|My research activities are focused on empirically testing ecological theory. I am particularly interested in how biodiversity affects the structure and function of communities and how environmental forces, particularly hydrodynamics, affect predator-prey interactions. I work in two model systems: New England rocky intertidal and Gulf of Mexico oyster reefs. However, students in my lab may elect to work in any area of ecology provided their research questions are interesting and their experiments feasible. My students have successfully completed MS degrees studying seagrass growth and blue crab toxicology. In general, research in my lab will have a strong empirical component and will normally involve field experiments.