RESTORING THE REEFS WE NEVER KNEW WE LOST
Dr. Dominic McAfee is a University of Adelaide Research Associate in the School of Biological Sciences.
I am a marine ecologist with a special interest in shellfish ecology. My research is heavily focused on applied marine conservation management and restoration ecology.
Much of my research has focused on the capacity of wild oyster populations to protect coastal biodiversity from the extremities of climate change. The majority of this work has been conducted along the east coast of Australia and in Hong Kong.
I have a passion for science communication and am frequently involved in community outreach events. I am also part of the communications team and research and development working group for Australia’s Shellfish Reef Restoration Network.
My research focuses on building South Australia’s blue infrastructure through the restoration of oyster reefs which were once abundant off Australia’s southern coastline. This project is a collaboration with the South Australian government and The Nature Conservancy, who collectively will construct a 20 hectare oyster reef, which will be the first large-scale oyster restoration project in Australia and the largest in the southern hemisphere. My research aims to enhance the recruitment and survivorship of oysters to the reef, ensuring its long-term growth and performance.
Other research interests:
Ecosystem based management; ecosystem engineering theory; climate-adaptation strategies for coastal systems; eco-engineering seawalls to enhance biodiversity; invertebrate physiology and mangrove ecology.
200 metres east of Marion Rd, and 300 metres north of Anzac Highway
Entry by donation (minimum of $2).
Bookings not required
Please bring supper to share, tea/coffee will be supplied.
Meetings should conclude by 8.30pm.
At the start of each meeting a ten minutes presentation on a ‘Butterfly of the Month’ will be given by a BCSA committee member.