UCF Biology

Geoffrey Cook

Research Area(s): distribution, abundance, and dynamics of species inhabiting coastal marine ecosystems

Research Interests

A primary goal of Dr. Cook’s research program is to better our understanding of the natural and anthropogenic factors influencing the distribution, abundance, and dynamics of species inhabiting coastal marine ecosystems.  We ask ecological questions that span from the applied to the theoretical; by integrating empirical field ecology with analytical lab work and ecological modeling, we strive to develop a predictive understanding of how nearshore benthic ecosystems are structured, how they function, and how they may change in the future.  Currently we are working on projects to determine how habitat use and movement of larval and juvenile fishes impact the dynamics of marine metapopulations, developing population models to predict the risk of extinction for protected species, exploring network-based tools to quantify risk in large marine ecosystems, and simulating how pressures impact the resilience of habitats and ecosystem services in complex coastal systems.  Together these projects generate knowledge and understanding that can be used to develop optimal management strategies for simultaneously conserving marine biodiversity and moving coastal communities toward sustainability.

News

Biology Student Wins DURA Award

Biology student Adam Searles received a Distinguished Undergraduate Researcher Award (DURA) award for his research on his project Determining Physical and Ecological Factors Affecting Abundances of Juvenile Indicato... Read more

Underwater Exploration Earns Unique Scholarship

University of Central Florida student Adam Searles used his passion to help him succeed and fund his college career. Searles won the prestigious National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Ernest F. Hollings Scholars... Read more

UCF Scientists Investigate Restoration Efforts

Story by Zenaida Gonzalez Kotala, UCF Today A scientific answer to a challenge such as water pollution is only part of a long-term solution. For example, science may provide a way to clean water, but keeping it clean usually relie... Read more

UCF Professor Dives into Marine Ecology

With an appreciation for biology and oceanography, UCF Department of Biology assistant professor Geoffrey Cook, Ph.D., found the field of marine ecology to be a perfect fit. In 2005, Cook was admitted into the Biological Oceanog... Read more

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