Research in the Baum Lab is motivated by a fundamental desire to understand how human activities are changing marine ecosystems, and what the consequences of these changes are for nature and for people. Our current research centres around the following questions:
We are committed to open science and data sharing, and to outreach aimed at enhancing public understanding of our research, ocean conservation, and science in general. Our overarching goal is to make scientific discoveries that advance understanding of oceanic ecosystems, and inform and inspire effective solutions for their conservation.
News - Spring 2019
The Baum Lab is recruiting new PhD students and Post-doctoral researchers to conduct field-based and macroecological coral reef research. I am especially interested in recruiting a talented post-doctoral researcher with marine ecology and/or stable isotope experience who could work on various aspects of 'Coral Reef Recovery from Multiple Stressors' (e.g. coral habitat complexity, fish abundance and diversity, fish trophic dynamics and food web requiring) following a mass mortality event.
Our first coral microbiome paper is out!! Led by former MSc student Jamie McDevitt-Irwin, with Becky Vega-Thurber and Melissa Garren (thanks for teaching us about microbes!), we show that both local disturbance and heat stress increase beta diversity of the coral microbiome, March
Welcome new post-doc Dr. Hannah Epstein! Hannah will be working on our Kiritiamti coral microbiome project, and we're thrilled to have her onboard!, Feb.
Our first SfM paper is out now in Scientific Reports! Led by former MSc student Jenn Magel, and in collaboration with John Burns, we show that changes in reef structural complexity are evident just one year after a mass coral mortality event, Feb.
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