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Dr Amanda E Bates BSc, PhD


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Dr Amanda E Bates is Lecturer within Ocean and Earth Science, National Oceanography Centre Southampton at the University of Southampton.

Let Nature be your Teacher (Wordsworth)

Our climate is changing, and in response, so is life on Earth. Species are shifting when they breed and moving into different habitats, altering existing natural systems and how we manage our natural resources. At the same time, humans are impacting ecosystems from the ocean’s depths to the poles in the search for new sources of food, energy, minerals, and biotechnology.

These factors are not localized and my research program extends beyond country boundaries and across ecosystems in order to develop tools and new ways of thinking about conservation and management in an era of global change.


2011-2013: Research Fellow, University of Tasmania, Institute for Marine & Antarctic Studies, Australia

2010-2011: Research Fellow, Deakin University, Centre for Integrated Ecology, Australia

2009-2010: Post-doctoral Fellow, University of Otago, Department of Marine Science, New Zealand

2008-2009: Post-doctoral Fellow, University of British Columbia, Department of Zoology, Canada

1998-2001: Science Educator, University of Victoria, Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre, Canada





Research interests

Environmental variability, physiological tolerance, and biodiversity in an era of global change

The global redistribution of species is leading to large-scale community change. Gaining a process-based understanding for what factors create species and community resilience under environmental variability is an important research objective for our time.

My research aims to address this theme by linking physiological thresholds of organisms to the environment they experience to quantify changes in species distributions, the outcome of species interactions, and community patterns. My approach is to link spatial and temporal trends in abiotic variables at biologically relevant scales using standardized experimental protocols, complementary laboratory and field approaches, meta-analytic approaches, and modern statistical tools.

Primary Research Interests

Temperature tolerance and environmental variability: from shores to the globe

I investigate patterns in the thermal behaviour and tolerance of animals from diverse marine systems. How does environmental variability influence animal behaviour, and in turn, how this relate to patterns in tolerance and vulnerability?

Range shifts and the tropicalization of marine systems

The large-scale redistribution of species is one of the most frequently reported responses to climate warming and extreme temperature events. My research links the capacity for species to extend their ranges or their vulnerability to contracting habitat niches to their biological traits to understand changes to community structure and function.

Functional traits, global change and conservation

How can we use thermal physiology and other functional traits of species to develop metrics to track if conservation measures, such as marine protected areas, are meeting our objectives.  I am interested in the biological traits of species that can offer new insights in our understanding of biodiversity and indicate early change in community dynamics with global change and conservation measures.

Thermal tolerance experiments in marine invertebrates
Climate change and wasting disease in Pisaster
Rocky Shore Ecology
Alvin Dive 2008 to the Juan de Fuca Ridge
Hydrothermal Vents
20 years of diving surveys reveal MPAs buffer climate change
Marine Protected Areas
Centrostephanus forms barrens as it shifts polewards in Tasmania
Range Shifts
Functional trait approaches offer new insights into diversity patterns
Global Ecology

Research group(s)

Marine Biology and Ecology


My collaborators and their team, Reef Life Survey, have recorded species living in shallow water marine habitats from over 40 different countries, resulting in over 3500 species recorded from over 6000 standardized marine biodiversity surveys.

The video below shows where divers have sampled so far using the same survey methodology…

Dr Amanda E Bates
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