Diversity in New York Coastal Systems

Our work in local coastal systems focuses on how species interactions interact with abiotic factors to shape community diversity and ecosystem functioning. Beginning with a focus on non-consumptive effects, the lab's interest has grown to consider how predators, prey, competitors, and mutualists all interact with their environment to influence community composition, contributions to important ecosystem services, and outcomes of management actions. Current work includes how predators impact biogeochemical cycles in salt marshes and oyster reefs and how mutualisms in salt marshes impact marsh restoration practices.

Related Articles (* indicate undergraduate author)

Gosnell, J.S., Spurgin, K.*, and Levine, E. Caged oysters still get scared: Predator presence and number influence growth in oysters, but only at very close ranges. 2017. Marine Ecology Progress Series 568: 111–122.

Levine, E., Gosnell, J. S., and Goetz, E. Natural cultch type influences habitat preference and predation, but not survival, in reef-associated species. 2017. Restoration Ecology 25: 101-111.

Needles, L. A., Gosnell, J. S., Waltz, T. W., Wendt, D. E., and Gaines, S. D. Trophic cascades in an invaded ecosystem: Native keystone predators facilitate a dominant invader in an estuarine community. 2015. Oikos 124: 1282–1292.

Fakhoury, W.A.*, and Gosnell, J.S. Limits to local adaptation? Some impacts of temperature on Nucella emarginata differ among populations, while others do not. 2014. Marine Biology: 161:1943-1948.

Gosnell, J.S., DiPrima, J.B., and Gaines, S.D. 2012. Habitat complexity impacts persistence and species interactions in an intertidal whelk. Marine Biology 159:2867-2874.

Gosnell, J.S., and Gaines, S.D. 2012. Keystone intimidators in the intertidal: non-consumptive effects of a keystone sea star regulate feeding and growth in whelks. Marine Ecology Progress Series 450:107-114.

Gosnell, J.S. Non-consumptive effects of a keystone intertidal predator and community consequences. 2010 Graduate Student Symposium, Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Marine Biology, UCSB.