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Dr Dominic Mcafee

Dominic Mcafee
University Research Associate
School of Biological Sciences
Faculty of Sciences

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.

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

Fun in the mud       Fun on the water       Fun with oysters       Fun with chitons       Fun on tropical rocky shores

Appointments

Date Position Institution name
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

Education

Date Institution name Country Title
2013 - 2017 Macquarie University, Sydney Australia PhD
2007 - 2012 Macquarie University, Sydney Australia BSc (Hon1)

Research Interests

Journals

Year Citation
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.
DOI Scopus1
2018 McAfee, D., Bishop, M., Yu, T., & Williams, G. (2018). Structural traits dictate abiotic stress amelioration by intertidal oysters. Functional Ecology.
DOI
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.
DOI

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

Guest lecturer:

  • Marine Ecology, Macquarie University, 2016
  • Estuarine health; NSW oyster aquaculture, University of Hong Kong, 2016
Position
University Research Associate
Phone
83137037
Campus
North Terrace
Building
Darling, floor 1
Room Number
1 20A
Org Unit
Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

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