Dominic Mcafee

Dr 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.

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

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: 0420995406
  • Email: dominic.mcafee@adelaide.edu.au
  • Campus: North Terrace
  • Building: Darling, floor 1
  • Room: 1 20B
  • Org Unit: Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

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