My research aims to develop a better understanding of coral reef connectivity in the Indian Ocean by linking reef resilience to climate and connectivity patterns. I am modelling reef fish abundances and connectivity in the Central and Western Indian Ocean.
Marine conservation planning is limited by taking oceanographic and genomic connectivity into account and how they change under future climate scenarios. The research methods and outcomes of how different functional reef fish and coral groups respond to these environmental changes can hopefully make current conservation planning more efficient for in the coming decades.
To protect coral reefs, one of the most diverse ecosystems on the planet, we need to cut emissions globally and strategise marine protected areas locally by researching future connectivity and climate change impacts.