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My work focus on impacts of climate and human pressure, on the resilience of marine communities to stress and disturbance. My research bridges biogeography, ecology and physiology, and aims to provide information to support management strategies needed to ameliorate the impacts of humans in marine ecosystems now and in the future. Much of my work has focused on kelp forests because of their enormous ecological and socioeconomic role and importance in temperate marine habitats. A current priority is understanding the ecological and ecophysiological limitations of seaweed populations in environmentally marginal habitats.

* Temperate reef ecology
* Kelp forests
* Marine heatwaves
* Range-shifts
* Tropicalisation of temperate reefs


  • 2021–present
    Professor, University of Western Australia
  • 2021–present
    Senior Researcher, Institute of Marine Research (Norway)
  • 2015–2021
    Associate Professor, University of Western Australia
  • 2011–2015
    ARC Future Fellow in Marine Ecology, University of Western Australia


  • 2003 
    The University of Western Australia, PhD Marine Botany and Ecology