After a decade of being based at Bangor University in the UK, the marecotec research group (short for marine ecology and technology) moved to the University of Rhode Island (USA) in August 2018. Our research group focusses on the spatial ecology of marine ecosystems, primarily reefs, using a mixture of natural history observation, experimentation and novel technologies to untangle the ecology of these enigmatic habitats.
Headed by Andy Davies, an ecologist and biological oceanographer who specialises in using computational and technological approaches to enhance our understanding of ecological patterns in time and space, we have conducted research projects all over the world. Ranging from the temperate intertidal, to warm tropical waters and even the deepest and darkest depths of our oceans.
- Recurring bleaching events disrupt the spatial properties of coral reef benthic communities across scales
- Beyond the tip of the seamount: Distinct megabenthic communities found beyond the charismatic summit sponge ground on an arctic seamount (Schulz Bank, Arctic Mid-Ocean Ridge)
- Three-dimensional digital mapping of ecosystems: a new era in spatial ecology
- Specific niche requirements underpin multidecadal range edge stability, but may introduce barriers for climate change adaptation
- Replicating natural topography on marine artificial structures – A novel approach to eco-engineering
- Musical Chairs on Temperate Reefs: Species Turnover and Replacement Within Functional Groups Explain Regional Diversity Variation in Assemblages Associated With Honeycomb Worms