Shannen Smith
Postgraduate Research Student

Shannen Smith

Postgraduate Research Student
School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences

The role of ecologiacal interactions in shaping the future of tropicalised reefs

My research focuses on range shift ecology, particularly in the context of marine tropicalisation, where climatic stressors cause mass macroalgal decline along sub-tropical and temperate reefs. I am investigating how interactions of range expanding tropical marine fishes facilitate this process in Australia.

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Primary Supervisors: Associate Professor Adriana Vergés and Dr Ezequiel Marzinelli

Secondary Supervisors:  Professor Peter Steinberg and Dr Hamish Malcolm (NSW DPI)



Smith SM, Fox RJ, Booth DJ, Donelson JM (2018) ‘Stick with your own kind or hang with the locals?’ Implications of shoaling strategy for tropical reef fish on a range-expansion frontline. Global Change Biology 2018; 00:1–10.

Smith SM,Fox RJ, Donelson JM, Head ML, Booth DJ (2016) Predicting range shift success potential from tropical marine fishes using external morphology. Biology Letters 12: 20160505.(doi: 10.1098/rsbl.2016.0505

Fowler AM, Smith SM, Booth DJ, Stewart J. (2016) Partial migration of grey mullet (Mugil cephalus) on Australia’s east coast revealed by otolith chemistry. Marine Environmental Research 119: 238-244

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