Tarik Gouhier

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



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Research Focus

Population Biology


  • PhD, McGill University, 2010

Teaching Interests

Population Biology

Research Overview

Population Biology

Selected Research Projects

  • Mechanisms of Resistance And Resilience to System Wide Loss of a Keystone Predator in an Iconic Intertidal Community
    Principal Investigator, National Science Foundation
  • Spatiotemporal Extremes And Associations: Marine Adaptation and Survivorship Under Changes in Extreme 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

  • M. Yeager, A.R. Hughes, T.C. Gouhier, Predicting the Stability of Multitrophic Communities in a Variable World, Ecology, 101, 2020, e02992
  • P. Pillai, T.C. Gouhier, Not Even Wrong: The Spurious Measurement of Biodiversity’s Effects on Ecosystem Functioning, Ecology, 100, 2019, e02645
  • D.L. Townsend, T.C. Gouhier, Spatial and Interspecific Differences in Recruitment Decouple Synchrony and Stability in Trophic Metacommunities, Theoretical Ecology, 12, 2019, 319–327
  • G. Di Cecco, T.C. Gouhier, Increased Spatial and Temporal Autocorrelation of Temperature Under Climate Change, Scientific Reports, 8, 2018, 14850
  • T Rogers, T.C. Gouhier, D.L. Kimbro, Temperature-Dependency of Intraguild Predation Between Native and Invasive Crabs, Ecology, 99, 2018, 885-895
  • 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


Jan 17, 2024

Reintroducing Bee-like Species To Collapsing Ecosystems

CEE Distinguished Professor Auroop Ganguly and Assistant Professor Tarik Gouhier conclude that honeybees are the simplest and most effective species to reintroduce to ecosystems collapsing from climate change. Their research was published in the journal Communications Biology.


Dec 22, 2023

Reviving Ecosystems: Maximizing Biodiversity Recovery Through Network-Based Restoration Strategies

Alumnus Udit Bhatia, PhD’18, civil and environmental engineering, and Auroop Ganguly, COE distinguished professor of CEE, were two of the co-authors of the paper “Network-based Restoration Strategies Maximize Ecosystem Recovery” published in Communications Biology. The paper discusses how global biodiversity loss demands predictive frameworks for ecosystem collapse and effective restoration strategies.


Nov 04, 2022

Insect Population Decline to Effect Pollination

Interdisciplinary engineering student Kate Duffy, PhD’21, has been studying the effect of climate change on insect populations and their important role in our ecosystem.


Oct 27, 2022

Effect of Climate Change on Ecological Populations

CEE Affiliated Faculty Tarik Gouhier and Professor Auroop Ganguly’s research on “Climate-mediated shifts in temperature fluctuations promote extinction risk” was published in Nature Climate Change.

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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