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Tarik Gouhier

Affiliated Faculty,  Civil and Environmental Engineering
Associate Professor,  Marine and Environmental Sciences



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Research Focus

Theoretical Ecology


  • PhD, McGill University, 2010

Teaching Interests

Quantitative ecology

Research Overview

Theoretical Ecology

Selected Research Projects

  • Coral-Microbial Interactions as Determinants of Disease Dynamics
    • – Principal Investigator, National Science Foundation
  • Integrating Broad-Scale Regional Variation in Environmental Forcing and Benthic-Pelagic Coupling
    • – Co-Principal Investigator, National Science Foundation
  • Spatio-Temporal Extremes and Association: Marine Adaptation and Survivability Under Climate change and Rising Ocean Temperatures
    • – Co-Principal Investigator, National Science Foundation
  • The Effects of Fine-Scale Temperature and Desiccation Variability on the Distribution of Marine Species
    • – Co-Principal Investigator, National Science Foundation

Selected Publications

  • P. Pillai, T.C. Gouhier, S.V. Vollmer, Ecological Rescue of Hose-Microbial Systems Under Environmental Change, Theoretical Ecology, 10, 2017, 51-63
  • B. Spiecker, T.C. Gouhier, F. Guichard, Reciprocal Feedbacks Between Spatial Subsidies and Reserve Networks in Coral Reef Meta-Ecosystems, Ecological Applications, 26(1), 2016, 264-278
  • D. Wang, T.C. Gouhier, B.A. Menge, A.R. Ganguly, Intensification and Spatial Homogenization of Coastal Upwelling Under Climate Change, Nature, 518, 2015, 390-394
  • P. Pillai, T.C. Gouhier, S.V. Vollmer, The Cryptic Role of Biodiversity in the Emergence of Host-Microbial Mutualisms, Ecology Letters, 17(11), 2014, 1437-1446
  • T.C. Gouhier, F. Guichard, B.A. Menge, Designing Effective Reserve Networks for Non-equilibrium Metacommunities, Ecological Applications, 23(6), 2013, 1488-1503
  • T.C. Gouhier, F. Guichard, B.A. Menge, Ecological Processes Can Synchronize Marine Population Dynamics Over Continental Scales, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 107(18), 2010, 8281-8286

Feb 19, 2015

Climate Effect on Coast

CIV Associate Professor Auroop Ganguly & Tarik Gouhier’s article in Nature shows that climate change will result in major changes in coastal marine ecosystems.

Jul 22, 2014

Interdisciplinary NSF Grant

Electrical & Computer Engineering Associate Professor Jennifer Dy, Civil & Environmental Engineering Associate Professor Auroop Ganguly & Affiliated Assistant Professor Tarik Gouhier were awarded an $1.2M NSF Cyber SEES grant to study changes in marine organisms based on ocean temperature. The Cyber-Innovation for Sustainability Science and Engineering (CyberSEES) program aims to advance interdisciplinary research in […]


Apr 04, 2013

FY14 TIER 1 Award Recipients

22 COE faculty and affiliates were recipients of FY14 TIER 1 Interdisciplinary Research Seed Grants for 14 different research projects.

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