I am an ARC Future Fellow and a Professor of climate change cology within the Fisheries and Aquaculture Centre at IMAS, and the Director of the Centre for Marine Socioecology.
I am a marine ecologist with many years of experience working on life history, fisheries ecology and population connectivity, and am particularly interested in assessing the role of movement and migration as key processes structuring marine populations.
Understanding such processes lies at the crux of assessing and predicting how populations may respond to major challenges such as climate change. Much of my work is interdisciplinary in nature, aimed at addressing questions critical to both ecological understanding of our marine systems and sustainable management of resources.
Recent research activity spans a range of topics including detecting and understanding the mechanisms behind species range extensions, population and fishery responses to environmental change, and on using citizen science approaches for ecological monitoring and engagement (e.g. www.REDMAP.org.au).
Developing and evaluating adaptation options, for minimising impacts and maximising opportunities under a changing climate, is also a large focus.
I am one of a larger team working on developing a Global Network of Marine Hotspots aimed at building a global network of scientists, managers and policy makers from regions like south east Australia that are warming at a rate much faster than the global average.
The network will allow knowledge to be synthesised, compared and contrasted across locations, and provide a framework for facilitating accelerated learning and indication of sensible adaptation pathways for other global regions.