My research integrates three themes and aims to better understand the dynamics of coral reef systems and the structure of reef fish communities.
Assessing current and future accessibility of coral reefs My first research theme examines how accessibility from human settlements influences the condition of reef fish communities at both global and small scale. Large scale studies rely on general assumptions to define which metrics of accessibility are key drivers of fish biomass globally, while small-scale studies explore how travel time from markets influences the ways that people use marine resources while integrating local context and levels of infrastructure and technology. This body of research also includes scenario analysis including futures roads and demographic projections since accessing the future accessibility of both ecosystems and human populations is essential for many applications such as socioeconomic assessments, environmental impact analyses and spatial planning.
Defining the key drivers of reef fish communities My second research theme examines the key drivers of the composition of reef fish communities. The aim of this body of research is to investigate how similar are trophic structures in fish communities globally and the environmental and socioeconomic drivers associated with such structures. The goal is to determine how human impacts affect the trophic structure of reef fish communities while assessing the effectiveness of management strategies.
Determining species that are 'key' for ecosystem functioning My third research theme is not only limited to coral reef systems and examines the complex relationships between biodiversity and ecosystem functioning for a wide range of ecosystems. This body of research relies on new statistical framework and empirical data. The goal is to determine the drivers which promote the presence of species, species groups or interactions that are necessary to maintain ecosystem functioning and services.
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