Dr. James Hehre
PhD title: Effects of seaweed farming on tropical shallow coral ecosystems
Start date: March 2011
The industrialization of our oceans has the potential to radically alter their ecology. However, through focused ecosystem-based management of already degraded systems, it may be possible to create novel ecosystems that maximize benefits for humans, while increasing the diversity and abundance of dependent communities. In my thesis, I examine seaweed farming on degraded coral reef ecosystems in order to examine 1) the relationship between seaweed farms and rabbitfish production globally, 2) the relationship between seaweed farms established on shallow coral reef ecosystems and fish assemblage composition, and 3) the diet composition of herbivorous fish in relation to the presence of seaweed farms.
- Grants & Awards
Hehre EJ, Meeuwig JJ. 2016. A global analysis of the relationship between farmed seaweed production and herbivorous fish catch. PloS ONE, 11(2): e0148250.
Hehre EJ, Meeuwig JJ. Differential response of fish assemblages to coral reef based seaweed farming. PLoS ONE, 10(3): e011883.
Haas A, Harper S, Zylich K, Hehre J, Zeller D. 2014. Reconstruction of the Republic of the Marshall Islands Fisheries Catches: 1950-2010. UBC Fisheries Centre Working Paper, Number 2.
3Rs Award winner 2019 – Replacement, Refinement and Reduction AEC Green
“The collection and analysis of open ocean eDNA samples to quantify biodiversity, and examine relationships within fish and shark populations”
Global Impact Challenge 2019 winner