Matthew Edwards

Ph.D. University of California, Santa Cruz 2001

Research Interests

  • I am interested in how coastal marine communities are structured in time and space. As such, my research focuses on four primary areas: 1) assessing the causes and consequences of variability in coastal marine communities at multiple spatial and temporal scales, 2) identifying the relative contribution of various biological and physical factors to the structuring of these communities, 3) determining how different life-history traits allow some populations to either take advantage of or buffer against environmental variability, and 4) developing and expanding on experimental and statistical methods that facilitate the study of organisms in the field. What unites these topics is the integration of organism demography and ecology with aspects of the statistical approaches to discern the relative contribution of different environmental factors to the maintenance of coastal marine communities. I believe that a sound conceptual understanding of how organisms respond to changes in their environment is fundamental to building a comprehensive research program in coastal marine ecology and to the progress of ecology in general.

Areas of Emphasis

  • Marine Ecology


  • Biology, San Diego State University