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Biological and biogeochemical proxy calibration of deglaciating environments in Antarctica

The interface between ice sheets and the ocean is exceptionally important for understanding and predicting future changes to the Earth system. A series of feedback processes link the oceans to the ice sheets that control our climate system and rates of sea-level change. For instance, heat from the ocean promotes ice melt and ice shelf break-up, and tides generate mechanical stresses that can influence ice stream velocities and iceberg calving rates.

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Demographic consequences of variation in individual foraging strategies of northern fulmars

Recent advancements in telemetry technology has dramatically enhanced our understanding of movement ecology, and generated novel opportunities for exploring how animals are responding to a rapidly changing world.

Most animals depend on movement to locate and acquire food for growth, maintenance and offspring provisioning. Therefore, success of individual foraging strategies underpins the demographic processes of survival and reproduction.

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Learning from the Landscape: Can the patch dynamics of reef communities guide their conservation and spatial management?

The very presence of engineering species within a landscape promotes high levels of biodiversity and ecosystem goods/services. However, their loss and degradation is one of the most significant drivers of global biodiversity loss. Most studies overlook the spatial dynamics that drive the persistence of the engineering species themselves.

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Rip current and density driven dispersal of nearshore contaminants

Scientific background: Rip currents interact with density-driven freshwater plumes along the coast to mix and disperse contaminants from fluvial discharge into the shelf-sea where they impact the environment.

The ability to predict the transport of these contaminants would greatly assist in the compliance and regulation of water quality directives along the coast. Tighter coupling between rip current dynamics and density-driven plumes is needed to make such predictions, and will be addressed...

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Widening our view of the reef: the landscape ecology of disturbance and recovery on Pacific coral reefs

Satellites and other high-resolution imaging techniques have enabled landscape ecologists to explore the spatial ecology of terrestrial biological communities, such as forests, for decades. The same opportunity has not existed in the sub-tidal marine environment, except for habitat mapping at course taxonomic resolutions. With the development of high-resolution underwater imaging, landscape-scale spatial data sets at high taxonomic resolutions are emerging for coral reefs, one of the world’s...

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