I am a postdoctoral researcher at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama. Using both broad-scale environmental sampling and experimental manipulations of small scale model systems, I focus in particular on the following three questions:

  • What are the nature and causes of biodiversity patterns in the ocean?

  • How do these biodiversity patterns influence ecosystem function?

  • How do ecological interactions (i.e., trophic and symbiotic) promote the stability and resilience of marine communities?



Molecular tools
Magniture, patterns and drivers
Interactions and
Leray et al. 2019 PNAS
Nguyen, Shen et al. 2020 Scientific Reports
Leray & Machida 2020 Molecular Ecology
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