Understanding the link between larval dispersal and recruitment patterns is fundamental. It enables us to predict the distribution of marine species, identification of areas of high biodiversity value, and the development of effective conservation measures.
Coral Reef ResilienceMesophotic Reefs in the British Indian Ocean Territory
Coral Reef ResilienceInternal Waves as an Oceanographic Driver of Ecosystem Variability
I am interested in mechanisms that facilitate the dispersal and persistence of marine populations under climate change. Most recently, my research focusses on two aspects: the role of climate change (i.e. changes in ocean acidification and sea-surface temperature) on the functioning of marine invertebrates, especially bivalves grown for aquaculture; and understanding the role of swimming in supporting early life-histories of marine invertebrates to move across marine landscapes, for instance, using tides to facilitate their transport.
I also work extensively on understanding how human activities combine to threaten large marine ecosystems, and the development of risk-based modelling approaches to mitigate their impacts and direct management toward the most harmful activities.