Kara Wall


University of Tampa

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Kara Wall

I am a Master’s student who studying the ecology of epibenthic communities in the eastern Gulf of Mexico. Specifically, my thesis research investigates how grazing from sea urchins affects the composition of epibenthic communities. My work takes place on local artificial and natural reefs, and is primarily conducted on SCUBA. This work combines observational community data with experimental settlement data in an effort to better understand the complex interactions that dictate the composition of the local epibenthos. Although I am originally from Indiana, I have lived in Florida for nearly a decade. After the completion of my Bachelor’s degree across the bay at the University of Tampa, I spent nearly 3 years in Miami working for the National Park Service at Biscayne National Park. I returned to the Tampa Bay area in 2012 to join USF’s Fish Ecology Lab as a technician before I began my Master’s education in 2014. Upon the completion of my degree, I hope to stay in the area so I may continue to conduct marine research in the region.


Christopher D. Stallings, Ernst B. Peebles, Oscar Ayala, Joseph S. Curtis, and Kara R. Wall. 2016. Lunar periodicity in spawning of White Grunt, Haemulon plumieri. Bull Mar Sci In Press.

Peter Simard, Kara R. Wall, David A. Mann, Carrie C. Wall, Christopher D. Stallings. 2016. Quantification of Boat Visitation Rates at Artificial and Natural Reefs in the Eastern Gulf of Mexico Using Acoustic Recorders. PLoS ONE 11(8)

Andrea S. Jerabek, Kara R. Wall, Christopher D. Stallings. 2016. A practical application of reduced-copper antifouling paint in marine biological research. PeerJ 4:e2213

Christopher D. Stallings, James A. Neslon, Katherine L. Rozar, Charles S. Adams, Kara R. Wall, Theodore S. Switzer, Brent L. Winner, David J. Hollander. 2015. Effects of preservation methods of muscle tissue from upper-trophic level reef fishes on stable isotope values (δ13C and δ15N). PeerJ 3(3)