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Ford's work at SRC is a part of a European Union BiodivERsA funded project named ‘reservebenefit’, which intends to ‘evaluate and manage connectivity in a network of marine protected areas to maintain genetic diversity and deliver fish beyond protected limits’. This project focuses on four target species in Mediterranean fisheries along the French and Spanish coastlines; an area which is notably overexploited. Maximising the genetic diversity and connectivity across the region through appropriate management will reinforce resilience of stocks and improve the sustainability of fisheries into the future. Though spatial management plans have been known to integrate larval dispersal pathways from oceanographic models, this project uses modern genetic tools to greatly improve the accuracy of connectivity data. Network thinking then provides another modern tool from which to identify priority areas for management.
Her PhD focused on tropical coral reef ecosystems and understanding how local human impacts influence system health and resilience to climate change. This research was part of an interdisciplinary project in the Pacific Island region entitled ‘Resilience of Pacific Island coral reef social-ecological systems in times of global change’.
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Eich, A., Ford., A.K., Nugues, M.M., et.al.
2019 - Journal / article
Observations of coral-algal competition can provide valuable information about the state of coral reef ecosystems. Here, we report contact rates and apparent competition states for six shallow lagoonal reefs in Fiji. A total of 81.4% of examined coral perimeters were found to be in contact with algae, with turf algae (54.7%) and macroalgae of the genus Lobophora (16.8%) representing the most frequently observed contacts. Tu...
McAndrews, R.S., Eich, A., Ford, A.K. et al.
2019 - Journal / article
Epilithic algae are a ubiquitous component of coral reefs. Components of the epilithic algal matrix (EAM) can have a significant influence on coral settlement and benthic feeding by fishes. We employed a herbivore exclusion experiment on a fringing reef in Viti Levu, Fiji, to investigate the functional role of herbivorous fishes in affecting the EAM between different habitat types and levels of community-based fishing restrict...