Marine Botanist-Ecologist based on Far South Coast region of New South Wales.
The region is also known as the Sapphire Coast and is part of the Wilderness Coast that also includes eastern Victoria.
Personal Interests - biodiversity, biogeography, phylogenetics, novel field assessment techniques
In terms of overall floristic diversity, the SE corner of Australia has a combination of cool-temperate and warm-temperate macroalgae. Inshore water temperatures typically range between 14 -16 degrees C in winter and 20-22 degrees C in summer. Although upwelling events, that can occur anytime of year, bring cooler slope waters to the nearshore zone and water temperatures can drop to as low 11-12 degrees C. The East Australian Current has a major seasonal influence and its effects on marine communities in the SE corner is predicted to strengthen in coming decades under our changing climate.
A species distribution we are monitoring closely is that of Durvillaea amatheiae (Weber etal 2017) whose northern-most limit is the Far South Coast region and herbarium records indicate its distribution has already contracted 30km to the south.