Dr Cristián J Monaco

Post-doctoral fellow

PhD, University of South Carolina, USA

Project Title

Physiological mechanisms driving intertidal mussels competitive interactions 

My project aims towards better understanding some underlying processes that play a role in determining the output of competitive interactions between ecologically relevant intertidal mussel species, the native Perna perna and the invasive Mytilus galloprovincialis. Building upon previous research conducted in Prof. Christopher McQuaid’s lab, I use field, lab, and computer modeling tools to describe how the physical environment may be regulating the physiological and ecological success of these species. This research will help provide foundations for making accurate predictions about the future of these species’ populations and the communities they sustain.


• Monaco C.J., McQuaid C.D. & Marshall D.J. 2017. Decoupling of behavioural and physiological thermal performance curves: a critical adaptive trait. Oecologia. Under Review.

• Monaco C.J., Wethey D.S. & Helmuth B. 2016. Thermal sensitivity and the role of behavior in driving an intertidal predator-prey interaction. Ecological Monographs. 86:429-447.

• Toscano B.J., Gownaris N., Heerhartz S. & Monaco C.J. 2016. Personality, foraging behavior and specialization: integrating behavioral and food web ecology at the individual level. Oecologia. 182:55-69.

• Monaco C.J., Wethey D.S., Gulledge S. & Helmuth B. 2015. Shore level size gradients and thermal refuge use in the predatory sea star Pisaster ochraceus: the role of environmental stressors. Marine Ecology Progress Series. Marine Ecology Progress Series. 593:191-205.

• Daigle R.M., Monaco C.J. & Baldridge A.K. 2015. An adaptable toolkit to assess commercial fishery costs and benefits related to marine protected area network design [version 1; referees: 1 approved, 1 approved with reservations]. F1000Research 2015, 4:1234.   

• Toscano B.J. & Monaco C.J. 2015. Testing for relationships between individual crab behavior and metabolic rate across ecological contexts. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology. 69(8):1343-1351.

• Monaco C.J., Wethey D.S. & Helmuth B. 2014. Parameterizing a Dynamic Energy Budget Model for the keystone predator Pisaster ochraceus. PLoS ONE. 9(8):e104658.

• Burnett N.P., Seabra R., de Pirro M., Wethey D.S., Woodin S.A., Helmuth B., Zippay M.L., Sarà G., Monaco C., Lima F.P. 2013. An improved noninvasive method for measuring heartbeat of intertidal animals. Limnology and Oceanography: Methods. 11:91-100.

• Fly E.K., Monaco C. J., Pincebourde S. & Tullis A. 2012. The influence of intertidal location and temperature on the metabolic cost of emersion in Pisaster ochraceus. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology. 422-423: 20-28.

• Monaco C.J. & Helmuth B. 2011. Tipping points, Thresholds and the Keystone Role of Physiology in Marine Climate Change Research. Advances in Marine Biology. 61: 123-160.

• Monaco C.J., Brokordt K. & Gaymer C. 2010. Latitudinal thermal gradient effect over the cost of living of the intertidal porcelain crab Petrolisthes granulosus. Aquatic Biology. 9:23-33.

• Gaymer C, Palma A.T., J.M.A. Vega, Monaco C.J. & L.A. Henriquez. 2010. Effects of La Niña on recruitment and abundance of juveniles and adults of benthic community-structuring species in northern Chile. Marine and Freshwater Research. 61:1185-1196.


Refereeing of Journal Papers

• Animal Behaviour

• Biological Invasions

• Hydrobiologia

• Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology

• Journal of Sea Research

• Limnology and Oceanography

• Marine Ecology Progress Series

• PLoS ONE   



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