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Scott Ling

Senior Lecturer

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Dr Scott Ling is a Senior Lecturer in marine ecology at the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies. His research focuses on how and why productive reef ecosystems collapse into impoverished low-value systems that can be difficult to reverse. He is interested in defining critical tipping-points and early-warning signs for reefs exposed to increasing, but ostensibly manageable, human stressors including overfishing, invasive species and urbanisation in combination with climate change. His research approach is founded on a strong understanding of natural history gained from extensive SCUBA-based surveys and critical field experiments to reveal key mechanisms driving reef ecosystems.

Biography

Growing up in Hobart as a keen angler and nature enthusiast, Scott has established an international research profile from his own backyard in Tasmania. Scott completed his undergraduate degree, honours degree, PhD and 4 post-doc appointments at the University of Tasmania before his recent appointment as an ongoing senior lecturer with IMAS. First noticing 'out-of-range' warm-water reef species at Bicheno in the early 1990s, Scott’s research on cascading impacts of climate change within his Tasmanian backyard is highly cited globally - his PhD papers alone have been cited over 1,250 times. Scott’s marine biology experience now includes >2,500 research dives focussed on conducting reef surveys and experiments in temperate bioregions of southeast Australia, but with increasing coverage of reef systems across sub-tropical and tropical realms. Scott’s approach to research and teaching in marine ecology is one founded on a strong understanding of natural history in combination with critical field/ laboratory experiments. Scott has published 45 research articles plus 23 scientific reports and has won a range of research grants totalling $1.5M. In 2013 Scott was named the Tasmanian Young Tall Poppy for his research and community outreach initiatives which has included over 50 media interviews and 100 talks. Scott’s research has been instrumental in leading to real in-water management solutions to a growing number of challenges for reef-based industries and coastal communities during times of rapid change.

Career summary

Qualifications

PhD

Climate change and a range-extending sea urchin: catastrophic-shifts and resilience in a temperate reef ecosystem

University of Tasmania

Australia

8/08/2009

Grad. Dip.

Marine Science

University of Tasmania

Australia

8/08/2009

BSc (1st Class Hons)

The effect of anthropogenic structures on reproductive output of the northern Pacific seastar Asterias amurensis in the Derwent River estuary

University of Tasmania

Australia

12/12/2000

BSc

Marine, Freshwater and Antarctic Biology

University of Tasmania

Australia

15/12/1998

Memberships

Professional practice

Reef Life Survey life-time member, Australian Temperate Reef Collaboration, NESP Marine Biodiversity Hub, Hidden Deserts citizen science project, , University Connections Program, Centrostephanus forum member, Redmap verifying scientist, Ecological Society of America, Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography, Australian Marine Sciences Association.

Teaching

Marine Biology, Marine Ecology, Reef Ecology, Introduction to Marine Science, Introduction to Oceanography.

Teaching expertise

KSM101 A Primer of Marine and Antarctic Scienc

XAS101 A Practical Introduction to Temperate Marine Biology

KSM102 Introduction to Marine and Antarctic Science.

Teaching responsibility

https://www.utas.edu.au/courses/cse/units/xas101-a-practical-introduction-to-temperate-marine-biology

https://www.utas.edu.au/courses/cse/units/ksa101-introduction-to-marine-and-antarctic-science-a

http://www.utas.edu.au/courses/cse/units/ksa102-introduction-to-marine-and-antarctic-science-b

Research Invitations

  • 2019    Speaker, Centrostephanus forum, Hobart, Tasmania.
  • 2019    Speaker, Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies, JCU, Queensland.
  • 2018    Speaker The Smithsonian Institution, Carrie Bow Cay, Belize.
  • 2018    Keynote, Centrostephanus forum, Hobart, Tasmania.
  • 2017    Workshop, National Climate Change Adaptation Research Plan, Canberra, ACT.
  • 2017    Workshop, Australian Temperate Reef Collaboration/ Reef Life Survey / AIMS, Tasmania.
  • 2016    Workshop, Species on the Move, Hobart, Tasmania.
  • 2015    Workshop, Novel regime-shifts workshop, Marine & Human Systems, IMBIZO IV, Italy.
  • 2015    Keynote, Marine & Human Systems, IMBIZO IV, Trieste, Italy.
  • 2014    Speaker, Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies, JCU, Queensland.

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Expertise

Dr Ling’s research is founded on a strong understanding of natural history in combination with using rigorous field-based sampling, critical experimental tests and modelling to determine the key mechanisms underpinning reef ecosystem dynamics. His research opportunities as an experimental marine ecologist includes working across the major marine bioregions of Australia and at growing number of locations overseas. His opportunities as a student and professional researcher at UTAS/ IMAS /CSIRO/ JCU have given him broad experience in a range of in situ survey and experimental techniques underpinned by >2,500 research dives across cold-temperate to tropical reefs across Australia and overseas. The broad spatial and temporal extent of his natural history knowledge makes him one of a select group of marine ecologists globally with the skills and frequency of observation to detect real and pending change. For his research, Dr Ling uses an expansive range of quantitative skills and techniques to design, collect, analyse and interpret an array of biotic and abiotic datasets towards understand reef ecosystem collapse and recovery.

Current projects

  • The contribution of human/ herbivore interactions to reef degradation. ARC Discovery Project.
  • Improving prediction of rocky reef ecosystem responses to human impacts. ARC Linkage Project.
  • Decadal re-survey of long-term lobster experimental sites to inform Centrostephanus control. Abalone Industry Reinvestment Fund.
  • Fisheries biology of short-spined sea urchins (Heliocidaris erythrogramma) in Tasmania to support profitable harvest and appropriate management. FRDC Project.

Fields of Research

  • Marine and estuarine ecology (incl. marine ichthyology) (310305)
  • Ecological impacts of climate change and ecological adaptation (410102)
  • Community ecology (excl. invasive species ecology) (310302)
  • Fisheries management (300505)
  • Biosecurity science and invasive species ecology (410202)
  • Ecosystem function (410203)
  • Physical oceanography (370803)
  • Behavioural ecology (310301)
  • Pollution and contamination (410599)
  • Aquaculture and fisheries stock assessment (300502)
  • Ecological physiology (310303)
  • Fisheries sciences (300599)
  • Conservation and biodiversity (410401)
  • Fish pests and diseases (300503)
  • Other environmental sciences (419999)
  • Aquaculture (300501)
  • Invertebrate biology (310913)
  • Wildlife and habitat management (410407)
  • Climate change processes (370201)
  • Surveying (incl. hydrographic surveying) (401306)
  • Global change biology (319902)
  • Environmental rehabilitation and restoration (410405)
  • Horticultural crop growth and development (300802)
  • Traditional, complementary and integrative medicine (420899)

Research Objectives

  • Assessment and management of terrestrial ecosystems (180601)
  • Effects of climate change on Australia (excl. social impacts) (190504)
  • Marine biodiversity (180504)
  • Control of pests, diseases and exotic species in marine environments (180503)
  • Ecosystem adaptation to climate change (190102)
  • Control of pests, diseases and exotic species in coastal and estuarine environments (180204)
  • Fisheries - wild caught (100399)
  • Rehabilitation or conservation of coastal or estuarine environments (180206)
  • Climate variability (excl. social impacts) (190502)
  • Assessment and management of Antarctic and Southern Ocean ecosystems (180403)
  • Assessment and management of benthic marine ecosystems (180501)
  • Climate change adaptation measures (excl. ecosystem) (190101)
  • Coastal or estuarine biodiversity (180203)
  • Terrestrial biodiversity (180606)
  • Expanding knowledge in the environmental sciences (280111)
  • Marine systems and management (180599)
  • Fisheries - recreational freshwater (100301)
  • Fisheries - aquaculture (100299)
  • Oceanic processes (excl. in the Antarctic and Southern Ocean) (180506)
  • Rehabilitation or conservation of marine environments (180507)
  • Nutraceuticals and functional foods (241308)
  • Wine grapes (260608)

Publications

Dr Ling’s research focuses on how and why productive reef ecosystems collapse into impoverished low-value systems that can be difficult to reverse. He seeks to identify critical tipping-points and early-warning signs for reefs exposed to increasing, but ostensibly manageable, human stressors including overfishing, invasive species and urbanisation in combination with climate change. He has generated 45 peer-reviewed articles (17 as 1st author), in addition to 2 invited book chapters, and 23 technical reports on these topics. His published research includes a range of pivotal and highly cited articles examining mechanisms of ecosystem collapse.

Resilience and collapse of productive temperate reef ecosystem

Dr Ling’s ongoing research contributions on reef ecosystem collapse in eastern Tasmania as driven by climate change and overfishing received the highest rating by the ARC Engagement and Impact assessment in 2018 (The Long-Spined Urchin Problem: an Integrated Approach to Preserving Tasmania’s Rocky Reefs, https://dataportal.arc.gov.au/). This body of research initiated active rebuilding of predatory lobster stocks and urchin culling/subsidised harvesting by government to increase ecological resilience and safeguard reef- dependent fisheries from overgrazing collapse of kelp beds. Dr Ling’s research is helping to champion a transition towards true Ecosystem Based Fisheries Management for Tasmanian reef-based fisheries.

National contributions to understanding climate change impacts and strategies for adaptation

Dr Ling’s expertise in the areas of climate change and impacts of fishing on marine ecosystems is recognised nationally with invited contributions to the 2012 CSIRO Marine Climate Change Report Card; the CSIRO Ecological Risk Assessment for the Effects of Fishing project; plus multiple review articles examining broadscale impacts of climate change across Australian temperate reefs and adaptation strategies of Australia to climate change.

Global reef patterns and processes

Extending his ground-breaking work on Tasmanian reef collapse, in 2015 Dr Ling led an international research team to demonstrate, for the first time, a globally-coherent pattern of catastrophic phase-shift for natural systems, as universally caused by sea urchin overgrazing of kelp beds. This research included 20 scientists (16 international) in synthesising and identifying global dynamics of collapse for reef ecosystems.

Total publications

137

Highlighted publications

(11 outputs)
YearTypeCitationAltmetrics
2017Journal ArticleLing SD, Sinclair M, Levi CJ, Reeves SE, Edgar GJ, 'Ubiquity of microplastics in coastal seafloor sediments', Marine Pollution Bulletin, 121, (1-2) pp. 104-110. ISSN 0025-326X (2017) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.marpolbul.2017.05.038 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 76Web of Science - 68

Co-authors: Sinclair M; Levi CJ; Reeves SE; Edgar GJ

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2016Journal ArticleKriegisch N, Reeves S, Johnson CR, Ling SD, 'Phase-shift dynamics of sea urchin overgrazing on nutrified reefs', PLoS One, 11, (12) Article e0168333. ISSN 1932-6203 (2016) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0168333 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 21Web of Science - 21

Co-authors: Kriegisch N; Reeves S; Johnson CR

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2016Journal ArticleKrumhansl KA, Okamoto DK, Rassweiler A, Novak M, Bolton JJ, et al., 'Global patterns of kelp forest change over the past half-century', National Academy of Sciences of The United States of America. Proceedings, 113, (48) pp. 13785-13790. ISSN 0027-8424 (2016) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1606102113 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 276Web of Science - 272

Co-authors: Johnson CR; Barrett NS; Edgar GJ

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2015Journal ArticleLing SD, Scheibling RE, Rassweiler A, Johnson CR, Shears N, et al., 'Global regime shift dynamics of catastrophic sea urchin overgrazing', Royal Society of London. Philosophical Transactions. Biological Sciences, 370, (1659) Article 20130269. ISSN 0962-8436 (2015) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1098/rstb.2013.0269 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 86Web of Science - 264

Co-authors: Johnson CR

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2012Conference PublicationLing SD, '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, 14-18 November 2012, Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain, pp. 10. (2012) [Plenary Presentation]

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2012Journal ArticleLing SD, Johnson CR, 'Marine reserves reduce risk of climate-driven phase shift by reinstating size- and habitat-specific trophic interactions', Ecological Applications, 22, (4) pp. 1232-1245. ISSN 1051-0761 (2012) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1890/11-1587.1 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 71Web of Science - 68

Co-authors: Johnson CR

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2012Journal ArticleLing SD, Johnson CR, Mundy CN, Morris A, Ross DJ, 'Hotspots of exotic free-spawning sex: man-made environment facilitates success of an invasive seastar', Journal of Applied Ecology, 49, (3) pp. 733-741. ISSN 0021-8901 (2012) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2664.2012.02133.x [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 17Web of Science - 15

Co-authors: Johnson CR; Mundy CN; Ross DJ

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2009Journal ArticleLing SD, Johnson CR, Frusher SD, Ridgway KR, 'Overfishing reduces resilience of kelp beds to climate-driven catastrophic phase shift', National Academy of Sciences of The United States of America. Proceedings, 106, (52) pp. 22341-22345. ISSN 0027-8424 (2009) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1073/pnas.0907529106 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 361Web of Science - 357

Co-authors: Johnson CR; Frusher SD

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2009Journal ArticleLing SD, Johnson CR, Ridgway K, Hobday AJ, Haddon M, 'Climate-driven range extension of a sea urchin: inferring future trends by analysis of recent population dynamics', Global Change Biology, 15, (3) pp. 719-731. ISSN 1354-1013 (2009) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2486.2008.01734.x [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 242Web of Science - 247

Co-authors: Johnson CR; Haddon M

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2008Journal ArticleLing SD, 'Range expansion of a habitat-modifying species leads to loss of taxonomic diversity: a new and impoverished reef state', Oecologia, 156, (4) pp. 883-894. ISSN 0029-8549 (2008) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1007/s00442-008-1043-9 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 255Web of Science - 255

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2008Journal ArticleLing SD, Johnson CR, Frusher SD, King CK, 'Reproductive potential of a marine ecosystem engineer at the edge of a newly expanded range', Global Change Biology, 14, (4) pp. 907-915. ISSN 1354-1013 (2008) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2486.2008.01543.x [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 92Web of Science - 98

Co-authors: Johnson CR; Frusher SD

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Journal Article

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YearCitationAltmetrics
2021Fraser KM, Stuart-Smith RD, Ling SD, Edgar GJ, 'High biomass and productivity of epifaunal invertebrates living amongst dead coral', Marine Biology, 168 Article 102. ISSN 0025-3162 (2021) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1007/s00227-021-03911-1 [eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Fraser KM; Stuart-Smith RD; Edgar GJ

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2021Kelly R, Evans K, Alexander K, Bettiol S, Corney S, et al., 'Connecting to the oceans: supporting ocean literacy and public engagement', Reviews in Fish Biology and Fisheries pp. 1-21. ISSN 0960-3166 (2021) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1007/s11160-020-09625-9 [eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Kelly R; Alexander K; Bettiol S; Corney S; Cullen-Knox C; Cvitanovic C; de Salas K; Emad GR; Garcia C; MacLeod C; Meyer A; Murunga M; Nash KL; Norris K; Oellermann M; Scott J; Wood G; Pecl GT

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2021Melbourne-Thomas J, Audzijonyte A, Brasier MJ, Cresswell KA, Fogarty HE, et al., 'Poleward bound: adapting to climate-driven species redistribution', Reviews in Fish Biology and Fisheries ISSN 0960-3166 (2021) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1007/s11160-021-09641-3 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 2

Co-authors: Melbourne-Thomas J; Audzijonyte A; Brasier MJ; Cresswell KA; Fogarty HE; Haward M; Hobday AJ; Hunt HL; McCormack PC; Trebilco R; Van Putten I; Villanueva C; Watson RA; Pecl GT

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2020Cowan Z-L, Ling SD, Caballes CF, Dworjanyn SA, Pratchett MS, 'Crown-of-thorns starfish larvae are vulnerable to predation even in the presence of alternative prey', Coral Reefs, 39 pp. 293-303. ISSN 0722-4028 (2020) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1007/s00338-019-01890-w [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 5Web of Science - 5

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2020Denis-Roy L, Ling SD, Fraser KM, Edgar GJ, 'Relationships between invertebrate benthos, environmental drivers and pollutants at a subcontinental scale', Marine Pollution Bulletin, 157 Article 111316. ISSN 0025-326X (2020) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.marpolbul.2020.111316 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 1Web of Science - 2

Co-authors: Fraser KM; Edgar GJ

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2020Edgar GJ, Cooper A, Baker SC, Barker W, Barrett NS, et al., 'Reef Life Survey: establishing the ecological basis for conservation of shallow marine life', Biological Conservation, 252 Article 108855. ISSN 0006-3207 (2020) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.biocon.2020.108855 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 11Web of Science - 9

Co-authors: Edgar GJ; Cooper A; Baker SC; Barrett NS; Clausius E; Oh E; Shields J; Soler GA; Stuart-Smith J; Stuart-Smith RD

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2020Fraser KM, Lefcheck JS, Ling SD, Mellin C, Stuart-Smith RD, et al., 'Production of mobile invertebrate communities on shallow reefs from temperate to tropical seas', Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 287, (1941) Article 20201798. ISSN 0962-8452 (2020) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2020.1798 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Web of Science - 2

Co-authors: Fraser KM; Mellin C; Stuart-Smith RD; Edgar GJ

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2020Fraser KM, Stuart-Smith RD, Ling SD, Edgar GJ, 'Small invertebrate consumers produce consistent size spectra across reef habitats and climatic zones', Oikos, 130, (1) pp. 156-170. ISSN 0030-1299 (2020) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/oik.07652 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 3Web of Science - 2

Co-authors: Fraser KM; Stuart-Smith RD; Edgar GJ

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2020Fraser KM, Stuart-Smith RD, Ling SD, Heather FJ, Edgar GJ, 'Taxonomic composition of mobile epifaunal invertebrate assemblages on diverse benthic microhabitats from temperate to tropical reefs', Marine Ecology - Progress Series, 640 pp. 31-43. ISSN 0171-8630 (2020) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.3354/meps13295 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 6Web of Science - 6

Co-authors: Fraser KM; Stuart-Smith RD; Heather FJ; Edgar GJ

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2020Ling SD, Cornwall CE, Tilbrook B, Hurd CL, 'Remnant kelp bed refugia and future phase-shifts under ocean acidification', PLoS ONE, 15, (10) Article e0239136. ISSN 1932-6203 (2020) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0239136 [eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Cornwall CE; Tilbrook B; Hurd CL

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2020Ling SD, Cowan Z-L, Boada J, Flukes EB, Pratchett MS, 'Homing behaviour by destructive crown-of-thorns starfish is triggered by local availability of coral prey', Proceedings of the Royal Society of London. Biological Sciences, 287, (1938) Article 20201341. ISSN 0962-8452 (2020) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2020.1341 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 3Web of Science - 2

Co-authors: Flukes EB

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2020Ling SD, Reeves SE, Kriegisch N, 'Octocoral barrier to grazing sea urchins allows macroalgal recovery on barrens ground', Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology, 524 Article 151292. ISSN 0022-0981 (2020) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.jembe.2019.151292 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 2Web of Science - 2

Co-authors: Reeves SE; Kriegisch N

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2019Donelson JM, Sunday JM, Figueira WF, Gaitan-Espitia JD, Hobday AJ, et al., 'Understanding interactions between plasticity, adaptation and range shifts in response to marine environmental change', Royal Society of London. Philosophical Transactions. Biological Sciences, 374, (1768) Article 20180186. ISSN 0962-8436 (2019) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1098/rstb.2018.0186 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 55Web of Science - 57

Co-authors: Johnson CR; Leis JM; Pecl G

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2019Kriegisch N, Reeves SE, Flukes EB, Johnson CR, Ling SD, 'Drift-kelp suppresses foraging movement of overgrazing sea urchins', Oecologia, 190, (3) pp. 665-677. ISSN 0029-8549 (2019) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1007/s00442-019-04445-6 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 10Web of Science - 10

Co-authors: Kriegisch N; Reeves SE; Flukes EB; Johnson CR

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2019Kriegisch N, Reeves SE, Johnson CR, Ling SD, 'Top-down sea urchin overgrazing overwhelms bottom-up stimulation of kelp beds despite sediment enhancement', Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology, 514-515 pp. 48-58. ISSN 0022-0981 (2019) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.jembe.2019.03.012 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 11Web of Science - 11

Co-authors: Kriegisch N; Reeves SE; Johnson CR

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2019Kriegisch N, Reeves SE, Johnson CR, Ling SD, 'Sea urchin control of macroalgal communities across a productivity gradient', Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology, 527 Article 151248. ISSN 0022-0981 (2019) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.jembe.2019.151248 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Web of Science - 1

Co-authors: Kriegisch N; Reeves SE; Johnson CR

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2019Ling SD, Kriegisch N, Woolley BK, Reeves SE, 'Density-dependent feedbacks, hysteresis, and demography of overgrazing sea urchins', Ecology, 100, (2) Article e02577. ISSN 0012-9658 (2019) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1002/ecy.2577 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 20Web of Science - 20

Co-authors: Kriegisch N; Woolley BK; Reeves SE

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2019Williams SE, Hobday AJ, Falconi L, Hero J-M, Holbrook NJ, et al., 'Research priorities for natural ecosystems in a changing global climate', Global Change Biology, 26, (2) pp. 410-416. ISSN 1354-1013 (2019) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/gcb.14856 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 5Web of Science - 13

Co-authors: Holbrook NJ

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2019van Putten I, Boschetti F, Ling S, Richards SA, 'Perceptions of system-identity and regime shift for marine ecosystems', ICES Journal of Marine Science, 76, (6) pp. 1736-1747. ISSN 1054-3139 (2019) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1093/icesjms/fsz058 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 3Web of Science - 32

Co-authors: van Putten I; Richards SA

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2018Ling SD, Barrett NS, Edgar GJ, 'Facilitation of Australia's southernmost reef-building coral by sea urchin herbivory', Coral Reefs, 37, (4) pp. 1053-1073. ISSN 0722-4028 (2018) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1007/s00338-018-1728-4 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 15Web of Science - 24

Co-authors: Barrett NS; Edgar GJ

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2018Ling SD, Davey A, Reeves SE, Gaylard S, Davies PL, et al., 'Pollution signature for temperate reef biodiversity is short and simple', Marine Pollution Bulletin, 130 pp. 159-169. ISSN 0025-326X (2018) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.marpolbul.2018.02.053 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 11Web of Science - 11

Co-authors: Davey A; Reeves SE; Stuart-Smith RD; Edgar GJ

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2018Ling SD, Hobday AJ, 'National research planning accelerates relevance and immediacy of climate-adaptation science', Marine and Freshwater Research, 70, (1) pp. 62-70. ISSN 1323-1650 (2018) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1071/MF17330 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 7Web of Science - 3

Co-authors: Hobday AJ

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2018Oliver ECJ, Lago V, Hobday AJ, Holbrook NJ, Ling SD, et al., 'Marine heatwaves off eastern Tasmania: trends, interannual variability, and predictability', Progress in Oceanography, 161 pp. 116-130. ISSN 0079-6611 (2018) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.pocean.2018.02.007 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 32Web of Science - 31

Co-authors: Oliver ECJ; Lago V; Holbrook NJ; Mundy CN

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2018Reeves SE, Kriegisch N, Johnson CR, Ling SD, 'Reduced resistance to sediment-trapping turfs with decline of native kelp and establishment of an exotic kelp', Oecologia, 188, (4) pp. 1239-1251. ISSN 0029-8549 (2018) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1007/s00442-018-4275-3 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 17Web of Science - 17

Co-authors: Reeves SE; Kriegisch N; Johnson CR

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2018Rodriguez-Barreras R, Montanez-Acuna A, Otano-Cruz A, Ling SD, 'Apparent stability of a low-density Diadema antillarum regime for Puerto Rican coral reefs', ICES Journal of Marine Science, 75, (6) pp. 2193-2201. ISSN 1054-3139 (2018) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1093/icesjms/fsy093 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 5Web of Science - 70

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2017Cowan Z-L, Ling SD, Dworjanyn SA, Caballes CF, Pratchett MS, 'Interspecific variation in potential importance of planktivorous damselfishes as predators of Acanthaster sp. eggs', Coral Reefs, 36, (2) pp. 653-661. ISSN 0722-4028 (2017) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1007/s00338-017-1556-y [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 7Web of Science - 7

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2017Cowan Z-L, Pratchett M, Messmer V, Ling S, 'Known predators of crown-of-thorns starfish (Acanthaster spp.) and their role in mitigating, if not preventing, population outbreaks', Diversity, 9, (1) Article 7. ISSN 1424-2818 (2017) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.3390/d9010007 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 34Web of Science - 32

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2017Ling SD, Sinclair M, Levi CJ, Reeves SE, Edgar GJ, 'Ubiquity of microplastics in coastal seafloor sediments', Marine Pollution Bulletin, 121, (1-2) pp. 104-110. ISSN 0025-326X (2017) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.marpolbul.2017.05.038 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 76Web of Science - 68

Co-authors: Sinclair M; Levi CJ; Reeves SE; Edgar GJ

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2017Pratchett MS, Cowan Z-L, Nadler LE, Caballes CF, Hoey AS, et al., 'Body size and substrate type modulate movement by the western Pacific crown-of-thorns starfish, Acanthaster solaris', PLoS One, 12, (9) Article e0180805. ISSN 1932-6203 (2017) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0180805 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 6Web of Science - 5

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2017Stuart-Smith RD, Edgar GJ, Barrett NS, Bates AE, Baker SC, et al., 'Assessing national biodiversity trends for rocky and coral reefs through the integration of citizen science and scientific monitoring programs', Bioscience, 67, (2) pp. 134-146. ISSN 0006-3568 (2017) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1093/biosci/biw180 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 42Web of Science - 44

Co-authors: Stuart-Smith RD; Edgar GJ; Barrett NS; Baker SC; Bax NJ; Berkhout J; Blanchard JL; Cooper AT; Day PB; Kininmonth S; Strain E

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2016Kriegisch N, Reeves S, Johnson CR, Ling SD, 'Phase-shift dynamics of sea urchin overgrazing on nutrified reefs', PLoS One, 11, (12) Article e0168333. ISSN 1932-6203 (2016) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0168333 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 21Web of Science - 21

Co-authors: Kriegisch N; Reeves S; Johnson CR

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2016Krumhansl KA, Okamoto DK, Rassweiler A, Novak M, Bolton JJ, et al., 'Global patterns of kelp forest change over the past half-century', National Academy of Sciences of The United States of America. Proceedings, 113, (48) pp. 13785-13790. ISSN 0027-8424 (2016) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1606102113 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 276Web of Science - 272

Co-authors: Johnson CR; Barrett NS; Edgar GJ

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2016Ling SD, Mahon I, Marzloff MP, Pizarro O, Johnson CR, et al., 'Stereo-imaging AUV detects trends in sea urchin abundance on deep overgrazed reefs', Limnology and Oceanography: Methods, 14, (5) pp. 293-304. ISSN 0024-3590 (2016) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1002/lom3.10089 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 29Web of Science - 26

Co-authors: Marzloff MP; Johnson CR

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2016Sanderson JC, Ling SD, Dominguez JG, Johnson CR, 'Limited effectiveness of divers to mitigate barrens' formation by culling sea urchins while fishing for abalone', Marine and Freshwater Research, 67, (1) pp. 84-95. ISSN 1323-1650 (2016) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1071/MF14255 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 20Web of Science - 21

Co-authors: Sanderson JC; Dominguez JG; Johnson CR

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2015Conversi A, Dakos V, Gardmark A, Ling S, Folke C, et al., 'A holistic view of marine regime shifts', Royal Society of London. Philosophical Transactions. Biological Sciences, 370, (1659) Article 20130279. ISSN 0962-8436 (2015) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1098/rstb.2013.0279 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 86Web of Science - 71

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2015Ling SD, Scheibling RE, Rassweiler A, Johnson CR, Shears N, et al., 'Global regime shift dynamics of catastrophic sea urchin overgrazing', Royal Society of London. Philosophical Transactions. Biological Sciences, 370, (1659) Article 20130269. ISSN 0962-8436 (2015) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1098/rstb.2013.0269 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 86Web of Science - 264

Co-authors: Johnson CR

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2015Tracey SR, Baulch T, Hartmann K, Ling SD, Lucieer V, et al., 'Systematic culling controls a climate driven, habitat modifying invader', Biological Invasions, 17, (6) pp. 1885-1896. ISSN 1387-3547 (2015) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1007/s10530-015-0845-z [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 21Web of Science - 22

Co-authors: Tracey SR; Baulch T; Hartmann K; Lucieer V; Marzloff MP; Mundy C

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2014Redd KS, Ling SD, Frusher SD, Jarman S, Johnson CR, 'Using molecular prey detection to quantify rock lobster predation on barrens-forming sea urchins', Molecular Ecology, 23, (15) pp. 3849-3869. ISSN 0962-1083 (2014) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/mec.12795 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 15Web of Science - 14

Co-authors: Redd KS; Frusher SD; Johnson CR

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2013Marzloff MP, Johnson CR, Little LR, Soulie JC, Ling SD, et al., 'Sensitivity analysis and pattern-oriented validation of TRITON, a model with alternative community states: insights on temperate rocky reefs dynamics', Ecological Modelling, 258 pp. 16-32. ISSN 0304-3800 (2013) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.ecolmodel.2013.02.022 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 23Web of Science - 26

Co-authors: Marzloff MP; Johnson CR; Frusher SD

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2012Flukes EB, Johnson CR, Ling SD, 'Forming sea urchin barrens from the inside out: an alternative pattern of overgrazing', Marine Ecology Progress Series, 464 pp. 179-194. ISSN 0171-8630 (2012) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.3354/meps09881 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 38Web of Science - 38

Co-authors: Flukes EB; Johnson CR

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2012Ling SD, Johnson CR, 'Marine reserves reduce risk of climate-driven phase shift by reinstating size- and habitat-specific trophic interactions', Ecological Applications, 22, (4) pp. 1232-1245. ISSN 1051-0761 (2012) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1890/11-1587.1 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 71Web of Science - 68

Co-authors: Johnson CR

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2012Ling SD, Johnson CR, Mundy CN, Morris A, Ross DJ, 'Hotspots of exotic free-spawning sex: man-made environment facilitates success of an invasive seastar', Journal of Applied Ecology, 49, (3) pp. 733-741. ISSN 0021-8901 (2012) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2664.2012.02133.x [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 17Web of Science - 15

Co-authors: Johnson CR; Mundy CN; Ross DJ

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2011Hobday AJ, Smith ADM, Stobutzki IC, Bulman C, Daley R, et al., 'Ecological risk assessment for the effects of fishing', Fisheries Research, 108, (2-3) pp. 372-384. ISSN 0165-7836 (2011) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.fishres.2011.01.013 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 322Web of Science - 301

Co-authors: Sainsbury KJ

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2011Johnson CR, Banks SC, Barrett NS, Cazassus F, Dunstan PK, et al., 'Climate change cascades: Shifts in oceanography, species' ranges and subtidal marine community dynamics in eastern Tasmania', Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology, 400, (1-2) pp. 17-32. ISSN 0022-0981 (2011) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.jembe.2011.02.032 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 382Web of Science - 386

Co-authors: Johnson CR; Barrett NS; Cazassus F; Dunstan PK; Edgar GJ; Frusher SD; Gardner C; Helidoniotis F; Holbrook NJ; Melbourne-Thomas J; Miller K; Pecl GT; Ritz DA; Ross DJ; Sanderson JC; Swadling KM

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2011Wernberg T, Russell BD, Moore PJ, Ling SD, Smale DA, et al., 'Impacts of climate change in a global hotspot for temperate marine biodiversity and ocean warming', Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology, 400, (1-2) pp. 7-16. ISSN 0022-0981 (2011) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.jembe.2011.02.021 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 268Web of Science - 255

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2010Banks SC, Ling SD, Johnson CR, Piggott MP, Williamson JE, et al., 'Genetic structure of a recent climate change-driven range extension', Molecular Ecology, 19, (10) pp. 2011-2024. ISSN 0962-1083 (2010) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-294X.2010.04627.x [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 60Web of Science - 60

Co-authors: Johnson CR

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2010Ling SD, Ibbott S, Sanderson JC, 'Recovery of canopy-forming macroalgae following removal of the enigmatic grazing sea urchin Heliocidaris erythrogramma', Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology, 395, (1-2) pp. 135-146. ISSN 0022-0981 (2010) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.jembe.2010.08.027 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 51Web of Science - 51

Co-authors: Sanderson JC

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2009Ling SD, Johnson CR, 'Population dynamics of an ecologically important range-extender: kelp beds versus sea urchin barrens', Marine Ecology - Progress Series, 374, (January) pp. 113-125. ISSN 0171-8630 (2009) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.3354/meps07729 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 70Web of Science - 72

Co-authors: Johnson CR

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2009Ling SD, Johnson CR, Frusher SD, Ridgway KR, 'Overfishing reduces resilience of kelp beds to climate-driven catastrophic phase shift', National Academy of Sciences of The United States of America. Proceedings, 106, (52) pp. 22341-22345. ISSN 0027-8424 (2009) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1073/pnas.0907529106 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 361Web of Science - 357

Co-authors: Johnson CR; Frusher SD

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2009Ling SD, Johnson CR, Ridgway K, Hobday AJ, Haddon M, 'Climate-driven range extension of a sea urchin: inferring future trends by analysis of recent population dynamics', Global Change Biology, 15, (3) pp. 719-731. ISSN 1354-1013 (2009) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2486.2008.01734.x [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 242Web of Science - 247

Co-authors: Johnson CR; Haddon M

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2008Ling SD, 'Range expansion of a habitat-modifying species leads to loss of taxonomic diversity: a new and impoverished reef state', Oecologia, 156, (4) pp. 883-894. ISSN 0029-8549 (2008) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1007/s00442-008-1043-9 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 255Web of Science - 255

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2008Ling SD, Johnson CR, Frusher SD, King CK, 'Reproductive potential of a marine ecosystem engineer at the edge of a newly expanded range', Global Change Biology, 14, (4) pp. 907-915. ISSN 1354-1013 (2008) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2486.2008.01543.x [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 92Web of Science - 98

Co-authors: Johnson CR; Frusher SD

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Chapter in Book

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YearCitationAltmetrics
2013Ling SD, '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, Universidad de la Laguna, JM Fernandex-Palacios, L de Nascimento, JC Hernandez, S Clemente, A Gonzalez & JP Diaz-Gonzalez (ed), Spain, pp. 411-442. ISBN 978-84-15910-54-1 (2013) [Research Book Chapter]

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2012Wernberg T, Smale DA, Verges A, Campbell AH, Russell BD, et al., 'Macroalgae and temperate rocky reefs', Marine Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation Report Card for Australia 2012, CSIRO Climate Adaptation Flagship 2012, ES Poloczanska, AJ Hobday and AJ Richardson (ed), Hobart, pp. 187-208. ISBN 978-0-643-10928-5 (2012) [Research Book Chapter]

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Conference Publication

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2018Keane JP, Ling SD, 'Range extension of the long spined sea urchin - Centrostephanus rodgersii', SE Australia MCIA symposium abstracts, 20-21 February, CSIRO, Hobart (2018) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Keane JP

2017Keane JP, Mundy CN, Johnson OJ, Ling SD, 'Can commercial harvest of the long-spined sea urchin, Centrostephanus rodgersii, reduce the impact of destructive urchin grazing on macroalgae communities and associated fisheries?', Australian Society of FIsheries Biology Program, 22-24 July 2017, Albany, WA, pp. 60. (2017) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Keane JP; Mundy CN; Johnson OJ

2016Byrnes JEK, Krumhansl KA, Okamoto D, Rassweiler A, Novak M, et al., 'Linking global patterns of kelp forest change and variation in climate over the past half-century', Proceedings of the 11th International Temperate Reefs Symposium, 26-30 June 2016, Pisa, Italy (2016) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Johnson CR; Barrett N; Edgar G

2016Ling S, 'Climate change, ecological overfishing and regime shift to a highly novel alternative stable state', IMBER IMBIZO IV, 26-30 October 2015, Trieste, Italy (2016) [Plenary Presentation]

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2016Ling S, 'Exceeding the tipping point of range-extension meltdown', Species on the Move: Detection, Impacts, Prediction, & Adaptation, 9-12 February 2016, Hobart. Tasmania (2016) [Conference Extract]

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2016Ling SD, 'Keynote address for the Regime Shifts' workshop', IMBER IMBIZO IV, 26-30 October 2015, Trieste, Italy (2016) [Keynote Presentation]

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2015Kriegisch N, Ling S, Reeves S, Swearer S, Johnson C, 'Drift-kelp suppresses sea urchin appetite for destruction', Australian Marine Sciences Association 2015 Conference, 6-9 July 2015, Geelong, Victoria (2015) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Kriegisch N; Reeves S; Johnson C

2015Kriegisch N, Reeves S, Johnson C, Ling SD, 'Drift-kelp suppresses sea urchin appetite for destruction', Aquatic Biodiversity & Ecosystems: Evolution, Interactions & Global Change, 30 August - 04 September 2015, Liverpool, England (2015) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Kriegisch N; Reeves S; Johnson C

2015Reeves S, Ling S, Kriegisch N, Johnson C, 'Mechanisms of kelp bed resilience and recovery on urbanised coasts', Australian Marine Sciences Association 2015 Conference, 6-9 July 2015, Geelong, Victoria (2015) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Reeves S; Kriegisch N; Johnson C

2015Reeves S, Ling S, Kriegisch N, Johnson C, 'Mechanisms of kelp bed resilience and recovery on urbanised coasts', SER 2015 World Conference on Ecological Restoration, 23-27 August 2015, Manchester, UK (2015) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Reeves S; Kriegisch N; Johnson C

2015Reeves SE, Kriegisch N, Ling SD, Swearer S, Johnson CR, 'Collapse of kelp beds to turf-dominance is mediated by urchin overgrazing not water quality alone', Aquatic Biodiversity & Ecosystems: Evolution, Interactions & Global Change, 30 August - 04 September 2015, Liverpool, England (2015) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Reeves SE; Kriegisch N; Johnson CR

2014Johnson CR, Marzloff M, Ling S, Sanderson C, Hartmann K, et al., 'Managing the risk of sea urchin barrens in eastern Tasmania', 10th International Temperate Reefs Symposium 2014, 12-17 January 2014, Perth, Australia (2014) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Johnson CR; Marzloff M; Sanderson C; Hartmann K; Gardner C; Tracey S; Oliver E

2014Johnson CR, Novak M, Salomon A, Britton D, Byrnes J, et al., 'Phase shifts and stressor-driven dynamics in kelp beds', 10th International Temperate Reefs Symposium 2014, 12-17 January 2014, Perth, Australia (2014) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Johnson CR; Cresswell A; Marzloff MP; Wotherspoon SJ

2014Ling SD, Scheibling RE, Rassweiler A, Johnson CR, Shears N, et al., 'Global phase-shift dynamics of catastrophic sea urchin overgrazing', 10th International Temperate Reefs Symposium 2014, 12-17 January 2014, Perth, Australia (2014) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Johnson CR

2013Johnson CR, Ling SD, Strain EMA, 'Is 'barrens' habitat good for sea urchins?', Echinoderms in a Changing World: Proceedings of the 13th International Echinoderm Conference, 5-9 January 2009, Hobart, Australia, pp. 254. ISBN 9781138000100 (2013) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Johnson CR; Strain EMA

2013Ling SD, Johnson CR, 'Native spider crab causes high incidence of sub-lethal injury to the introduced seastar Asterias amurensis', Proceedings of the 13th International Echinoderm Conference, 5-9 January 2009, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia, pp. 195-201. (2013) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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2013Ling SD, Johnson CR, Mundy CN, Morris A, Ross DJ, 'Human-facilitated reproductive hotspots of an introduced seastar', Echinoderms in a Changing World: Proceedings of the 13th International Echinoderm Conference, 5-9 January 2009, Hobart, Australia, pp. 259. ISBN 9781138000100 (2013) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Johnson CR; Mundy CN; Ross DJ

2013Ling SD, Johnson CR, Ridgway K, Hobday AJ, Haddon M, 'Climate-driven range extension of a sea urchin leads to a new and impoverished reef state', Echinoderms in a Changing World: Proceedings of the 13th International Echinoderm Conference, 5-9 January 2009, Hobart, Australia, pp. 259. ISBN 9781138000100 (2013) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Johnson CR; Hobday AJ; Haddon M

2013Pederson HG, Johnson CR, Ling SD, Sanderson C, 'Integrating electronic technologies in ecological field studies: assessing movement, habitat use, and behaviour of lobsters as key predators of sea urchins in eastern Tasmania', Echinoderms in a Changing World: Proceedings of the 13th International Echinoderm Conference, 5-9 January 2009, Hobart, Australia, pp. 269. ISBN 9781138000100 (2013) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Pederson HG; Johnson CR; Sanderson C

2012Ling SD, '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, 14-18 November 2012, Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain, pp. 10. (2012) [Plenary Presentation]

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2012Ling SD, 'Increasing resilience against climate driven changes', Public Symposium and Panel Discussion: Showcasing the latest science in Marine Protected Areas, 3 July 2012, Wrestpoint, Sandy Bay, Tasmania, pp. 1. (2012) [Keynote Presentation]

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2012Ling SD, '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, 12-17 November 2012, Canary Islands, Spain (2012) [Conference Extract]

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2012Ling SD, Johnson CR, Pederson H, Sanderson C, 'MPAs increase resilience against climate-driven phase shift: prevention is far better than cure', Australian Marine Sciences Association Conference 2012, 1-5 July 2012, Hobart, Tasmania (2012) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Johnson CR; Sanderson C

2012Ling SD, Johnson CR, Pederson HG, Sanderson C, Dominguez JG, et al., 'Understanding reef resilience: prevention is far better than cure', Climate Adaptation in Action 2012, 26-28 June 2012, Melbourne, Australia (2012) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Johnson CR; Pederson HG; Sanderson C; Melbourne-Thomas James; Flukes EB

2011Ling SD, Johnson CR, Pederson HG, Sanderson C, William SB, et al., 'Pursuing predator-driven habitat recovery on a warming coast', 9th International Temperate Reef Symposium, 27 June - 1 July 2011, Plymouth, United Kingdom (2011) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Johnson CR; Pederson HG; Sanderson C

2011Ling SD, Johnson CR, Pederson HG, Sanderson JC, Dominguez J, et al., 'Reverse-fishing to reduce the resilience of an undesirable climate-driven stable state', Australian National Network in Marine Science, 29 November - 1 December 2011, Perth, Australia (2011) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Johnson CR; Pederson HG; Sanderson JC; Flukes EB

2011Marzloff MP, Johnson CR, Little LR, Frusher SD, Ling SD, et al., 'A management support framework for subtidal rocky-reef communities on the east coast of Tasmania', MODSIM2011, 19th International Congress on Modelling and Simulation, 12-16 December 2011, Perth, Australia, pp. 2142-2148. ISBN 978 0 9872143 1 7 (2011) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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Co-authors: Marzloff MP; Johnson CR; Frusher SD

2010Williams SB, Pizarro O, Jakuba MV, Mahon I, Ling SD, et al., 'Repeated AUV surveying of urchin barrens in North Eastern Tasmania', Robotics and Automation (ICRA), 2010 IEEE International Conference on Robotics & Automation, 3-8 May 2010, Anchorage, Alaska, USA, pp. 293-299. ISBN 978-1-4244-5038-1 (2010) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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Citations: Scopus - 21Web of Science - 20

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2009Ling SD, Johnson CR, Ridgway K, Frusher SD, Hobday AJ, et al., 'Climate-driven range extension of a sea urchin: altered dynamics of a rapidly warming temperate reef system', 8th International Temperate Reef Symposium, 12-16 January 2009, Adelaide, Australia (2009) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Johnson CR; Frusher SD; Hobday AJ; Haddon M

2007Frusher SD, Gardner C, Ling SD, Johnson CN, Ridgeway K, 'Is climate change impacting on lobster stocks in Tasmania?', Programme & Abstracts: 8th International Conference and Workshop on Lobster Biology and Management, 23-28 September 2007, Charlottetown, Canada, pp. 43. (2007) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Frusher SD; Gardner C; Johnson CN

2007Ling SD, Johnson CR, 'Overfishing reduces resilience of temperate reef ecosystems against climate change catastrophe', 45th Annual Conference for the Australian Marine Sciences Association, 9-13 July 2007, Melbourne, Australia (2007) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Johnson CR

2006Ling SD, 'Climate change, overfishing and recent phase shift in a temperate reef ecosystem', 7th International Temperate Reef Symposium, 26 June - 1 July 2006, California, USA (2006) [Conference Extract]

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2006Ling SD, Johnson CR, Frusher SD, 'Climate change, overfishing and recent phase shift in a temperate reef ecosystem', Australian Society for Fish Biology 2006 Conference, 28 August - 1 September, Hobart, Australia (2006) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Johnson CR; Frusher SD

2006Ling SD, Johnson CR, Frusher SD, 'Overfishing reduces macroalgal bed resilience against grazing by the range expanding sea urchin Centrostephanus rodgersii', 12th International Echinoderms Conference, 7-11 August 2006, Durham, USA (2006) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Johnson CR; Frusher SD

Contract Report, Consultant's Report

(14 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2013Johnson CR, Ling SD, Sanderson C, Dominguez JGS, Flukes EB, et al., 'Rebuilding ecosystem resilience: assessment of management options to minimise formation of 'barrens' habitat by the long-spined sea urchin (Centrostephanus rodgersii in Tasmania', Fisheries Research and Development Corporation, 2007/045 (2013) [Contract Report]

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Co-authors: Johnson CR; Sanderson C; Dominguez JGS; Flukes EB; Frusher SD; Gardner C; Hartmann K; Marzloff MP; Melbourne-Thomas J; Redd KS

2007Barrett NS, Edgar GJ, Ling SD, 'Baseline surveys of the subtidal reef biota of the Kent Group Marine Nature Reserve 2004-2007', Tasmanian Aquaculture and Fisheries Institute (2007) [Contract Report]

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Co-authors: Barrett NS; Edgar GJ

2006Daley R, Dowdney J, Bulman C, Sporcic M, Fuller M, et al., 'Ecological risk assessment for the effects of fishing: small pelagic fishery - midwater trawl', Australian Fisheries Management Authority, R04/1072 (2006) [Contract Report]

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2006Daley R, Dowdney J, Bulman C, Sporcic M, Fuller M, et al., 'Ecological risk assessment for the effects of fishing: skipjack fishery - purse seine sub-fishery', Australian Fisheries Management Authority, R04/1072 (2006) [Contract Report]

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2006Daley R, Dowdney J, Bulman CM, Sporcic M, Fuller M, et al., 'Ecological risk assessment for the effects of fishing: small pelagic fishery - purse seine', Australian Fisheries Management Authority, 04/1072 (2006) [Contract Report]

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Co-authors: Dowdney J

2006Hobday A, Dowdney J, Bulman C, Sporcic M, Fuller M, et al., 'Ecological risk assessment for the effects of fishing: southern bluefin tuna purse seine sub-fishery', Australian Fisheries Management Authority, R04/1072 (2006) [Contract Report]

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2005Johnson CR, Ling SD, Ross DJ, Shepherd S, Miller KJ, 'Establishment of the Long-Spined Sea Urchin Centrostephanus rodgersii in Tasmania: First Assessment of Potential Threats to Fisheries', Fisheries Research and Development Corporation, FRDC Project No 2005 (2005) [Contract Report]

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Co-authors: Johnson CR; Ross DJ; Miller KJ

2002Hobday A, Hewitt C, Condie S, Cahill M, Mansbridge M, et al., 'Mapping the Australian ballast water uptake and deballasting contingency zones', CSIRO Marine Research, MR-OEEZ 02-06 (2002) [Contract Report]

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2001Edmunds M, Roob R, Ling SD, 'Monitoring of reef biota at Bunurong - marine performance assessment program, survey 3', Department of Natural Resources and Environment, Victoria, 117 (2001) [Contract Report]

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2001Edmunds M, Roob R, Ling SD, 'Monitoring of reef biota at Port Phillip Heads - marine performance assessment program, survey 6', Department of Natural Resources and Environment, Victoria, 119 (2001) [Contract Report]

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2001Edmunds M, Roob R, Ling SD, 'Monitoring of reef biota at Phillip Island - marine performance assessment program, survey 3', Department of Natural Resources and Environment, Victoria, 120 (2001) [Contract Report]

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2001Edmunds M, Roob R, Ling SD, 'Biological assessment of proposals for marine procted areas in the Twofold Shelf bioregion', Department of Natural Resources and Environment, Victoria, 122 (2001) [Contract Report]

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2001Ling SD, Edmunds M, Roob R, 'Victorian marine performance assessment program: status report', Department of Natural Resources and Environment, Victoria (2001) [Contract Report]

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2000Edmunds M, Roob R, Ling SD, 'Monitoring of reef biota at Wilsons Promontory - marine performance assessment program', Department of Natural Resources and Environment, Victoria, 118 (2000) [Contract Report]

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Thesis

(1 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2009Ling SD, 'Climate Change and a Range-extending Sea Urchin: Catastrophic-shifts and Resilience in a Temperate Reef Ecosystem' (2009) [PhD]

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Other Public Output

(34 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2018Barrett N, Edgar G, Oh E, Ling S, Soler G, 'Surveys of the Subtidal Reef Biota of the Cradle Coast 1992-2018', Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies, UTAS, Hobart, Tasmania, October (2018) [Government or Industry Research]

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Co-authors: Barrett N; Edgar G; Oh E; Soler G

2018Ling SD, Keane JP, 'Resurvey of the longspined sea urchin (Centrostephanus rodgersii) and associated barren reef in Tasmania', Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies, University of Tasmania, Hobart, Tasmania, December (2018) [Government or Industry Research]

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2017Keane JP, Ling SD, 'Roe v weed: urchinomics turns pest to gourmet gold', The Australian, 16 January (2017) [Newspaper Article]

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Co-authors: Keane JP

2016Garnham P, James LC, Lea MA, Ling SD, Reeves S, et al., 'Vice-Chancellor's Team Award for Outstanding Contribution to Enhancement for the Student Experience', University of Tasmania, Australia, 22 September (2016) [Award]

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Co-authors: Garnham P; James LC; Lea MA; Reeves S; Talbot SR

2016Hobday A, Ling S, Holbrook N, Caputi N, McDonald Madden E, et al., 'National Climate Change Adaptation Research Plan: Marine Biodiversity - Consultation Draft for review', National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility, Australia, pp. 1-70. (2016) [Government or Industry Research]

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Co-authors: Hobday A; Holbrook N; McDonald J

2016Ling S, 'Barrens-forming urchins', Wildlife Australia, Wildlife Preservation Society of Queensland, Australia, 53, 1 (2016) [Media Interview]

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2016Ling S, 'Marine teens', Tasmania 40° South, Tasmania, 82, pp. 38-43. (2016) [Media Interview]

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2016Ling SD, 'Australien Saga Teil 2 (Australian Saga Part 2)', Terra X Doku, Interscience Film GmbH, Germany (2016) [Media Interview]

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2016Oliver ECJ, Lago V, Holbrook NJ, Ling SD, Mundy CN, et al., 'Eastern Tasmania marine heatwave atlas', Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies, UTAS, Hobart, Tasmania, 29 December (2016) [Report Other]

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Co-authors: Oliver ECJ; Lago V; Holbrook NJ; Mundy CN

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2015Johnson CR, Swearer SE, Ling SD, Reeves S, Kriegisch N, et al., 'The Reef Ecosystem Evaluation Framework: Managing for Resilience in Temperate Environments', Australia, pp. 1-39. (2015) [Government or Industry Research]

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Co-authors: Johnson CR; Reeves S; Kriegisch N

2014Ling S, 'Urchins turn kelp forests into barrens wasteland', Nature World News (2014) [Media Interview]

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2014Ling S, 'East Coast sea urchin march can be halted', http://www.news.com.au, http://www.news.com.au, Australia, 30 November 2014 (2014) [Newspaper Article]

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2014Ling S, 'How to avoid turning kelp forests into barren wastelands', Science World Report, Science World Report, United States, 29 November 2014 (2014) [Media Interview]

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2014Ling SD, 'Climate focus for award-winning young scientists', Tall Poppy Science Award Winners, Australian Institute of Policy and Science, Australia (2014) [Media Interview]

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2014Ling SD, '2013 Tasmanian Tall Poppy Award Winners', Australian Institute of Policy and Science, Australia (2014) [Award]

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2014Ling SD, 'Kelp bed overgrazing by sea urchins', Institute for Marine & Antarctic Studies, Hobart, Tasmania (2014) [Media Interview]

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2014Ling SD, 'Study of overgrazed kelp-beds shows how to avoid ecosystem tipping points'', Ecos, CSIRO, Australia, 8 December 2014 (2014) [Media Interview]

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2014Tracey S, Mundy C, Baulch T, Marzloff M, Hartmann K, et al., 'Trial of an industry implemented, spatially discrete eradication/control program for Centrostephanus rodgersii in Tasmania', Fisheries Research and Development Corporation, Hobart, TAS, 2011/087, pp. 1-71. (2014) [Government or Industry Research]

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Co-authors: Tracey S; Mundy C; Baulch T; Marzloff M; Hartmann K; Tisdell J

2013Ling SD, 'Feature interview for the episode 'Tasmania' of the Foxtel's History Channel's program 'Coast Australia'', Coast Australia, Foxtel, Australia (2013) [Media Interview]

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2012Ling SD, 'Ports host invasive seastar orgies', ABC International Radio, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Australia (2012) [Media Interview]

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2012Ling SD, 'Ports are hotspots for seastar orgies', Phys.org, Omicron Technology Ltd, United Kingdom (2012) [Media Interview]

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2012Ling SD, 'Birth control plan for port pest', ABC News, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Australia (2012) [Media Interview]

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2011Ling SD, 'Alarming discovery in Tasmania: the impact of fisheries in climate change-affected marine ecosystems', Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies QMS Stories, University of Tasmania, Australia (2011) [Media Interview]

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2009Caporne S, Gardner C, Jarman SN, Frusher SD, Johnson CR, et al., 'The Centrostephanus project - update on long-spined sea urchin research', FIshing Today, Tasmanian Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment, Tasmania, Australia, 21, 6 (2009) [Magazine Article]

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Co-authors: Gardner C; Jarman SN; Frusher SD; Johnson CR

2009Johnson CR, Sanderson JC, Ling SD, 'Assessment of management options to minimize formation of 'barrens'habitat by the long-spined sea urchin', Fishing Today, Tasmanian Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment, Tasmania, Australia, 22, 2 (2009) [Magazine Article]

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2009Ling SD, 'Lack of large lobsters lets urchins run wild', The Mercury, News Corp Australia, Tasmania, Australia, 8 December (2009) [Newspaper Article]

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2009Ling SD, 'Climate change taking its toll in Australia', Aljazeera Network, Aljazeera English Television, Qatar, September (2009) [Media Interview]

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2009Ling SD, 'Biting back', ABC National News, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Australia, 4 May (2009) [Media Interview]

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2009Ling SD, Jacques M, 'Subtidal reef monitoring and community awareness project: data report on the long-spined sea urchin', A Tasmanian Government Fishwise Community Grant project, Tasmanian Scuba Diving Club, 69pp (2009) [Report Other]

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2009Ling SD, Jacques M, 'Urchin invasion', ABC News, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Australia, 9 November (2009) [Media Interview]

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2009Ling SD, Johnson CR, 'Sea urchins', Catalyst, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Australia, September (2009) [Media Interview]

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2009Ling SD, Johnson CR, Frusher SD, Ridgway K, 'Climate change, overfishing: together catastrophic for shallow reefs', Conservation Maven, Conservation Maven, Australia (2009) [Magazine Article]

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Co-authors: Johnson CR; Frusher SD

2009Ling SD, Johnson CR, Sanderson J, 'Lobsters to fight urchin overgrazing?', Fishing Today, Tasmanian Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment, Australia, 22, 4, pp. 30-31. (2009) [Magazine Article]

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2006Ling SD, 'ITRS Travel Award', 7th International Temperate Reef Symposium (2006) [Award]

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Grants & Funding

Funding Summary

Number of grants

17

Total funding

$2,438,917

Projects

Facilitating the resilience and restoration of kelp forests (2022 - 2024)$82,000
Description
The overarching aim of this project is to quantify the role of seaweed forests in modifying the physical environment acrossnatural environmental gradients to 1) support the maintenance of taxonomic and functional diversity of Australias unique seaweed flora and 2)facilitate the resilience and restoration of giant kelp forests.
Funding
The Hermon Slade Foundation ($82,000)
Scheme
Grant
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Bennett S; Ling SD
Period
2022 - 2024
CSIRO top up scholarship - Traits of detectability: Towards unbiased density estimates of reef fishes and invertebrates (2021 - 2023)$51,000
Description
This is a CSIRO Indigenous Scholarship top up - $7K per year stipend top up for 3 years, plus $10K project costs per year. This project aims to provide the most detailed analysis worldwide on the extent of biases that potentially affect interpretation of underwater visual census data (including methods used by Reef Life Survey Foundation to assess population trends in Australian Marine Parks), which may lead to the discovery of misrepresented reef communities in historical analyses. This research project further aims to quantify traits of reef species that determine their detectability using Underwater Visual Census methods. Traits-of-detectability will be defined for species and/or higher-level taxonomy (including functional groups), and correction factors applied to account for any underlying biases in the detectability of species using the RLS method. The sensitivity of predicted patterns in biodiversity in space (local, regional and global scales) and time to visual census biases will then be explored. Expected outcomes include improving understanding of biases associated with UVC techniques, and developing correction factors to correct for these biases, this project will enable more robust assessment of the state and trend of reef ecosystems, including through better representation of reef biota in ecosystem models. This, in turn, will support management and climate adaptation strategies.
Funding
CSIRO-Commonwealth Scientific & Industrial Research Organisation ($51,000)
Scheme
Contract Research
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Ling SD; Edgar GJ; Trebilco R; Mellin C; Jones T
Period
2021 - 2023
Comparative effects of ocean warming on kelp-herbivore interactions across Australian temperate reefs (2021)$6,350
Description
Climate change is warming our oceans at an alarming rate, creating an urgent need to understand the response and impacts on marine species and ecosystems globally. To date, the sensitivity of species to warming have primarily relied on experiments from a single location per species or realised thermal distributions to inform estimates of upper thermal limits. These methods overlook the potential for within-species variation in thermal performance and indirect impacts that arise through species interactions such as predation and competition. My PhD seeks to investigate within-species variation in thermal performance of kelp-herbivore interactions using temperate reefs of southeast Australia as a model system. Here, ocean warming has facilitated the range extension of the sea urchin herbivore, Centrostephanus rodgrsii, from mainland Australia into Tasmania where it is overgrazing large areas of productive kelp bed habitat. This project will examine the thermal performance of processes that contribute to the formation and maintenance of urchin barrens under current and projected temperatures for this century, and compare this between locations at the warm and cool-edge of C. rodgersiis distribution. Specifically, the Holsworth Wildlife Research Endowment will enable my PhD to examine the impact of temperature on the metabolic rates and feeding rates of C. rodgersii in kelp and barren habitats in Tasmania and NSW to understand how warming will influence the formation and maintenance of barrens across eastern Australia into the future. Ultimately this information will contribute to a better understanding of the ecological impacts of warming, and aid in the management of our temperate reef ecosystems.
Funding
Holsworth Wildlife Research Endowment ($6,350)
Scheme
Grant
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Bennett S; Ling SD; Hurd CL; Verges A; Butler C
Year
2021
Traits of detectability: towards unbiased density estimates of reef fishes and invertebrates. (2021)$6,375
Description
Historically, almost all underwater visual census (UVC) studies aimed at assessing littoral fish and invertebrate communities have exclusively surveyedreefs during daylight hours (Azzurro, Pais et al. 2007, Hinojosa, Zapata‐Hernndez et al. 2021), with little consideration of potential impacts ofday/night differences affecting the detectability of species. Of the few studies worldwide comparing diurnal and nocturnal counts, only one has beenconducted in temperate Australian waters, comparing the diel behaviour of four fish species belonging to two family groups (Annese and Kingsford2005). My PhD project aims to fill this substantial void by quantifying diel variation for reef fishes and invertebrates on shallow tropical, subtropical andtemperate reefs within Australian watersi.e. the missing dark reef diversity that is frequently overlooked.My PhD project further aims to identify biases and limitations which inhibit sampling methodologies from accurately recording the full spectrum of fishspecies present on reefs. Applying a focal lens on application of the UVC method to estimate presence and abundance over the day/night cycle, thisinvestigation will also look at other biases that potentially affect interpretation of UVC data, including variation between divers, disturbance whilelaying out transect lines, species traits that affect detectability, and size biases.With support of the Holsworth Endowment, extensive day/night surveys of fishes and invertebrates using UVC will be undertaken around the continentof Australia to quantify how biases change with local context, including across tropical, sub-tropical and temperate reef ecosystems. Amongst otheroutcomes, data comparisons made during diel cycles will provide information on the level of accuracy to which historical literature has adequatelyrepresented reef communities, and how food web models could be improved.In summary, this study aims to provide the most extensive analysis into sampling methodology bias for quantifying reef assemblage data, and toincrease confidence when modelling coral and rocky reef communities.
Funding
Holsworth Wildlife Research Endowment ($6,375)
Scheme
Grant
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Ling SD; Jones T; Edgar GJ; Trebilco R
Year
2021
Effects of urchin fishing on urchin populations and recovery (2020 - 2021)$132,303
Description
This project will determine the effects of high fishing pressure on urchin populations and the quantify kelp recovery in heavily fished areas in NE Tas. Field data collection will combine a combination of dive surveys, video surveys, urchin processing.
Funding
Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water & Environment ($132,303)
Scheme
Abalone Industry Reinvestment Fund
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Keane JP; Johnson OJ; Ling SD
Period
2020 - 2021
Lobster predation re-survey (2020)$30,000
Description
The proposed project will re-survey baseline sites established during a previous Fisheries Research Development Corporation project (FRDC#2007/045) which investigated the effectiveness of rebuilding large lobsters to mitigate risk of urchin overgrazing.Changes observed from 2008-2014 show decline in urchin abundance inside the dedicated no-take Fisheries Research Areas ofElephant Rock Research Reserve (ERRR) and North Bay Research Reserve (NBRR). From this prior research, the rebuilding of largepredatory-capable lobster stocks within intact kelp beds (but containing incipient barrens) was, after 6 years, much moreeffective at reducing risk of barrens formation than was rebuilding of lobster stocks in an attempt to recover widespread barrens.
Funding
Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water & Environment ($30,000)
Scheme
Abalone Industry Reinvestment Fund
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Ling SD; Keane JP
Year
2020
Reef health tipping-points: triage for threatened/collapsed reef ecosystems (2020 - 2023)$915,919
Description
The accelerating collapse of reef ecosystems represents one of the greatest threats for marine biodiversity andseafood production worldwide. To confront this emergency, this Fellowship will determine reef health tippingpointsand provide a new 'reef ecosystem triage approach to prioritise the order of preventative treatments tosafeguard threatened reefs, while directing remediation efforts to collapsed reefs where recovery is mostprobable. The research will directly benefit reef-dependent industries and coastal communities by providing anobjective evidence-based reef health system to protect against collapse and to identify our greatest opportunitiesto recover vast biodiversity and economic potential for reef ecosystems.
Funding
Australian Research Council ($915,919)
Scheme
Fellowship-Future
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Ling SD
Period
2020 - 2023
Grant Reference
FT200100949
Assessing multidecadal climate-driven shifts for Tasmanian marine species (2020 - 2021)$48,314
Description
Assessing multidecadal climate-driven shifts for Tasmanian marine speciesThis project aims to provide a comprehensive analysis of multidecadal changes in Tasmanian marine biodiversity in response to climate change. Over the past 28-years, species-level monitoring of marine floral and faunal communities has been consistently carried out by scientific divers at more than 100 rocky reef sites around Tasmania, during three distinct periods: (1) 1992-1995, (2) 2006-2007, and (3) 2016-2020. Analysis of this data set will provide a critical assessment of climate change impacts, as well as projections of further changes in the different marine bioregions of Tasmania. This project is highly cost-effective as it leverages upon existing reef fieldwork costing ~$750,000 across three decades. The project therefore represents a critical opportunity to increase fundamental scientific understanding of key climate-driven changes for Tasmanian marine ecosystems. The project also aims to contribute to website tools enabling long-term changes in Tasmanian rocky reef communities to be readily explored by members of the public and tailored to provide key ecosystem indicators to inform management decisions.
Funding
Department of Premier and Cabinet ($48,314)
Scheme
Climate Research Grants Program
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Ling SD; Edgar GJ; Barrett NS; Stuart-Smith RD
Period
2020 - 2021
Mapping warming reefs for management strategy evaluation (2020 - 2021)$45,532
Description
The work will conduct a high-resolution survey of rocky reefs in the 0- 40 m depth range on the rapidly warming east coast of Tasmania between Eddystone Point and Tasman Island. It will produce data to create a high-resolution bathymetric map from which seafloor habitats can be defined. The acoustic survey will include water column data that allows for 3D estimates of vegetation cover to be quantified. Video surveys will be used as a source of validation for acoustic discrimination and species identification.The data will be applied in models explain the distribution and dynamics of reef associated species that are impacted by climate change (marine heatwaves) and invasive marine pests (Long spined sea urchin Centrostephanus rodgersii). These results will provide Tasmanian managers with vital data to underpin decision support tools for fine-scale ecosystem-based management, including ecosystem-based fishery management. The new survey data will provide a step change in the resolution of seafloor data for decision-support tools and be an exemplar nationally as a way forward for knowledge-based management of complex marine ecological systems.
Funding
Department of Premier and Cabinet ($45,532)
Scheme
Climate Research Grants Program
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Lucieer VL; Ling SD; Keane JP
Period
2020 - 2021
The contribution of human/marine herbivore interactions to reef degradation (2017 - 2019)$513,000
Description
The Project aims to define how interactions between human society and herbivores influence marine ecosystem structure and function by (i) analysing geographic patterns emerging from recent systematic sampling of reef communities worldwide, and (ii) performing a critical suite of standardised field assays of fish, macro-invertebrate and meso-grazer herbivory to identify the role played by herbivores in facilitating the collapse and recovery of reef ecosystems. The Project provides an unprecedented examination of the match between a critical ecosystem function and community structure across local to global scales, including the identification of non-linearities and interactions involving human impacts on this process.
Funding
Australian Research Council ($513,000)
Scheme
Grant-Discovery Projects
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Edgar GJ; Ling SD; Hoey A; Duffy JE
Period
2017 - 2019
Grant Reference
DP170104668
Fisheries biology of short-spined sea urchins (Heliocidaris erythrogramma) in Tasmania: supporting a profitable harvest and appropriate management (2017 - 2019)$262,870
Description
Urchins have been fished in Tasmania since the 1980s, yet no significant research has been conducted to support the management of the fishery. Spatial and habitat variability in growth rates, maximum sizes and size at maturity in urchins are not known from key harvesting regions. Furthermore, little is known about the specific factors that influence the general variability in roe quality and yield. The lack of information on the biology, population structure and roe characteristics of the urchin continues to hinder prospects to optimise the wild fishery in Tasmania. Trials of Norwegian technologies to enhance roe quality of urchins harvested from barrens are also set to commence in 2017.This project aims to provide sound scientific knowledge of short-spined urchin growth and reproduction to allow for sustainable management of the fishery. Additional research on roe quality will optimise harvesting strategies and profitability the fishery, while scientific support of farming trials will assist in the management and development of a new industry. Biological sampling will include tagging to estimate growth, while size at maturity and gonad condition will be based on macroscopic staging validated with histology. Roe quality will be determined by a suite of morphologically (colour, texture, granularity, recovery) and biochemical (moisture, protein, lipids, amino acids, glucose and glycogen) indicators and analysed against habitat and environmental parameters.
Funding
Fisheries Research & Development Corporation ($262,870)
Scheme
Grant-Annual Open Call Round
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Keane JP; Ling SD; James P; White CA; Robinson N; Ryan Greg; Langdale R; Barrenger M
Period
2017 - 2019
Urchin Re-survey (2016)$275,635
Funding
Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water & Environment ($275,635)
Scheme
Contract Research
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Ling SD
Year
2016
Identifying historical marine heatwaves off eastern Tasmania (2016)$14,250
Description
This project will identify and characterize marine heatwaves from the historic record along the east coast of Tasmania. The historic record will be derived from daily three-dimensional ocean temperatures from the ETAS coastal ocean model. ETAS covers the eastern continental shelf of Tasmania and has a spatial resolution of approximately 2 km spanning the 1993-2015 period. The ETAS model was forced by historic ocean and atmosphere reanalyses and has been extensively validated against existing observations in the region (Oliver and Holbrook, in prep.). It therefore represents our best estimate of the ocean state off eastern Tasmania. This data provides an unprecedented high-resolution record of the marine climate variations off eastern Tasmania.
Funding
University of Tasmania ($14,250)
Scheme
Grant-Research Enhancement (REGS)
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Oliver ECJ; Holbrook NJ; Ling SD; Mundy CN; Hobday AJ
Year
2016
Microchemistry of sea urchin jaws as a tool for reconstructing dynamics of reef climate (2013)$12,000
Funding
University of Tasmania ($12,000)
Scheme
Grant-Research Enhancement (REGS)
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Ling SD
Year
2013
Understanding patch dynamics to inform mechanisms of kelp bed resilience on urbanised coasts (2012 - 2014)$21,000
Funding
Holsworth Wildlife Research Endowment ($21,000)
Scheme
Grant
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Ling SD; Reeves S
Period
2012 - 2014
Determining the effect of food availability on foraging behaviour of barrens-forming sea urchins (2012 - 2014)$19,900
Funding
Holsworth Wildlife Research Endowment ($19,900)
Scheme
Grant
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Ling SD; Kriegisch N
Period
2012 - 2014
May 2011: 9th International Temperate Reefs Symposium (2011)$2,469
Funding
University of Tasmania ($2,469)
Scheme
Grant-Conference Support Scheme
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Ling SD
Year
2011

Research Supervision

Dr Ling has supervised five PhD candidates (three completions to date), two masters students, five honours students, and six 6-month undergraduate research students focused on understanding human-impacts on reef ecosystem processes.

Current

2

Completed

4

Current

DegreeTitleCommenced
PhDTraits of Detectability: Towards unbiased density estimates of reef fishes and invertebrates2020
PhDComparative Effects of Ocean Warming on Kelp-Herbivore Interactions Across Australian Temperate Reefs2021

Completed

DegreeTitleCompleted
PhDFrom Temperate to Tropical Seas: Drivers of variation in reef-associated epifaunal invertebrate communities
Candidate: Kate Meredith Fraser
2020
MastersCracking the Code: Defining roe quality of the long-spined sea urchin (Centrostephanus rodgersii) in Tasmania
Candidate: Travis John Baulch
2019
PhDMechanisms of Ecosystem Stability for Kelp Beds in Urban Environments
Candidate: Simon Edward Reeves
2018
PhDPhase-Shift Dynamics and Resilience of Temperate Reef States to Urban Stressors
Candidate: Nina Kriegisch
2017