MC

Max CN Castorani

Assistant Professor
Unit: College of Arts and Sciences
Department: Department of Environmental Sciences
Office location and address
352 Clark Hall
291 McCormick Rd
Charlottesville, Virginia 22904
Education
PH.D., University of California, Davis
San Diego State University, 2014
Biography

I am an ecologist interested in spatial patterns and processes in population and community ecology. To understand the abundance and distribution of species across a broad range of scales, research in my lab brings together experiments in the field and laboratory, remote sensing using drones and satellites, and the application of quantitative tools to long-term, large-scale observational data. We work mainly in coastal marine ecosystems, with a focus on shallow vegetated habitats such as kelp forests and seagrass meadows. These efforts aim to advance fundamental knowledge in ecology and inform the conservation and management of coastal habitats and their associated wildlife.

AS ENVS VA Sea Grant Tedford
Source: William & Mary Virginia Institute of Marine Scienc
September 01, 2019 – August 31, 2022
Predictive Modeling of Coastal Water Quality using Landsat-8 and Sentinel-2 - Fellowship on Behalf of Sarah Lang
Source: Virginia Space Grant Consortium
July 01, 2020 – March 31, 2022
Return of foundation species: cascading effects of large-scale seagrass restoration on clam productivity in coastal Virginia
Source: William & Mary Virginia Institute of Marine Scienc
September 01, 2021 – February 01, 2022
Hardison Sea Grant Fellowship
Source: William & Mary Virginia Institute of Marine Scienc
September 01, 2021 – February 01, 2022
AS ENVS VA Sea Grant Tedford
Source: William & Mary Virginia Institute of Marine Scienc
September 01, 2019 – August 31, 2021
TNC Fellowship
Source: The Nature Conservancy
August 25, 2019 – August 24, 2021
Determining habitat extent and population growth of sea otter recolonization of northern California
Source: Sonoma State University
June 01, 2020 – September 30, 2020
AS-ENVS-VA Space Grant
Source: Virginia Space Grant Consortium
May 01, 2019 – November 30, 2019
EVSC 3200: Fundamentals of Ecology
Credits: 3
Studies energy flow, nutrient cycling and allocation in natural ecosystems, organization of species at the population and community levels, and interaction between people and the biosphere. Prerequisite: One semester of calculus; recommended; at least one semester of college-level chemistry and biology with labs such as CHEM 1410, 1420, and BIOL 2020.
EVSC 3201: Fundamentals of Ecology Laboratory
Credits: 1
Field and laboratory experimentation illustrative of ecological systems, and their checks, balances, and cycles. Corequisite: EVSC 3200.
EVSC 4170: Spatial Ecology
Credits: 3
Examines how spatial patterns and processes influence ecological systems across a broad range of biological organization, including genes, populations, communities, and ecosystems. Investigates the central role of humans in altering spatial ecological processes and the consequences for human wellbeing.
EVSC 4559: New Course in Environmental Science
Credits: 1–4
This course provides the opportunity to offer a new topic in the subject area of environmental science.
EVSC 4993: Independent Study
Credits: 1–6
Specialized topics in ecology, atmosphere, hydrology, environmental geology, or environmental systems not normally covered in formal classes under the direction of the faculty. Prerequisite: Instructor permission.
EVSC 4995: Supervised Research
Credits: 1–6
Original research usually involving a field or laboratory problem in the environmental sciences under the direction of one or more faculty members. The results may form the basis of an undergraduate thesis which is required to partially fulfill the Distinguished Majors Program in environmental sciences. Prerequisite: Instructor permission.
EVSC 4999: Thesis Research
Credits: 3
Provides credit for doing work in pursuit of the undergraduate thesis option for majors in Environmental Science
EVSC 5040: Advanced Ecological Data Analysis
Credits: 4
Explores the many types of complex data structures that are common in observational and experimental ecology, such as non-linear effects, heterogeneity of variance, nested data, non-independence. Using the R programming language, students will be provided with an introduction to implementing several types of advanced statistical models. Prerequisites: 1+ introductory statistics course (required) and 1+ R programming course (suggested).
EVSC 5559: New Course in Environmental Science
Credits: 1–4
This course provides the opportunity to offer a new topic in the subject area of environmental science.
EVSC 7092: Departmental Seminar
Credits: 1
Studies current problems in environmental research management or public policy as presented by visiting speakers, faculty, or advanced graduate students.
EVSC 7122: Coastal Ecology Seminar
Credits: 1
A graduate/undergraduate seminar on current topics in coastal ecology.
EVEC 7170: Spatial Ecology
Credits: 3
Examines how spatial patterns and processes influence ecological systems across a broad range of biological organization, including genes, populations, communities, and ecosystems. Investigates the central role of humans in altering spatial ecological processes and the consequences for human wellbeing.
EVSC 7559: New Course in Environmental Science
Credits: 1–4
This course provides the opportunity to offer a new topic in the subject area of environmental science.
EVSC 8998: Non-Topical Research, Preparation for Research
Credits: 1–12
For master's research, taken under the supervision of a thesis director.
EVSC 8999: Non-Topical Research
Credits: 1–12
For master's thesis, taken under the supervision of a thesis director.
EVSC 9995: Research Problems
Credits: 1–12
Individual or group research on interdisciplinary problems in environmental sciences.
EVSC 9998: Non-Topical Research, Preparation for Doctoral Research
Credits: 1–12
For doctoral research, taken before a dissertation director has been selected.
EVSC 9999: Non-Topical Research
Credits: 1–12
For doctoral research, taken under the supervision of a dissertation director.