NAtural HistorY of the sea

Work in the Sandin Lab addresses fundamental questions regarding the structure and functioning of marine communities. Like most ecologists, our team is fascinated by the biological diversity of ecosystems with a curiosity to understand how natural systems are organized. At the heart of these inquiries is a passion to watch ecology through time, to witness (and perhaps predict) patterns of ecosystem change. These are our experiences.


Coral reefs offer an opportunity to watch nature. With clear water and oftentimes inviting conditions, an observer can note how animals, plants, and the rest of the species interact. The stories are more intriguing than the news, and form the foundation of ecological inquiry. Further, the stories never 'expire'. Enjoy some edited and narrated videos from our work through the years, compiled by colleagues from Forest Rohwer's lab. See these links at our Coral Reef Systems site.