Tuesday, January 3, 2012


"The great ocean of truth lay all undiscovered before me."     
~Sir Isaac Newton

photo: ME Riley

Cora Ann Johnston 
Doctoral candidate in ecology
University of Maryland

Current status: As of Summer 2012, I am based at the Smithsonian Marine Station in Fort Pierce, Florida while conducting dissertation research.

I am a graduate student in Dr. Daniel Gruner's lab at the University of Maryland.
I study the processes that shape ecological communities. My interests are centered in community ecology, including species interactions, niche dynamics, and the ecology of perturbations -- essentially what happens to the game when you change the players. I'm intrigued by how ecological shifts alter evolutionary trajectories, and I'm particularly interested in organisms that undergo resource shifts during complex ontogeny. For my dissertation I am tackling how marine communities form and shift in response to climate change.

This site contains general information about my research, interests, and background, as well as links to collaborators and literature.