My lab's interdisciplinary pursuits provide for a multi-faceted understanding of environmental change in the coastal realm. We are ecologists, asking questions that span population, community, ecosystem and evolutionary sub-disciplines. We often use a food web based perspective, exploring top-down (e.g., predation) and bottom-up (e.g., nutrient excretion) mechanisms by which animals affect ecosystem processes. All of our efforts are framed within a broader outreach framework, directly integrating science and education. We currently are working primarily in coastal ecosystems of the Bahamas and southeast Florida.
Recent News and Other Highlights from the Lab
- The Layman Lab will be moving to North Carolina State University in the fall of 2013. We thank the FIU Biology Department for all of its support over the last 7 years, and we look forward to see the continued growth of the outstanding FIU Marine Sciences Program.
- Our recent proposal has been funded by NSF: Fish aggregations and biogeochemical hot spots across regional
environmental gradients. This will allow us to extend our research on fish-derived nutrient supply across multiple Caribbean islands, using artifical reefs as experimental units. More on this research program here on The Abaco Scientist website in the coming months.
- Collaborator Jake Allgeier successfully defended his dissertation in The Odum School. See more about his research here.
- Lauren Yeager successfully presented her dissertation. She is headed to North Carolina and post-doctoral position in Joel Fodrie's lab. Congratulations Lauren!!
- Stay updated on new research developments in The Bahamas and beyond over at The Abaco Scientist.