Russell Schmitt (Homepage)Professor
Department of Ecology, Evolution and Marine Biology
University of California
Santa Barbara, CA 93106-9620
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Research interests: Population and community ecology, applied ecology, consumer-resource interactions, marine invertebrates and reef fishes
I am a population ecologist interested in consumer – resource interactions and the dynamics of demographically open populations of benthic marine fishes and invertebrates. One of my principal functions in the SBC LTER is to oversee the Santa Cruz Island long term time series component, initiated in 1982, on the dynamics of surfperch populations, their invertebrate food and the benthic substrata upon which the fish feed. I also am involved in cross-site collaborations with the Moorea Coral Reef LTER (of which I am Lead PI), including a comparison of the responses of fishes to fluctuations in abundance the major foundation taxa in each ecosystem (giant kelp, hard corals).