ecology and evolution of communities

Our group is interested in a variety of questions from community ecology and evolutionary biology, including evolution in community contexts in microbial systems, ecology of barrier island vegetation, and  marine work on the ecology of seagrass and anemones. While maintaining a basic interest in understanding how the world around us works, we are also concerned about practical applications of our research for conservation and environmental biology. We hope that you will spend some time learning about us and our research. I can be contacted by e-mail at:

News and activities


--    Heather Hill finished her cbMS this past spring 2022.  Congrats to her as she moves on in her career.

--    Maggie Vogel is starting new postdoc at the University of Lausanne with Sara Mitri.  She also has a pub from her first postdoc in the Peterson lab.  Zauner, et al. 20212.  Microbial communities in developmental stages of lucind bivalves.  ISME Communications 2:1-10.           

--   We were visited by "Team Sarracenia", a great group of scientists conducting comprehensive studies of Sarracenia pitcher ecosystems at a variety of scales with NSF funding.  Great to see old friends and meet new ones.asdf


--    St. George census was completed for the 22nd year last November.  Many thanks to all the volunteers, especially the 2021 class of new EE grad students.  Here is the crew on Day 3.asdf

--    The dune work is discussed on the Springer Life Science blog!  Apparently Miller, Gornish, and Buckley 2010 is sufficiently cited to draw attention.