Flinders University

Fred is an ecologist interested in how ecosystems change through space and time. He combines modelling approaches with fossil data and genetic knowledge to inform how human pressure and climate changes modified ecosystem functioning such as distributions and interactions of plants, animals, humans, and environments, from a deep-time perspective. He writes about ecology and climate change over time from the Late Pleistocene (~126,000 years ago) to the present day, and how our understanding of the past can help prepare us for the future.
Over the last four years an important part of his research has been to develop new mathematical approaches to highlight mechanisms underlying the patterns of megafauna extinction across various (temporal and spatial) scales to provide relevant insights to reduce future biodiversity losses. Fred is also highly committed in exploring how ecological processes (e.g., migration, fitness, reproductive success…etc.) drive the ability of vegetation to track its climate optimum for either a few decades or even several millennia, across local areas or entire continents.
Fred is a member of the Ecological Society of America, the British Ecological Society, The International Biogeography and the Quaternary research Association.



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