Mark Novak, Assistant Professor in Integrative Biology, Oregon State University, studies how the interactions between species affect the structure and dynamics of ecological communities. His work combines mathematical theory with observational and experimental field approaches (in marine intertidal and freshwater streams) in an effort to advance ecosystem-based forecasting in species-rich communities. Primary topics of research include (i) developing methods for characterizing the strength and functional forms of species interactions, (ii) understanding the influence of direct and indirect effects in complex interaction networks, and (iii) quantifying patterns of individual diet specialization within populations of generalist predators to understand its consequences at the population and community level. Mark received his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago.
Oregon State University