NERC Postdoctoral Research Fellow
"Ecology of learning during the early stages of coral reef fish life histories: effects of the environment, and development of populations models"
- PhD "Behavioural Ecology of Larval Reef Fishes", University of York
- MRes Marine & Coastal Ecology & Environmental Management, Universty of York
- BSc Marine Biology, Liverpool
We now realise that the larvae of coral reef fishes, that develop at sea away from hungry mouths, are highly tuned when they return to reefs to settle. Their behaviour determines where they end up as much as do the ocean currents. By applying a series of field, lab and modelling techniques, we hope to document and understand this behaviour, looking at both developmental and environmental control, to better predict how we should conserve or harvest populations of reef fishes in the future.
I am particularly interested in the importance of sound, given that reefs are noisy, sound travels well underwater, and fish have great hearing.