My lab studies the connections between population, community and ecosystem ecology in aquatic environments. We are particularly interested in the flow of energy between trophic levels, the impact of consumers on their resources, and the control of species diversity. We use broad geographic comparisons, mesocosm experiments and theory to address these questions. My students have worked in communities of freshwater plankton, marine fishes and intertidal algae and invertebrates.
Dr. Shurin studies the causes and consequences of variation in species diversity, the flow of energy between producers and consumers, and the impacts of predators on the functioning of ecosystems.