Dr Joanne Ellis

Senior Lecturer

Qualifications: BSc Auckland, BSc Hons Victoria, PhD Memorial (Canada)

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Research Interests

My research interests include disturbance and recovery dynamics in coastal and estuarine ecosystems, biodiversity prioritization to inform ecosystem management, statistical modeling including the identification of multiple stressor interaction effects, marine spatial planning, ecosystem services frameworks and climate change impacts on marine systems. My primary research focuses on the recovery of marine benthic communities from disturbance and potential interaction effects of multiple stressors. I have approached these specific research areas using a combination of models and field studies to predict community resilience to disturbance and multiple stressors. This knowledge provides the required biophysical science to quantify stressor ’footprints’, determine ecological responses of ecosystems to multiple stressors and identify ‘tipping points’ that transform ecosystems into non-desirable states. Increasingly research of stressor footprints and multiple stressor effects will be required to provide the empirical underpinnings for effective marine spatial planning.

Teaching Commitments

Recent Publications

  • Li, M., Lundquist, C. J., Pilditch, C. A., Rees, T. A. V., & Ellis, J. (2019). Implications of nutrient enrichment for the conservation and management of seagrass Zostera muelleri meadows. Aquatic Conservation: Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems, 29(9), 1484-1502. doi:10.1002/aqc.3141

  • Ellis, J. I., Jamil, T., Anlauf, H., Coker, D. J., Curdia, J., Hewitt, J., . . . Hoteit, I. (2019). Multiple stressor effects on coral reef ecosystems. Global Change Biology. doi:10.1111/gcb.14819

  • Clark, D. E., Hewitt, J. E., Pilditch, C. A., & Ellis, J. I. (2019). The development of a national approach to monitoring estuarine health based on multivariate analysis. Marine Pollution Bulletin. doi:10.1016/j.marpolbul.2019.110602

  • Klain, S. C., Satterfield, T., Sinner, J., Ellis, J. I., & Chan, K. M. A. (2018). Bird killer, industrial intruder or clean energy? Perceiving risks to ecosystem services due to an offshore wind farm. Ecological Economics, 143, 111-129. doi:10.1016/j.ecolecon.2017.06.030

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Contact Details

Name  Extn.  Username  Room  Department
Ellis, Dr Joanne 3526 joannee TCBD.4.02 Marine Science and Aquaculture
Ellis, Dr Joanne 3526 joannee TCBD.4.02 Marine Science and Aquaculture

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