Prof. Charles Sheppard
My research is on community ecology, particularly the effects of natural and anthropogenic stresses on ecosystems, especially (since 1998) on ecosystem responses to climate change.
- Biogeography and biodiversity of Indo Pacific coral reefs, including research on climate change effects on tropical systems which directly support people.
- Coastal Management and conservation projects in middle East and Chagos Archipelago, and Caribbean.
- Marine habitat research in numerous tropical countries, particularly inter-habitat interactions including human interactions with the marine system. GIS based coastal zone management development for lesser developed countries.
- Research on the recent episodes of massive reef mortality in the Indian Ocean.
- Marine biodiversity research, using remote sensing, in tropical marine ecosystems.
- Investigation of community changes along pollution and sedimentation gradients, including the development and use of new and powerful non-parametric methods of analysis.
- Research linking climate data to marine environmental changes.
Research Theme: Environmental Resource Management
I hold a half-time position of Professor in the School of Life Sciences. The remainder of my time I work for a range of UN , Governmental and aid agencies in tropical marine and coastal development issues.
I advise several governments on marine and coastal management and science, including the UK Government on its tropical Overseas Territories.
I have organised and led the scientific input to the 2010 creation of the world's largest fully protected marine researce, in the Chagos archipelago, Indian Ocean, where a lot of my research has been focussed.
The other main geographical area of research is the Arabian region.
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