Emma Kennedy

Emma Kennedy

Marine Spatial Ecology Lab
School of Biological Sciences
Geoffrey Pope Building, University of Exeter
Stocker Road, Devon, EX4 4QD
United Kingdom

tel: +44 (0)1392-72-5296
email: e.kennedy@exeter.ac.uk
skype: em_kennedy

My project looks at carbonate budgets – a measure of the net accumulation of calcium carbonate reef framework, based on the balance between bioconstructive (e.g. coral colonisation and growth) and bioerosive (e.g. sponge boring) processes – of Caribbean coral reefs. I am using theoretical modelling to explore the possible causes and consequences of region-wide degradation of reef structure over the last 50 years, and its association with recorded environmental pressures and changes on reefs.

My PhD research will also focus on exploring the taxonomic diversity of zooxanthellae found in Montastraea annularis corals across the Wider Caribbean, in collaboration with the EU FORCE (Future of Reefs in a Changing Environment) project, for which I assisted with the grant proposal (www.force-project.eu/).

As a teaching assistant I also teach at undergraduate level, including lecturing on two courses (Marine Biology and Tropical Marine Ecology) and I help with the logistics of a field trip for second year students to the Bahamas each summer.


2009-present PhD student/Teaching assistant, University of Exeter, UK
2008 Research assistant, University of Exeter, UK
2008 Short-term research fellow, STRI, Panama
2008 Reef ecology lecturer, Operation Wallacea, Honduras
2007 Darwin Initiative research associate, Heriot-Watt University, UK
2006 Science officer/Dive Master, Operation Wallacea, Cuba


2007 MSc Marine resource development and protection, Heriot-Watt University, UK
2005 BSc Biological Sciences (Hons Zoology), University of Edinburgh, UK

Journal publications

Kennedy, E. V., Holderied, M.W., Mair, J.M., Guzman, H.M. & Simpson, S.D. 2010. Spatial patterns in reef-generated noise relate to habitats and communities: evidence from a Panamanian case study. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology 395(1-2): 85-92.

Loss of calcifying coral cover (left) coupled with bioerosion has caused Caribbean reefs to lose important three-dimensional structure (right)