Faculty & Staff

J. Wilson White, Assistant Professor

Dr. White

Ph.D., Ecology, Evolution, and Marine Biology, University of California, Santa Barbara, CA, 2007
B.S., Biology, Davidson College, Davidson, NC, 2000
Friday Hall 2061 | (910) 962-3058 | 601 South College Road, Wilmington, NC 28403-5915 whitejw@uncw.edu | http://people.uncw.edu/whitejw/  

Our lab uses a variety of quantitative and empirical tools to investigate the dynamics of marine populations and communities across a range of spatial and temporal scales. 

The primary focus of the lab is the influence of ocean currents and larval dispersal on connectivity and source-sink dynamics in metapopulations and metacommunities.  This work follows two main avenues.  First, we use spatially realistic models to simulate the consequences of no-take marine protected areas on fished species.  We then compare model outputs to field monitoring data to guide adaptive management.  Second, we use a combination of field observations and multispecies models to study the influence of larval dispersal patterns on predator-prey dynamics in reef fishes. 

Other projects ongoing in our lab include investigating how the behavior and foraging decisions of individual predators and prey scales up to influence reef fish population dynamics.  Additionally, we are involved in a variety of collaborations to develop models and statistical tools to facilitate empirical studies of larval dispersal and recruitment.

Birk* MA, White JW. (2013) Experimental determination of the spatial scale of a prey patch from the predator's perspective.Oecologiain press.DOI: 10.1007/s00442-013-2818-1 *UNCW undergraduate student

Stier AC,White JW. (2013) Predator density and the functional response of coral reef fish.Coral Reefs in press. DOI: 10.1007/s00338-013-1096-z

Moffitt EA,White JW, Botsford LW. 2013. Accurate assessment of marine protected area success depends on metric and spatiotemporal scale of monitoring.Marine Ecology Progress Series 489: 17-28

White JW, Botsford LW, Hastings A, Baskett ML, Kaplan DM, Barnett LAK. 2013.Transient responses of fished populations to marine reserve establishment.Conservation Letters 6: 180-191

Miller SH, Morgan SG,White JW, Green PG. 2013.Trace element signatures in larval soft tissues reveal larval transport but not population connectivity.Marine Ecology Progress Series 481: 1-10

White JW, Scholz AJ, Rassweiler A, Steinback C, Botsford LW, Kruse S, Costello C, Mitarai S, Siegel D, Drake PT, Edwards C. 2013. A comparison of approaches used for economic analysis in marine protected area planning in California.Ocean and Coastal Management 74: 77-89

White JW, Samhouri JF.2011. Oceanographic coupling across multiple trophic levels shapes source-sink dynamics in marine metacommunities.Oikos 120: 1151-1164

Moffitt EA,White JW, Botsford LW. 2011.The utility and limitations of size and spacing guidelines for designing marine protected area networks.Biological Conservation 144: 306-318

White JW, Botsford LW, Baskett ML, Barnett LAK, Barr RJ, Hastings A. 2011.Linking models and monitoring data for assessing performance of no-take marine reserves. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment 9: 390-399

White JW, Samhouri JF, Stier AC, Wormald CL, Hamilton SL, Sandin SA. 2010. Synthesizing mechanisms of density dependence in reef fishes: behavior, habitat configuration, and observation scale.Ecology 91: 1949-1961


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