Community Ecologist



Climbing Mt. Rotui on Moorea, French Polynesia

I am an Associate Professor of Biology at Eastern Connecticut State University. My primary research is on community ecology. I focus on global and local factors that drive the decline and recovery of Caribbean reefs. I am also interested in the mechanisms that promote coral species coexistence on diverse Pacific reefs.

I have broad research interests and I have also collaborated with investigators from the New England Aquarium and UNH. These projects focus on the ecological impact of liquid natural gas ports in Massachusetts Bay and the foraging behavior of horsehoe crabs respectively. In collaboration with investigators at UNH I have developed a remotely controlled aircraft to aerially survey foraging patterns of horseshoe crabs in Great Bay, NH. It is our hope that this widely available technology can be adapted to the research needs of other investigators.

In the Biology Department, I primarily teach General Ecology and Marine Ecology. I have an active research lab with many undergraduate researchers focusing on diverse projects locally and in the tropics. I am an enthusiastic supporter of the liberal arts mission of our university and have developed several courses to serve the goals of that mission. These courses have included Ecology and the Environment for non-biology majors and Everything You Know is Wrong: Human Bias and Irrationality.

Joshua Idjadi freedives with students Sarah Salois and David Stein

Students survey dune plant diversity along an abiotic gradient

Students survey dune plant diversity along an abiotic gradient