About Me


I am a community ecologist, biological oceanographer, and theoretical ecologist by training. The daughter of two biologists, I am also the apple that fell close to the tree. I frequently draw inspiration from the natural history of the world around me, and love translating my observations into mathematical equations. These equations invariably yield hypotheses that can (sometimes) be tested with field data or lab experiments.

The Moeller Lab will open its doors as part of the Department of Ecology, Evolution & Marine Biology at the University of California, Santa Barbara, in July 2017. If you’re interested in joining the lab as a postdoctoral fellow, graduate student, or bioinformatician, please contact me with your CV and a brief description of your scientific interests!

I’m currently a Biodiversity Research Centre Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of British Columbia, where I am developing new mathematical models to describe acquired metabolism. Previously, I was a Postdoctoral Fellow at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, where I worked with Drs. Michael Neubert (an applied mathematician) and Matthew Johnson (a marine protistologist). I was supported by a National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Biology.

Previously, I was a Ph.D. student working primarily with Dr. Tadashi Fukami (and co-advised by Dr. Peter Vitousek); I studied the ancient and diverse metabolic mutualism between trees and ectomycorrhizal fungi. You can read about my experiences doing fieldwork in New Zealand (and more importantly, find the data about chocolate consumption alongside beautiful pictures) here.

As a Masters student, I learned optimal control theory from Dr. Michael Neubert at WHOI while exploring the bioeconomic problem of marine reserve design in habitat-damaging fisheries.

At the very start of my scientific career, I did my Honors thesis with Dr. Paul Falkowski at Rutgers University, where he laid the foundation for my interest in organism metabolism and metabolic exchange.

For more information, email me at: holly.moeller@lifesci.ucsb.edu


<<Top Image: Olympic National Park, August 2010; Headshot: Courtesy of D.S. Karp>>

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