A research focus in the areas of ocean sciences and marine animal ecology naturally emerges from USC’s location at the edge of the Pacific Ocean. It also reflects the expertise, and international leadership, of several academics who work on cutting-edge issues in marine and coastal ecology.
They work on a diverse range of topics, set in equally diverse environments, spanning from deep-sea biology to marine climate change ecology.
Whilst they undertake both applied and theoretical research, a leading principle is that all of their marine science work must be strongly embedded in modern theoretical frameworks of ecology and conservation, and that attributions are strong and defensible, especially in the area of climate change associated work.
The ecology and conservation of interfaces, focusing particularly on processes that structure and impact ecosystems of sandy beaches and estuaries.
The ecological consequences of global change, emphasising cutting-edge modelling of biotic response to changing ocean conditions, at regional to global scales.
Connectivity between populations, habitats and ecosystems including reef fishes, sharks, mangroves, surf-zones, deep-ocean seamounts and submarine canyons.
Investigating the fundamental role played by vertebrate scavengers of beach and marine carrion in food-webs and in biological connectivity.
Examining coastal geomorphology and how changing seascapes impact on ecological processes, resilience and animals.
Professor Thomas Schlacher
Professor, Marine Science
Dr Ben Gilby
Assoc. Lecturer, Animal Ecology
Dr Javier Leon
Senior Lecturer, Physical Geography
Dr Andrew Olds
Senior Lecturer, Animal Ecology
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