Amy A. Briggs

Amy A. Briggs
University of Georgia | UGA · Odum School of Ecology

M.S.

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Additional affiliations
August 2015 - present
University of Georgia
Position
  • PhD Student
August 2012 - August 2015
California State University, Northridge
Position
  • Master's Student
August 2010 - November 2011
National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis
Position
  • Research Assistant
Education
September 2012 - June 2016
September 2004 - June 2008
Stanford University
Field of study
  • Biology

Publications

Publications (16)
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While it is well established that ecosystem subsidies--the addition of energy, nutrients, or materials across ecosystem boundaries--can affect consumer abundance, there is less information available on how subsidy levels may affect consumer diet, body condition, trophic position, and resource partitioning among consumer species. There is also littl...
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Bolbometopon muricatum are ecologically unique mega-consumers in coral reef ecosystems. They primarily divide their dietary intake between living scleractinian corals and coral rock, a substrate richly colonized by non-coral biota. Here we examine how the chemical, structural, and energetic content of these two main classes of forage material may i...
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Ocean acidification (OA) is predicted to enhance photosynthesis in many marine taxa. However, photophysiology has multiple components that OA may affect differently, especially under different light environments, with potentially contrasting consequences for photosynthetic performance. Furthermore, because photosynthesis affects energetic budgets a...
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Colonization, including oviposition, is an important driver of population and community dynamics both within and across habitat patches. Most research has focused on the roles of habitat availability or quality on colonization and its outcomes. However, the spatial distribution of habitats also likely affects these processes. We conducted field exp...
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Microbes influence ecological processes, including the dynamics and health of macro-organisms and their interactions with other species. In coral reefs, microbes mediate negative effects of algae on corals when corals are in contact with algae. However, it is unknown whether these effects extend to larger spatial scales, such as at sites with high...
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Variability in primary productivity and fishing pressure can shape the abundance, species composition, and diversity of marine life. Though parasites comprise nearly half of marine species, their responses to these important forces remain little explored. We quantified parasite assemblages at two spatial scales, across a gradient in productivity an...
Data
Isotopic value of prey and R. rattus (mean ± SD) by forest type and order. (DOCX)
Conference Paper
Background/Question/Methods While it is well established that ecosystem subsidies can affect consumer abundance, there is less information available on how subsidy levels may affect consumer diet, body condition, trophic position, and resource partitioning between consumer species. There is also little information on whether changes in vegetation...
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Question: Cocos nucifera, the coconut palm, has a pantropical distribution and reaches near monodominance in many atolls, low lying islands and coastal regions. This paper examines the ecological correlation between C. nucifera abundance and changes in forest structure, floristic diversity and forest soil characteristics. Location: Palmyra Atoll NW...
Technical Report
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Understanding the ecology influencing the toxic dinoflagellate populations implicated in ciguatera or ciguatera-like sea-food poisoning in humans is a problem of great importance to small-scale fisheries and island communities in the tropical Pacific and Caribbean waters. This study attempted to ascertain the effects of long term human disturbance...

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Carbonate minerals are found in ~ 25% of the surface soils on earth. Current and former reefs offer diverse habitats for microbial and invertebrate life.