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Computational Biology Laboratory


Photo: Matthew JohnstonMatthew Johnston, Ph.D.
Research Scientist

"Invasions by exotic species are the second largest threat to global biodiversity after habitat loss. It is critical to provide resource managers with tools to help predict the timing and distribution of marine invasions, assess the invasability of marine habitats, and unravel the mechanisms behind the invasion process."

Research Focus

To understand the physical and biological processes driving marine invasions by exotic species.  This knowledge is gained through the use of agent-based computer models that couple ocean characteristics with life history traits of the invader.

Research Activities

  • Agent-based biophysical modeling
  • Invasive species
  • Ocean connectivity dynamics
  • Laval connectivity
  • Numerical simulation
  • Web application development
  • Database management
  • Software Development

Contact Information

Matthew Johnston, Ph.D.
COE Room #506
(954) 262-3641

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