Department of Biology, College of Sciences

The primary goal of Dr. Cook’s research is to better understand the natural and anthropogenic factors influencing the distribution, abundance, and dynamics of species inhabiting coastal marine ecosystems.  He addresses ecological questions that span from the applied to the theoretical end of the spectrum; by integrating field ecology & oceanographic tools, lab analyses, and ecological modeling, he strives to develop a predictive understanding of how nearshore marine ecosystems are structured, how they function, and how they may change in the future.