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B.S., 2017, College of William and Mary; Biology, Environmental Science, and Policy
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Biotic and abiotic communities will undergo rapid change as anthropogenic development and climate change proceed. System resiliency depends on the ability of biota to respond at a rate equal to or greater than the changes of its environment; thus, understanding species responses to changing environmental conditions is of increasing importance. Evolutionary theory predicts that rapid change will alter previously well-established fitness tradeoffs and instead favor phenotypic plasticity. I am interested in the role of behavioral plasticity in predator-prey dynamics, and the influence of plasticity on food web stability. I will be working with old-field arthropods to explore how exposure to novel predation threats affects prey foraging strategies. I am also interested in how invasive species may give dishonest cues and the effect of those dishonest cues on plasticity over time.
My previous research has varied across systems from tropical grasslands to coastal salt marshes. I have always been fascinated by the consequences of a changing environment on species interactions, including invasion events, landscape alterations and pollution. During my undergraduate career at William and Mary, I studied ecotoxicology and noise pollution in zebra finches with the Institute for Integrative Bird Behavior Studies, and the evo-eco dynamics of predator introduction in Trinidadian guppies.
I pursued a range of opportunities during my summers, beginning with field research in the Northern Territory of Australia as part of a NSF International Research Experience for Students. While there, I studied the impacts of an invasive species on fire regimes, and how that invasion affected avian habitat use. I was also a NSF REU Fellow with the Marine Biological Laboratory at the Plum Island LTER, examining how collapsing salt marsh creek banks due to nitrogen pollution resulted in the decoupling of a bottom-up trophic cascade. I was an EPA GRO Fellow in my last two years of college, and I interned at the Atlantic Ecology Division in Rhode Island where I explored rates of nitrogen uptake and allocation as a mechanism of competition between salt marsh grasses.
Moore, N.R., Moody, N., Lantz, S., Leu, M., Karubian, J., Swaddle, J.P. (in revision). Red-backed fairywrens exhibit
flexible habitat use in response to dry season fires. Submitted to Austral Ecology.
Nelson, J.A., Johnson, D.S., Deegan, L.A., Spivak, A.C. Moore, N.R. (in review). Geomorphology modifies bottom-
up control on food webs. Submitted to Ecology.
Hill, T.D., Moore, N.R., Kanaskie, C.R., Santos, E.A., Oczkowski, A.J. (in prep). Nitrogen uptake and allocation
estimates for Spartina alterniflora and Distichlis spicata. Intended for Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology.
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