Marine Science Institute
University of California
Santa Barbara CA 93106-6150

Kristen Michaud 
Job Title: Graduate Student
Biography: I am a PhD student working with Bob Miller. I am investigating how the benthic suspension feeding community within kelp forests responds to both abiotic and biotic stressors such as thermal stress, food limitation, and competition. As anthropogenic climate change continues to warm our coastal oceans, benthic animals may experience prolonged periods of thermal stress as well as changes in both the quality and quantity of their main food source: plankton. Additionally, I am interested in how these communities respond to the introduction of nonnative species through competition for space and resources.
Research Interests: Benthic Community Ecology