Sahira Bell


There is increasing evidence that climate-mediated marine heatwaves and range shifting tropical herbivores can have profound impacts on temperate kelp forests. My project aims to determine the relative importance of marine heatwaves and tropical herbivores in driving persistent change and the degradation of kelp forests on the Great Southern Reef – one of Australia’s most productive and globally unique ecosystems.

PhD thesis topic: Regime shifts and tropicalisation of temperate reefs

Research support: ESA Holsworth Wildlife Research Endowment, PADI Foundation, Robson and Robertson Award, Sea World Research and Rescue Foundation, UWA PSA Travel Award



Twitter: @bellsahira