Jarrett Byrnes (Homepage)Assistant Professor
Department of Biology
University of Massachusetts
Boston, MA 02125
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Research interests: Marine Community Ecology
I am interested in characterizing the causes and consequences of ecological complexity in the kelp forests of Southern California. My experimental work concentrates on examining potential feedbacks between urchin grazing fronts and the diversity of sessile species on reefs subjected to disturbance from storms. I am also examining the consequences of wave disturbance to kelp forest food webs. During the past fifty years, average winter storm frequency and intensity has increased. These storms remove giant kelp, a foundation species that provides both habitat structure and food for rocky reefs. I am using long-term data records to look at the direct and indirect effects of wave disturbance on food web structure via changes in kelp abundance and productivity.