S.K. Berke

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Functional biology, from individuals to ecosystems.

As an ecologist, I care about what organisms do. Every phenotype has myriad effects--on the individual, on the systems in which it participates, and on the evolutionary fate of its lineage. Understanding how functional traits operate across these scales is at the core of my work.


From crabs to worms to clams; from individual growth to size distributions of global faunas; from manipulative field experiments to database-oriented statistical modeling, I work in varied systems using varied approaches. Browse this site to read about why male decorator crabs stop decorating as adults, why worm tubes are important for coastal sedimentary systems, and how clams are changing the way we think about macroecological patterns.


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