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Jonathan Shurin


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.


  • Ingram, T., L.J. Harmon and J.B. Shurin. 2009. Niche evolution, trophic structure and species turnover in model food webs. American Naturalist 174: 56-67.
  • Hillebrand, H., E.T. Borer, M.E.S. Bracken, B.J. Cardinale, J. Cebrian, E.E. Cleland, J.J. Elser, D.S. Gruner, W.S. Harpole, J.T. Ngai, S.Sandin, E.W. Seabloom, J.B. Shurin, J.E. Smith, and M.D. Smith. 2009. Herbivore metabolism and stoichiometry each constrain herbivory at different organizational scales across ecosystems. Ecology Letters 12: 516-527.
  • Harmon, L.J., B. Matthews, S. Des Roches, J.M. Chase, J.B. Shurin, D. Schluter. 2009. Speciation and specialization of threespine stickleback affect ecosystem function. Nature 458: 1167-1170 (the first two authors contributed equally).
  • Shurin, J.B., S.E. Arnott, H. Hillebrand, A. Longmuir, B. Pinel-Alloul, M. Winder, and N.D. Yan. 2007. Diversity-stability relationship depends on latitude in zooplankton. Ecology Letters 10: 127-134.
  • Shurin, J.B. 2007. How is diversity related to species turnover through time? Oikos 116: 957-965.
  • Elser, J.J., M.E.S. Bracken, E.E. Cleland, D.S. Gruner, W.S. Harpole, H. Hillebrand, J.T. Ngai, E.W. Seabloom, J.B. Shurin, J.E. Smith. 2007. Global analysis of nitrogen and phosphorus limitation of primary producers in freshwater, marine, and terrestrial ecosystems. Ecology Letters 10: 1135-1142. Featured in Nature- News and Views 449:1000-1001, on Thomson-Reuters ScienceWatch, and a Must Read in Faculty of 1000.


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.