7fcde7 square The Department of Oceanography at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, SOEST
Kyle Edwards

Assistant Professor

Department of Oceanography
University of Hawai`i at Manoa
1000 Pope Road
Honolulu, HI 96822

Phone: (808) 956-6198
Fax: (808)-956-8668
E-mail: kfe@hawaii.edu
Website: https://sites.google.com/site/kyleedwardsresearch/




  • Ph.D. 2010 – University of California Davis. Population Biology.
  • B.A. 2003 – University of Chicago. Biology, Religion and the Humanities.

Research Interests:

  • Ecology of phytoplankton, and planktonic and benthic communities in general
  • The maintenance of species diversity, scaling from community interactions to ecosystem processes, trait-based approaches to community structure
  • Theoretical ecology and synthesis of models with empirical research
  • Ecological statistics
Kyle Edwards


Edwards, K. F., Litchman, E. (2014). Phytoplankton communities. pp. 365-378 in Marine Community Ecology and Conservation, eds. Bertness, M. D., Bruno, J. F., Silliman, B. R., Stachowicz, J. J. Sinauer, Sunderland, MA.

Karban, R., Yang, L. H., Edwards, K. F. (2014). Volatile communication between plants that affects hervibory: a meta-analysis. Ecology Letters. 17:44-52

Edwards, K. F., Klausmeier, C. A., Litchman, E. (2013). A three-way trade-off maintains functional diversity under variable resource supply. American Naturalist. 182:786-800

Edwards, K. F., E. Litchman, Klausmeier, C. A. (2013). Functional traits explain phytoplankton responses to environmental gradients across lakes of the United States. Ecology. 94:1626-1635

Barton, A. D., Pershing, A. J., Litchman, E., Record, N. R., Edwards, K. F., Finkel, Z. V., Kiørboe, T., Ward, B. A. (2013). The biogeography of marine plankton traits. Ecology Letters. 16:522-534

Edwards, K. F., Litchman, E., Klausmeier, C. A. (2013). Functional traits explain phytoplankton community structure and seasonal dynamics in a marine ecosystem. Ecology Letters 16:56-63.

Litchman, E., Edwards, K. F., Klausmeier, C. A., Thomas, M. K. (2012). Phytoplankton niches, traits, and eco-evolutionary responses to global environmental change. Marine Ecology Progress Series 470:235-248.

Edwards, K. F. & J. J. Stachowicz (2012). Temporally variable settlement, competition, and coexistence in a sessile invertebrate community. Marine Ecology Progress Series 462:93-102.

Edwards, K. F., Litchman, E., Thomas, M., & C. A. Klausmeier. (2012). Allometric scaling and taxonomic variation in nutrient utilization traits and maximum growth rate of phytoplankton. Limnology and Oceanography 57:554-566.

Edwards, K. F., Klausmeier C. A., & E. Litchman. (2011). Evidence for a three-way tradeoff between nitrogen and phosphorus competitive abilities and cell size in phytoplankton. Ecology 92:2085-2095.

Claar, D. C., Edwards K. F., & J. J. Stachowicz (2011). Positive and negative effects of a dominant competitor on the settlement, growth, and survival of competing species in an epibenthic community. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology 399(2):130-134.

Edwards, K. F. & J. J. Stachowicz (2011). Spatially stochastic settlement and the coexistence of benthic marine animals. Ecology 92:1094-1103.

Edwards, K. F. & J. J. Stachowicz (2010). Multivariate tradeoffs, succession, and phenological differentiation in a guild of colonial invertebrates. Ecology. 91:3146-3152.

Edwards, K. F., Aquilino, K. M., Best, R. J., Sellheim, K. S., & J. J. Stachowicz. (2010). Prey diversity is associated with weaker consumer effects in a meta-analysis of benthic marine experiments. Ecology Letters. 13:194-201

Edwards, K. F. & S. J. Schreiber. (2010). Preemption of space can lead to intransitive coexistence of competitors. Oikos. 119:1201-1209

Yang, L. H., Edwards, K. F., Byrnes, J. E., Bastow, J. L., Wright, A. N., & K. O. Spence. (2010). A meta-analysis of resource pulse-consumer interactions. Ecological Monographs. 80(1): 125-151

Edwards, K. F., Pfister, C. A., & K. L. Van Alstyne. (2006). Nitrogen content in the brown alga Fucus gardneri and its relation to light, herbivory, and wave exposure. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology. 336(1): 99-109.

Cowan, A. T., Bowman, G. R., Edwards, K. F., Emerson, J. J., & A. P. Turkewitz (2005). Genetic, genomic, and functional analysis of the granule lattice proteins in Tetrahymena secretory granules. Molecular Biology of the Cell. 16(9): 4046-4060.