Ana Giraldo Ospina
My PhD research project is looking at the benthic communities of shelf-reefs in subtropical and temperate Western Australia. The main objective is to understand the potential of these deeper communities to be refuge for benthic species in shallow reefs. I am assessing this by analysing how similar these benthic communities are to their shallow and coastal counterparts and by evaluating their role as a source of reproductive propagules to shallow reefs.
My general research interests are the ecology of benthic primary producers, spatial and landscape ecology and biophysical interactions in coastal and shelf regions.
PhD thesis topic: Can upper-shelf reefs act as refugia for sessile communities under extreme climatic events?