Leo Gaskins

Leo Gaskins

I investigate the impact of top predators on ecosystems through trophic cascade. By determining the relative impacts of top-down and bottom-up forces on ecosystem function and structure, this work will inform effective future management plans throughout coastal systems, and protect critical ecosystem services.

I am a NSF Graduate Research Fellow, and graduated from Duke University in 2014 with my bachelor’s degree. My previous studies have also focused on top predators, specifically on sharks. My published work focuses on measuring metabolic rate through respirometry, determining maximum sizes, and creating stronger worldwide protection for migratory sharks. 


Silliman, Brian R., Brent B. Hughes, Lindsay C. Gaskins, Qiang He, M Tim Tinker, Andrew Read, James Nifong, and Rick Stepp. “Are the ghosts of nature's past haunting ecology today?.” Current Biology : Cb 28, no. 9 (May 2018): R532–37. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cub.2018.04.002.
Whitney, Nicholas M., Karissa O. Lear, Lindsay C. Gaskins, and Adrian C. Gleiss. “The effects of temperature and swimming speed on the metabolic rate of the nurse shark (Ginglymostoma cirratum, Bonaterre).” Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology 477 (April 2016): 40–46. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jembe.2015.12.009.
Kraska, J., and L. C. Gaskins. “Can Sharks Be Saved: A Global Plan of Action for Shark Conservation in the Regime of the Convention on Migratory Species.” Seattle Journal of Environmental Law 5 (May 31, 2015): 415–39.
McClain, Craig R., Meghan A. Balk, Mark C. Benfield, Trevor A. Branch, Catherine Chen, James Cosgrove, Alistair D. M. Dove, et al. “Sizing ocean giants: patterns of intraspecific size variation in marine megafauna..” Peerj 3 (January 13, 2015). https://doi.org/10.7717/peerj.715.
Gaskins, L. C., and B. R. Silliman. “Crab predation by the San Salvador rock iguana (Cyclura rileyi).” Herpetological Bulletin, no. 132 (January 1, 2015).

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