Our research seeks to understand the fundamental relationships between organisms and their environment, from the sub-organism to community scale. This is particularly pertinent given the unprecedented rate of global environmental change currently underway. We employ a range of field and laboratory techniques to establish ecological-biogeochemical relationships and identify drivers of change, within the context of historic and present-day natural variability and future environmental conditions.
To this end, we target the dynamic and complex ecosystems found in the coastal zone such as coral reefs, coralline algal beds and kelp forests, providing a unique insight into ecosystem structure and function. These ecosystems are also economically valuable (e.g. supporting tourism and fishing) and we strengthen the impact of our research through multidisciplinary collaborations with other scientists, stakeholders, practitioners and managers, as well as engagement with policy makers and the general public.