Megan N. Dethier
Director's Office FHL
Not accepting graduate students
Fields of interest
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.)
Dr. Megan N. Dethier is a Research Professor in the Biology Department at the University of Washington but is in full-time residence at the Friday Harbor Laboratories. She did her undergraduate work at Carleton College in Minnesota, then PhD work under Bob Paine at the University of Washington. Since ~1978 she has been in working on the shoreline ecology of the Pacific Northwest. Her first love is rocky shores, but she now also works in mud, gravel, and salt marsh habitats. She designed a marine habitat classification system for Washington state, and has worked with the National Park Service and various Washington agencies designing shoreline mapping and monitoring programs. Her current research efforts are mostly focused in Puget Sound, investigating the linkage between physical features of shoreline habitats and their biota, and the effects of human impacts (such as shoreline armoring) on this linkage.
Multiscale impacts of armoring on Salish Sea shorelines: evidence for threshold and cumulative effects.
Dethier, M.N., Raymond W.W., McBride A., Toft J.D., Cordell J., Ogston A., Heerhartz S.M., and Berry H.
, Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science, Volume 175, (2016)
Islands in the stream: kelp detritus as faunal magnets
Duggins, D. O., ómez-Buckley M. C., Buckley R. M., Lowe A. T., Galloway A. W. E., and Dethier M. N.
, Marine Biology, Jan-01-2016, Volume 163, Issue 1, (2016)
Degrading detritus: changes in food quality of aging kelp tissue varies with species.
Dethier, M.N., Brown A.S., Burgess S., Eisenlord M.E., Galloway A. W. E., Kimber J., Lowe A. T., O'Neil C.M., Raymond W.W., Sosik E. A., et al.
, J. Exp. Mar. Biol. Ecol., Volume 460, (2014)
Quantitative estimates of isopod resource utilization using a Bayesian fatty acid mixing model.
Galloway, A. W. E., Eisenlord ME, Dethier M. N., Holtgrieve G. W., and Brett M. T.
, Marine Ecology Progress Series, 2014, Volume 507, (2014)
Broad sampling and diverse biomarkers allow characterization of nearshore particulate organic matter.
Lowe, A. T., Galloway A. W. E., Yeung J., Dethier M. N., and Duggins D. O.
, Oikos, 2014, Volume 123, (2014)
Habitat and bathymetry influence the landscape-scale distribution and abundance of drift macrophytes and associated invertebrates
Britton-Simmons, Kevin H., Rhoades Alison L., Pacunski Robert E., Galloway Aaron W. E., Lowe Alexander T., Sosik Elizabeth A., Dethier Megan N., and Duggins David O.
, Limnology and Oceanography, 2012, Volume 57, Issue 1, p.176 - 184, (2012)
Decoupling of recruitment from adult clam assemblages along an estuarine shoreline
Dethier, Megan N., Ruesink Jennifer, Berry Helen, and Sprenger Amy G.
, Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology, 7/2012, Volume 422-423, p.48 - 54, (2012)
Sound Indicators: A Review for the Puget Sound Partnership.
Orians, G. H., Dethier M., Hirshman C., Kohn A., Patten D., and Young T.
, Olympia, p.102 pp., (2012)
Invertebrate community responses to recreational clam digging.
J.Griffiths, Dethier M. N., Newsom A., Byers J., Meyer J., Oyarzun F., and Lenihan H.
, Marine Biology, Volume 149, (2006)
A marine plant (Spartina anglica) invades widely varying habitats: potential mechanisms of invasion and control.
S.D.Hacker, T.G. Reeder, C.E. Hellquist, D. Heimer, B. Reeves, T. Riordan, and Dethier M. N.
, Biological Invasions, Volume 3, (2001)