August 23, 2019

Congratulations to Mark Ladd who finished his PhD and Katrina Munsterman who finished her Master's thesis this Summer. 

May 17, 2019

New paper out in Marine Pollution Bulletin about coral settlement of two endangered coral species in the Florida Keys. This research was led by PhD candidate, Kelly Speare, in collaboration with Alain Duran, Margaret Miller, and Deron Burkepile. Check it out in the link below.

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May 12, 2019

Species-specific patterns in corallivory and spongivory among Caribbean parrotfishes reveal other axes of functional diversification. Paper lead by Deron Burkepile in collaboration with Tom Adam, Mark Ladd, Katrina Munsterman and the Ruttenberg Lab at Cal Poly.

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March 20, 2019

New paper published by Deron, postdoc Mary Donovan, and colleagues in Nature Communications.

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February 13, 2019

Graduate student, Mallory Rice, published a review paper on anthropogenic stressors and corallivory on coral reefs. Take a look!

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March 30, 2018

Alain successfully defended his PhD dissertation today in Miami. Congrats to Dr. Duran!!

October 09, 2017

New paper by Mark Ladd, Andy Shantz, and Deron Burkepile showing how the nitrogen and phosphorus content of algae can drive inter- and intraspecific foraging decisions of coral reef herbivores. Open Access for the first 50 days! Check it out here:

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July 17, 2017

Congrats to Dr. Jake Allgeier on his new Assistant Professor position at the University of Michigan!

July 17, 2017

Congratulations to Dr. Andy Shantz who was selected as a new Eberly Fellow at Penn State University. You will be missed Dr. Shantz!

June 10, 2017

Mark Ladd just published his second PhD dissertation chapter in Marine Ecology Progress Series - "Thermal stress reveals a genotype-specific tradeoff between growth and tissue loss in restored Acropora cervicornis"

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June 10, 2017

Congratulations to PhD student Joey Peters for receiving the UC Santa Barbara Coastal Fund to conduct research on consumer-mediated nutrient cycling in kelp forests. Interested? Read about Joey's project below 

Consumer-mediated nutrient cycling in kelp forests: identifying how consumer hotspots drive primary production in the Santa Barbara Channel

March 21, 2017

Congratulations to Pile PhD student Kyle Neumann on being awarded the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship! Kyle is developing an instrument to collect and store continuous water samples to assess nutrient dynamics in nearshore coastal ecosystems - both locally in kelp forests of Santa Barbara and on coral reefs of Moorea, French Polynesia.

February 28, 2017

Burkepile post-doc Jake Allgeier, Deron Burkepile, and collaborator Craig Layman just published this review paper in Global Change Biology - "Animal pee in the sea: consumer-mediated nutrient dynamics in the world’s changing oceans" Check it out!

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December 13, 2016

Pile PhD student, Mark Ladd, published his first dissertation chapter this week in Frontiers in Marine Science. The paper is open access, check it out here to learn about the role of density dependence in coral restoration. 

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November 02, 2016

Check out this new paper in PeerJ by current PhD student Alain Duran, collaborator Ligia Collado-Vides, and Deron Burkepile - "Seasonal regulation of herbivory and nutrient effects on macroalgal recruitment and succession in a Florida coral reef" 

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June 02, 2016

Congratulations to Dr. Andy Shantz, one of the founding members of The Pile, for defending his dissertation! 

February 17, 2016

Check out one of our new papers from current PhD student Andy Shantz and former PhD student Nate Lemoine in Ecology Letters!!! They examine how nutrient pollution impact the ecology of a diversity mutualisms across marine and terrestrial ecosystems.

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November 03, 2015

The Burkepile Lab was awarded a National Science Foundation CAREER grant in 2015 to focus on the role of fish-derived nutrients in affecting coral reef ecosystem function and coral restoration. You can read more about our new grant on NSF's website

June 09, 2015

Congrats to current PhD student Mallory Rice and future PhD student Cory Fuchs for receiving the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship!

April 11, 2014

The first night Deron Burkepile spent underwater was over 10 years ago, but the memory is still fresh in his mind. He remembers getting suited up — a couple of scuba tanks on his back, extra safety gear hanging from his rig—and stepping to the back of the boat.  “You’re used to getting off the boat and coming back in an hour, maybe two at most,” he says. “So you’re thinking, wow, I’m not going to see the sun again for almost two weeks.”

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December 03, 2013

Elaine Quijano takes the plunge for a look inside the world's only operating underwater research lab in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, which was under threat of closing just one year ago due to federal funding cuts.v