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Dr Laura Blamey is a quantitative marine ecologist at CSIRO Oceans and Atmosphere. She has a particular interest in coastal ecosystems and fisheries and her research is focused on a holistic approach, integrating field data, ecosystem /statistical modelling and local knowledge to help better understand changes in marine ecosystems. Research interests include the role of climate, fishing and disturbance in ecosystem change; ecosystem resilience and flip backs; ecosystem services; sustainability of key inshore resources; the effects of fishing and climate on key resource distribution, abundance and behaviour, and how changes in resources and ecosystem can impact ecosystem services and value, and ultimately society. Laura has experience with a range of modelling techniques as well as field work experience in both temperate and tropical ecosystems (including over 15 years research diving experience).

Academic Qualifications

  • 2010

    PhD in Zoology (Marine Ecology)
    University of Cape Town

  • 2003

    BSc Honours in Marine Ecology
    University of Cape Town

  • 2002

    BSc in Zoology
    University of Cape Town

Achievements and Awards

  • 2016-2021

    NRF Y2 Rating
    National Research Foundation, South Africa

  • 2017-2017

    Earthwatch Coral Communities Seychelles

  • 2014-2019

    Research Career Advancement Fellowship
    National Research Foundation, South Africa

  • 2011-2011

    Young Investigator Award
    8th International William R. and Lenore Mote Symposium

Professional Experiences

  • 2019-Current

    Research Scientist

  • 2017-2019

    Senior Lecturer
    University of Seychelles

  • 2014-2017

    Lecturer / Research Officer
    University of Cape Town

  • 2011-2013

    Postdoctoral Research Fellow
    University of Cape Town