Dr. Forrester’s general interest is in the ecology of populations occupying aquatic environments. There are two main themes of his research: (1) to further conceptual understanding of natural populations, and (2) to apply these concepts to environmental problems in innovative ways. His work is typically field-based, and he takes an experimental and quantitative approach to answering questions that are motivated by the rapidly developing theory for these systems. Dr. Forrester’s research is done in a variety of habitats and on different organisms, depending on the questions being asked. Mostly, though, he works on fish and invertebrates that live on coral and rocky reefs, as well as in streams and estuaries.
Forrester, G. E., O’Connell-Rodwell, C., Baily, P., Forrester, L. M., Giovannini, S., Harmon, L., Karis, R., Krumholz, J., Rodwell, T., Jarecki, L. 2011. Evaluating Methods for Transplanting Endangered Elkhorn Corals in the Virgin Islands. Restoration Ecology 19:299-306.
Pollnac, R., P. Christie, J. E. Cinner, T. Dalton, T. M. Daw, G. E. Forrester, N. A. J. Graham, and T. R. McClanahan. 2010. Marine reserves as linked social-ecological systems. Proceedings Of The National Academy Of Sciences Of The United States Of America 107:18262-18265.
Forrester, G. E., M. A. Steele, J. F. Samhouri, B. Evans, and R. R. Vance. 2008. Spatial density dependence scales up but does not produce temporal density dependence in a coral reef fish. Ecology 89:2980-2985.