Claude Spencer

Functionality of tropical herbivores in tropicalized temperate reefs (Masters 2019)

My research focuses on warm-water Scarid parrotfishes and will investigate how their functionality changes along the West Australian coastline. This is in response to the global trend of increasing ocean temperatures facilitating tropical species to inhabit higher latitudes. The research will investigate both size structure and feeding selectivity and intensity of parrotfish assemblages, and will compare the differences between native tropical reefs and novel tropicalised temperate reefs. This research will aim to highlight important new interactions that may occur due to the trend of increasing ocean temperatures and will provide information that can help with effective management of valuable temperate reefs in a warmer future.

Supervisors: Nestor Bosch, Tim Langois, Thomas Wernberg

Qualifications

  • 2018 – : Bachelor of Science (Marine Science) 2018xx.

Claude Spencer in the field