Peter Flood

PhD Student, Biological Sciences


Advisers: Nathan Dorn, Joel Trexler

I am an aquatic population and community ecologist that is particularly interested in food-web ecology and invasion biology. My dissertation work examines how invasive fishes in the Everglades have altered food-web structure and function. Furthermore, my research asks if part of the reason these invasive fishes are success is because of their nutrient requirements (i.e. body stoichiometry) and if they are exploiting energy channels (autotrophic vs heterotrophic) that are not used by native taxa. Impacts of invasive fishes on the food web have implications for ecosystem functions related to trophic transfer (e.g., prey availability for iconic taxa and biomagnification of toxins).