Tarik Gouhier

Associate Professor
Location: 0 MSC (Marine Science Center), Nahant, MA 01908

Area(s) of Expertise

  • Theoretical Ecology

Publications

About

Research in my laboratory combines mathematical models, computer simulations and statistical analyses of large datasets to determine how ecological and environmental processes occurring at different scales and levels of organization interact to shape the distribution of species in space and time. We are particularly interested in identifying the processes that govern…

Research in my laboratory combines mathematical models, computer simulations and statistical analyses of large datasets to determine how ecological and environmental processes occurring at different scales and levels of organization interact to shape the distribution of species in space and time. We are particularly interested in identifying the processes that govern the structure and dynamics of interconnected marine communities in order to predict the effects of environmental change (e.g., habitat destruction, non-native species introductions, climate change). Elucidating these fundamental processes will allow us to devise adaptive management strategies such as reserve networks that will maximize the productivity and persistence of whole ecosystems in an era of global change. Such mutually beneficial feedbacks between basic and applied research will promote our understanding of the natural world and improve our stewardship of its invaluable resources.

Associate Professor Gouhier in the news

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Modeling population connectivity to predict stability

Natural populations of organisms are always fluctuating, both due to the environment, and interactions with other populations and species, and ecological modeling provides a powerful took to help wildlife and resource managers predict the fluctuations of populations of economically or ecologically valuable species. A new study recently published in the journal Theoretical Ecology, by MSC PhD student […]