Sahira Bell

Regime shifts and tropicalisation of temperate reefs (PhD)

In marine environments, there is increasing evidence that climate-mediated marine heatwaves and range shifting tropical herbivores can have profound impacts on temperate kelp forests. My project aims to determine the relative importance of marine heatwaves and tropical herbivores in driving persistent change and the degradation of kelp forests on the Great Southern Reef – one of Australia’s most productive and globally unique ecosystems.

Supervisors: Thomas Wernberg, Adriana Vergés (University of New South Wales)

Qualifications

2014: B.Sc. (Marine Biology), University of Western Australia, Australia

 

Achievements

  • 2017: Grant winner: The Holsworth Wildlife Research Endowment.