Spatial Patterns of Corals and Symbionts

 

Corals are biogenic habitat and host a variety of symbionts.  Some of these symbionts provide benefits for the coral, while others are harmful.  I’m interested in how these positive and negative interactions create spatial patterns across a seascape.  These dynamics depend on factors such as settlement patterns, mortality, and the strength and direction of the interaction.

To address these questions, I study organisms such as corallivorous snails, (Coralliophila violacea, pictured) and Drupella cornus, as well as mutualistic reef fish.

Relevant Presentations:

Hamman, E.A., C.W. Osenberg, S.A. McKinley, A.C. Stier. Spatial patterns of symbionts and hosts arising from propagule redirection. North Florida Marine Science Symposium; Marineland, Fl; January 16-17, 2014*

Hamman, E.A., C.W. Osenberg, S.A. McKinley, A.C. Stier. Spatial patterns of symbionts and hosts arising from propagule  redirection. 98th Annual Meeting of the Ecological Society of America; Minneapolis, MN; August 4-9, 2013

*awarded runner-up best student oral presentation