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.
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