primary interests are associated with the fields of Spatial Analysis and
Landscape Ecology, applied to the marine environment. Spatial Analysis
concerns itself with the detection of pattern and process in the context
of two- and three-dimensional environments. Landscape ecology focuses on
the implications of these patterns for populations, communities and
ecosystems at a large-scale. The primary tool for investigating
large-scale spatial patterns is the Geographic Information System (GIS),
supported by various collected data sets and remotely sensed imagery.
Johnathanís work at the Center will involve providing GIS support for many
of the agent-based models being developed, as well as investigating
aspects of biocomplexity within the coral environment.
Johnathan Kool graduated from the Wildlife
Biology program of McGill University in 1997, and subsequently completed
his Masters of Environmental Management at Duke University in 1999. His
projects have included a GIS-based assessment of commercial and
recreational use of Core Sound, North Carolina; conservation priority
setting for the Central Appalachian Region with the Appalachian Mountain
Club, and various projects in association with the World Resources
Institute, including an investigation into mining activity in Southeast
Asia and the Reefs at Risk in the Caribbean project.