Research

Our research focuses broadly on the intersection of human impacts and animal behaviour and how this can lead to cascading effects through food webs.

The majority of our research is centered around three key questions:

  1. How does predation risk structure marine ecosystems?
  2. How are humans affecting marine predators – and thus predation risk and marine ecosystem structure?
  3. How can new and emerging technologies be applied to marine ecological and conservation questions?

Within these questions, we aim to shed light on both fundamental ecological questions about how marine systems function (Question #1) as well as applied conservation questions (Question #2) and solutions (Question #3). Much of our work has explored these questions by taking advantage of the many uncontrolled, large-scale ‘natural experiments’ that humans have inadvertently created across the globe.

Occasionally, we also venture into related research areas and are generally keen to collaborate on topics that are outside of this scope but are of importance to marine ecology and conservation. Increasingly, our work uses new and emerging technologies, such as extremely high spatial resolution satellite and aerial imagery, to achieve these goals.

Use the drop-down menu above or links below for more information about specific projects and research areas.

Spatial ecology of fear

Human alteration of predation risk

Biogeography of human impacts

Climate change and the oceans

Coral reef environmental education