Craig W. Osenberg

Graduate Program Faculty
Graduate Coordinator

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PhD, Michigan State University (Kellogg Biological Station), 1988

BA, University of California Santa Barbara, 1980



Honors, Awards, and Achievements

ESA Fellow, 2015-life

Honorary Research Associate, Victoria University Wellington, 2007-2009

Invited Professor, Universite de Perpignan, 2007

University of Florida Research Foundation Professor, 2002-2005

WT Edmondson Lecturer, Univ. of Washington, 2001

Faculty Opponent, University Omea, 2000

Research Interests

Research Interests

Size- and stage-structured dynamics and species interactions; meta-analysis; environmental impacts assessment (BACIPS designs); competition; predator-prey interactions

  • Aquatic Ecology (marine and freshwater)
  • Population Ecology
  • Community Ecology
  • Organismal Ecology
  • Landscape Ecology
  • Theoretical ecology
  • Conservation Ecology
  • Mathematical Ecology
  • Terrestrial Ecology

Research Projects

  • Coral reefs dynamics, including vermetid-coral interactions, habitat quality and configuration and fish dynamics
  • Meta-analysis
  • The design of marine protected areas (and analysis of large-scale perturbations)
  • Size-structured interactions, density-dependence, and population dynamics
  • Soil carbon dynamics
Selected Publications

Hamman, EA, SA McKinley, AC Stier, CW Osenberg. 2018. Landscape configuration drives persistent spatial patterns of occupant distributions. Theoretical Ecology 11:111-127. doi:10.1007/s12080-017-0352-1

Thiault, L, L Kernaleguen, CW Osenberg, J Claudet. 2017. Progressive-change BACIPS: a flexible approach for environmental impact assessment. Methods in Ecology and Evolution. (in press). DOI 10.1111/2041-210X.12655

Brown, A, TK Frazer, JS Shima, CW Osenberg. 2016. Mass mortality of the vermetid gastropod, Ceraesignum maximum. Coral Reefs 35:1027-1032. DOI 10.1007/s00338-016-1438-8

Jiao, J, SS Pilyguin, CW Osenberg. 2016. Random movement of predators can eliminate the strength of trophic cascades in marine protected areas. Ecosphere 7(8):e01421. DOI 10.1002/ecs2.1421

Van Groenigen, KJ, X Qi, CW Osenberg, Y Luo, BA Hungate. 2014. Faster decomposition under increased atmospheric CO2 limits soil carbon storage. Science 344: 508-509.Doi: 10.1126/science.1249534

Langebrake J, L Riotte-Lambert, CW Osenberg, P De Leenheer. 2012. A differential movement model for marine protected areas. Journal of Mathematical Biology 64:667-696.

McCoy MW, AC Stier, CW Osenberg.2012. Emergent effects of multiple predators on prey survival: the importance of depletion and the functional response. Ecology Letters 15: 1449–1456. doi: 10.1111/ele.12005.

Stier, AC and CW Osenberg. 2010. Propagule redirection: habitat availability reduces colonization and increases recruitment in reef fishes.Ecology 91:2826-2832.

Claudet, J, CW Osenberg and 19 others. 2010. Marine reserves: fish life history and ecological traits matter. Ecological Applications 20:830-839.

Shima, J and C.W. Osenberg. 2003. Cryptic density dependence: effects of spatio-temporal variation among reef fish populations. Ecology 84:46-52.

Osenberg, C.W., O. Sarnelle, S.D. Cooper, and R.D. Holt. 1999. Resolving ecological questions through meta-analysis: goals, metrics and models. Ecology 80:1105-1117.