Dr. Harborne has done coral reef work for 20 years—half that time in the Bahamas. He is a coral reef ecologist with interest in fish and coral ecology, and an overarching aim of using ecological insights to aid biodiversity conservation.
What Are Your Research Aims?
“My research interests are in both the Pacific and the Caribbean. The goal of my research is to examine the processes controlling both the abundance of individual coral reef fish species and the diversity and trophic structure of entire communities of fishes across seascapes. For example, a key focus of my Pacific research is understanding the effects of tides on food webs on reef flats, and the potential impacts of sea-level rise. I also have a particular interest in predator–prey interactions among fishes. By understanding the effects of climate change, overfishing, and habitat degradation, I also aim to link all my research to reef conservation.”
Dr. Harborne is a certified rescue diver and has logged well over 500 dives in locations that include the Caribbean, Southeast Asia, the South Pacific, and the Red Sea.