About
  • 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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Queensland Museum - Contract Research

Taxonomic and Functional Diversity of Reef Corals

Indicative Funding
$164,896 over 4 years
Summary
Coral reefs are among the most threatened ecosystems on earth, and are strongly affected by comparative small changes in the environment. However, some coral populations have been shown to survive in habitats analogous to those predicted for later this century. This project will quantify how species diversity and their associated ecological traits vary along environmental gradients to understand how functional diversity varies among habitats. This information will enable better predictions of the functional composition of future coral reef ecosystems, and whether plasticity in functional traits may mediate the functional declines of reef ecosystems.
Investigators
Tom Bridge (ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies)
Keywords
Tropical Ecosystems and Environment; Industries and Economies in the Tropics; Peoples and Societies in the Tropics; Tropical Health, Medicine & Biosecurity

Australian Research Council - Discovery Early Career Researcher Award

Trait plasticity and the maintenance of functional diversity

Indicative Funding
$365,058 over 3 years
Summary
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
Investigators
Tom Bridge (ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies)
Keywords
Coral; Biodiversity; Functional Diversity; trait; Climate Change Adaptation; Ecology

Department of the Environment and Energy - Director of National Parks - Tender

Coral Reef Health in the Coral Sea Marine Park

Indicative Funding
$968,346 over 3 years
Summary
A number of coral reefs occur in the Australian Marine Parks estate, particularly within the Coral Sea Marine Park (CSMP). In 2016 and 2017, coral reefs in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park and CSMP were impacted by a mass global coral bleaching event. Regular surveys of coral bleaching and associated reef health in the CSMP are needed to inform future marine park management over the next three years to either enable comparisons against historical baselines where bleaching has previously occurred, or set new baselines for areas that aren?t bleached but may be in the future.
Investigators
Morgan Pratchett, Andrew Hoey, Hugo Harrison, Andrew Baird, Tom Bridge, Daniela Ceccarelli and Jean-Paul Hobbs (ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies and Curtin University of Technology)
Keywords
Coral Reefs; Monitoring; Coral Bleaching; Coral Sea Marine Park
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Current
  • Ecological Determinates of Depth Zonation In Reef-Building Corals (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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  • 1 collaboration
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