Professor Sean Connell
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.
Forecasting opportunities for better use of natural resources:
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
- Falkenberg LJ, Connell SD, Russell BD in press Disrupting the effects of synergies between stressors: improved water quality dampens the effects of future CO2 on a marine habitat. Journal of Applied Ecology
- Russell BD, Harley CDG, ... Connell SD 2012 Predicting ecosystem shifts requires new approaches that integrate the effects of climate change across entire systems. Biology Letters 8:164-166
Water pollution on habitat loss & recovery:
- Gorman, Russell & SD Connell 2009 Land-to-sea connectivity: linking human-derived terrestrial subsidies to subtidal habitat change on open rocky coasts. Ecological Applications 19: 1114-1126
- Gorman D & SD Connell 2009 Recovering subtidal forests in human-dominated landscapes. Journal of Applied Ecology 46: 1258-1265
- 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 more progressive research directions:
More samples of publications: http://www.marinebiology.adelaide.edu.au/people/staff/sean.html
Entry last updated: Wednesday, 16 Jan 2013
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