Dr Christopher Doropoulos

Mwebpage imagearine Spatial Ecology Lab
School of Biological Sciences
The University of Queensland
St. Lucia, QLD, Australia

Tel: +61 (0) 7 3365 1671
email: c.doropoulos(at)uq.edu.au
skype: christopher.doropoulos

 

I am a marine ecologist whose work focuses on benthic algal and invertebrate recruitment and species interactions in shallow reef environments, and how these are affected by chronic and acute stress. My PhD, completed at The University of Queensland in 2012, investigated how ocean acidification altered species interactions during the pre- and post-settlement coral recruitment phase; and, how functional traits of recruiting and juvenile coral assemblages influence early recovery trajectories. Currently, the main focus of my work investigates the trade-offs that determine early recruitment success in corals, using a combination of observational, experimental, and modelling approaches (primarily with George Roff [MSEL], Yves-Marie Bozec [MSEL], Peter Mumby [MSEL]). Other current major collaborative work is investigating reef recovery dynamics following large-scale disturbance (primarily with George Roff [MSEL], Yimnang Golbuu [Palau International Coral Reef Center], Peter Mumby [MSEL]) and climate change effects on crustose coralline algae (primarily with Guillermo Diaz-Pulido [Coral Reef Algal Lab] , Emma Kennedy [Coral Reef Algal Lab] ).

Research interests

Recruitment and recovery; disturbance theory; ecosystem resilience; competition theory; population and community demographics; trophic ecology; ecosystem function.

Academic Qualifications

2009-2012: PhD (Marine Ecology), The University of Queensland, Australia

2004-2007: BSc (Biological Science) with Honours (First Class), Edith Cowan University, Western Australia

Positions held

  1. 2015-current: Postdoctoral Research Fellow, CSIRO Marine and Atmospheric Research, Australia.
  2. 2014-2015, April to March: Postdoctoral Research Fellow, The University of Queensland, Australia.
  3. 2013-2014, March to March: Research Associate, The University of Queensland, Australia.
  4. 2013, February to September: Australian Endeavour Award Postdoctoral Research Fellow.
  5. 2012, August to December: Research Associate, The University of Queensland, Australia.
  6. 2009-2012, March to December: Undergraduate and Postgraduate Marine Courses Teaching Assistant, The University of Queensland, Australia.
  7. 2009-2012, February to November: PhD Candidate, The University of Queensland, Australia.
  8. 2008, February to December: Research Assistant, Edith Cowan University, Australia.
  9. 2007, February to November: Honours Candidate, Edith Cowan University, Australia

Journal publications

  1. Doropoulos C, Roff G, Bozec YM, Zupan M, Werminghausen J, Mumby PJ. (In Press). Characterising the ecological trade-offs throughout the early ontogeny of coral recruitment. Ecological Monographs.
  2. Gouezo M, Golbuu Y, van Woesik R, Rehm L, Koshiba S, Doropoulos C. (In Press). The impact of two sequential super typhoons on coral-reef communities in Palau. Marine Ecology Progress Series.
  3. Doropoulos C, Ward S, Roff G, Gonzalez-Rivero M, Mumby PJ. (2015) Linking demographic processes of juvenile corals to benthic recovery trajectories in two common reef habitats. PLoS ONE. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0128535. (pdf)
  4. Roff G, Chollett I, Doropoulos C, Golbuu Y, Steneck RS, Isechal AL, van Woesik R, Mumby PJ (2015) Exposure-driven macroalgal phase shift following catastrophic disturbance on coral reefs. Coral Reefs. DOI: 10.1007/s00338-015-1305-z. pdf
  5. Roff G, Doropoulos C, Zupan M, Rogers A, Steneck RS, Golbuu Y, Mumby PJ (2015) Phase shift facilitation following cyclone disturbance on coral reefs. Oecologia. DOI: 10.1007/s00442-015-3282-x (pdf)
  6. Ortiz JC, Bozec YM, Wolff NH, Doropoulos C, Mumby PJ (2014) Global disparity in the ecological benefits of reducing carbon emissions for coral reefs. Natural Climate Change. DOI: 10.1038/NCLIMATE2439. (pdf)
  7. Doropoulos C, Roff G, Zupan M, Nestor V, Isechal AL, Mumby PJ (2014) Reef-scale failure of coral settlement following typhoon disturbance and macroalgae bloom in Palau, Western Pacific. Coral Reefs. 33: 613-623. (pdf)
  8. Ordoñez A, Doropoulos C, Diaz-Pulido G (2014) Effects of ocean acidification on population dynamics and community structure of crustose coralline algae. Biological Bulletin. 226: 225-268. Special edition: Calcification in a changing ocean. (pdf)
  9. Doropoulos C, Hyndes GA, Abecasis D, Vergés A (2013) Herbivores strongly influence algal recruitment in both coral and algal dominated coral reef habitats. Marine Ecology Progress Series. 486: 153-164. (pdf)
  10. Doropoulos C, Diaz-Pulido G (2013) High CO2 reduces the settlement of a spawning coral on three common species of crustose coralline algae. Marine Ecology Progress Series. 475: 93-99. (pdf)
  11. Doropoulos C, Ward S, Marshell A, Diaz-Pulido G, Mumby PJ (2012) Interactions among chronic and acute impacts on coral recruits: the importance of size-escape thresholds. Ecology. 93: 2131-2138. (pdf)
  12. Doropoulos C, Ward S, Diaz-Pulido G, Hoegh-Guldberg O, Mumby PJ (2012) Ocean acidification reduces coral recruitment by disrupting intimate larval-algal settlement interactions. Ecology Letters. 15, 338-346. (pdf)
  13. Hyndes GA, Lavery PS, Doropoulos C (2012) Dual processes for cross-boundary subsidies: incorporation of nutrients from reef-derived kelp into a seagrass ecosystem. Marine Ecology Progress Series. 445, 97-107. (pdf)
  14. Diaz-Pulido G, Anthony KRN, Bender D, Doropoulos C, Gouezo M, Herrero-Gimeno M, Reyes-Nivia C (2011) Variability in the effects of ocean acidification on coral reef macroalgae. European Journal of Phycology. 46, 48-49.
  15. Vergés A, Vanderklift MA, Doropoulos C, Hyndes GA (2011) Spatial Patterns in Herbivory on a Coral Reef Are Influenced by Structural Complexity but Not by Algal Traits. PLoS ONE, 6 (2) e17115. (pdf)
  16. Doropoulos C, Hyndes GA, Lavery PS, Tuya F (2009) Dietary preferences of two seagrass inhabiting gastropods: allochthonous vs autochthonous resources. Estuarine Coastal and Shelf Science. 83, 13-18. (pdf)

Conference proceedings

  1. Doropoulos C, Roff G, Bozec YM, Zupan M, Gallagher C, Werminghausen J, Mumby PJ. Post-disturbance coral reef dynamics: a coral recruit perspective. ARC Centre of Excellence for Integrated Coral Reef Studies Symposium and Public Forum, Canberra, 3-4 July, 2014. Invited talk. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qHCM8mmj2gk
  2. Doropoulos C, Ward S, Marshell A, Diaz-Pulido G, Mumby PJ. Interactions among chronic and acute impacts on coral recruits: the importance of size-escape thresholds. 12th International Coral Reef Symposium, Cairns, July 2012.
  3. Diaz-Pulido G, Anthony KRN, Bender D, Doropoulos C, Gouezo M, Herrero-Gimeno M, Reyes-Nivia C. Variability in the effects of ocean acidification on coral reef macroalgae. European Journal of Phycology, September 2011.
  4. Doropoulos C, Ward S, Diaz-Pulido G, Hoegh-Guldberg O, Mumby PJ. Ocean acidification reduces recruitment in a common spawning coral (A. millepora) by affecting both the planulae and its settlement substrata. Australian Coral Reef Society Conference, Coffs Harbour, September 2010.
  5. Doropoulos C, Ward S, Diaz-Pulido G, Hoegh-Guldberg O, Mumby PJ. Ocean acidification reduces recruitment in a common spawning coral (A. millepora) by affecting both the planulae and its settlement substrata. 9th International Larval Biology Symposium, Wellington, August 2010.
  6. Vergés A, Doropoulos C, Hyndes GA, Vanderklift MA, Babcock RC. Cross-reef variation in fish herbivory at Ningaloo Reef, Western Australia. Australian Coral Reef Society Conference, Darwin, Australia. September 2009.
  7. Doropoulos C, Hyndes GA, Lavery PS, Tuya F. Testing the effects of a spatial subsidy on mesograzers inhabiting temperate seagrass meadows. Australian Marine Science Association Honours Prize Night, Perth, April 2008.

Fellowships, Awards & Funding

  1. 2016-17 US Department of the Interior. Principal investigators: Christopher Doropoulos, Yimnang Golbuu. Title: “Characterizing and managing the recovery of Palauan coral reefs using biophysical monitoring and predictive modelling.” ($110000 USD)
  2. 2013-16 Great Barrier Reef Foundation. Principal investigators: Guillermo Diaz-Pulido, Christopher Doropoulos, Emma Kennedy, Merinda Nash. Title: “Crustose coralline algae as indicators of ocean acidification and warming.” ($533000 AUD).
  3. 2015 IRCP Postdoctoral Researcg Grant. Postdoctoral fellowship to conduct researcg in Moorea, French Polynesia. (€4500).
  4. 2013 Australian Endeavour Award Post-Doctoral Fellowship ($23000 AUD)
  5. 2013 ARC Centre of Excellence Coral Reef Studies Virginia Chadwick Award (Best Student Paper; $1000 AUD)
  6. 2012 UQ School of Biological Sciences International Conference Award ($1200 AUD)
  7. 2012 UQ Graduate School International Travel Award ($5000 AUD)
  8. 2012 ACRS Student Fellowship to attend the 12th International Coral Reef Symposium, 2012 ($700 AUD)
  9. 2010-2011 Heron Island Research Station Internship
  10. 2010 Winnifred Violet Scott Foundation Research Award ($19500 AUD)
  11. 2010 Australian Coral Reef Society Danielle Simmons Award ($2500 AUD)
  12. 2009 Australian Coral Reef Society Student Travel Award ($500 AUD)
  13. 2009-2012 Australian Postgraduate Award (APA)
  14. 2009-2012 QLD State Government Smart Futures PhD Top-up Scholarship
  15. 2008 Australian Marine Sciences Association Honours Prize Finalist
  16. 2007, 2008 Dean’s List, Edith Cowan University Australia
  17. 2007 Royal Society of Western Australia Prize, Edith Cowan University
  18. 2007 Edith Cowan University Equipment and Fieldwork Funding Support ($1000 AUD)
  19. 2007 Edith Cowan University Bio-Rad Molecular Prize
  20. 2006 Australian Institute for Nuclear Science Winter School, Application of Nuclear Techniques in Natural Processes
  21. 2005 Edith Cowan University, Wetlands Award
  22. 2004 Edith Cowan University, Golden Key Honour Society

Mentoring and supervision

  1. 2014-16: Vivian Lam. The University of Queensland. PhD Thesis Co-supervisor. Thesis title: “Modelling uncertainty and spatial complexity in coral reef resilience”.
  2. 2013-2014: Clare Gallagher. Princeton University, USA. Honours Thesis Co-supervisor. Intern during fieldwork in June and July 2013, Palau International Coral Reef Center.
  3. 2013, March-November: Victor Nestor. Palau International Coral Reef Center. Research Mentor.
  4. 2013, September-December: Katharine Sampson. University of Montana, USA. Research Mentor. Palau International Coral Reef Center.
  5. 2013, September-December: Johanna Werminghausen. Palau International Coral Reef Center. Research Assistant.
  6. 2013, March-August: Mirta Zupan. Palau International Coral Reef Center. Research Assistant.

Teaching experience

  1. 2015, 27th April to 1st May: Conduction of data analysis workshop to researchers at the Palau International Coral Reef Center. Palauan MPA effectiveness data analysis workshop.
  2. 2013, 28th Oct to 1st Nov: Conduction of workshop on data management, analysis, and presentation to 8 participants from Micronesia. Palau International Coral Reef Center.
  3. 2009-2012, 14 days, every November. Teaching Assistant and Student Project Supervisor. The University of Queensland International Programs Office. Coral Reef Ecology Course for the Bing Overseas Program at Stanford University Australia Program (Stanford CRE).
  4. 2009-2012, 10 days, most April and September. Teaching Assistant and Student Project Supervisor. The University of Queensland International Programs Office. Australia Marine Environment (MARS2005).
  5. 2011, Semester 1. Teaching Assistant. The University of Queensland. Coral Reefs (BIOL3219)
  6. 2010, October, 7 days. Teaching Assistant and Student Project Supervisor. The University of Queensland International Programs Office. Marine Ecology Course for Centre for Global Education.
  7. 2010, October, 3 lectures and class tutorials. Lecturer and Tutor. The University of Queensland. Coastal Processes and Management (ENVM7200) Masters Course.

Community outreach

  1. 2013, 21st Feb to 16th Dec: Mentoring of researchers, conducting workshops, and training on scientific literature critique, experimental design, analysis, and writing. Palau International Coral Reef Center.
  2. 2013, June: Presentation at Palau Aquarium After Dark Lecture Series. From larvae to reefs: the adventures of a coral larvae. Koror, Palau.
  3. 2013, May: Presentation to Koror State Rangers. Coral reef disturbance and recovery: the importance of coral recruitment to Palauan reef resilience. Koror, Palau.
  4. 2012, February: Presentation to Springwood SHS, QLD, Year 12 Marine Biology. The effect of climate change on the early life history of corals. Heron Island Research Station, Australia.
  5. 2011, August: Presentation to Springwood SHS, QLD, Year 12 Marine Biology. The effect of climate change on the early life history of corals. Heron Island Research Station, Australia.
  6. 2011, Feb: Presentation to Matthew Flinder’s Anglican College, QLD, Year 12 Marine Biology. The effect of climate change on the early life history of corals. Heron Island Research Station, Australia
  7. 2010, May: Snorkel guide for the Great Barrier Reef Foundation, Chairmen’s Panel Weekend. Lizard Island, Australia.

Qualifications

  • Australian Drivers License (1999)
  • Australian Recreational Boating License (2007); Western Australian Restricted Coxswains License (2008); Marine Radio Operators Certificate of Proficiency (2009)
  • PADI Open Water (2005), Advanced (2007), and Rescue (2007) Certifications; ADAS Scientific Diver (Occupational Diving Certificate III) Certified (2009)
  • Workplace Senior First Aid (every 3 years since 2007) and Advanced Resuscitation (annual since 2007)

Professional Memberships

  • Australian Coral Reef Society (2009-present)
  • Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies (2009-present)
  • Australian Marine Sciences Association (2007-present)
  • Royal Society of Western Australia (2007-present)