Geoffrey Trussell

Professor, Chair of the Department of Marine and Environmental Sciences, Director of the Marine Science Center Email: g.trussell@neu.edu Phone: 781.581.7370 x300

Area(s) of Expertise

Evolutionary and Community Ecology

Research Interests

Prof. Trussell’s research program currently focuses on a number of important issues in evolutionary, community and ecosystem ecology. These interests are being explored in a number of systems including rocky intertidal shores, old fields, and freshwater amphibian communities. In a nutshell, Prof. Trussell thinks interesting questions are far more important than interesting systems but, of course, if one can have both then things are that much better! Much of his current work emphasizes the evolutionary and ecological significance of predation risk, with an emphasis on the evolution of phenotypic plasticity and inducible defenses, the ecological significance of nonconsumptive predator effects, and the influence of trait-mediated indirect interactions on community dynamic and ecosystem function. However, he also spends a good amount of time on other topics including the factors influencing invasive and exotic plant diversity in terrestrial systems, the influence of species diversity on ecosystem function, and the impact of climate change on natural food webs.

Prof. Trussell’s research is highly collaborative and involves some outstanding colleagues including Oswald Schmitz (Yale University), Barney Luttbeg (Oklahoma State University), Matthew Bracken (Northeastern University), Steve Vollmer (Northeastern University), Lee Smee (Texas A&M), Jeremy Long (San Diego State University) and Osamu Kishida (Hokkaido University).

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Publications

Location

Marine Science Center
430 Nahant Road
Nahant, MA 01908

Hot and bothered: climate change and the ecology of fear

When animals must balance the fear of being eaten with their own need to feed, their decisions affect the entire ecosystem. New research from professor Geoff Trussell, who directs Northeastern’s Marine Science Center, suggests this effect is even more pronounced under future climate change scenarios.

Marine Science Center & Ocean Genome Legacy get airtime

WGBH’s Greater Boston featured the Marine Science Center and Ocean Genome Legacy on Thursday night.

A sweet spot for coastal cities

In 1967, the year Northeastern’s Marine Sci­ence Center was estab­lished, the world was a dif­ferent place.