Dr. Borrett is a systems ecologist using quantitative methods to investigate ecosystem organization and transformation. His overall research goals are to understand the fundamental processes that create, constrain, and sustain ecological systems and to develop a formal science of environment that we can use to comprehend the causes and consequences of both local and global environmental changes. He works on indirect effects and inductive process modeling. Indirect effects allow one species to affect other species with out direct contact. Currently, he is using inductive process modeling to build and evaluate ecosystem models of the Ross Sea, Antarctica, to explain spatial variability in the phytoplankton community.
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