Crystal M. Ernst
Simon Fraser University
As a Hakai Postdoctoral Scholar in the Reynolds lab, I am the lead investigator of the terrestrial invertebrate component of the 100 Islands Project. Using rigorous observational and experimental field work, as well as lab/greenhouse experiments, I will explore how different mechanisms shape the diversity and community structure of these often-overlooked animals. Specifically, I’ll be testing predictions about relationships between invertebrate diversity and: a) spatial and physical characteristics of islands, like area and distance from the mainland; b) the input of nutrient subsidies from marine sources, and; c) interactions between invertebrates and other organisms.