Latitudinal gradients and coastal communities vulnerability to anthropogenic stress

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Humans rely on coastal ecosystems for services, such as food and recreational amenity, and they are amongst the most intense areas of development. Human activities introduce interacting stressors that affect the diversity and functioning of marine ecosystems, and, in some cases, cause ecosystem collapse. This project will test predictions of how Australia’s most widespread coastal communities respond to stress across a latitudinal gradient. The key to sustainable coastal development is discovering accurate and efficient diagnostic tools for assessing ecosystem ‘health’. This research is an international collaboration and aims to reveal relationships between diversity, resilience and ecosystem function with implications for global conservation using a multidisciplinary approach.

The ideal candidate has an Honours or equivalent degree in Marine Biology, Ecology of Microbiology and has previous experience in managing research projects. The candidate needs to have excellent written and oral communication skills and be able to work independently and as part of a team. The candidate should have a strong motivation to improve and protect the environment through fundamental research and its translation into management tools. The candidate will have the willingness and capacity to implement required H&S procedures according to university policies and implement equal opportunity policies and programs. 

Supervisory team

Evolution & Ecology Research Centre

Biological, Earth & Environmental Sciences

The Univerity of Auckland