Scott Cooper (Homepage)Professor
Department of Ecology, Evolution and Marine Biology
University of California
Santa Barbara, CA 93106
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Research interests: Freshwater biology, stream ecology
My research group and I study the impacts of land use changes, point source pollution, climate change, exotic species, and fire on stream and river communities in southern California. More specifically, our research examines relationships between land use patterns and algal biomass and invertebrate community structure, algal responses to the addition of nutrients, long-term relationships between hydrological conditions and invertebrate assemblages, the effects of exotic crayfish and mud snails on stream communities, and comparisons of stream communities in basins affected and unaffected by wildfires. Our investigations have been underpinned by food web investigations, including field experiments and observations on the effects of native trout and invertebrate predators on lower trophic levels and on the effects of grazers and disturbance on algal assemblages, as well as stable isotope analyses of stream food web structure through the seasons. We interact closely with, and often advise, personnel from local, regional, state, and federal agencies on issues related to stream and river ecology.