I am a functional ecologist working on coral reefs, mostly focusing on reef fishes. I am interested in understanding the in-built insurance of coral reefs, against drastic shifts in ecological conditions caused by climate change. Much of my work is based on observational field data studying the small-scale spatial ecology of reef fishes (i.e. watching fishes go about their daily lives). More recently I am increasingly working on more theoretical ecology, on the concept of 'functional traits' - its ecological utility and applications. 

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Lizard Island Research Station - Doctoral Fellowship

Water flow ecology: How reef structure and water flow shape the world of fishes

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$26,400 over 2 years
This project aims to understand how coral reef fishes interact with their whole environment. Currently, we have some understanding of how fishes interact with the 3D reef, but not the water which flows around it. I will explore how water flow changes around a complex reef and how fishes use this flow. This project will quantify water flow on a biologically relevant scale, a scale which is often overlooked. It will provide a crucial stepping stone to further ecological research on coral reefs.
Casey Bowden, Robert Streit and David Bellwood (College of Science & Engineering)
Water Flow; Coral reef fish; Reef structural complexity; Ecosystem function; Ecology; Planktivorous fish

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  • Water flow ecology: How reef structure and water flow shape the world of fishes (PhD , Primary Advisor)

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