Paula Sgarlatta
Postgraduate Research Student

Paula Sgarlatta

Postgraduate Research Student
School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences

From tropical to temperate: ecosystem implications in a regime shift area

There is well-known evidence of tropical herbivorous grazing on kelp forests, but the consequences of this system phase shift in the ecosystem functions and processes are unidentified. The main aim of this PhD project is to understand the changes in the ecosystem functions and processes along a tropicalisation gradient in the Solitary Islands, NSW, Australia. Specifically, this study aims to quantify the following along a tropicalisation gradient: 1) fish and benthos functional diversity, 2) plankton assemblages and their relationship with planktivorous fish, and 3) pathway and flow of detritus composition.

Supervisors: Associate Professor Adriana Vergés and Professor Iain Suthers



Ramírez-Valdez, A.; Sgarlatta, MP.; Villaseñor-Derbez, JC.; Rowell, T., Erisman, B.; Hernández-Velasco, A. (2017) Searching for the giants of the kelp forest in Mexican waters: the Giant Sea Bass. Mediterranews. Number 9.

Sgarlatta, MP., Ramírez-Valdez, A., Calderón-Aguilera, LE. (2016) Assessing the role of fish in kelp forests and rocky reefs. DataMares. InteractiveResource.

Sgarlatta, MP. (2016) Bosques submarinos en México. Número 53. Saberes y Ciencias.

Irigoyen, A., Trobbiani, G., Sgarlatta, MP and Raffo, M. (2011) Effects of the alien algae Undaria pinnatifida (Phaeophyceae, Laminariales) on the diversity and abundance of benthic macrofauna in Golfo Nuevo (Patagonia, Argentina): potential implications for local food webs. Biological Invasions 13:1521–1532.

Level 4 EastBiological Sciences South (E26)UNSW, Kesington 2052