Craig W. Osenberg

UGA Athletic Association Professor in Ecology
Graduate Program Faculty
Graduate Coordinator

Professional Website


PhD, Michigan State University (Kellogg Biological Station), 1988

BA, University of California Santa Barbara, 1980



Honors, Awards, and Achievements

ESA Fellow, 2015-life

Honorary Research Associate, Victoria University Wellington, 2007-2009

Invited Professor, Universite de Perpignan, 2007

University of Florida Research Foundation Professor, 2002-2005

WT Edmondson Lecturer, Univ. of Washington, 2001

Faculty Opponent, University Omea, 2000

Research Interests

Research Interests

Size- and stage-structured dynamics and species interactions; meta-analysis; environmental impacts assessment (BACIPS designs); competition; predator-prey interactions; density dependence

  • Aquatic Ecology (marine and freshwater)
  • Population Ecology
  • Community Ecology
  • Organismal Ecology
  • Conservation Ecology
  • Mathematical Ecology
Selected Publications

Briggs, AA, C.W. Osenberg. 2019. Species-specific oviposition patterns in Aedes mosquitoes in response to spatial clustering of larval habitats. Oecologia 190:835-845 (and supplement). doi: 10.1007/s00442-019-04448-3.

Shima, JS, C.W. Osenberg, SH Alonzo, EG Noonburg, P Mitterwallner, SE Swearer. 2020. Reproductive phenology across the lunar cycle: parental decisions, offspring responses, and consequences for reef fish. Ecology 101(8):e03086. doi: 10.1002/ecy.3086.

Pappalardo, P, K Ogle, EA Hamman, JR Bence, BA Hungate, C.W. Osenberg. 2020. Comparing traditional and Bayesian approaches to ecological meta-analyses. Methods in Ecology and Evolution 11:1286-1295. doi: 10.1111/2041-210X.13445.

Song, C, SD Peacor, C.W. Osenberg, JR Bence. 2020. An assessment of statistical methods for non-independent data in ecological meta-analyses. Ecology 101:e03184. doi: 10.1002/ecy.3184.

Brown, AL, EA Hamman, JS Shima, JP Wares, C.W. Osenberg. 2021. Extended phenotypes on coral reefs: cryptic phenotypes modulate coral-vermetid interactions. Ecology 102: e03215. doi: 10.1002/ecy.3215.

Shima, JS, C.W. Osenberg, EG Noonburg, SH Alonzo, SE Swearer. 2021. Lunar rhythms in growth of larval fish. Proceedings of the Royal Society, Series B 288:20202609. doi: 10.1098/rspb.2020.2609.

Atkins, RL, KM Clancy, WT Ellis, C.W. Osenberg. 2022. Thermal traits vary with mass and across populations of the marsh periwinkle, Littoraria irrorata. Biological Bulletin 242:173-196. doi: 10.1086/719850.

Hamman, EA, SA McKinley, AC Stier, C.W. Osenberg. 2018. Landscape configuration drives persistent spatial patterns of occupant distributions. Theoretical Ecology 11:111-127. doi:10.1007/s12080-017-0352-1.

Thiault, L, L Kernaleguen, C.W. Osenberg, J Claudet. 2017. Progressive-change BACIPS: a flexible approach for environmental impact assessment. Methods in Ecology and Evolution. (in press). DOI 10.1111/2041-210X.12655.

Brown, A, TK Frazer, JS Shima, C.W. Osenberg. 2016. Mass mortality of the vermetid gastropod, Ceraesignum maximum. Coral Reefs 35:1027-1032. DOI 10.1007/s00338-016-1438-8.

Jiao, J, SS Pilyguin, C.W. Osenberg. 2016. Random movement of predators can eliminate the strength of trophic cascades in marine protected areas. Ecosphere 7(8):e01421. DOI 10.1002/ecs2.1421.

Van Groenigen, KJ, X Qi, C.W. Osenberg, Y Luo, BA Hungate. 2014. Faster decomposition under increased atmospheric CO2 limits soil carbon storage. Science 344: 508-509.Doi: 10.1126/science.1249534.

Langebrake J, L Riotte-Lambert, C.W. Osenberg, P De Leenheer. 2012. A differential movement model for marine protected areas. Journal of Mathematical Biology 64:667-696.

McCoy MW, AC Stier, C.W. Osenberg. 2012. Emergent effects of multiple predators on prey survival: the importance of depletion and the functional response. Ecology Letters 15: 1449–1456. doi: 10.1111/ele.12005.

Stier, AC and C.W. Osenberg. 2010. Propagule redirection: habitat availability reduces colonization and increases recruitment in reef fishes.Ecology 91:2826-2832.

Claudet, J, C.W. Osenberg and 19 others. 2010. Marine reserves: fish life history and ecological traits matter. Ecological Applications 20:830-839.

Shima, J and C.W. Osenberg. 2003. Cryptic density dependence: effects of spatio-temporal variation among reef fish populations. Ecology 84:46-52.

Osenberg, C.W., O. Sarnelle, S.D. Cooper, and R.D. Holt. 1999. Resolving ecological questions through meta-analysis: goals, metrics and models. Ecology 80:1105-1117.