The Layman Lab    aquatic ecology • food webs • predator-prey interactions • outreach and education


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 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 North Carolina.

Recent News and Other Highlights from the Lab

  • A very successful field season complete. See many recent updates over at Abaco Scientist.
  • New course this fall - Applied Ecology (AEC 400). Contact me if you have questions.
  • Welcome to new graduate student Alex Bogdanoff! He is developing a multi-faceted research program on the invasive lionfish.