This ongoing research project seeks to unravel how environmental gradients influence patterns of biodiversity in aquatic communities over space and time.
Unravelling how environmental gradients influence patterns of biodiversity in aquatic communities over space and time is key goal for ecologists and natural resource managers alike. In this ongoing set of projects, we are modelling the response of biotic components of aquatic ecosystems to variations in abiotic conditions (particularly flow & temperature). This often requires a multidisciplinary approach, where we combine techniques in oceanography, remote sensing, biomechanics, physiology and field ecology to uncover the mechanisms that underpin the distribution and abundance of aquatic organisms such as fish (e.g., Fulton et al. 2013), crayfish (e.g., Fulton et al. 2012) and seaweeds (e.g., Fulton et al. 2014), and how this influences other components of aquatic ecosystems (e.g., through fish-habitat relationships, Wilson et al 2014).