Nathalie Reyns, 2005 Postdoctoral Scholar
Nathalie Reyns received a PhD in Marine Sciences from North Carolina State University in November 2004. Her PhD research focused on identifying the biophysical mechanisms (by measuring density-dependent interactions, depth in the water column, timing of dispersal, circulation, and using hydrodynamic models) that drive the dispersal dynamics of postlarval and early juvenile blue crabs, an ecologically and economically-important species that resides within estuaries along the East and Gulf coasts of the United States. Since completing her PhD, Nathalie’s research has focused on determining how larvae behaviorally respond to hydrodynamic conditions in controlled laboratory experiments. Nathalie started a position as a postdoctoral scholar at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution with funding from the Ocean Life Institute in November 2005. She is currently involved in projects that examine (1) endogenous swimming rhythms, (2) swimming speeds, and (3) the swimming responses of barnacle and bivalve larvae in still and flowing water. Results from these experiments will provide a better understanding of how larval behaviors influence dispersal and ultimately drive population connectivity.
For more information about Nathalie, go to her personal website www.whoi.edu/people/nreyns.