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The tangled web of life on Earth has woven, and been woven by, interactions and feedbacks with the living and non-living components of the earth system. The diversity of the biosphere is a product of these, often non-linear, interactions occurring over successive generations. The goal of research in the Hull Lab is to investigate how these patterns and dynamics have changed under different boundary conditions—including during catastrophic disturbances.
Our research informs questions related to modern global change including understanding how ecosystems behave during and after mass extinctions, how the carbon cycle interacts with the ocean-atmosphere system, and why species and communities adapt (or not) to widespread changes in environmental conditions.
Our research tools and topics are varied, but for many lab members our primary lens into the history of Earth-life interactions are protists known as foraminifera from the open-ocean ecosystems that have always accounted for the vast majority of Earth’s habitable volume.