Akana Noto

Community ecology

I am a community ecologist interested in what causes species interactions to vary across space. My research focuses on the effect of intraspecific variation on plant-plant and plant-consumer interactions. During my PhD, I studied how plant-plant interactions are affected by variation in the environment, environmental changes such as sea-level rise, interactions with other species, and variation within plant species. At Goucher College, I’m now continuing to work on the ecological impacts of variation within species, and I’m trying to understand how important it is relative to other factors that are known to be ecologically impactful.

Any Goucher students interested in doing ecology research should get in touch!


  • PhD, 2016 – University of California, San Diego; Ecology, Behavior and Evolution
  • BA, 2009 – Pomona College; Biology