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Kate Hanson


Contact Information:

Room 307, Biological Sciences Building
Duke University
Durham, NC 27708

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BS, Biology, University of California, Los Angeles, 2002
PhD, Biological Oceanography, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, 2011


Research Interests:

I study marine zooplankton with a focus on copepod crustaceans. With the Johnsen Lab, I am researching the light environment of the upper, sunlit ocean layers and the visual capabilities of copepods that inhabit this zone.



Hanson, K.M., Schnarr, E.L. Leichter, J.J. (2016) Non-random feeding enhances the contribution
of oceanic zooplankton to the diet of the planktivorous coral reef fish Dascyllus flavicaudus.
Marine Biology. doi: 10.1007/s00227-016-2849-3.

Williams, I.D., J.K. Baum, A. Heenan, K.M. Hanson, M.O. Nadon, R.E. Brainard (2015) Human,
oceanographic and habitat drivers of Central and Western Pacific coral reef fish assemblages.
PLOS ONE. 10(4): e0120516.

Stier, A.C., K.M. Hanson, S.J. Holbrook, R.J. Schmitt, A.J. Brooks (2014) Predation and landscape
characteristics independently affect reef fish community organization. Ecology. 95: 1294-1307.
doi: 10.1890/12-1441.1

Leichter, J.J., A.L. Alldredge, G. Bernardi, A.J. Brooks, C.A. Carlson, R.C. Carpenter, P.J.
Edmunds, M.R. Fewings, K.M. Hanson, S.J. Holbrook, J.L. Hench, C.E. Nelson, R.J. Schmitt,
R.J. Toonen, L. Washburn, A.S.J. Wyatt (2013) Biological and physical interactions on a tropical
island coral reef: Transport and retention processes on Moorea, French Polynesia.
Oceanography. 26(3): 52-63. doi: 10.5670/oceanog.2013.45

Stier, A.C., S.W. Geange, K.M. Hanson, B.M. Bolker (2012) Predator density and timing of
arrival affect reef fish community assembly. Ecology. 94(5): 1057-1068. doi: 10.1890/11-1983.1

Padilla-Gamino, J.L., K.M. Hanson, M. Stat, R.D. Gates (2012) Phenotypic plasticity of the coral
Porites rus: acclimatization responses to a turbid environment. Journal of Experimental Marine
Biology and Ecology
434-435:71-80. doi: 10.1016/j.jembe.2012.08.006

Hanson, K.M. (2011) Planktivorous fish link coral reef and oceanic food webs: causes and
consequences of landscape-scale patterns in fish behavior, diet and growt
h. Ph.D. dissertation.
University of California, San Diego.

Leichter, J.J., A. Paytan, S. Wankel, K. Hanson, S. Miller, M.A. Altabet (2007) Nitrogen and
oxygen isotopic signatures of subsurface nitrate seaward of the Florida Keys reef tract.
Limnology & Oceanography. 52(3):1258-1267. doi: 10.4319/lo.2007.52.3.1258







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