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
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