I am a temperate reef ecologist and fish ecologist with interests in understanding temporal and spatial patterns in rocky reef associated biodiversity and the processes that drive them. A significant focus has been on Marine Protected Area's,
using these in a scientific reference role to untangle changes caused by fishing and other human impacts (including climate change) from natural variability. Ultimately with the aim of encouraging sustainable use of our marine environment coupled with adequate conservation and protection of natural values. As an ecologist with the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies, my role encompasses a broad range of biodiversity related research, including research on rare and threatened species.