Heather Hunt Lab
I study the physical and biological processes influencing the structure and organization of benthic marine invertebrate communities. Major themes include:
- Understanding the effects of climate change in coastal marine communities:
- Ocean acidification: relative effects of sediment and water column acidification on invertebrates living in the sediment;
- Ocean warming: quantifying and forecasting changes in patterns of abundance and distribution of invertebrates and fish in subtidal cobble habitat.
- The role of events during the early post-settlement period, when juvenile invertebrates have settled to the bottom and metamorphosed from the larval stage. Mortality and dispersal rates during this crucial life stage can be high, and may influence the distribution and abundance of adult organisms.