Dr Chrissy Hernandez

Research Interests

Supervisor: Dr Rob Salguero-Gómez

I am a population ecologist with a background in marine ecology and demographic modeling. My research has three focal areas: comparative demography, early life history of marine fishes, and maternal effects. During my PhD in the MIT-WHOI Joint Program in Oceanography, I studied the distribution, growth, and dispersal of tuna larvae. In my previous postdoctoral position at Cornell University, I developed an ‘exact’ version of Life Table Response Experiment analysis (including an R package), and studied the role of ‘luck’ in life histories across the wide variety of plant and animal population models in the COM(P)ADRE databases.

At Oxford, I am working on expanding the available mathematical and theoretical tools for examining population resilience, including the analysis of population responses to realistic disturbance regimes.