Community Ecology

Deanna Beatty

  • Postdoctoral Researcher
  • Center for Population Biology
  • Evolution and Ecology Department
  • Bodega Marine Laboratory
  • Coastal and Marine Sciences Institute
UC Davis, Storer Hall

The Hunt for Bryozoans

“Oh sweet Jesus!” The words are out of my mouth before I can stop myself, as fast as the cold water making it through the zipper of my wetsuit. I never seem to remember how cold the water is here in Bodega Bay until I’m in it. “Ah! Alright, let’s go!”

Terrestrial Ecology

Many workers define ecology as the science that explains the abundance and distribution of species. Despite a century of work on questions surrounding this, the field has only a rudimentary grasp on the factors that are important. Rick Karban (Dept. of Entomology) has been censusing populations of wooly bear caterpillars in the Bodega Bay area for 25 years however, there is relatively little in the way of understanding the factors that produce patterns in abundance and distribution.