Dan McGlinn


Jackson Barratt Heitmann

Master’s Student

Juliane Caughron

Graduate researcher

Nathan Baker

Graduate researcher

Samuel Norton

Graduate researcher

Ashley Woods

Undergraduate researcher

Caroline Oliver

Software developer

Emmaline Sheahan

Undergraduate researcher

Samuel McCauley

Undergraduate researcher

Nicole Strauss

Undergraduate researcher


Disturbance Ecology

How do communities respond to disturbance in natural and managed systems?

Drivers of Community Assembly

Is community assembly driven by stochastic or deterministic processes?

Scaling of Biodiversity

How does scale influence patterns of biodiversity?

Recent Publications

More Publications

. A multiscale framework for disentangling the roles of evenness, density, and aggregation on diversity gradients. Ecology, e03233, 2021.


. Rdataretriever: R Interface to the Data Retriever. Journal of Open Source Software, 6:2800, 2021.


. Associations Between Nekton Assemblages and Ribbed Mussel (Geukensia demissa) Patches in a South Carolina Salt Marsh. Southeastern Naturalist, 19:45-61, 2020.


. Diazotrophs Show Signs of Restoration in Amazon Rain Forest Soils with Ecosystem Rehabilitation. Applied and Environmental Microbiology, 86:e00195-20, 2020.


. Mediterranean marine protected areas have higher biodiversity via increased evenness, not abundance. Journal of Applied Ecology, 57:578-589, 2020.



We collaborate on software for biodiveristy data management, analysis and simulation.

We have worked with our collaborators in the Weecology lab to develop the R package for the Data Retriever: A package manager for data. It downloads, cleans, and stores publicly available data, so analysts spend less time managing data, and more time analyzing it. Available for R,


We are actively involved in training scientists in both ideas and tools.


  • Rita Hollings Science Center (office: 239, lab: 292), College of Charleston, 58 Coming Street, Suite 245-255 Charleston, SC 29401 USA