Kevin Hovel

Ph.D. College of William and Mary 1999

Research Interests

  • Relationships between the structure of coastal marine habitats and faunal survival and abundance. In my work I strive to address fundamental ecological questions that have direct implications for conservation of marine species and habitats. My research in seagrass, kelp, cobble and other structured marine habitats focuses on comparing the effects of habitat structure and hydrodynamics at various scales (local, landscape, and regional) on processes dictating faunal abundance and community structure. I particularly focus on effects of habitat fragmentation and landscape-scale habitat structure on populations and community-level interactions because processes operating at this scale have been little explored in many marine ecosystems, and patterns at this scale often are the consequence of human exploitation of coastal aquatic habitats.

Area of Emphasis

  • Marine Ecology


  • Biology, San Diego State University