Dr Emma Kennedy is a research scientist  working on the 50reefs initiative.
Dr Emma Kennedy is a research scientist working on the 50reefs initiative.

Dr Emma Kennedy
Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Healthy Oceans

Phone: +61 7 3365 6009
Email: Emma Kennedy

Dr Emma Kennedy is a research scientist working on the 50 Reefs initiative. Announced in February 2017, this exciting new international project aims to use the best available science to identify and prioritise protection efforts on those coral reefs that are least vulnerable to climate change, and also have the greatest capacity to repopulate other reefs over time.

Emma grew up in the UK where she learned to dive in a gravel pit outside London. After completing a PhD in Caribbean coral reef ecology at University of Exeter, she moved to Australia where she worked with the Great Barrier Reef Foundation to determine whether coralline algae can be used to track the impacts of climate change in the Great Barrier Reef.

Recent Publications

  • Kennedy EV, Ordońez A, Lewis B, Diaz-Pulido G. 2017. Comparison of recruitment tile materials for monitoring coralline algae responses to a changing climate. Marine Ecology Progress Series. doi: 10.3354/meps12076
  • Kennedy EV, Tonk L, Foster NL, Chollett I, Ortiz JC, Dove S, Hoegh-Guldberg O, Mumby PJ, Stevens JR. 2016. Symbiodinium biogeography tracks environmental patterns rather than host genetics in a key Caribbean reef-builder Orbicella annularis. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 283: 20161938
  • Kennedy EV, Foster NL, Mumby PJ, Stevens JR. 2015. Widespread prevalence of cryptic Symbiodinium D in the key Caribbean reef builder, Orbicella annularis. Coral Reefs 34: 519-531
  • Kennedy EV, Perry CT, Halloran PR, Iglesias-Prieto R, Schönberg CHL, Wisshak M, Form AU, Carricart-Ganivet JP, Fine M, Eakin CM, Mumby PJ. 2013. Avoiding coral reef functional collapse requires local and global action. Current Biology 23:912-917.
  • Kennedy EV, Holderied MW, Mair JM, Guzmán HM, Simpson SD. 2010. Spatial patterns in reef-generated noise relate to habitats and communities: evidence from a Panamanian case study. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology 395:85-92.
  • Hamilton P, Webster TU, Basiewicz M, Kennedy EV, De-Bastos ES, Mathews M. 2015. A rapid PCR-based test for identification of fifteen British bat species. Conservation Genetics Resources 7:651-657
  • Harborne AR, Mumby PJ, Kennedy EV, Ferrari R. 2011. Biotic and multi-scale abiotic controls of habitat quality: their effect on coral-reef fishes. Marine Ecology Progress Series 437:201-214.
  • Hughes TP, Kerry JT, Álvarez-Noriega M et al. 2017. Global warming and recurrent mass bleaching of corals. Nature. doi: 10.1038/nature21707
  • Lewis B, Kennedy EV, Diaz-Pulido G. 2017. Seasonal growth and calcification of a reef-building crustose coralline alga on the Great Barrier Reef. Marine Ecology Progress Series. doi: 10.3354/meps12074
  • Mumby PJ, Flower J, Chollett I, et al. 2014. Towards Reef Resilience and Sustainable Livelihoods: A handbook for Caribbean coral reef managers. University of Exeter, Exeter. 172 pages. ISBN: 978-0-902746-31-2

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