Dr. Cat deRivera is a member of the ESR faculty with the Aquatic Bioinvasions Research and Policy Institute. She studies the ecology and behavior of intertidal and nearshore marine and estuarine animals.
Her main research interests include the limits to and consequences of biological invasions and how ecological factors affect mating behaviors and reproductive success. She is also interested in the intersection between behavior and invasions. For example, she plans to test whether successful non-native species are more behaviorally plastic than their less successful counterparts or native species.
Her research projects, discussed here, can be further developed in multiple ways, and aspects of each are ideal for local research with students.