Craig Koenigs

Graduate student, degree program: PhD
Department of Ecology, Evolution and Marine Biology
University of California
Santa Barbara, CA 93106

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I am a Ph.D. student with the SBC LTER, and started in 2014. I am studying how biodiversity shapes spatiotemporal patterns in long-term biomass data of the kelp forest benthic community, which is a complex patchwork of understory algae and sessile invertebrates that compete for space under the canopy of giant kelp (Macrocystis pyrifera). Ultimately, I aim to elucidate the mechanisms through which biodiversity may (or may not) promote stability in the dynamics of ecological communities, using a combination of theory, analysis of long-term data and experimentation.