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Professor Sean Connell

Telephone +61 8 8313 6125
Position Professor
Fax +61 8 8313 4364
Building Darling Building
Floor/Room 1 17
Campus North Terrace
Org Unit Ecology and Environmental Science

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Biography/ Background

PhD (University of Sydney), MSc (University of Auckland), BSc (University of Canterbury)


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Teaching Interests

  • I designed the BSc (Marine Biology).
  • My teaching is informed from my research and work with policy-makers and managers.
  • Students enjoy these courses because they close the gap between graduation and employment; connecting them to industry and career aspirations.  

Research Interests

I forecast the ecological outcomes of management at local-regional-global scales by: 

  • Generating knowledge of human influences on producers (e.g. nutrient-pollution), their consumers (e.g. fishing), and synergies with climate (e.g. ocean acidification); as applied to subtidal habitat.
  • Reconciling conflicting perspectives across biogeographic boundaries (i.e. MacroEcology) and time (i.e. the past and the future environments). 
  • Collaboration with coastal mangers, to changed our perspective of Australian coastal policy, and recently assisted future efforts by recognizing pre-industrial environments and their CO2 and temperate driven future. 


Ocean acidification & temperature:

  • Connell SD & BD Russell 2010  The direct effects of increasing  CO2  and temperature on non-calcifying organisms: increasing the potential for phase shifts in kelp forests. Proceedings of the Royal Society B-Biological Sciences 277: 1409-1415
  • Connell SD, Kroeker KJ, Fabricius KE, Kline DI, Russell BD (2013) The other ocean acidification problem: CO2 as a resource among competitors for ecosystem dominance. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B-Biological Sciences 368:20120442

Pollution, habitat loss & recovery:

  • Ghedini G, Russell BD, Connell SD (2015) Trophic compensation reinforces resistance: herbivory absorbds the increasing effects of multiple disturbances. Ecology Letters 18:182-187
  • Connell SD 2007 Water quality and the loss of coral reefs and kelp forests: alternative states and the influence of fishing. In: Connell SD, Gillanders BM (eds) Marine Ecology. Oxford University Press, Melbourne

Seeking progressive research directions:

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Entry last updated: Wednesday, 1 Jul 2015

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