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Department of Biology
San Diego State University
5500 Campanile Dr.
San Diego, CA 92182
I joined the SDSU faculty in 2001. Before arriving at SDSU, in 1999 I received my Ph.D. from the School of Marine Sciences at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science, part of the College of William and Mary in Virginia. I then was a National Research Council Postdoctoral Associate, working at the Beaufort, NC NOAA lab with Dr. Mark Fonseca. In 2000 I moved to California and spent one year as a visiting assistant professor at Sonoma State University in Sonoma County, CA before coming to SDSU.
My research focuses on the ecology and conservation of marine invertebrates. Some of the projects underway in the lab include (see my research page for more information and more projects):
Courses I have taught at SDSU include:
**Lannin, R. and K.A. Hovel. 2011. Variable prey density modifies the effects of seagrass habitat structure on predator-prey interactions. Marine Ecology Progress Series 442: 59-70.
*Mizerek, T., H.M. Regan, and K.A. Hovel. 2011. Habitat loss and fragmentation levels determine optimal management of invertebrates in seagrass habitats. Marine Ecology Progress Series 427: 247-257.
*Loflen, C.L. and K.A. Hovel. 2010. Behavioral responses to variable predation risk in the California spiny lobster Panulirus interruptus. Marine Ecology Progress Series 420: 135-144.
*Cheng, B.S. and K.A. Hovel. 2010. Biotic resistance to invasion along an estuarine gradient. Oecologia 164: 1049-1059.
Hovel, K.A. and R.A. Wahle. 2010. Effects of habitat patchiness on American lobster movement across a gradient of predation risk and shelter competition. Ecology 91: 1993-2002.
*Moore, E.C. and K.A. Hovel. 2010. Relative influence of habitat complexity and proximity to patch edges on seagrass epifaunal communities. Oikos 119: 1299-1311.
*Selgrath, J.C., K.A. Hovel, and R.A. Wahle. 2007. Effects of habitat edges on American lobster abundance and survival. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology 353: 253-264.
Hovel, K.A. and H. M. Regan. 2007. Using an individual-based model to examine the roles of habitat fragmentation and behavior on predator-prey relationships in seagrass landscapes. Landscape Ecology DOI 10.1007/s10980-007-9148-9.
*Mai, T.T. and K.A. Hovel. 2007. Influence of local-scale and landscape-scale habitat characteristics on California spiny lobster (Panulirus interruptus) abundance and survival. Marine and Freshwater Research 58: 419-428.
*Sirota, L. and K.A. Hovel. 2006. Eelgrass (Zostera marina) structural complexity: relative effects of shoot length, shoot density, and surface area on epifaunal community composition in San Diego Bay, California, USA. Marine Ecology Progress Series 326: 115-131.
*Reed, B.J. and K.A. Hovel. 2006. Seagrass habitat disturbance: how loss and fragmentation of eelgrass (Zostera marina) influences epifaunal abundance and diversity in San Diego Bay, California, USA. Marine Ecology Progress Series 326: 133-143.
**Kushner, R.B. and K.A. Hovel. 2006. Effects of native predators and eelgrass habitat structure on the introduced Asian mussel Musculista senhousia in Southern California. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology 332: 166-177.
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