Research

Our research is centered on ‘oceanographic ecology’ – the interplay between oceanographic processes, biogeochemical fluxes, and the ecological structure and function of marine communities. In addressing an overarching hypothesis that

Marine ecosystem structure and function reflects a dynamic balance between oceanic inputs and internal recycling

we are particularity focused on quantifying processes that control nutrient delivery and cycling in the context of physical and biogeochemical ocean dynamics, and how these influence community structure and function.  Such understanding is urgently required to manage economically and conservationally significant marine ecosystems in a changing world.

Current research projects fall under several diverse but complimentary research themes:

  1. Coral reef biogeochemistry;
  2. Trophic ecology in oceanographic contexts; and
  3. Isotope ecology.

The ultimate outcome of the integration of a number of advanced techniques, technologies and skills will be an enhanced capacity to predict how marine biodiversity ‘hotspots’ may be fundamentally altered by interactions between regional oceanography and global climate change.