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Yeager, Lauren

Lauren A Yeager

Assistant Professor
Department of Marine Science


Marine Ecology

lyeager@utexas.edu


Office Location
S06

Postal Address
750 CHANNEL VIEW DR
PORT ARANSAS, TX 78373

Education

Ph.D., Biology, Florida International University, 2013

B.S., Marine Science and Spanish, Eckerd College, 2006

Bio

Lauren is an ecologist whose research focuses on understanding how global change is altering patterns in marine biodiversity, and what these altered patterns mean for associated ecosystem functions and services. She employs food web, landscape and macroecology approaches to examine how humans affect coastal systems at multiple levels (e.g., individual, population, community and ecosystem) via altered environmental conditions, changes in habitat pattern and/or removal of key species by overharvest. After completing her Ph.D. at Florida International University in 2013, she held a postdoctoral appointment at the Institute of Marine Sciences, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a postdoctoral fellowship at the National Science Foundation's National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center.

[30] Geyer, JE, Yeager, LA, Fodrie, FJ. In review. Trait sensitivities to seagrass fragmentation across spatial scales shape benthic community structure. Ecography.

[29] Robinson, J, Williams, ID, Yeager, LA, McPherson, JM, Clark, J, and Baum, JK. In review. Environmental conditions and herbivore exploitation determine coral reef phase shift index across scales. Coral Reefs.

[28] Zambrano, J., Garzon-Lopez, C., Yeager, L, Cordeiro, NJ, Fortunel, C and Beckman, NG. In review. The effects of landscape fragmentation on plant functional diversity: what do we know so far. Oecologia.

[27] McPherson, JM, Yeager, LA, and Baum, JK. 2018. A simulation tool to scrutinise the behaviour of functional diversity metrics. Methods in Ecology and Evolution 9:200-206.

[26] Yeager, LA, Deith, MMC, McPherson, JM, Williams, ID, Baum, JK. 2017. Environmental and taxonomic controls on the functional diversity of near-pristine coral reef fish communities. Global Ecology and Biogeography. 26:1177-1189.

[25] Livernois, M.C., Grabowski, J.H., Poray, A.K., Gouhier, T.C., Hughes, A.R., O’Brien, K.F., Yeager, L.A., Fodrie, F.J. 2017. Effects of habitat fragmentation on Zostera marina seed distribution. Aquatic Botany 142:1-9.

[24] Yeager, LA, Marchand, P, Gill, DA, Baum, JK, McPherson, JM. 2017. MSEC: Queryable global layers of environmental and anthropogenic variables for marine ecosystem studies. Ecology. DOI: 10.1002/ecy.1884.

[23] Yeager, L.A., Marchand, P., Gill, D.A., Baum, J.K., McPherson, J.M. 2017. MSEC: Queryable global layers of environmental and anthropogenic variables for marine ecosystem studies. Ecology. DOI: 10.1002/ecy.1884.

[22] Robinson, J, Williams, I, Edwards, A, McPherson, J, Yeager, L, Vigliola, L, Brainard, R, Baum, J. 2017. Fishing degrades size structure of coral reef fish communities. Global Change Biology 23:1009-1022.

[21] Yeager, LA, Keller, DA, Burns, TR, Pool, AS, and Fodrie, FJ. 2016. Threshold effects of habitat fragmentation on fish diversity at landscapes scales. Ecology 97:2157-2166.

[20] Yeager, LA, Stoner, EW, Peters, JR, and Layman, CA. 2016. A terrestrial-aquatic food web subsidy is potentially mediated by multiple predator effects on an arboreal crab. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology 475: 73-79.

[19] Chacin, DH, Giery, S, Yeager, LA, Layman, CA, and Langerhans, RB. 2015. Does hydrological fragmentation affect coastal bird communities? A study from Abaco Island, The Bahamas. Wetlands Ecology and Management 23(3): 551-557.

[18] Fodrie, FJ, Yeager, LA, Layman, CA, Grabowski, JH, and Kenworthy, MD. 2015. Measuring individuality in habitat use across complex landscapes: approaches, constraints, and implications for assessing resource specialization. Oecologia 178(1):75-87.

[17] Peters, JR, Yeager, LA, and Layman, CA. 2015. Comparison of fish assemblages in restored and natural mangrove habitats along urban shorelines of Biscayne Bay, Florida. Bulletin of Marine Science 91(2): 125-139.

[16] Zapata, MJ, Yeager, LA, and Layman, CA. 2014. Day-night patterns in natural and artificial patch reef fish assemblages of The Bahamas. Caribbean Naturalist 18:1-15.

[15] Yeager, LA, Stoner, EW, Zapata, MJ, and Layman, CA. 2014. Does landscape context mediate density-dependence in a coral reef fish? Ecological Applications 24(7): 1833-1841.

[14] Stoner, EW, Yeager, LA, Selliban, S, and Layman, CA. 2014. Habitat and community modification facilitated by epibenthic jellyfish blooms. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology 461: 785-792.

[13] Yeager, LA, Hammerschlag-Peyer, CM, and Layman, CA. 2014. Diet variation of a generalist fish predator, grey snapper Lutjanus griseus, across an estuarine gradient: trade-offs of quantity for quality? Journal of Fish Biology 85(2): 264-277.

[12] Stoner, EW, Yeager, LA, and Layman, CA. 2014. Effects of epibenthic jellyfish, Cassiopea spp., on faunal community composition of Bahamian seagrass beds. Caribbean Naturalist 12:1-10.

[11] Layman, CA, Allgeier, JA, Yeager, LA, and Stoner, EW. 2013. Thresholds of ecosystem response to nutrient enrichment from fish aggregations. Ecology 94(2):530-536.

[10] Allgeier, JE, Yeager, LA, and Layman, CA. 2013. Consumers regulate nutrient regimes and primary production in seagrass ecosystems. Ecology 94(2):521-529.

[9] Yeager, LA, Acevedo, CL, and Layman, CA. 2012. Effects of seascape context on condition, abundance, and secondary production of a coral reef fish, Haemulon plumierii. Marine Ecology Progress Series 462: 231-240.

[8] Layman, CA, Araújo, MS, Boucek, R, Harrison, E, Jud, ZR, Matich, P, Hammerschlag-Peyer, CM, Rosenblatt, A, Vaudo, J, Yeager, LA, Post, DM, and Bearhop, S. 2012. Applying stable isotopes to examine food web structure: an overview of analytical tools. Biological Reviews 87(3): 545-562.

[7] Hammerschlag-Peyer, CM, Yeager, LA, Araujo, MS, and Layman, CA. 2011. A hypothesis-testing framework for studies investigating ontogenetic niche shifts using stable isotope ratios. PLoS ONE 6(11): e27104.

[6] Yeager, LA, Layman, CA, and Allgeier, JE. 2011. Effects of habitat heterogeneity at multiple spatial scales on fish community assembly. Oecologia 167:157-168.

[5] Stoner, EW, Layman, CA, Yeager, LA, Hassett, HM. 2011. Effects of anthropogenic disturbance on the abundance and size of epibenthic jellyfish Cassiopea spp. Marine Pollution Bulletin 62: 1109-1114.

[4] Yeager, LA and Layman, CA. 2011. Energy flow to two abundant consumers in a sub-tropical oyster reef food web. Aquatic Ecology 45:267-277.

[3] Layman, CA, Allgeier, JE, Rosemond, AD, Dahlgren, CP, and Yeager, LA. 2011. Marine fisheries declines viewed upside down: human impacts on consumer-driven nutrient recycling. Ecological Applications 21:343-349.

[2] Yeager, LA and Arias-Gonzalez, JE. 2008. Preliminary survey of fish community composition in seagrass habitat in two back-reef lagoons of the southern Mexican Caribbean. Gulf and Caribbean Research 20: 41-47.

[1] Yeager, LA, JM Krebs, AB Brame, CC McIvor. 2007. Comparison of juvenile blue crab abundances in three mangrove habitat types in Tampa Bay, Florida USA. Bulletin of Marine Science 83: 555-565.

2014-2016     Postdoctoral Fellow, National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center

2012-2013     Dissertation Year Fellow, Florida International University

2012              FIU University Graduate School Provost Award for Outstanding Paper or Manuscript

2008-2010     Florida International University Presidential Fellow

2007-2012     National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow

2006-2007     Fulbright Scholar (to Mexico)

2006              Marine Science Academic Excellence Award, Eckerd College

2006              Natural Science Collegium Scholarship and Service Award, Eckerd College

2004              Barry Goldwater Scholar

INVITED ORAL PRESENTATIONS

Yeager, LA. Effects of Habitat Fragmentation on Biodiversity of Seagrass Fauna across Spatial Scales. Smithsonian Environmental Research Center. Edgewater, MD. June 2017.

Yeager, LA. Habitat Fragmentation Effects on Biodiversity of Seagrass Fauna Across Spatial Scales. Harte Institute Weekly Seminar Series. Corpus Christi, TX. March 2017.

Yeager, LA. Human and Environmental Drivers of Reef Fish Biodiversity. Duke University Marine Lab Seminar Series. Beaufort, NC. March 2017.

Yeager, LA. Human and Environmental Drivers of Reef Fish Biodiversity. University of Central Florida Biology Seminar Series. Orlando, FL. March 2016.

Yeager, LA. A Spatial Ecology Approach for Coastal Systems: Drivers of Community Structure and Function across Scales. UT Austin Marine Science Institute Seminar Series. Port Aransas, TX. February 2016.

Yeager, LA. Human and Environmental Drivers of Reef Fish Biodiversity. SESYNC Seminar Series. Annapolis, MD. February 2016.

Yeager, LA. Environmental and human drivers of fish community dynamics across scales. UC Riverside Biology Department Seminar Series. Riverside, CA. February 2016.

Yeager, LA. Human and Environmental Controls on Diversity-Productivity Relationships for Coral Reef Fisheries. SESYNC Seminar Series. Annapolis, MD. February 2015.

Yeager, LA. Spatial food web subsidies in coastal ecosystems. Chesapeake Biological Laboratory Seminar Series. Solomons, MD. July 2014.

Yeager, LA. Effects of landscape context on habitat value of coastal ecosystems. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Institute of Marine Sciences Seminar Series. Morehead City, NC. Oct 2013.

Yeager, LA, Layman, CA, Hammerschlag-Peyer, CM, Allgeier, JE. Does Landscape context effect habitat value? The importance of seascape ecology in back-reef systems. Smithsonian Marine Station Seminar Series. Fort Pierce, FL. Apr 2010.

Oral Presentation and Posters

Only first-authored or student-led presentations and posters listed

Yeager, LA, McPherson, JM, Williams, ID, Baum, JK. Humans drive functional homogenization and weaken environmental control of reef fish faunas. 4th World Conference on Marine Biodiversity. Montreal, Canada. May 2018.

Keyser, S.K., and Yeager, L.A. Impacts of climate-mediated mangrove expansion on avian community dynamics. 47th Annual Benthic Ecology Meeting, Corpus Christi, TX, March 2018.

Yeager, L, Congdon, V, Dunton, K. Degradation and resilience of seagrass community and food web structure following a direct impact by Hurricane Harvey. 47th Annual Benthic Ecology Meeting, Corpus Christi, TX, March 2018.

Estrada, J, Loughran, T, Yeager, LA. Investigating the effects of mangrove versus salt marsh on the foraging rates of higher order predators. Texas Bays and Estuaries Meeting, Port Aransas, TX. April 2017.

Yeager, LA, McPherson, JM, Williams, I, and Baum, JK. Humans drive functional homogenization of reef fish faunas. 44th Annual Benthic Ecology Meeting. Portland, ME. March 2016.

Yeager, LA, Deith, MR, McPherson, JM, Williams, I, and Baum, JK. Environmental controls on functional diversity of near-pristine coral reef fish communities. 100th Annual Ecological Society of America Meeting. Baltimore, MD. August 2015.

Yeager, LA, Keller, DA, Burns, TR, Pool, A, and Fodrie, FJ. Threshold effects of habitat fragmentation per se on fish diversity at landscapes scales. 43rd Annual Benthic Ecology Meeting. Quebec City, Quebec, CA. March 2015.

Yeager, LA, Acevedo, CL, Allgeier, JE, Layman, CA. Seascape context affects community assembly and habitat quality for fishes using model patch reefs. 41st Annual Benthic Ecology Meeting. Norfolk, VA. Mar 2012.

Yeager, LA, Layman, CA, Allgeier, JE. Seagrasses and their importance to coral reef fish communities. Abaco Science Alliance Conference. Marsh Harbour, Abaco, Bahamas. Jan 2012.

Yeager, LA, Acevedo, CL, Layman, CA. Effects of seascape context on condition, abundance and production of a coral reef fish. Poster Session, 8th International William R & Lenore Mote Symposium: Species Interactions in Marine Communities. Sarasota, FL. Nov 2011.

Yeager, LA, Layman, CA, Hammerschlag-Peyer, CM. Foraging trade-offs of a generalist fish predator viewed from the landscape-scale. 96th Annual Ecological Society of America Meeting. Austin, TX. Aug 2011.

Yeager, LA, Layman, CA. Role of oyster reefs in supporting juvenile and sub-adult mangrove snapper (Lutjanus griseus): a food web perspective. 5th Loxahatchee Watershed Science Symposium. Jupiter, FL. Mar 2011.

Yeager, LA, Layman, CA, Hammerschlag-Peyer, CM. Foraging trade-offs of a generalist fish predator viewed from the landscape-scale. 40th Annual Benthic Ecology Meeting. Mobile, AL. Mar 2011.

Yeager, LA, Layman, CA, Hammerschlag-Peyer, CM. Foraging trade-offs of a generalist fish predator viewed from the landscape-scale. FIU Biology Research Symposium. North Miami, FL. Jan 2011.

Yeager, LA, Layman, CA. Experimental test of how landscape- and patch-scale variables affect fish community assembly. FIU Biology Research Symposium. North Miami, FL. Feb 2010.

Yeager, LA, Krebs, JM, Brame, AB, McIvor, CC. Recruitment of juvenile blue crabs to natural tidal creeks and altered ditches in mangrove wetlands. First International Symposium on Mangroves as Fish Habitat. Key Biscayne, Apr 2006.

Yeager, LA. Habitat utilization by juvenile reef fishes in Manzanillo, Costa Rica. Poster Session, 26th Annual Meeting of the Florida Chapter of the American Fisheries Society. Feb 2006.