Holly Moeller (Homepage)Assistant Professor
Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Marine Biology
University of California, Santa Barbara
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Research interests: Community assembly and population dynamics, mathematical modeling, microbial ecology, fisheries bioeconomics
I am a community ecologist with particular interest in how community structure affects ecosystem functions. My SBC research focuses on understanding how the composition of encrusting communities on kelp blades (including bacteria, protists, and metazoans) affects the fate of kelp carbon. We are interested in trajectories of biofilm assembly, the influences of biofilms on blade senescence, and the effects of microbial metabolism on the chemical composition of exuded kelp DOC. Another branch of my more theoretical work applies optimal control theory to models for fisheries bioeconomics, seeking "win-win" scenarios that can meet both conservation and economic goals.