Nyssa J Silbiger, Ph.D.
Quantitative Marine Ecologist
Nyssa Joy Silbiger, PhD
 I strive to understand how natural environmental variability, global climate change, and species interactions shape community processes across different spatial and temporal scales. My first research experiences were as an undergraduate student at Florida State University in the Department of Biological Sciences. At FSU, I studied the symbiotic relationship between cleaner shrimp and sea anemones with Dr. Michael Childress  and examined the physiological response of intertidal fiddler crabs to changes in temperature with Dr. Pablo Munguia . As a Master’s student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in the Marine Science Department , I continued my scientific training and assessed the ability of a prolific tropical alga to utilize nutrients from marine sponges in the Caribbean. My results suggested that the relationship between sponges and algae could be maintaining a phase-shift from coral to sponge-algal dominated reefs. These experiences encouraged me to pursue a Ph.D. at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa / Hawai‘i Institute of Marine Biology   in the Donahue Lab . My dissertation research characterized drivers of accretion and erosion on coral reefs and examined how these processes are modulated by climate change in the context of both natural variability and simulated future conditions. During my Ph.D., I was also honored to be a Dr. NOAA Nancy Foster Scholar As a post-doctoral researcher at the University of California at Irvine in the Sorte Lab  in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology , I focused on the ability of macrophytes to control local pH conditions.  I am currently an Assistant Professor in the Biology Department at California State University, Northridge.

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