Sally D. Hacker


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Department of Integrative Biology

3029 Cordley Hall

Oregon State University

Corvallis, OR 97331

Telephone: 541-737-3707

Fax: 541-737-0501

BS, University of Washington

MS, University of Maine

PhD, Brown University


I am a community ecologist interested in natural and managed coastal communities. The theme that guides my work is an interest in species interactions and how they influence community structures, functions, and services. Understanding the factors controlling community structure and function is a major goal of community ecologists both for basic and applied reasons. From a basic point of view, ecologists want to know how natural communities work, what role species play in controlling how they work, and how physical conditions modulate these interactions. From an applied perspective, ecologists want to use information about how communities work to better understand the consequences of species loss (extinction) and addition (introduced, invasive species) by human induced disturbances. When particular species are removed or added to systems, dramatic effects can affect the loss of community function or services.

I have chosen research projects that investigate the magnitude and importance of native and non-native species interactions on community structure, function, and services under different spatial and temporal scales. There are three major research themes or areas of concentration in my laboratory:

  1. 1.Mechanisms important to community structure under different ecological and spatial scales in estuarine and rocky intertidal communities.

  2. 2.Invasion, modification, and restoration dynamics of invasive estuarine and dune grasses.

  3. 3.The protective role of ecosystems in mitigating coastal vulnerability from climate change.