I am broadly interested in marine ecology, especially the ecology of shorelines of all t ypes. Specific topics of interest are: community ecology of shorelines, and the effects of environmental characteristics and stresses on the character and diversity of local communities; animal-sediment interactions; plant-herbivore interactions; the effects of intertidal stresses (e.g., desiccation) on energy allocation patterns in intertidal algae; the classification, long-term monitoring, and maintenance of biodiversity of intertidal habitats. I am in residence full-time at the Friday Harbor Laboratories.
(Please note: Dr. Dethier is not eligible to take graduate students.)
The Baldwin School, Bryn Mawr, PA, 1971, summa cum laude
Carleton College, Northfield, MN, 1975, B.A. in Biology, magna cum laude, Honors in Biology
University of Washington, Seattle, WA, Department of Zoology, PhD 1981. Dissertation title: The natural history and community structure of Washington tidepools: Disturbance, herbivory, and maintenance of pattern in intertidal microcosms.
Membership in Sigma Xi, 1974
Membership in Phi Beta Kappa, 1975
National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowship, 1975-1979
Friday Harbor Laboratories Postdoctoral Fellowship, 1983
President of the Western Society of Naturalists, 1991
Nominated for Aldo Leopold Fellowship, 1998
Stifel Faculty Fellow, Shoals Marine Lab, Cornell University, 2002 and 2003