Job Title: Professor
Employer: Memorial University of Newfoundland
Place of Birth: Columbus, Ohio, USA
Further Education: Duke University, Durham, North Carolina (B.Sc.), S.U.N.Y. Stony Brook, in Stony Brook, New York (Ph.D.).
Geographic focus of research: Nefoundland and Labrador, New Zealand
Brief synopsis of current research:
Spatial scaling is one of the central concepts in ecology. If you double the area do you double species number ? (No). If you double the area of an experiment do you get the same result (Not always). Can results from small areas be applied to large scale ecological questions ? (Not always). Spatial scaling ("doubling" if you like) is a research area with surprising results. It is inevitable in addressing large scale ecological questions such as resource harvests or marine pollution.
Quantitative Ecology. Spatial and Temporal Scaling. 1994. Academic Press.
I became interested in aquatic biology when I went on a research cruise as an undergradate. Current research topics include organisms at the bottom of the ocean (benthos) since 1974, and marine fish (notably cod) since 1984. I believe it is important to address general questions, in addition to knowing one or two groups of organisms well.