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Nearshore and coastal ecology, larval ecology, larval transport and dispersal, population ecology, and large scale ecology

Research in our lab addresses the factors that determine the distribution and abundance of benthic organisms. We conduct our research in temperate and tropical environments, and our research interests include the following:

  • Effects of environmental heterogeneity, particularly hydrodynamic phenomena, on larval behavior, larval transport, larval dispersal, settlement, recruitment and population dynamics

  • Population ecology of nearshore benthic species

  • Effects of physical heterogeneities, particularly hydrodynamic processes and small-scale temperature variability, on the distribution of benthic and large pelagic species

  • Geographic and vertical ranges of benthic marine invertebrates, and bathymetric patterns of species diversity

Population ecology Larval transport by internal bores and waves Bathymetric ranges and depth patterns in species diversity
Settlement and recruitment Behavior and distribution (barnacle animations here...) Regional patterns in reproduction and settlement
Plankton distribution in internal waves and bores Population ecology and larval transport in mangrove lagoons Temperature variability in Red Sea coral reefs
  Prey aggregation by internal waves and foraging and distributional response by fish and large vertebrates
     
Jesús Pineda
Senior Scientist
Biology Department MS 50
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
Woods Hole, Massachusetts 02543, USA
(508) 289 2274 voice, (508) 457 213 fax
 j(pined)a@whoi.@e(d)u
 
   

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