• Ecology, biodiversity and conservation of coral reefs and marine ecosystems
  • Biodiversity and function of mesophotic coral ecosystems
  • Depth-diversity patterns
  • Climate change refugia and range shifts
  • Application of 3D imaging to marine ecology, particularly AUVs

Dr Tom Bridge is a Research Fellow at the Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies and also Senior Curator of Corals at the Queensland Museum Network. His research is broadly focussed on spatial and temporal patterns in coral reef biodiversity, and how they can be used to inform conservation. He is particularly interested in deep-water coral reefs and depth-related patterns in coral reef biodiversity. His research uses new technologies to investigate biodiversity of mesophotic coral reef ecosystems, the ecological relationship between deep reefs and their shallow-water counterparts, and their potential to act as refugia for corals and associated species from stressors associated with climate change and other human impacts.

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Australian Research Council - Discovery Early Career Researcher Award

Trait plasticity and the maintenance of functional diversity

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$365,058 over 3 years
This project aims to determine if trait plasticity mediates functional degradation of coral reefs by using natural environmental gradients to identify mechanisms that enable corals to persist in marginal habitats. The project will use innovative 3D imaging to measure how intraspecific variability in traits influences functional redundancy, facilitating better predictions of the effects of environmental change on reef systems. Expected outcomes include improved understanding of the response of coral reef ecosystems to environmental change and a framework for predicting reefs at risk of functional degradation, providing benefits to both global biodiversity conservation and the provision of ecosystem services in reef dependent communities
Tom Bridge (ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies)
Coral; Biodiversity; Functional Diversity; trait; Climate Change Adaptation; Ecology

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  • Coral Depth Zonation: Its Nature and Significance. (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • Determinants of depth-gradients in the distribution, movement, Resource use and body condition of coral-feeding butterflyfishes (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • Predicting 'The Unknown Unknowns' in the Global Oceans: Increasing Certainty of Species Distributions to Inform Conservation in Marine Ecosystems (PhD , Primary Advisor)
  • Biogeographic Analysis to Guide Better Marine Management: A Case Study of the Great Barrier Reef (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • Impact of community-based marine management in the Kingdom of Tonga (PhD , Secondary Advisor)

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