I am a marine ecologist working in temperate and tropical coastal ecosystems, with a special focus on fishes. Over the past decade, I have examined how ecosystem connectivity affects the functioning and resilience of tropical coastal ecosystems including coral reefs, seagrasses, and mangroves. I have done most of my work in the Caribbean and Eastern Africa, but I am now based in Australia. Currently I hold a Future Fellowship awarded by the Australian Research Council to study the effects of climate change on fishes and marine ecosystems. My work contributes directly to today's environmental issues by providing answers to contemporary scientific questions as well as management and conservation related problems.