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.
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
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
Date Institution name Country Title 2013 - 2017 Macquarie University, Sydney Australia PhD 2007 - 2012 Macquarie University, Sydney Australia BSc (Hon1)
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, 134491.
2019 McAfee, D., Alleway, H., & Connell, S. (2019). Environmental solutions sparked by environmental history. Conservation Biology, 9 pages.
2019 McAfee, D., & Bishop, M. (2019). The mechanisms by which oysters facilitate invertebrates vary across environmental gradients. Oecologia, 189(4), 1095-1106.
2019 McAfee, D., Doubleday, Z., Geiger, N., & Connell, S. (2019). Everyone loves a success story: Optimism inspires conservation engagement. BioScience, 69(4), 274-281.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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 Scopus9 WoS9 Europe PMC3
2016 Mcafee, D., Cole, V., & Bishop, M. (2016). Latitudinal gradients in ecosystem engineering by oysters vary across habitats. Ecology, 97(4), 929-939.
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.
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
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