About Jenny Dugan
I am a coastal marine ecologist with broad research interests (http://scholar.google.com/citations?user=16OCwdYAAAAJ). I study basic questions concerning the influence of environmental and anthropogenic drivers on community and population dynamics of marine animals across a diversity of shorelines, latitudes and time scales. Much of my research focuses on sandy beach ecosystems. I investigate basic ecology, food webs and ecological functions ranging from the bottom up effects and nutrient cycling implications of macroalgal wrack subsidies to understanding the role of shorebirds as ecosystem indicators and intertidal predators in beach ecosystems. I also conduct applied studies that seek to evaluate ecological impacts and implications of widespread human alterations of the coast, including urban development, shoreline armoring, beach grooming, beach filling, oil spills and climate change. These applied results are helping with the development of an ecological framework that can be used to inform coastal conservation and management of sandy beaches and other coastal ecosystems.