Tarik Gouhier

Assistant Professor Email: t.gouhier@neu.edu Phone: 781.581.7370 x302


Ph.D., McGill University
M.Sc., McGill University
B.Sc., McGill University

Area(s) of Expertise

Theoretical Ecology

Research Interests

Research in my laboratory combines mathematical models, computer simulations and statistical analyses of large datasets to determine how ecological and environmental processes occurring at different scales and levels of organization interact to shape the distribution of species in space and time. We are particularly interested in identifying the processes that govern the structure and dynamics of interconnected marine communities in order to predict the effects of environmental change (e.g., habitat destruction, non-native species introductions, climate change). Elucidating these fundamental processes will allow us to devise adaptive management strategies such as reserve networks that will maximize the productivity and persistence of whole ecosystems in an era of global change. Such mutually beneficial feedbacks between basic and applied research will promote our understanding of the natural world and improve our stewardship of its invaluable resources.

Lab Website



Marine Science Center

430 Nahant Road

Nahant, Massachusetts 01908

How does marine life survive climate extremes?

An interdisciplinary team of researchers at Northeastern University has received a four-year, $1.2 million grant from the National Science Foundation to develop new ways to study how marine organisms respond to climate related severe temperature stress.

Taking a Second Look at How Marine Reserves are Created

Overfishing has resulted in the serial depletion of fish stocks around the world and caused significant collateral damage to non-target species because of high levels of bycatch. This not only threatens natural marine ecosystems, but also jeopardizes the millions of people who depend on fish for their economic livelihood and dietary protein requirements.