(or, how predation risk shapes seascapes)
Growing from my work on the behavioural ecology of coral reefs, this component of our research focuses on understanding how small-scale predator-prey interactions can scale up to generate large-scale footprints on marine landscapes. As part of this work, I am currently leading a project investigating whether this concept can be developed into a conservation tool for assessing marine reserve effectiveness.
Projects in progress
Most recently, we’ve been trialing the use of drones to get extremely high-resolution aerial imagery and and night-vision remote videography to quantify the landscape-scale effects of herbivores and, potentially, predators on reef seascapes. Here’s a clip from a recent trip to Heron Island showing a drone launch and recovery sequence, and some images of our most recent night-vision work.
Madin, E.M.P., A.R. Harbourne, T.B. Atwood, and O.J. Luiz. In prep. Risky business: landscapes of fear in natural reef ecosystems.
Madin, E.M.P., J.S. Madin and D.J. Booth. 2011. Landscape of fear visible from space. Nature’s Scientific Reports 1; DOI: 10.1038/srep00014.