Chris Stallings


BS 1999 East Carolina University
MA 2002 San Francisco State University
PhD 2007 Oregon State University
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My research focuses on basic concepts in ecology, yet includes a strong applied component to inform marine conservation and management efforts. My recent efforts have examined ecological processes that drive population and community dynamics of marine fishes, framing my questions to evaluate the effects of human activities, such as fishing and coastal development, on ecological systems. Therefore, much of my research is field-intensive and involves both experimental and large-scale observational approaches. To date, my study sites have included tropical coral reefs, warm-temperate seagrass beds and rocky reefs, and cold-temperate kelp forests. Recently, I have incorporated an extensive laboratory component into my studies through mesocosm experiments and use of stable isotope analyses. I also explore large datasets, using multivariate statistics and GIS to reveal broad-scale ecological patterns that may be further explored through focused regional field studies.