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Researcher: Ling, SD (Dr Scott Ling)

Fields of Research

Marine and Estuarine Ecology (incl. Marine Ichthyology)
Ecological Impacts of Climate Change
Fisheries Management
Invasive Species Ecology
Community Ecology
Ecosystem Function
Aquatic Ecosystem Studies and Stock Assessment
Fisheries Sciences
Behavioural Ecology
Climate Change Processes
Ecological Physiology
Physical Oceanography
Fish Pests and Diseases
Aquaculture
Invertebrate Biology
Environmental Monitoring
Global Change Biology
Conservation and Biodiversity
Horticultural Crop Growth and Development
Complementary and Alternative Medicine

Research Objectives

Ecosystem Assessment and Management of Coastal and Estuarine Environments
Effects of Climate Change and Variability on Australia (excl. Social Impacts)
Ecosystem Assessment and Management of Marine Environments
Marine Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity
Control of Pests, Diseases and Exotic Species in Marine Environments
Control of Animal Pests, Diseases and Exotic Species in Coastal and Estuarine Environments
Rehabilitation of Degraded Coastal and Estuarine Environments
Fisheries - Wild Caught
Ecosystem Adaptation to Climate Change
Ecosystem Assessment and Management at Regional or Larger Scales
Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity at Regional or Larger Scales
Fisheries - Aquaculture
Control of Plant Pests, Diseases and Exotic Species in Coastal and Estuarine Environments
Expanding Knowledge in the Environmental Sciences
Marine Oceanic Processes (excl. climate related)
Climate Change Adaptation Measures
Coastal and Estuarine Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity
Nutraceuticals and Functional foods
Wine Grapes

Career Best Publications

Climate-driven range extension of a sea urchin: inferring future trends by analysis of recent population dynamics; Global Change Biology
Forming sea urchin barrens from the inside out: an alternative pattern of overgrazing; Marine Ecology Progress Series
Hotspots of exotic free-spawning sex: man-made environment facilitates success of an invasive seastar; Journal of Applied Ecology
Marine reserves reduce risk of climate-driven phase shift by reinstating size- and habitat-specific trophic interactions; Ecological Applications
Native spider crab causes high incidence of sub-lethal injury to the introduced seastar Asterias amurensis; 13th International Echinoderm Conference
Overfishing reduces resilience of kelp beds to climate-driven catastrophic phase shift; National Academy of Sciences of The United States of America. Proceedings
Pushing boundaries of range and resilience: a review of range-extension by a barrens-forming sea urchin; Climate Change Perspectives from the Atlantic: Past, Present and Future
Range expansion of a habitat-modifying species leads to loss of taxonomic diversity: a new and impoverished reef state; Oecologia
Recovery of canopy-forming macroalgae following removal of the enigmatic grazing sea urchin Heliocidaris erythrogramma; Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology
Reproductive potential of a marine ecosystem engineer at the edge of a newly expanded range; Global Change Biology

Research Publications

2013 Tasmanian Tall Poppy Award Winners
Establishment of the Long-Spined Sea Urchin Centrostephanus rodgersii in Tasmania: First Assessment of Potential Threats to Fisheries
A holistic view of marine regime shifts; Royal Society of London. Philosophical Transactions. Biological Sciences
A management support framework for subtidal rocky-reef communities on the east coast of Tasmania; MODSIM
Alarming discovery in Tasmania: the impact of fisheries in climate change-affected marine ecosystems
Assessing national biodiversity trends for rocky and coral reefs through the integration of citizen science and scientific monitoring programs; Bioscience
Assessment of management options to minimize formation of 'barrens'habitat by the long-spined sea urchin
Australien Saga Teil 2 (Australian Saga Part 2)
Barrens-forming urchins
Baseline surveys of the subtidal reef biota of the Kent Group Marine Nature Reserve 2004-2007
Biological assessment of proposals for marine procted areas in the Twofold Shelf bioregion
Birth control plan for port pest
Biting back
Climate Change and a Range-extending Sea Urchin: Catastrophic-shifts and Resilience in a Temperate Reef Ecosystem
Climate change cascades: Shifts in oceanography, species' ranges and subtidal marine community dynamics in eastern Tasmania; Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology
Climate change taking its toll in Australia
Climate change, ecological overfishing and regime shift to a highly novel alternative stable state; IMBER IMBIZO IV
Climate change, overfishing and recent phase shift in a temperate reef ecosystem; 7th International Temperate Reef Symposium
Climate change, overfishing and recent phase shift in a temperate reef ecosystem; Australian Society for Fish Biology 2006 Conference
Climate change, overfishing: together catastrophic for shallow reefs
Climate focus for award-winning young scientists
Climate-driven range extension of a sea urchin leads to a new and impoverished reef state; 13th International Echinoderm Conference 2009
Climate-driven range extension of a sea urchin: altered dynamics of a rapidly warming temperate reef system; 8th International Temperate Reef Symposium
Climate-driven range extension of a sea urchin: inferring future trends by analysis of recent population dynamics; Global Change Biology
Collapse of kelp beds to turf-dominance is mediated by urchin overgrazing not water quality alone; Aquatic Biodiversity & Ecosystems: Evolution, Interactions & Global Change
Drift-kelp suppresses sea urchin appetite for destruction; Aquatic Biodiversity & Ecosystems: Evolution, Interactions & Global Change
Drift-kelp suppresses sea urchin appetite for destruction; Australian Marine Sciences Association 2015 Conference
East Coast sea urchin march can be halted
Ecological risk assessment for the effects of fishing; Fisheries Research
Ecological risk assessment for the effects of fishing: skipjack fishery - purse seine sub-fishery
Ecological risk assessment for the effects of fishing: small pelagic fishery - midwater trawl
Ecological risk assessment for the effects of fishing: small pelagic fishery - purse seine
Ecological risk assessment for the effects of fishing: southern bluefin tuna purse seine sub-fishery
Exceeding the tipping point of range-extension meltdown; Species on the Move: Detection, Impacts, Prediction, & Adaptation
Feature interview for the episode 'Tasmania' of the Foxtel's History Channel's program 'Coast Australia'
Forming sea urchin barrens from the inside out: an alternative pattern of overgrazing; Marine Ecology Progress Series
Genetic structure of a recent climate change-driven range extension; Molecular Ecology
Global patterns of kelp forest change over the past half-century; National Academy of Sciences of The United States of America. Proceedings
Global phase-shift dynamics of catastrophic sea urchin overgrazing; 10th International Temperate Reefs Symposium 2014
Global regime shift dynamics of catastrophic sea urchin overgrazing; Royal Society of London. Philosophical Transactions. Biological Sciences
Hotspots of exotic free-spawning sex: man-made environment facilitates success of an invasive seastar; Journal of Applied Ecology
How to avoid turning kelp forests into barren wastelands
Human-facilitated reproductive hotspots of an introduced seastar; 13th International Echinoderm Conference 2009
Impacts of climate change in a global hotspot for temperate marine biodiversity and ocean warming; Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology
Increasing resilience against climate driven changes; Public Symposium and Panel Discussion: Showcasing the latest science in Marine Protected Areas
Integrating electronic technologies in ecological field studies: assessing movement, habitat use, and behaviour of lobsters as key predators of sea urchins in eastern Tasmania; 13th International Echinoderm Conference 2009
Interspecific variation in potential importance of planktivorous damselfishes as predators of Acanthaster sp. eggs; Coral Reefs
Is 'barrens' habitat good for sea urchins?; 13th International Echinoderm Conference 2009
Is climate change impacting on lobster stocks in Tasmania?; 8th International Conference and Workshop Lobster Biology and Management
ITRS Travel Award
Kelp bed overgrazing by sea urchins
Keynote address for the ‘Regime Shifts’ workshop; IMBER IMBIZO IV
Known predators of crown-of-thorns starfish (Acanthaster spp.) and their role in mitigating, if not preventing, population outbreaks; Diversity
Lack of large lobsters lets urchins run wild
Limited effectiveness of divers to mitigate ‘barrens’ formation by culling sea urchins while fishing for abalone; Marine and Freshwater Research
Linking global patterns of kelp forest change and variation in climate over the past half-century; 11th International Temperate Reefs Symposium
Lobsters to fight urchin overgrazing?
Macroalgae and temperate rocky reefs; Marine Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation Report Card for Australia 2012
Managing the risk of sea urchin barrens in eastern Tasmania; 10th International Temperate Reefs Symposium 2014
Mapping the Australian ballast water uptake and deballasting contingency zones
Marine reserves reduce risk of climate-driven phase shift by reinstating size- and habitat-specific trophic interactions; Ecological Applications
Marine teens
Mechanisms of kelp bed resilience and recovery on urbanised coasts; SER 2015 World Conference on Ecological Restoration
Mechanisms of kelp bed resilience and recovery on urbanised coasts; Australian Marine Sciences Association 2015 Conference
Monitoring of reef biota at Bunurong - marine performance assessment program, survey 3
Monitoring of reef biota at Phillip Island - marine performance assessment program, survey 3
Monitoring of reef biota at Port Phillip Heads - marine performance assessment program, survey 6
Monitoring of reef biota at Wilsons Promontory - marine performance assessment program
MPAs increase resilience against climate-driven phase shift: prevention is far better than cure; Australian Marine Sciences Association Conference 2012
National Climate Change Adaptation Research Plan: Marine Biodiversity - Consultation Draft for review
Native spider crab causes high incidence of sub-lethal injury to the introduced seastar Asterias amurensis; 13th International Echinoderm Conference
Overfishing reduces macroalgal bed resilience against grazing by the range expanding sea urchin Centrostephanus rodgersii; 12th International Echinoderms Conference
Overfishing reduces resilience of kelp beds to climate-driven catastrophic phase shift; National Academy of Sciences of The United States of America. Proceedings
Overfishing reduces resilience of temperate reef ecosystems against climate change catastrophe; 45th Annual Conference for the Australian Marine Sciences Association
Phase shifts and stressor-driven dynamics in kelp beds; 10th International Temperate Reefs Symposium 2014
Phase-shift dynamics of sea urchin overgrazing on nutrified reefs; PLoS One
Population dynamics of an ecologically important range-extender: kelp beds versus sea urchin barrens; Marine Ecology - Progress Series
Ports are hotspots for seastar orgies
Ports host invasive seastar orgies
Pursuing predator-driven habitat recovery on a warming coast; 9th International Temperate Reef Symposium
Pushing boundaries of range and resilience: a review of range-extension by a barrens-forming sea urchin; Workshop: Responses of key sea urchin populations to climate change processes: From Larvae to Ecosystems
Pushing boundaries of range and resilience: a review of range-extension by a barrens-forming sea urchin; Climate Change Perspectives from the Atlantic: Past, Present and Future
Pushing boundaries of range and resilience: a review of range-extension by a barrens-forming sea urchin; Responses of Key Sea Urchin Populations to Climate Change Processes: From Larvae to Ecosystems
Range expansion of a habitat-modifying species leads to loss of taxonomic diversity: a new and impoverished reef state; Oecologia
Rebuilding ecosystem resilience: assessment of management options to minimise formation of 'barrens' habitat by the long-spined sea urchin (Centrostephanus rodgersii in Tasmania
Recovery of canopy-forming macroalgae following removal of the enigmatic grazing sea urchin Heliocidaris erythrogramma; Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology
Repeated AUV surveying of urchin barrens in North Eastern Tasmania; IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA)
Reproductive potential of a marine ecosystem engineer at the edge of a newly expanded range; Global Change Biology
Reverse-fishing to reduce the resilience of an undesirable climate-driven stable state; Australian National Network in Marine Science
Roe v weed: urchinomics turns pest to gourmet gold
Sea urchins
Sensitivity analysis and pattern-oriented validation of TRITON, a model with alternative community states: insights on temperate rocky reefs dynamics; Ecological Modelling
Stereo-imaging AUV detects trends in sea urchin abundance on deep overgrazed reefs; Limnology and Oceanography: Methods
Study of overgrazed kelp-beds shows how to avoid ecosystem ‘tipping points’
Subtidal reef monitoring and community awareness project: data report on the long-spined sea urchin
Systematic culling controls a climate driven, habitat modifying invader; Biological Invasions
The Centrostephanus project - update on long-spined sea urchin research
The Reef Ecosystem Evaluation Framework: Managing for Resilience in Temperate Environments
Trial of an industry implemented, spatially discrete eradication/control program for Centrostephanus rodgersii in Tasmania
Trial of an industry implemented, spatially discrete eradication/control program for Centrostephanus rodgersii in Tasmania
Ubiquity of microplastics in coastal seafloor sediments; Marine Pollution Bulletin: The International Journal for Marine Environmentalists, Scientists, Engineers, Administrators, Politicians and Lawyers
Understanding reef resilience: prevention is far better than cure; Climate Adaptation in Action 2012
Urchin invasion
Urchins turn kelp forests into barrens wasteland
Using molecular prey detection to quantify rock lobster predation on barrens-forming sea urchins; Molecular Ecology
Victorian marine performance assessment program: status report

Research Projects

Determining the effect of food availability on foraging behaviour of barrens-forming sea urchins; Holsworth Wildlife Research Endowment (HWRE)
Identifying historical marine heatwaves off eastern Tasmania; University of Tasmania (UTAS)
May 2011: 9th International Temperate Reefs Symposium; University of Tasmania (UTAS)
Microchemistry of sea urchin jaws as a tool for reconstructing dynamics of reef climate; University of Tasmania (UTAS)
The contribution of human/marine herbivore interactions to reef degradation; Australian Research Council (ARC)
Understanding patch dynamics to inform mechanisms of kelp bed resilience on urbanised coasts; Holsworth Wildlife Research Endowment (HWRE)
Urchin Re-survey

Research Candidate Supervision

Managing Rocky Reefs for Resilience in Port Phillip Bay
Managing Seaweed Bed Communities for Resilience in Port Phillip Bay