Please Note: Dr. Nisbet is not accepting new graduate students.
My research covers many areas of theoretical ecology. The long-running theme is the use of “individual-based” or “structured” population models to relate population dynamics to the physiology and behavior of individual members of a population. Much current work uses Dynamic Energy Budget (DEB) theory to describe the rates at which individual organisms assimilate and utilize energy and elemental matter. My research group both develops new fundamental theory and applies it to environmental problems, with particular emphasis on ecotoxicology. I am on the Executive Committee of the University of California Center for Environmental Implications of Nanotechnology. Other current areas of application include coral biology, zooplankton ecology and fish bioenergetics.