Post-doctoral Research Associate
I am broadly interested in the ways that the traits or behavior of individuals can scale up to influence the structure and dynamics of ecological communities. Using laboratory and field experiments, my research examines how biotic and abiotic stress influence the behavior, fitness, and physiology of consumers and the indirect effects of these stressors on community structure and ecosystem function.
Matassa, C.M. and G.C. Trussell. 2015. Effects of predation risk across a latitudinal temperature gradient. Oecologia 177:775-784
Matassa, C.M. and G.C. Trussell. 2014. Prey state shapes the effects of temporal variation in predation risk. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 281:20141952
Miller, L. P., C. M. Matassa, and G. C. Trussell. 2014. Climate change enhances the negative effects of predation risk on an intermediate consumer. Global Change Biology 20:3835-3844
Barnacle larvae settling near adults.
Wave-swept shore, Nahant, MA.