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Doug Altshuler


Associate Professor of Biology
Office: 3380 Spieth Hall
Phone: (951) 827-2499
Facsimile: (951) 827-4286


Degree: Ph.D., University of California-Santa Barbara, 2004.

My interests span a wide variety of topics at the intersection of theoretical, empirical, and applied ecology, and I have explored these interests in both aquatic and terrestrial systems. I am particularly interested in how populations and communities respond to environmental variation, both natural and human driven, and I use a mixture of mathematical and empirical approaches to understand processes that act across scales of spatio-temporal measurement and biological organization.

To read more about my research and open positions in my lab, please check my lab website:

Representative Publications:

Anderson, K.E., Inouye, B.D., and N. Underwood. Modeling herbivore competition mediated by inducible plant defenses. Oikos 118: 1633-1646.

Anderson, K.E., R.M. Nisbet, and E. McCauley. 2008. The spatial-scale dependence of transient dynamics in streams and rivers. The Bulletin of Mathematical Biology 70: 1480-1502.

Anderson, K.E., Nisbet, R.M., and Diehl, S. 2006. Spatial scaling of consumer-resource interactions in advection-dominated systems. The American Naturalist 168: 358-372.

Anderson, K.E., Paul, A.J., McCauley, E., Jackson, L.J., Post, J.R., and R.M. Nisbet. 2006. Instream flow needs in streams and rivers: the importance of understanding ecological dynamics. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment 4: 309-318.

Anderson, K.E., Nisbet, R.M., Diehl, S., and S.D. Cooper. 2005. Scaling population responses to spatial environmental variability in advection-dominated systems. Ecology Letters 8: 933-943.

Anderson, K.E., Rothstein, S.I., Fleischer, R.C., and A.L. O'Loghlen. 2005. Large scale movement patterns among song dialects in the Brown-headed Cowbird, Molothrus ater. The Auk 122: 803-818.

Underwood, N., Anderson, K.E., and B.D. Inouye. 2005. Induced versus constitutive resistance and the spatial distribution of insect herbivores among plants. Ecology 86: 594-602.

Shurin, J.B., Borer, E.T., Seabloom, E.W., Anderson, K., Blanchette, C.A., Broitman, B., Cooper, S.D., and B.S. Halpern. 2002. A cross-ecosystem comparison of the strength of trophic cascades. Ecology Letters 5: 785-791. Highlighted in Science (Editors' Choice), 298 (5598), 2002.

Courses taught:

Biology 116 - Ecology and Conservation Biology
Biology 003 - Organisms in Their Environment
Biology 217 - Population and Community Ecology