Scott's research focuses on the ecology of coastal marine fish, their role in nearshore ecosystems, and the response of these ecosystems to environmental change and human impacts. Using a combination of field experiments and observations, along with laboratory analyses, his lab focuses on research questions that range from early life stages of fish to whole ecosystems, including: (1) examination of early life history dynamics such as recruitment, selective mortality, and population linkages via larval dispersal; (2) investigation of the causes and consequences of demographic and life history variation among fish populations; and (3) evaluation of changes in the structure and function of kelp forest and coral reef communities associated with marine protection. We are motivated by a desire to provide fundamental insights to aid fisheries management and conservation efforts.
- Ecology of kelp forests and coral reefs
- Predator-prey interactions
- Life history and demography
- Physiological responses to environmental stressors
- Role of consumers in nutrient cycling
- Fisheries and conservation
Braje, T. J., Rick, T. C., Szpak, P., Newsome, S. D., McCain, J. M., Elliott Smith, E. A., … Hamilton, S. L. (2017). Historical ecology and the conservation of large, hermaphroditic fishes in Pacific Coast kelp forest ecosystems.Science Advances, 3(2), e1601759. https://doi.org/10.1126/sciadv.1601759
Caselle, J. E., Rassweiler, A., Hamilton, S. L., & Warner, R. R. (2015). Recovery trajectories of kelp forest animals are rapid yet spatially variable across a network of temperate marine protected areas. Scientific Reports, 5(1), 14102. https://doi.org/10.1038/srep14102
Gabara, S. S., Hamilton, S. L., Edwards, M. S. M., & Steller, D. D. L. (2018). Rhodolith structural loss decreases abundance, diversity, and stability of benthic communities at Santa Catalina Island, CA. Marine Ecology Progress Series, 595, 71–88. https://doi.org/10.3354/meps12528
Graham, M. H., Fox, M. D., & Hamilton, S. L. (2016). Macrophyte productivity and the provisioning of energy and habitat to nearshore systems. In E. Olafsson (Ed.), Marine macrophytes as foundation species (pp. 133–160). New York: CRC Press.
Hamilton, S. L., Logan, C. A., Fennie, H. W., Sogard, S. M., Barry, J. P., Makukhov, A. D., … Bernardi, G. (2017). Species-Specific Responses of Juvenile Rockfish to Elevated pCO2: From Behavior to Genomics. PLOS ONE,12(1), e0169670. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0169670
Selden, R. L., Gaines, S. D., Hamilton, S. L., & Warner, R. R. (2017). Protection of large predators in a marine reserve alters size-dependent prey mortality. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 284(1847), 20161936. https://doi.org/10.1098/rspb.2016.1936