Rachel Hartnett, CAS Diversity Post-Doctoral Fellow

Community ecology, limnology, statistics, and population biology

Ph.D., 2017, University of Oklahoma

Phone: 405-744-7818

Office: LSW 514-A

Email: rachel.hartnett@okstate.edu

Hartnett website


Specific Interests

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.


Selected Publications

  • 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.