I am a quantitative ecologist interested in a wide range of ecological questions. Broadly speaking, my two primary research interests are in coral reef ecology and ecological informatics. However, I have explored questions in a range of other fields, including paleoecology, reef fish biogeography, and macroecology. I am therefore willing to take students wishing to explore most related lines of inquiry, particularly if they are interested in developing strong conceptual foundations and crossing disciplinary boundaries.
My recent coral reef research focuses on understanding and predicting reef coral dislodgement and the consequences of hydrodynamic disturbances (e.g., cyclones) on community structure. This work draws on approaches in near-shore oceanography, hydrodynamics, biomechanics and statistics. Given the many large and diverse data sets that I work with, I have also become involved with several informatics projects focused on developing tools for finding, integrating and analysing multiple (often large) data sets more effectively, making it easier to include cross-disciplinary information in addressing complex ecological questions.