- Assistant Professor
- California State University, Northridge
- CR 5316
- casey.terhorst @csun.edu
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My research combines theoretical and experimental approaches that bridge the gap between evolutionary biology and community ecology. I am interested in how evolution on contemporary time scales alters the outcome of species interactions and affects species and genetic diversity in communities.
However, species in natural communities interact with many other species, so evolutionary outcomes are the result of multiple direct and indirect species interactions. Consequently, I also examine the evolutionary importance of indirect species interactions to better understand how species evolve in a community context.
I have explored these questions theoretically and empirically in a number of natural systems, including California grasslands, pitcher plant inquiline communities, coral-algal mutualisms, subtidal seagrass beds, congeneric sea urchin species, and marine fouling communities.
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2010 – Ph.D., Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL (Biological Science)
2004 – M.S., California State University, Northridge (Marine Biology)
1998 – B.A., University of Southern California (History)
Collaborative Research: Trait evolution and the stability of ecological communities