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BioVision Project started

The BioVision Project (Biogeographic Variation in Interaction Strength and Invasions at the Ocean’s Nearshore) is an NSF-funded collaborative project between Philadelphia’s Temple University, the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute and the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center.

We will examine how species interactions influence marine communities across a latitudinal gradient, from the tropics to the arctic, and the implications of these interactions for biological invasions. We will be conducting extensive experiments testing the relative influence of predation and competition on species diversity, community assembly and invasion success, using subtidal sessile marine invertebrate communities in coastal bays of the West Coast of North and Central America, specifically Alaska, California, Mexico, and Panama. We will use additional experiments to quantify spatial and temporal variation in the predator community, sessile invertebrate recruitment, and the abiotic environment to test for effects on interaction outcomes.