My research aims to understand how marine ecosystems work so that we can manage and conserve them better. I look at questions like: how ecological processes vary with habitat structural complexity? What is the role of species, size and competition intensity in the battle between corals and macroalgae? And what is the influence of herbivory and season on the spatial and temporal change of macroalgal dynamics? As a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Sydney, I work with a multidisciplinary group (from underwater robots to marine park managers) to understand the dynamics of the marine habitats inside and outside marine parks. This allows us to understand temporal and spatial patterns in biodiversity and ecosystem function. I use images to investigate the underwater world, from which we can build 3D models and measure underwater habitat complexity.
Renata is part of team The Liquid Air (Breathing Structure)