With my enthusiasm for applying my expertise in ecology and paleoecology to new fields of research, I am interested in how ecological data can be used to quantify the frequency and intensity of extreme inundation events, such as the waves generated by tropical storms and tsunami and what this tells us about the structure and potential resilience of communities subjected to repeated disturbance. These events have a significant human cost and can also affect ecosystem services. Using paleoecological data, I have identified new ‘fingerprints’ for extreme event deposits that can be used to identify the recurrence time for these events.
EXAMPLE RELEVANT PUBLICATIONS
- Strotz, L.C., Mamo, B.L., and Dominey-Howes, D. (2016) Effects of cyclone-generated disturbance on a tropical reef foraminifera assemblage. Scientific Reports, 6: 24846 [Full Text] [PDF]