DeNicola’s research of algal communities published in ESA journal


September 17, 2021

Dean DeNicola, a Slippery Rock University professor of biology, wrote a paper that was published in Ecosphere, the journal of Ecological Society of America.

DeNicola's paper, titled “A Stochastic Model of Epilithic Algal Succession and Patch Dynamics in Streams,” is about a model that synthesizes the distribution of algal communities that occur at the bottom of streams. The model is determined by the interaction of light, nutrients, current, herbivory and disturbance at different spatiotemporal scales. This research is a result of DeNicola’s collaboration during his 2017 sabbatical with co-authors James McNair and Jiyeon Suh from Grand Valley State University.

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