Stuart Sandin



Center for Marine Biodiversity and Conservation Scripps Institution of Oceanography

Stuart Sandin, Ph.D., is interested in community ecology, specifically considering the predictable and deterministic dynamics of interacting populations. His theoretical and empirical work has been focused on coral reef communities, covering a broad spectrum of anthropogenically disturbed and undisturbed conditions.


White, J.W., J.F. Samhouri, A.C. Stier, C.L. Wormald, S.L. Hamilton, S.A. SandinReconciling evidence of directly and inversely density-dependent mortality in reef fishes. Ecology. (in press)

Sandin, S.A., S.M. Walsh, J.B.C. Jackson. Prey release, trophic cascades, and phase shifts in tropical nearshore marine ecosystems. In: J. Estes and J. Terborgh (Eds) Trophic cascades, Island Press. (in press)

Charles, C. and S. A. Sandin. 2009. Line Islands. In: R.G. Gillespie and D.A. Clague (Eds) The Encyclopedia of Islands, University of California Press, pp. 553-558.

Barrot, K., J. Smith, E. Dinsdale, M. Hatay, S.A. Sandin, F. Rohwer. Hyperspectral and physiological analyses of coral-algal interactions. PLoS ONE 4(11): e8043.

Hillebrand, H., E.T. Borer, M.E.S. Bracken, B.J. Cardinale, J. Cebrian, E.E. Cleland, J.J. Elser, D.S. Gruner, W.S. Harpole, J.T. Ngai, S.A. Sandin, E.W. Seabloom, J.B. Shurin, J.E. Smith, M.D. Smith. 2009. Herbivore metabolism and stoichiometry each constrain herbivory at different organizational scales across ecosystems. Ecology Letters 12: 516-527.

Vermeij, M.J.A., J.E. Smith, C.M. Smith, R. Vega Thurber, S.A. Sandin. 2009. Survival and settlement success of coral planulae: independent and synergistic effects of macroalgae and microbes. Oecologia 159: 325-336.

Sandin, S.A., M.J.A. Vermeij, A.H. Hurlbert. Island biogeography of Caribbean coral reef fish. Global Ecology and Biogeography 17: 770-777.

Sandin, S.A., E.M. Sampayo, M.J.A. Vermeij. 2008. Coral reef fish and benthic community structure of Bonaire and Curaçao, Netherlands Antilles. Caribbean Journal of Science 44: 137- 144.

DeMartini, E.E., A.M. Friedlander, S.A. Sandin, E. Sala. 2008. Differences in fish-assemblage structure between fished and unfished atolls in the northern Line Islands, central Pacific. Marine Ecology Progress Series. 365: 199-215.

Vermeij, M.J.A. and S.A. Sandin. 2008. Density-dependent settlement and mortality structure the earliest life phases of a coral population. Ecology 89: 1994-2004.

Gruner, D.S., J.E. Smith, E.W. Seabloom, S.A. Sandin, J.T. Ngai, H. Hillebrand, W.S. Harpole, J.J. Elser, E.E. Cleland, M.E.S. Bracken, E.T. Borer, B.M. Bolker. 2008. A cross-system synthesis of consumer and nutrient resource control on producer biomass. Ecology Letters 11: 740-755.

Anderson, C.N.K., C-h. Hsieh, S.A. Sandin, R. Hewitt, A. Hallowed, J. Beddington, R.M. May, G. Sugihara. 2008. Why fishing magnifies fluctuations in fish abundance. Nature 452: 835-839.

Sandin, S.A., J.E. Smith, E.E. DeMartini, E.A. Dinsdale, S.D. Donner, A.M. Friedlander, T. Konotchick, M. Malay, J.E. Maragos, D. Obura, O. Pantos, G. Paulay, M. Richie, F. Rohwer, R.E. Schroeder, S. Walsh, J.B.C. Jackson, N. Knowlton, E. Sala. 2008. Baselines and degradation of coral reefs in the northern Line Islands. PLoS ONE 3(2): e1548.

Dinsdale, E.A., O. Pantos, S. Smriga, R.A. Edwards, F. Angly, L. Wegley, M. Hatay, D. Hall, E. Brown, M. Haynes, L. Krause, E. Sala, S.A. Sandin, R. Vega Thurber, B.L. Willis, F. Azam, N. Knowlton, F. Rohwer. 2008. Microbial ecology of four coral atolls in the northern Line Islands. PLoS ONE 3(2): e1584.

Vermeij, M.J.A., S.A. Sandin, J.F. Samhouri. 2007. Local habitat composition determines the relative frequency and interbreeding potential for two Caribbean coral morphotypes. Evolutionary Ecology 21: 27-47.

Smith, J.E., M. Shaw, R.A Edwards, D. Obura, O. Pantos, E. Sala, S.A. Sandin, S. Smriga, M. Hatay, F. Rohwer. 2006. Indirect effects of algae on coral: algae-mediated, microbe-induced coral mortality. Ecology Letters 9: 835-845.

Sandin, S.A. and S.W. Pacala. 2005. Demographic theory of coral reef fish populations with stochastic recruitment: comparing sources of population regulation. American Naturalist 165: 107-119.

Sandin, S.A. and S.W. Pacala. 2005. Fish aggregation results in inversely density dependent predation on continuous coral reefs. Ecology 86: 1520–1530.

Sandin, S.A., J. Regetz, S.L. Hamilton. 2005. Testing larval fish dispersal hypotheses using maximum likelihood analysis of otolith microchemistry data. Marine and Freshwater Research 56: 725-734.

Hawn, A.T., G.B. Martin, S.A. Sandin, J.A. Hare. 2005. Early juvenile mortality in a cohort of Chromis cyanea: the growth-mortality hypothesis revisited. Bulletin of Marine Science 77: 309- 318.

Kuntz, N.M., D.I. Kline, S.A. Sandin, F. Rohwer. 2005. Pathologies and mortality rates caused by organic carbon and nutrient stressors in three Caribbean coral species. Marine Ecology Progress Series 294: 173-180.

Hixon, M.A., S.W. Pacala, S.A. Sandin. 2002. Population regulation: historical context and contemporary challenges of open vs. closed systems. Ecology 83: 1490-1508.

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