Dr Neil Hutchinson
Neil's research interests lie in the area of marine commity ecology. His research is founded on fundamental ecological theories and concepts, producing results that have the potential to be applied in other fields such as conservation biology. His main, continuing, research objectives lie in the examination of interactions between species in intertidal and shallow water coastal marine systmems and how such relationships are influenced by environmental factors. Such fundamental processes ultimately contribute to the numerous patterns of species distribution, abundance and diversity seen in natural systems.
While his research areas are broad, the fall into several key areas of field based research:
- The ecology of benthic marine communities, including predator-prey relationships
- Predatory marine fish movement and habitat use
- Effects of environmental change on marine communities and fisheries