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Karen Filbee-Dexter

Research Fellow, School of Biological Sciences, The University of Western Australia

I am a marine ecologist studying the drivers and patterns of long-term change in coastal ecosystems. My research has largely focused on drivers and patterns of long-term change in coastal ecosystems. My expertise centers on climate-driven changes to kelp forests, including shifts to alternate ecosystems such as turf reefs and sea urchin barrens, and expansion along arctic coasts. I am also interested in the production and export of kelp detritus, and the role this blue carbon plays in the broader carbon cycle. My recent work has focused on restoration approaches in kelp forests through the new Green Gravel tool. My research also tackles interdisciplinary questions such as links between social and ecological systems during regime shifts, and ethical questions associated with emerging use of genetic restoration techniques.

Experience

  • 2018–present
    Researcher, Institute of Marine Research
  • –present
    Research Fellow in Marine Ecology, Université Laval
  • 2016–2018
    Postdoctoral fellow, Norwegian Institute for Water Research

Education

  • 2016 
    Dalhousie University, PhD

Grants and Contracts

  • 2019
    BlueConnect
    Role:
    PI
    Funding Source:
    SANOCEAN
  • 2019
    Postdoctoral Fellowship
    Role:
    PI
    Funding Source:
    NSERC