We study the eco-evolutionary dynamics of aquatic ecosystems. The study of eco-evolutionary dynamics focuses on bi-directional interactions occurring between ecology and evolution in nature. We examine how evolution shapes populations, communities, and ecosystems and how these ecological changes feed back to shape the trajectory of evolution. Because our research is at the interface of ecology and evolution, we utilize a diversity of techniques and approaches. In particular, we combine surveys of genetic, phenotypic, and ecological variation in nature with field and laboratory experiments to test the mechanisms underlying observed patterns. Our research addresses basic questions in evolutionary ecology and applied questions in conservation biology and fisheries management. We are located at the Long Marine Laboratory at UC Santa Cruz.



Lab News


May 16, 2016 - Devin Chance wins Norris Center Award


May 5, 2016 - Coho salmon smolt release in Scott Creek: Video


April 29, 2016 - River herring declines: Martha’s Vineyard Magazine


March 28, 2016 - Attention biology teachers: Announcing summer RET program


March 24, 2016 - Dave Fryxell receives student research awards from SFS and ASN


March 17, 2016 - New paper: River herring bycatch


Feb 16, 2016 - Postdoc opportunity: Genetics of alosine fishes


Feb 4, 2016 - Eric talks Unnatural Selection: BBC News | BBC Radio Documentary

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