Professor Sean Connell

Professor Sean Connell
  Org Unit Ecology and Environmental Science
  Telephone +61 8 8313 6125
  Location Floor/Room 1 17 ,  Darling Building ,   North Terrace

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



  • 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.  

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 et al. 2017  How ocean acidifcation can benefit calcifiers. Current Biology 27: pR95–R96
  • Connell SD et al. 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 et al 2017 Testing for thresholds of ecosystem collpase in seagrass meadows.  Conservation Biology.

Seeking progressive research directions:

More samples of publications:

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