A presentation by Dr Daniel Smale – The Marine Biological Association, United Kingdom

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Dates available from 16 Apr 2019 until 16 Apr 2019

Event date: 16Apr 2019

Tuesday 16 Apr 2019

ATSIP Seminar Room 030, Building 145

  • 12:00 pm

James Cook University, Townsville QLD

Event date: 16Apr 2019

Tuesday 16 Apr 2019

Cairns Institute Ground Floor Meeting room Building D3 - Room 003

  • 12:00 pm

James Cook University, Cairns QLD

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Kelp forests are a dominant feature of coastal marine environments in temperature and subpolar regions. As foundation species, kelps support high levels of primary and secondary productivity and provide habitat for diverse communities. However, the abundances and distributions of habitat-forming kelps are responding to global environmental change stressors, including ocean warming, extreme climatic events and the spread on non-native species.

Dr Daniel Smale in a wetsuitHere, Dr Smale will examine climate-mediated changes in kelp forests from around the world to show that shifts in kelp species’ distributions will lead to reduced biodiversity in some regions, as well as altered timings and rates of primary productivity. Greater understanding of community and ecosystem-level consequences of the redistribution of marine habitat-forming species is needed to better predict the overall impacts of global environmental change.


Dr Daniel Smale is a community ecologist with broad research interests and a particular focus on understanding how global environmental change is influencing the structure and functioning of coastal marine ecosystems.

Dan's research falls into 3 broad themes:

  1. the impacts of rapid environmental change on kelp forest ecosystems
  2. the responses of marine populations and communities to both long-term climate change and short-term extreme climatic events, such as marine heatwaves;
  3. and the spread and impacts of non-native species in coastal marine ecosystems. He uses a combination of laboratory-based experiments, manipulative field experiments and field- based observations to better understand responses of coastal marine ecosystems to contemporary stressors.


Diane Jarvis — Diane.Jarvis1@jcu.edu.au or 4781 6023
Jane Addison — Jane.Addison@jcu.edu.au or 4781 4506

Science areas: Environment and Biological sciences

Event type: Public seminar