Ecological networks from landscapes to food webs

Date and Location

Apr 21, 2015 - 4:00pm
Network Science Lab, Bldg 434, Rm 122


Elizabeth Forbes
IGERT Trainee
Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Marine Biology, UC Santa Barbara


In Spring 2015, seminars will be student-led.  Current IGERT trainees and associates will decide on the subject matter for each day, presenting papers, providing updates on module progress, and discussion other research results related to the broad subject of Network Science.

On April 21, Elizabeth Forbes will host a panel of researchers from Ecology, Evolution, and Marine Biology (EEMB) to discuss and introduce Network Science research as it relates to ecology.

John McLaughlin (, graduate student researcher in Marine Science Institute, EEMB. John researches the structure and dynamics of food webs: broadly, quantifying ecosystem complexity to compare different ecosystems.  He will be speaking about the impact of incorporating parasites and infectious diseases on food web complexity.

Carol Blanchette (,, associate research biologist at the Marine Science Institute. Carol is a near-shore marine community ecologist.  She will be talking about recent work on the incorporation of non-trophic (i.e. non-feeding) interactions into ecological networks.

Max Castorani (,, post-doctoral researcher at the Marine Science Institute. Max is a coastal/estuarine marine ecologist interested in the impacts of disturbance on marine habitat-forming species like kelp and seagrasses.  He will be speaking about his work on representing dynamic connections between habitat patches.

Andrew Hein (,, post-doctoral researcher at Princeton's Ecology and Evolutionary Biology department, visiting at EEMB. Andrew researches animal movement: how do animals make movement decisions in their ecological space?  Andrew will be talking about measuring information flow in a network of social animals.