***I'm now accepting applications for a summer intern in marine ecology of salt marshes & mangroves! SEE the "research crew" tab for more details.***
Cora Ann Johnston
I am currently 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.
****Follow our field season in posts on the ShoreLines blog from the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center -- Mangrove postings on sercblog.si.edu*****
Current status: As of Summer 2012, I am based at the Smithsonian Marine Station in Fort Pierce, Florida while conducting dissertation research.