Lines of Investigation:

In my research group we are dedicated to the study of the dynamics, diversity and conservation of coastal marine ecosystems and how they are influenced by oceanographic, climatic and human processes operating from local to regional scales.

One of my lines of research attempts to understand how species interactions, namely predation, competition and facilitation, are modulated by physical processes, which together drive the structure and dynamics of spatially structured coastal marine communities. This research combines traditional field experimental manipulations with observational studies to quantify recruitment variability as well as oceanographic observations along large sections of the central coast of Chile.   We are also interested in the underlying process of dispersal and connectivity among populations of invertebrates and fish in the costal ocean, which determines the dynamics of meta-communities and set the context for any successful conservation and management strategy. Much of this research combines empirical, theoretical and modeling efforts conducted in collaboration with students, postdocs and colleagues of different disciplines.  Finally, much of our work is dedicated to generating the scientific knowledge to improve conservation of marine biodiversity. Here we focus primarily on defining the conditions that control the efficacy of marine reserves and on the roles of biodiversity on ecosystem functions at regional to global scales. Thus, our studies are usually of interdisciplinary nature, including ecologists, population geneticists, physical oceanographers, climatologists and mathematicians.

Selected Publications:

  • • Kéfi, S., V. Miele, E.A. Wieters, S.A. Navarrete, E.L. Berlow. 2016. How structured is the entangled bank? The surprisingly simple organization of multiplex ecological networks leads to increased persistence and resilience. Plos Biology, 14(8): e1002527. doi:10.1371/journal.pbio.1002527
  • • Duffy, J. E., J. S. Lefcheck, R. D. Stuart-Smith, S. A. Navarrete, and G. J. Edgar. 2016. Biodiversity enhances reef fish biomass and resistance to climate change. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 113 (22): 6230 - 6235.
  • • Kefi, S., E.L. Berlow, E.A. Wieters, L.N. Joppa, S.A. Wood, U. Brose, S.A. Navarrete. 2015. Network structure beyond food webs: Mapping non-trophic and trophic interactions in a Chilean rocky shore web. Ecology, 96:291-303
  • • Navarrete, S.A., J.L. Largier, G. Vera, F.J. Tapia, M. Parragué, E. Ramos, J.L. Shinen, C.A. Stuardo, E.A. Wieters. 2015. Tumbling under the surf: wave-modulated settlement of intertidal mussels and the continuous settlement-relocation model. Marine Ecology Progress Series, 520:101-121
  • • Aiken, C.M. & S.A. Navarrete. 2014. Coexistence of competitors in marine meta-communities: environmental variability, edge effects and the dispersal niche. Ecology, 95:2289-2302
  • • Shinen, J. & S.A. Navarrete. 2014. Lottery coexistence on rocky shores: weak niche differentiation or equal competitors engaged in neutral dynamics? American Naturalist, 183: 342–362.
  • • Stuart-Smith, R.D., A. Bates, J.S. Lefcheck, E. Duffy, C. Baker, R. J. Thomson, J.F. Stuart-Smith, N.A. Hill1, S.J. Kininmont4, L.Airoldi, M.A. Becerr, S. J. Campbell, T.P. Dawson, S.A. Navarrete, G.A. Sole1, E.M A. Strain, T.J. Willis, G.J. Edgar. 2013. Integrating abundance and functional traits reveals new global hotspots of fish diversity. Nature, 501: 539-542

Courses in which participates:

  • • BIO249A, Biometría II: “Introducción a Diseño Experimental” (responsible)
  • • BIO249A, Biometría II: “Introducción a Diseño Experimental” (responsible)
  • • BIO116M, Ecología Marina (invited)
  • • BIO298E, Ecología Experimental (invited)
  • • BIO4042, Fundamentos de Ecología
  • • BIO4031, Fronteras de la Ecología
  • • BIO4030, Ecologia de Cambio Global