Rachel Hartnett, CAS Diversity Post-Doctoral Fellow
Community ecology, limnology, statistics, and population biology
Ph.D., 2017, University of Oklahoma
Office: LSW 514-A
My research is broadly centered on the how communities can persist and maintain their function over time. I use theory that has been developed around the mechanisms underlying community stability and then test these theories in aquatic communities of phytoplankton and zooplankton in the field, and specifically the water flea, Daphnia, in the lab when greater precision is needed. My research specifically addresses: 1) how intraspecific variation and competition might help maintain diversity, 2) quantifying the synchrony of predator and prey groups over different time scales, and 3) looking into long-term changes and forecasting of harmful algal blooms. I also have a passion for instilling the importance and application of statistics in undergraduate education.
- Hartnett, R.N. 2019. Variation in life-history traits among Daphnia and its relationship to species-level responses to phosphorus limitation. Royal Society of Open Science 6: 191024. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1098/rsos.191024
- Patten, M.A. and R.N. Hartnett. 2014. Residual variance is no cause for alarm. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment. 12:545-546.
- Hartnett, R. and Hoefnagels, M. 2019. Collaborative concept mapping in Google Draw. Article 33 In McMahon, K, editor. Tested Studies for Laboratory Teaching. Volume 40. Proceedings of the 40th Conference of the Association for Biology Laboratory Education (ABLE). http://www.ableweb.org/volumes/vol-40/?art=33
- Hartnett, R.N. 2019. Sampling Distributions and Null Distributions: two swirl lessons in R. Make Teaching with R in Undergraduate Biology Less Excruciating, QUBES Educational Resources. doi:10.25334/Q4KJ04
- Hartnett, R.N. 2019. Importing Data into R. Making Teaching with R in Undergraduate Biology Less Excruciating, QUBES Educational Resources. doi:10.25334/Q4W161