Chelsea BenniceFlorida Atlantic University Brain Institute
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My research focus is in animal behavioral ecology. I am interested in the behavioral and ecological dynamics of multiple species and how these dynamics are responsible for community structure and the biodiversity of ecosystems. I received my B.S. from The Ohio State University and my M.S. and Ph.D. from Florida Atlantic University. My current research focuses on cephalopod behavioral ecology.
Multiple octopus species inhabit overlapping ecohabitats worldwide yet little is known about the behavioral mechanisms that facilitate such coexistence. To distinguish coexistence mechanisms of Octopus vulgaris and Macrotritopus defilippi in high densities, rigorous fieldwork was conducted to examine their respective foraging strategies. Direct obs...
Species coexistence is a critical determinant of biodiversity and community structure, yet resource partitioning mechanisms that facilitate coexistence remain understudied for many taxa, including cephalopods. Octopus vulgaris and Macrotritopus defilippi cohabit a shallow-water lagoon in South Florida. Temporal and spatial distribution as well as h...
The pelagic Sargassum community represents an excellent model system to advance our understanding of how a complex habitat can influence biotic interactions. This study examined the habitat architecture of pelagic Sargassum fluitans to determine its effects on habitat selection for one shrimp species (Leander tenuicornis) and two fish species (Step...
Cuttlefish, Sepia officinalis, commonly use their visually-guided, rapid adaptive camouflage for multiple tactics to avoid detection or recognition by predators. Two common tactics are background matching and resembling an object (masquerade) in the immediate area. This laboratory study investigated whether cuttlefish preferentially camouflage them...
Maximizing young-of-year (YOY) fish production in an aquaculture setting depends on matching predatory demand with prey availability. With a size-selective YOY fish species (saugeye: Sander vitreus Mitchell females ×S. canadense Griffith & Smith males) supplied with natural zooplankton prey (Bosmina sp. Baird), selective removal of larger individua...