Making biological complexity work for you: insights into ecological and evolutionary responses to environmental change, from the individual to the ecosystem

Making biological complexity work for you: insights into ecological and evolutionary responses to environmental change, from the individual to the ecosystem

Mon, 22/04/2013 - 13:30


About the Presenter

John Morrongiello

Dr. John Morrongiello is an aquatic ecologist with experience in freshwater, estuarine and marine habitats. John’s interests lie in understanding how organisms respond to environmental change across different levels of biological complexity. In particular, he uses hierarchical modelling techniques to explore the within- and among-individual responses to environmental variability that underlie population- and species-level patterns. Understanding this biological complexity has allowed John to elucidate the ecological impacts and evolutionary implications of a range of environmental drivers such as climate change, hydrological variability and fishery activity.

John holds a Bachelor of Arts/ Bachelor of Science (Hons) from the University of Melbourne and completed his PhD at Monash University under the supervision of Nick Bond, David Crook and Bob Wong. John is currently an OCE Postdoctoral Research Fellow with CSIRO Marine and Atmospheric Research in Hobart and is investigating the causes and consequences of long-term environmental change on the growth rates of Australia’s marine and freshwater fishes.

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Charles Darwin University
Ellengowan Drive
Red 1.3.01
Casuarina NT 0810
Australia

Biological responses to environmental change occur over a hierarchy of levels, ranging from within the individual to the ecosystem. Importantly, different mechanisms operate at each of these levels meaning that a diversity of insights can be drawn depending on the scale at which you look. Here I present a series of fish-based case studies that illustrate how studying key life history processes at different scales of biological complexity provide demographic and evolutionary context for our understanding of ecological responses to environmental change.

 

 

 

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