Benjamin G. Miner

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Inducible defenses have the potential to affect both invasion success and the structure of invaded communities. However, little is known about the cues used for risk-recognition that influence the expression of inducible defenses in invasive prey, because they involve a novel threat. In laboratory experiments, we investigated behavioral defenses induced by(More)
Phenotypic plasticity is widespread in nature, and often involves ecologically relevant behavioral, physiological, morphological and life-historical traits. As a result, plasticity alters numerous interactions between organisms and their abiotic and biotic environments. Although much work on plasticity has focused on its patterns of expression and(More)
Morphological relationships change with overall body size and body size often varies among populations. Therefore, quantitative analyses of individual traits from organisms in different populations or environments (e.g., in studies of phenotypic plasticity) often adjust for differences in body size to isolate changes in allometry. Most studies of among(More)
Anthropogenically induced global climate change has profound implications for marine ecosystems and the economic and social systems that depend upon them. The relationship between temperature and individual performance is reasonably well understood, and much climate-related research has focused on potential shifts in distribution and abundance driven(More)
The method of phylogenetically independent contrasts is commonly used for exploring cross-taxon relationships between traits. Here we show that this phylogenetic comparative method (PCM) can fail to detect correlated evolution when the underlying relationship between traits is nonlinear. Simulations indicate that statistical power can be dramatically(More)
Predator-induced hatching plasticity has been demonstrated in many species of amphibians. However, animals from other clades (e.g., marine species of molluscs and annelids) also place their embryos in capsules or gelatinous masses and might also exhibit hatching plasticity to predators. To date there is no evidence of predator-induced hatching plasticity(More)
Per-offspring maternal investment is an integral part of life-history theory. To understand the evolution of per-offspring maternal investment in marine invertebrates, a number of mathematical models have been developed. These models examine how selection affects the proportion of maternally derived egg energy used to produce a newly metamorphosed juvenile(More)
An extensive 2013 mass mortality event along the West Coast of North America due to Sea Star Wasting Disease (SSWD) has affected at least 20 species of sea stars. Among environmental factors potentially contributing to the timing of the current outbreak, increased coastal water temperatures are hypothesized to have contributed to previous and current(More)
Top-down effects of predators in systems depend on the rate at which predators consume prey, and on predator preferences among available prey. In invaded communities, these parameters might be difficult to predict because ecological relationships are typically evolutionarily novel. We examined feeding rates and preferences of a crab native to the Pacific(More)
  • Deborah Anne Donovan, Joseph G Zinkl, G L Connell, D A Donovan, T G Chambers, E J Borda +12 others
  • 2016
Thesis title: Erythrocyte cholinesterase activity in common California animal species. (2016) Increasing the use of student-centered pedagogies from moderate to high improves student learning and attitudes about biology. (2015) Participation in a multi-institutional curriculum development project changed science faculty knowledge and beliefs about teaching(More)