Current members

Dr. IRENE ALABIA

Arctic Research Center - Hokkaido University

Postdoctoral Researcher 2016~

Irene is interested in fisheries and satellite oceanography studies. She is currently hired under the Arctic Challenge for Sustainability (ARCs) project to study the effects of climate variability and climate change on the biodiversity patterns and range changes of fish and invertebrates in the Bering Sea and adjacent Arctic waters. Check Irene's recent paper in Diversity and Distributions for some more context on the work she's up to.

ELIJAH CALDWELL

Graduate School of Environmental Science - Hokkaido University

MSc student 2019-2021

For his MSc thesis, Eli is looking at how citizen science can better inform management of invasive salmonid species in Hokkaido, Japan.

Co-supervised students

XOCHITL ELIAS

Universidad de Vigo - Spain

PhD candidate 2020~

Under the direction of Dr. Elena Ojea at the Future Ocean's Lab, Xochitl's PhD (due to start in April 2020) will address the impacts of climate change on fishery-dependant socioecological systems. As one of the case studies of her thesis, she will join us at Hokkaido University to look at the effects of tropicalization on Japanese coastal temperate socioecological systems. This work will link with our current research project on this very important issue.

ISAAC BRITO-MORALES

University of Queensland - Australia 2017~

In his thesis 'Climate velocity in the ocean and its implications for conservation', Isaac is analyzing the current and future exposure of global marine biodiversity to climate change from the surface to the deep ocean using the velocity of climate change. He uses then this information to propose conservation and management guidelines for the design of 'climate-proof' marine protected areas. If you don't know what climate velocity is, check Isaac's first PhD in Trends in Ecology and Evolution.

RAFAELA de ALBUQUERQUE

University of Queensland - Australia 2017-2019

A student under the Erasmus Mundus Master Course in Tropical Biodiversity and Ecosystems, Rafaela conducted her MSc thesis 'The implications of climate velocity for the marine protected area network of South America' at the UQ  She used climate change metrics like climate velocity to inform on the climatic exposure and connectivity among the network of protected areas across South America.

Visiting researchers

SAM ROSS

Trinity College - Ireland

Visiting student 2019

Sam's PhD studies the impacts of global change on ecosystems from the perspective of ecological stability, functioning and service delivery. Funded with a National Geographic Society early career grant, he joined us for a summer to conduct a mesocosm field experiment at our university's Tomakomai Research Forest. The experiment looked at how fish predation can modulate the impact of heat waves on the stability of stream benthic communities.

JACKSON JOHNSTONE

U. Texas Rio Grande Valley - USA

Visiting student 2019

Jackson joined us for a summer on a JSPS Postdoctral Fellowships for Research in Japan. He was of great help with our field work for one of our projects and was of great support for Sam’s experiment.

Arctic Research Center, Hokkaido University

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