Size matters for changing ecosystems

Size Ecology Lab is an interdisciplinary ecology research group led by Associate Professor Julia Blanchard at the Institute of Marine and Antarctic Studies (IMAS), University of Tasmania.

We are a diverse team of macro- and microecologists, data analysts, mathematical modellers and socioecologists.

What we do

We work on research topics that range from fundamental ecology and evolution to more applied global ecology and sustainability.

In particular, we study the ecological role of body size and how this influences individual to ecosystem processes.

We also study the consequences of human population size and how changes in human demand and activities, coupled with environmental change, alter complex social-ecological systems.

Recent Posts

Polymath - A person of wide knowledge or learning Research has become increasingly specialised - we focus on a particular discipline, then a particular field within that discipline, then a topic within that field. At the same time, knowledge is being produced at an increasingly rapid rate; IBM predicted that by 2020 world knowledge would double every 12 hours. What does this mean? Well first, it seems unlikely that a single person will ever have a wide enough knowledge base to be considered a polymath anymore.

Being able to foresee if or when something bad is going to happen has always been considered very useful as it allows for the adoption of new strategies in the hope of avoiding catastrophe or for the adaptation to the new circumstances. Applied to the context of fisheries and marine ecosystem, this means being able to predict the outcomes of actual and potential fishing regimes and environmental conditions on a particular fish stock, or an entire ecosystem, a feat that is already possible.

People

Team

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Julia Blanchard

PI & Associate Professor

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Asta Audzijonyte

Research Fellow

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Kirsty Nash

Research Fellow

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Camilla Novaglio

Research Fellow (CSIRO)

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Rowan Trebilco

Research Scientist (CSIRO)

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Yannick Rousseau

PhD Student

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Richard Cottrell

PhD Student

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Kieran Murphy

PhD Student

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Freddie Heather

PhD Student

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Romain Forestier

PhD Student

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Amy Coghlan

PhD Student

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Alexandra Johne

RA & Honours Student

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Alumni

Recent Publications

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Sudden losses to food production (that is, shocks) and their consequences across land and sea pose cumulative threats to global …

Marine ecosystem models that incorporate fisheries and climate change are essential for forecasting and guiding sustainable ecosystem …

Food web structure and dynamics depend on relationships between body sizes of predators and their prey. Species‐based and …

Climate change effects on marine ecosystems include impacts on primary production, ocean temperature, species distributions, and …

When making predictions about ecosystems, we often have available a number of different ecosystem models that attempt to represent …

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