Christopher Steiner

Christopher Steiner

Associate Professor


3121 Biological Sciences Building


Christopher Steiner

Research Interest/Area of Expertise

  • Aquatic population and community ecology


 I am an aquatic ecologist interested in the ecological and evolutionary processes that determine the structure and stability of populations and communities. My work focuses on freshwater planktonic systems (zooplankton and phytoplankton) and makes use of a variety of empirical approaches including field observations and experiments in both laboratory and field settings.

Current areas of interest include:

  • the impacts of dispersal, invasion history and enrichment on species diversity and compositional turnover (in space and time)
  • the effects of prey heterogeneity and weak trophic interactions on trophic structure and predator-prey dynamics
  • the effects of dispersal on population persistence, species diversity and community-level stability in environmentally forced metacommunities
  • the effects of environmental forcing and dispersal on the genetic diversity and clonal dynamics of Daphnia pulex populations.

Education – Degrees, Licenses, Certifications

  • Ph.D., Zoology, Michigan State University, 2001
  • B.S., Biology, UCLA, 1992

Selected Publications

Steiner, C. F., R. D. Stockwell, M. Tadros, L. Shaman, K. Patel and L. Khraizat. 2016. Impacts of dispersal on rapid adaptation and dynamic stability of Daphnia in fluctuating environments. Proceedings of the Royal Society, B 283: 20152426. (pdf)

Steiner, C. F. 2014. Stochastic sequential dispersal and nutrient enrichment drive beta diversity in space and time. Ecology 95: 2603–2612. (pdf)

Vasseur, D. A., J. W. Fox, A. Gonzalez, R. Adrian, B. E. Beisner, M. R. Helmus, C. Johnson, P. Kratina, C. Kremer, C. de Mazancourt, E. Miller, W. A. Nelson, M. Paterson, J. A. Rusak, J. Shurin, and C. F. Steiner. 2014. Synchronous dynamics of zooplankton competitors prevail in temperate lake ecosystems. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 281: 1788. (pdf)

Steiner, C. F. and J. Masse. 2013. The stabilizing effects of genetic diversity on predator-prey dynamics. F1000Research 2013, 2:43. (pdf)

Steiner, C. F., R. D. Stockwell, V. Kalaimani, and Z. Aqel. 2013. Population synchrony and stability in environmentally forced metacommunities. Oikos 122: 1195-1206. (pdf)

Courses taught

BIO 5490/7490 Population and Community Ecology, Winter 2017

BIO 4130 General Ecology (Writing Intensive), Winter 2016

BIO 3500 Introduction to Ecology and the Environment, Fall 2015