We study the eco-evolutionary dynamics of freshwater and coastal 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

Jan 3, 2017 - New paper: Urbanization accelerates trait change (PNAS)

Oct 16, 2016 - Shad and river herring management decision: Bay Journal

Sept 26, 2016 - New paper: Nutrient loading by anadromous fishes

July 29, 2016 - Impacts of bycatch on river herring: Bay Journal

July 1, 2016 - Welcome to our summer interns

June 7, 2016 - New paper: Ecosystem effects of co-invasion

June 6, 2016 - Emily Argo awarded USFWS and Knauss Fellowships

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

March 17, 2016 - New paper: River herring bycatch

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

Ecology and Evolutionary Biology @ UCSChttp://www.eeb.ucsc.edu/


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UCSC Freshwater and Coastal Ecology Lab