Dr Christopher Doropoulos

Research Scientist

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I am a marine ecologist working as a Research Scientist in CSIROs Oceans and Atmosphere. My research focuses on patterns of benthic colonisation and role of species interactions and environmental drivers in modulating system recovery following disturbances. My research has specialised on coral recruitment, focusing on the interactions and demographic rates that influence coral recovery following acute disturbances (e.g. climate change) along environmental gradients (e.g. water quality).

I combine observational, experimental, and modelling approaches to develop mechanistic understandings of ecological patterns in population and community recovery. Utilising this knowledge, my current research aims to:
1. Assess the role of environmental gradients in coral recruitment processes.
2. Understand how biophysical interactions influence early recovery trajectories.
3. Evaluate the feasibility and optimisation of upscaling restoration for the recovery of coral reefs and other coastal marine systems.

Achievements and Awards

  • 2017

    Queensland Young Tall Poppy Award
    Australian Institute of Policy and Science

  • 2013

    Australian Endeavour Award. Postdoctoral Fellowship to conduct research in Palau.
    Australian Government

  • 2013

    Virginia Chadwick Award. Best student paper.
    ARC Centre of Excellence Coral Reef Studies

  • 2010

    Danielle Simmons Award. PhD field work related costs.
    Australian Coral Reef Society

  • 2009

    Student Conference Travel Award
    Australian Coral Reef Society

  • 2009-2012

    PhD Top-up Scholarship
    QLD State Government Smart Futures

Current Roles

  • Research Scientist
    Impacts, Processes and Management of Coastal Biodiversity

Academic Qualifications

  • 2009-12

    PhD (Marine Ecology)
    The University of Queensland

  • 2004-08

    BSc (Biology) Honours (1st Class)
    Edith Cowan University

Professional Experiences

  • 2015-2018

    OCE Postdoctoral Fellow
    CSIRO Oceans and Atmoshpere

  • 2013-2015

    Postdoctoral Fellow
    Marine Spatial Ecology Lab, School of Biological Sciences, The University of Queensland

  • 2009-2012

    Teaching Assistant and Student Project Supervisor
    School of Biological Sciences, The University of Queensland

  • 2008-2008

    Research Assistant
    Edith Cowan University

Community and Corporate Citizenship

  • 2018-2019

    Contributing Author. IPBES Global Assessment on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services. Chapter 2.1 Status and trends-Drivers of Change


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