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Meet The Team

Our researchers are based at the University of Victoria and Memorial University of Newfoundland in Canada.

 

The team has a diverse range of expertise, allowing us to approach complex questions in a multidisciplinary way.

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Dr. Amanda Bates

Professor 
Impact Chair in
Ocean Ecosystem Change and Conservation

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Research Interests:

Environmental variability, physiological tolerance, and biodiversity in an era of global change

 

The global redistribution of species is leading to large-scale community change. Gaining a process-based understanding for what factors create species and community resilience under environmental variability is an important research objective for our time.

 

My research aims to address this theme by linking physiological thresholds of organisms to the environment they experience to quantify changes in species distributions, the outcome of species interactions, and community patterns. My approach is to link spatial and temporal trends in abiotic variables at biologically relevant scales using standardized experimental protocols, complementary laboratory and field approaches, meta-analytic approaches, and modern statistical tools.

Current students & Postdocs

Research assistants

Alumni

Post-Doctoral Projects

Dr. Jackson Chu

2018-2020

Memorial University of Newfoundland

Research Focus:

Developing an ecophysiological framework for predicting the response of cold-water corals and sponges to habitat variability. 

PhD projects

Dr. Ella McKnight

2022

University of Southampton

Research Focus:

The influence of environmental variability on the ecological performance of native and non-native marine organisms.

Dr. Abbie Chapman

2015-2018

University of Southampton

Research Focus:

A trait-based approach to the biodiversity of deep-sea hydrothermal-vent ecosystems. 

Dr. Murray Duncan

2017-2018

University of Southampton

Research Focus:

A physiological study on a commercial reef fish to quantify the relationship between exploitation and climate change resilience.

Dr. Conor Waldock

2015-2019

University of Southampton

Research Focus:

Ecological Assemblages in a Warming Climate: Addressing Knowledge Gaps in the Role of Thermal Heterogeneity and Realised Niches at a Global Scale

Dr. Robert Cooke

2015-2019

University of Southampton

Research Focus:

Analyzing the ecological diversity of the world's mammals and birds

Masters & integrated masters projects

Brandy Biggar

2018-2021

Memorial University of Newfoundland

Role:

 

The thermal biology and ecology of Carcinus maenas as a tool for conservation, mitigation, and invasion predictions

Cerren Richards

2018-2020

Memorial University of Newfoundland

Loïc Sanchez

2020

Memorial University of Newfoundland

Research Focus:

 

Local Contributions to Beta-Diversity inside and outside MPAs

G Rident

2016-2017

University of Southampton

Research Focus:

 

Predicting changes in North Atlantic Right Whale populations under ocean warming

O McLaren-Roberts

2016-2017

University of Southampton

Research Focus:

 

Patterns of macrofaunal diversity and the trophic structure of coastal reef communities off the southern coast of Mozambique

S Hickling

2016-2017

University of Southampton

Research Focus:

 

Response of cephalopods to protection from fishing

W Wealand

2016-2017

University of Southampton

Research Focus:

 

Role of temperature and tubeworm bushes in habitat selection by the hydrothermal vent whelk over three years, Buccinum thermophillum

L Dalton

2016-2017

University of Southampton

J Bald

2015-2016

University of Southampton

E Bolton

2015-2016

University of Southampton

S Farmer

2015-2016

University of Southampton

S Hare

2015-2016

University of Southampton

T Hogan

2015-2016

University of Southampton

Research Focus:

Relationship between temperature and habitat selection in hot vent limpets from Endeavour, Juan de Fuca Ridge

Research Focus:

Warming seas and fishing pressure: o what extent has the fish community structure changed within the Celtic Sea? 

Research Focus:

Effect of temperature on the temporal and spatial distribution of the zoarcid fish, Pachycara cf gymninium at the Main Endeavor Site

Research Focus:

The impacts of climate change and marine reserves on community stability in Maria Island, Tasmania

Research Focus:

Effect of salinity and hypoxia on the upper thermal limit of the Atlantic ditch shrimp Palaemonetes varians

Research Focus:

Assessing habitat and lifestyle influences on the relative success of deep-sea and shallow water benthic fauna

J Brzeska

2015-2016

University of Southampton

Research Focus:

Variation in the environmental drivers of coral bleaching across ecoregions

A Cartwright

2015-2016

Research Focus:

 

Assessing the associated stresses of terrestrial inputs on Coral Bleaching

P Reeves

2014-2015

University of Southampton

Research Focus:

Predicting Global Richness of Coral Reef Fish Assemblages Using Island Biogeography Models

S Khaira

2014-2015

University of Southampton

Research Focus:

Heat tolerance in ectothermic animals with high invasion potential

C Frankish

2014-2015

University of Southampton

B Pearce

2014-2015

University of Southampton

Research Focus:

Seabirds as vectors: a meta-ecosystem model

Research Focus:

Effects of latitudinal range on heat escape behaviour of marine invertebrates

B Conradi

2018

University of Dublin

Research Focus:

Assessing the contribution of various trophic groups to spatial beta diversity in marine protected areas and adjacent fished areas

Undergraduates and Honours projects

Jadyn Patton

2022

University of Victoria

Research Focus:

Directed studies student working on the MARS project.

Darren Li Shing Hiung

2020-2021

Memorial University of Newfoundland

Research Focus:

Spatiotemporal ocean temperature variation revealed by an array of fixed in-situ instruments. 

C Mallion

2017

University of Southampton

C Richards

2017

University of Southampton

Research Focus:

Temperature dependent activity in hydrothermal vent sulphide worms

Research Focus:

Manx shearwater rafting behaviour around Skomer Island

Research Assistants

Emma Wells

2019

Memorial University of Newfoundland

Role:

 

Assisting with species collections.

Élie Pellerin

2019

Memorial University of Newfoundland

Role:

 

Digitalising dive logs to create a temperature time series dataset. 

Fatemeh Tavafi

2020-2021

Memorial University of Newfoundland

Role:

 

Assisting with machine learning research.

Evgeni (Eugueni) Matveev

2020-2021

Memorial University of Newfoundland

Role:

 

Reviewing researcher's StoryTIME  stories for BioTIME

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