Senior Scientific Officer, Institute of Marine Sciences, University of Portsmouth

I completed my undergraduate degree, BSc Marine Biology with Honours, and my PhD here at the University of Portsmouth. During my PhD, under the supervision of Professor Simon Cragg, I investigated plant-animal interactions, animal behaviour and physiology, and decay pathways of large woody detritus. My research is based in the mangrove forests of Southeast Sulawesi, Indonesia, and my interests are focused upon the essential role of ecosystem engineers, the factors that influence biodiversity, the recycling of carbon in coastal tropical ecosystems and the enhancement of, and conservation of marine fisheries and MPAs.

Research interests:

Marine wood borers: teredinids (shipworms, Bivalvia)
Plant-animal interactions
Ecosystem engineers in tropical coastal ecosystems
Decay pathways of large woody detritus:
Effects from climate change
Carbon sequestration
The role of marine wood borers in maintaining biodiversity in mangrove ecosystems
Coastal ecology and Eco-physiology of Intertidal animals
Socio-economics of artisanal and commercial fisheries
Impacts of coastal harvesting/degradation upon whole ecosystems and faunal diversity/abundance

Experience

  • –present
    Senior Scientific Officer, Institute of Marine Sciences, University of Portsmouth