I am interested in using macroecological tools to understand how anthropogenic and environmental drivers structure aquatic food webs and communities, and using these approaches to achieve sustainable management of ecosystems for local communities.

I am currently a PhD candidate at the University of Victoria, BC, Canada. For my thesis research, I use large-scale observational datasets of Pacific coral reef ecosystems to examine community-level patterns across gradients in human population density, temperature and productivity. My thesis focuses on three main themes:

  1. Size structuring of aquatic systems and energetic constraints on major trophic groups
  2. Impacts of size-selective exploitation on coral reef fish communities
  3. Relative influences of anthropogenic and environmental drivers of fish and benthic communities at different spatial scales

I combine statistical modelling approaches with simulations to analyse observational datasets, and use R for analysis, R-markdown for writing, and git for version control. I strongly believe in Open Science: all first-author papers are released  immediately as preprints on PeerJ (and available on this site upon publication), and my R code, figures and methods are publicly available on Github.


jpwrobinson(at)gmail.com                jamespwr(at)uvic.ca