Kyle Emery

Graduate student, degree program: MS
Department of Evolution, Ecology and Marine Biology
University of California
Santa Barbara, CA 93106-9620

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I am interested in subsidies to beach ecosystems and their associated organisms. Sandy beaches along the southern California coast are receive organic matter and nutrient inputs through the deposition of giant kelp (Macrocystis pyrifera) wrack onto the beach. This material supports a variety of consumers through the provision of both habitat and food. I am interested in determining the extent of kelp inputs to beaches across a range of both types and during different seasonal conditions. I am also interested in how the variation in kelp inputs along the SBC LTER coastline controls community compositions and consumer behavior. I will explore these questions and more through kelp tagging and tracking experiments and beach surveys of consumer populations.