentrations in artificial tide pools.

Jessie Clasen

Jessie’s research interests in include the diversity and functioning of microbial communities, and how these communities are related to other components of nearshore ecosystems (e.g., kelp beds). Her work compliments ongoing work on the re-establishment of sea otters in British Columbia (BCCES).

Jenn’s webpagehttp://www.zoology.ubc.ca/~jorve/Jorve_Website/Welcome.htmlhttp://www.zoology.ubc.ca/~jorve/Jorve_Website/Welcome.htmlshapeimage_9_link_0

Kyle Demes

Kyle works on seaweeds - particularly kelps - at the intersection of biomechanics, ecology, and evolution. His work includes studies of evolutionary context of variation in morphology and material properties across taxa, and on kelp phenotypic plasticity, growth, and survival in the field.

Kyle’s webpagehttp://www.kyledemes.com

Manon Picard

Manon is investigating the impacts of ocean acidification on the early life stages of oysters, which are important for aquaculture in British Columbia. Much of her research is based in situ at the Island Scallops aquaculture facility on Vancouver Island.

Norah Brown

Norah is working on the effects of climate change on fouling communities, with an emphasis on the effects of invasive species. She has manipulated carbon dioxide in the field using mesocosms and measured the resulting changes in community structure. Norah is now expanding her work to naturally acidified sites in the Mediterranean Sea.

Megan Vaughan

Megan joined the lab in the fall of 2012, and is working on the effects of ocean acidification on predator-prey interactions. Her species of interest include the sunflower star and the red sea urchin, and she is investigating the impacts of OA on their behaviour and feeding rates.

Laura Tremblay-Boyer

Laura is our resident fisheries biologist. She studies the ongoing range contraction of large pelagic predators in the Pacific Ocean, and conducts research in New Caledonia. She is co-supervised by Steve Martell.

Heather Kharouba

Heather worked on the impacts of climate change on butterflies, moths, and their host plants, with a particular interest in how warming affects the phenology of these species and their interactions. She was co-supervised by Mark Vellend.

Norah’s webpagehttp://www.zoology.ubc.ca/~nbrown/
Megan’s webpagehttps://www.zoology.ubc.ca/~mvaughan/my_blog/
Kat’s webpagehttp://nereocystis.wordpress.com/http://www.zoology.ubc.ca/~nbrown/shapeimage_16_link_0