The Kurle Lab
Applied Conservation, Community Ecology, Foraging Interactions, Stable Isotope Biogeochemistry
University of California, San Diego, Division of Biological Sciences,
Ecology, Behavior, and Evolution Section

Welcome to the Kurle lab website

Research in the Kurle lab focuses on understanding how animal foraging and trophic patterns drive community ecology. We use stable isotope biogeochemistry to answer questions regarding trophic interactions, niche partitioning, and habitat use, and our research informs conservation and management of species and ecosystems.  We also seek to understand the best use of biogeochemical tools to address ecological problems. Our work takes place mostly in marine, coastal, and island systems


Dr. Carolyn Kurle

University of California, San Diego

Ecology, Behavior & Evolution

9500 Gilman Drive, #0116

La Jolla, CA 92093-0116

Muir Biology 4218 and 4145

Teaching at UCSD

BILD 3, Organismic and Evolutionary Biology (Introduction to Ecology and Evolution; fall quarter). I present lectures on the history of evolutionary thought, evidence for evolution and natural selection, speciation, human evolution, organismal diversity, community and ecosystem ecology, climate change, and conservation.


BIEB 130, Marine Conservation Biology (every other winter quarter). I cover topics including marine habitats and biodiversity, history of marine ecosystems, fisheries management, marine protected areas, ecosystem based management, habitat destruction, coastal development, aquaculture, climate change, pollution, and invasive species.


Building up a picture of life in the sea is like putting together a huge jig-saw puzzle made up of tiny pieces, but much more difficult. Not only have we a very imperfect idea of what kind of picture will emerge, but all the pieces to be fitted together are not on the table before us; they are lying about somewhere underneath it and we must feel about for them in the darkness.  -The Open Sea by Alister Hardy