Dr Dominic Mcafee
I am a marine ecologist with a special interest in shellfish ecology. My research is heavily focused on applied marine conservation management and restoration ecology. Much of my research has focused on the capacity of wild oyster populations to protect coastal biodiversity from the extremities of climate change. The majority of this work has been conducted along the east coast of Australia and in Hong Kong.
I have a passion for science communication and am frequently involved in community outreach events. I am also part of the communications team and research and development working group for Australia's Shellfish Reef Restoration Network.
My research focuses on building South Australia's blue infrastructure through the restoration of oyster reefs which were once abundant off Australia's southern coastline. This project is a collaboration with the South Australian government and The Nature Conservancy, who collectively will construct a 20 hectare oyster reef- the first large-scale oyster restoration project in Australia and the largest in the southern hemisphere. My research aims to enhance the recruitment and survivorship of oysters to the reef, ensuring it's long-term growth and performance.
Other research interests: Ecosystem based management; ecosystem engineering theory; climate-adapation strategies for coastal systems; eco-engineering seawalls to enhance biodiversity; invertebrate physiology; mangrove ecology
|2017||Postdoctoral Research Associate||The University of Adelaide|
|2016 - 2017||Research assistant||Sydney Institute of Marine Science|
|2016 - 2016||Endeavour Research Fellow||The University of Hong Kong|
|2015||Communication committee||Shellfish Reef Restoration Network|
|2013 - 2017||Biological Science tutor (part-time)||Macquarie University, Sydney|
|2013 - 2017||Macquarie University, Sydney||Australia||PhD|
|2007 - 2012||Macquarie University, Sydney||Australia||BSc (Hon1)|
|2018||McAfee, D., Cumbo, V., Bishop, M., & Raftos, D. (2018). Intraspecific differences in the transcriptional stress response of two populations of Sydney rock oyster increase with rising temperatures. Marine Ecology Progress Series, 589, 115-127.
|2018||McAfee, D., Bishop, M., Yu, T., & Williams, G. (2018). Structural traits dictate abiotic stress amelioration by intertidal oysters. Functional Ecology.
|2017||McAfee, D., O'Connor, W., & Bishop, M. (2017). Fast growing oysters show reduced capacity to provide a thermal refuge to intertidal biodiversity at high temperatures. The Journal of animal ecology, 86(6), 1352-1362.
DOI Scopus3 WoS1
|2016||Mcafee, D., Cole, V., & Bishop, M. (2016). Latitudinal gradients in ecosystem engineering by oysters vary across habitats. Ecology, 97(4), 929-939.
Macquarie University, Department of Biological Science tutor:
- Marine environmental issues - 2015-2017
- Marine Ecology - 2014-2015
- Invertebrate zoology - 2014
- Experimental design and data analysis - 2014
- Ecology - 2013-2014
- Marine Ecology, Macquarie University, 2016
- Estuarine health; NSW oyster aquaculture, University of Hong Kong, 2016