Dominic Mcafee

Dr Dominic Mcafee

University Research Associate

School of Biological Sciences

Faculty of Sciences

Eligible to supervise Masters and PhD (as Co-Supervisor) - email supervisor to discuss availability.

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

  • Journals

    Year Citation
    2020 Leung, J., & McAfee, D. (2020). Stress across life stages: Impacts, responses and consequences for marine organisms. Science of the Total Environment, 700, 9 pages.
    DOI Scopus1 WoS1
    2020 McAfee, D., McLeod, I., Boström-Einarsson, L., & Gillies, C. (2020). The value and opportunity of restoring Australia's lost rock oyster reefs. Restoration Ecology, 28(2), 304-314.
    DOI Scopus1 WoS1
    2020 Gillies, C., Castine, S., Alleway, H., Crawford, C., Fitzsimons, J., Hancock, B., . . . zu Ermgassen, P. (2020). Conservation status of the Oyster Reef Ecosystem of Southern and Eastern Australia. Global Ecology and Conservation, 22, 16 pages.
    DOI Scopus1 WoS1
    2020 McAfee, D., & Connell, S. (2020). Cuing oyster recruitment with shell and rock: implications for timing reef restoration. Restoration Ecology, 28(3), 6 pages.
    DOI Scopus1 WoS1
    2020 McAfee, D., Larkin, C., & Connell, S. (2020). Multi-species restoration accelerates recovery of extinguished oyster reefs. Journal of Applied Ecology, 9 pages.
    2019 Mcafee, D., Alleway, H. K., & Connell, S. D. (2019). Environmental solutions sparked by environmental history.. Conservation biology : the journal of the Society for Conservation Biology, 34(2), 386-394.
    DOI Scopus5 WoS4
    2019 McAfee, D., & Bishop, M. (2019). The mechanisms by which oysters facilitate invertebrates vary across environmental gradients. Oecologia, 189(4), 1095-1106.
    DOI Scopus6 WoS6
    2019 McAfee, D., Doubleday, Z., Geiger, N., & Connell, S. (2019). Everyone loves a success story: Optimism inspires conservation engagement. BioScience, 69(4), 274-281.
    DOI Scopus15 WoS13
    2019 McAfee, D., & Connell, S. (2019). Balancing the Benefits of Optimism and Pessimism in Conservation: a Response to Kidd, Bekessy, and Garrard. Trends in Ecology and Evolution, 34(8), 692-693.
    DOI Scopus3 WoS3
    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 Scopus4 WoS4
    2018 McAfee, D., Bishop, M., Yu, T., & Williams, G. (2018). Structural traits dictate abiotic stress amelioration by intertidal oysters. Functional Ecology, 32(12), 2666-2677.
    DOI Scopus11 WoS11
    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 Scopus18 WoS18 Europe PMC5
    2016 Mcafee, D., Cole, V., & Bishop, M. (2016). Latitudinal gradients in ecosystem engineering by oysters vary across habitats. Ecology, 97(4), 929-939.
  • Conference Items

    Year Citation
    2018 Freeling, B. S., Mcafee, D., & Connell, S. (2018). Compensation then collapse: How Ostrea angasi responds to a warming and acidifying ocean. Poster session presented at the meeting of Australian Shellfish Reef Restoration Network & 19th International Conference on Shellfish Restoration. Adelaide.

Endeavour Australia Cheung Kong Research Fellowship Award, 2016, $24,500

Guest lecturing:

  • University of Adelaide - Frontiers in Marine Science, 2018-2020
  • University of Hong Kong - Estuarine health; Oyster aquaculture, 2016
  • Macquarie University - Marine Ecology, 2015-2016

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
  • Position: University Research Associate
  • Phone: 0420995406
  • Email:
  • Campus: North Terrace
  • Building: Darling, floor 1
  • Room: 1 20B
  • Org Unit: Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

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