Phoebe Lehmann Zarnetske

 
 

I am a community ecologist interested in how the composition and distribution of ecological communities are affected by species invasions, biotic interactions, biophysical feedbacks, and climate change.


My research combines observational, experimental, and theoretical approaches to connect observed patterns with underlying processes. I am particularly interested in studying the biological and physical mechanisms that regulate invasion success, community composition, species distributions, and the formation of landscape features. Understanding these mechanisms is key to making future predictions about how ecosystems and their communities will respond to changing conditions, including climate change.


Aquatic-terrestrial interface environments including coastal dunes and rivers are ideal ecosystems to study effects of invasions and climate change. These systems are characterized by important biophysical feedbacks among organisms and the abiotic environment. These ecosystems provide important services such as coastal protection from wave overtopping and inundation, habitat for species, and a variety of natural resources.


As my research intersects ecology and the physical sciences, interdisciplinary collaborations are key components of my research. These collaborations have resulted in innovative experiments and field assessments that yield new findings. As a result, we have advanced scientific understanding about the interactions among biological and physical forces that mediate invasion success, community composition, species distributions, and the formation of landscape features.

 

Phoebe Lehmann Zarnetske

YCEI Postdoctoral Fellow

Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies

Yale University

370 Prospect Street

New Haven, CT 06511

phoebe.zarnetske@yale.edu   

CV: pzCV.pdf