Jenifer DuganResearch Biologist
Marine Science Institute
University of California
Santa Barbara, CA 93106
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Research interests: Coastal ecology and food webs, sandy beaches
My SBC research focuses on the fate, proceesing, and ecological effects of organic subsidies exported from kelp forests to sandy beach ecosystems. I am responsible for the core monitoring of kelp wrack abundance on SBC sandy beaches and am particularly interested in the responses of beach communities and higher trophic levels to spatial and temporal variation in these subsidies. I am also interested in investigating the role of upper intertidal invertebrate consumers in the processing of kelp wrack and the remineralization of nutrients from this source in intertidal porewater.