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At a field site in the lower York River, VA, USA

My name is Matt Whalen and I am a postdoctoral fellow with the Hakai Institute, University of British Columbia, and MarineGEO. I am generally interested in how environmental conditions and interactions among species shape food webs and in how biodiversity at multiple scales determines the stability and functioning of ecosystems. I particularly like working with plants and animals in marine systems.

I investigate how feedbacks between environmental variability and biodiversity affect key ecosystem processes in coastal marine communities. Through experiments and data synthesis, I aim to find out how processes that influence the causes and consequences of biodiversity play out at different temporal and spatial resolutions.

My research spans habitats and scales. My most recent research has focused on rocky intertidal shores, subtidal rocky reefs, seagrasses, fouling communities on docks and piers.

 

Pointing in Big Bend, Texas, USA.

I am also interested in thinking about questions of deep history on our planet, which can tell us about how present patterns of interaction in ecosystems arose, and in figuring out where our ecosystems are headed in the future.

I enjoy being on the water, hiking, brewing beer, cooking with my partner, and the feeling I get when I see how math, science, and art yield insights into the natural world that exists in and around all of us.

Thanks for visiting and feel free to drop a line.

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3 thoughts on “Home

  1. Matt, thanks for the background on your areas of research interest. I am sure our Young Scholars students will appreciate hearing about your work this Saturday when we visit.

  2. what a great site Matt! Christopher and I are enjoying following you. Thanks so much for sharing the Halloween witch and gnomes photo! Hope you are both better than well.Happy spring! 4/8/17

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