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Dr George Roff

Marine ecologist


I am a quantitative marine ecologist with 15 years of research experience spanning tropical coastal ecosystems throughout the Caribbean and Indo-Pacific. My research focuses on the responses of coastal ecosystems to climate change, with a strong focus on applied science outcomes. I have a strong interest in quantifying patterns and processes at the scale of individuals to ecosystems, and have worked across a broad range of coastal taxa (plants, fish, invertebrates, microbes). My research uses a range of experimental and modelling approaches to understand how coastal ecosystems have responded to past environmental change, and to predict the response of populations and communities under future climate change scenarios. I'm interested in research-driven outcomes for management and how restoration and nature-based solutions can manage and reverse ecosystem declines.

Other Interests

  • Community ecology
  • Population ecology
  • Ecosystem dynamics
  • Climate change impacts
  • Evolutionary history and past ecosystem states

Academic Qualifications

  • 2010

    PhD: Marine Ecology
    University of Queensland

  • 2004

    BSc Hons (First Class): Tropical Marine Science
    University of Queensland


  • 2018-2021

    ARC Discovery (DP180102526, Zhao, Roff, McCook) ' U/Th dating of coral mortality and recovery rates in the Great Barrier Reef' ($416,584)

  • 2011-2014

    National Environmental Research Program (NERP, Tropical Ecosystems Hub): Project 1.3 - 'Characterising the cumulative impacts of global, regional, and local stressors on the present and past biodiversity of the Great Barrier Reef'

  • 2007-2010

    Marine and Tropical Sciences Research Facility (MTSRF): Project 1.1.4 -'Dating and mapping historical changes in Great Barrier Reef coral communities'

Professional Experiences

  • 2021-Present

    Adjunct Research Fellow
    University of Queensland

  • 2010-2021

    Postdoctoral Research Fellow
    University of Queensland

  • 2007-Present

    AS2815.6 Part 1 Restricted (Occupational SCUBA to 30m)
    ADAS (Australian Diver Accreditation Scheme)