My interests lie in combining theoretical and empirical approaches to answer key questions about the conservation, restoration and management of coral reef ecosystems and the services that they provide.
I am particularly concerned with understanding how local and global impacts alter the productivity and value of coral reef fisheries. At present, we are developing size-based food web models to estimate changes in community structure and fisheries productivity in response to habitat degradation and declining reef complexity, as well as variation in planktonic and benthic productivity and fishing pressure.
I am currently working as part of the team for the Capturing Coral reef and Related Ecosystem Services (CCRES) project, trying to assign value to the services provided by coral reefs and other coastal ecosystems in the S.E. Asia region and inform management decisions to maximize sustainable service provision.
My PhD work focused on the recovery dynamics of the Caribbean long-spined sea urchin Diadema antillarum. Through the combined use of population dynamic models, meta-analyses and field experimentation I gained insight into the key drivers of population growth and the measures that might be taken to promote widespread recovery of the species following its mass mortality in 1983.