Alice Rogers

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Fisheries School of Biological Sciences


Teaching in 2020

Personal Bio

PhD Imperial College London | MSc University of Sheffield

Originally from the UK, I graduated from the University of Sheffield with a Master of Biological Sciences degree in Zoology in 2004. I then spent a few years exploring different research positions, including time volunteering for an NGO studying coral reefs in Honduras, working for the UK government and assisting on a PhD programme in French Polynesia. In 2012, I was awarded my PhD from Imperial College London. My thesis focussed on the recovery dynamics of a sea urchin species in the Caribbean that had been wiped out by a mass mortality event. Between 2012 and 2017 I worked as a postdoctoral research fellow at The University of Queensland, Brisbane. My first role was under a Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) grant, and I later joined the Capturing Coral Reef and Related Ecosystem Services (CCRES) project funded by the World Bank. I joined Victoria University of Wellington in January 2018 as a Lecturer in Fisheries Biology.

Research Interests

My broad area of interest lies in the impacts of climate change on fish and fisheries. I am particularly concerned with the effects of habitat change and degradation, and how it affects community dynamics and alters the productivity and sustainability of fisheries. For example, my recent work focussed on quantifying the impacts of coral reef degradation and destruction on the value and productivity of associated coral reef fisheries. In my research I use a combination of fieldwork and mathematical modelling to understand population and community dynamics and to predict future responses. I have worked with a variety of modelling frameworks but specialise in food web models, and generally use R to build and implement my models.

In New Zealand I hope to expand my research on the effects of climate change on fisheries, by shifting my research focus more towards our temperate oceans. I am interested in questions around the so called “tropicalization” of coastal habitats such as kelp forests, and how warming waters and tropical invaders might influence our coastal fisheries. I am also interested in the links between coastal habitats and offshore commercial fisheries, including changes to important nursery habitats, and knock-on effects on adult populations. As we move toward more aquaculture and coastal development, run-off and water quality issues are likely to affect our fisheries and I would like to contribute to our understanding and management of these threats. Finally, I am passionate about how fishers, and managers anticipate and prepare for future change in their fisheries. It is my hope that by providing tools with which to predict future changes, I can help to find management strategies and solutions that will ensure long term value and sustainability of our fisheries and food security.

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Rogers, A., J. L. Blanchard, S. P. Newman, C. S. Dryden and P. J. Mumby (2018). "High refuge availability on coral reefs increases the vulnerability of reef-associated predators to overexploitation." Ecology. 99(2): 450-463

Rogers, A., J. L. Blanchard and P. J. Mumby (2017). "Fisheries productivity under progressive coral reef degradation." Journal of Applied Ecology. DOI: 10.1111/1365-2664.13051

Roff, G., C. Doropoulos, A. Rogers, Y.-M. Bozec, N. C. Krueck, E. Aurellado, M. Priest, C. Birrell and P. J. Mumby (2016). "The ecological role of sharks on coral reefs." Trends in Ecology & Evolution 31(5): 395-407.

Rogers, A., A. R. Harborne, C. J. Brown, Y.-M. Bozec, C. Castro, I. Chollett, K. Hock, C. A. Knowland, A. Marshell, J. C. Ortiz, T. Razak, G. Roff, J. Samper-Villarreal, M. I. Saunders, N. H. Wolff and P. J. Mumby (2015). "Anticipative management for coral reef ecosystem services in the 21st century." Global Change Biology 21(2): 504-514.

Rogers, A., J. L. Blanchard and P. J. Mumby (2014). "Vulnerability of coral reef fisheries to a loss of structural complexity." Current Biology 24(9): 1000-1005.

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Teaching in 2020