Research in the Sutherland lab is at
the intersection of biology and physics: our goal is gain a
mechanistic understanding of how marine organisms interact with
one another and within their fluid environment.
We use a variety of tools including in
situ video, kinematic analysis, and flow visualization to
understand how the environment is experienced at the organismal
scale. These observations can be related to smaller-scale
physiological problems or to larger-scale population patterns
and food-web dynamics.
Students working in the lab use innovative techniques and
a mechanistic approach to investigate how organisms function in
the marine environment, and more broadly, to understand
ecological roles and evolutionary relationships. Students
work either on the Eugene campus in the Institute of Ecology and
Evolution or at the Oregon Institute of
Marine Biology in Charleston.
We use novel technologies but much of
our equipment is relatively inexpensive and portable, which
enables us to work locally, off the Pacific Northwest coast, as
well as in remote locations.