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Dr. George Roff

Research Interests

Landscape ecology, disturbance theory; ecosystem resilience and recovery; population and community demographics; ecosystem function; marine epizootics; palaecology.

Eugenia Sampayo, Tyrone Ridgeway, Lorenzo Franceschinis, George Roff, Ove Hoegh-Guldberg, Sophie Dove (2016) Coral symbioses under prolonged environmental change: living near tolerance range limits. Scientific Reports (pdf)

George Roff, Christopher Doropoulos, Alice Rogers, Yves-Marie Bozec, Nils Krueck, Eleanor Aurellado, Mark Priest, Chico Birrell, Peter J Mumby (2016) Reassessing Shark-Driven Trophic Cascades on Coral Reefs: A Reply to Ruppert et al. Trends in Ecology and Evolution (pdf)

Entao Liu; Jian-xin Zhao, Yue-xing Feng, Nicole Leonard, Tara Clark, George Roff (2016) U-Th age distribution of coral fragments from multiple rubble ridges within the Frankland Islands, Great Barrier Reef: Implications for past storminess history. Quaternary Science Reviews (pdf)

George Roff, Christopher Doropoulos, Alice Rogers, Yves-Marie Bozec, Nils Krueck, Eleanor Aurellado, Mark Priest, Chico Birrell, Peter J Mumby (2016) The ecological role of sharks on coral reefs. Trends in Ecology and Evolution (pdf)

George Roff (2016) Earliest record of a coral disease from the Indo-Pacific? Coral Reefs doi: 0.1007/s00338-016-1416-1 (pdf)

Christopher Doropoulos, George Roff, Yves-marie Bozec, Mirta Zupan, Johanna Werminghausen , Peter J Mumby. (2016). Characterising the ecological trade-offs throughout the early ontogeny of coral recruitment. Ecological Monographs doi: 10.1890/15-0668.1 (pdf)

George Roff (2016) Book review: History, Philosophy, and Ethics of Biology The Reef: A Passionate History. By Iain McCalman. Quarterly Review of Biology 91(1).

Robert van Woesik, Yim Golbuu, George Roff (2015) Keep up or drown: adjustment of western Pacific coral reefs to sea-level rise in the 21st century. Royal Society Open Science 2: 150181 (pdf)

George Roff, Jian-xin Zhao, Peter J Mumby  (2015) Decadal-scale rates of reef erosion following El Niño related mass coral mortality. Global Change Biology (pdf)

Christopher Doropoulos, Selina Ward, George Roff, Manuel Gonzalez-Rivero, Peter J Mumby PJ. (2015) Linking demographic processes of juvenile corals to benthic community structure in two common reef habitats. PLoS ONE 10(5): e0128535 (pdf)

George Roff, Iliana Chollett, Christopher Doropoulos, Yim Golbuu, Robert S Steneck, Lukes Isechal, Robert van Woesik, Peter J Mumby (2015) Exposure-driven phase shift following catastrophic disturbance on coral reefs. Coral Reefs (pdf)

Stacy Williams, Iliana Chollett, George Roff, Jorges Cortes, Charlie Dryden, Peter Mumby (2015) Hierarchical spatial patterns in Caribbean reef benthic assemblages. Journal of Biogeography DOI: 10.1111/jbi.12509 (pdf)

George Roff, Christopher Doropoulos, Mirta Zupan, Alice Rogers, Robert S Steneck, Yim Golbuu, Peter J Mumby (2015) Phase shift facilitation following cyclone disturbance on coral reefs. Oecologia doi:10.1007/s00442-015-3282-x (pdf)

George Roff, Jian-xin Zhao, John Pandolfi (2015) Rapid accretion of inshore reef slopes from the central Great Barrier Reef during the late Holocene. Geology doi:10.1130/G36478.1 (pdf)

Alice Rogers, Alastair Harborne, Chris Brown, Yves-Marie Bozec, Carolina Castro, Iliana Chollett, Karlo Hock, Cheryl Knowland, Alyssa Marshell, Juan Ortiz, Tries Razak, George Roff, Jimena Samper-Villerreal, Megan Saunders, Nick Wolff, Peter J Mumby (2014) Anticipative management for coral reef ecosystem services in the 21st century. Global Change Biology 21(2) 504-514 (pdf)

Tom Baldock, Hassan Karampour, Rachael Sleep, Anisha Vyltla, Faris Albermani, Aliasghar Golshani, Dave Callaghan, George Roff, Peter Mumby (2014) Resilience of branching and massive corals, to wave loading under sea level rise - A coupled computational fluid dynamics-structural analysis. Marine Pollution Bulletin (pdf)

Tara Clark, Jian-xin Zhao, George Roff, Yuexing Feng, Terence Done, John Pandolfi (2014) Testing the precision and accuracy of the U-Th chronometer for dating coral mortality events in the last 100 years. Quaternary Geochronology (pdf)

Tara Clark, Jian-xin Zhao, George Roff, Yuexing Feng, Terence Done, Luke Nothdurft, John Pandolfi (2014) Discerning the timing and cause of historical mortality events in modern Porites from the Great Barrier Reef. Geochem Cos Acta (pdf)

George Roff, Sonia Bejarano, Yves-marie Bozec, Maggy Nugues, Robert Steneck, Peter Mumby (2014) Porites and the Phoenix effect: unprecedented recovery after a mass coral bleaching event at Rangiroa Atoll, French Polynesia. Marine Biology (pdf)

Christopher Doropoulos, George Roff, Mirta Zupan, Victor Nestor, Lukes Isechal, Peter Mumby (2014) Reef-scale failure of coral settlement following typhoon disturbance and macroalgae bloom in Palau, Western Pacific. Coral Reefs (pdf)

Meixia Zhao, Kefu Yu, Qiaomin Zhang, Qi Shi, George Roff (2013) Age structure of massive Porites lutea corals at Luhuitou Fringing Reef (northern South China Sea) indicates recovery following severe anthropogenic disturbance" Coral Reefs 33:39-44 (pdf)

Steven Dalton, George Roff (2013) Spatial and temporal patterns of eastern Australia subtropical coral communities. PLoS ONE 8(9): e75873 (pdf)

Peter Mumby, Dan Brumbaugh, Alastair Harborne, George Roff (2013) On the relationship between native grouper and invasive lionfish in the Caribbean. PeerJ PrePrints e45v1 (pdf)

Claire Reymond, George Roff, Allan Chivas, Jian-xin Zhao, John Pandolfi (2013) Millennium-scale records of benthic foraminiferal communities from the central Great Barrier Reef reveal spatial differences and temporal consistency. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 374 52-61 (pdf)

George Roff, Claire Reymond, Jian-xin Zhao, Yuexing Feng, Laurence McCook, Terry Done, John Pandolfi (2013) Palaeoecological evidence of a historical collapse of corals at Pelorus Island, inshore Great Barrier Reef, following European settlement. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 280 20122100 (pdf)

George Roff, Colette Wabnitz, Alastair Harborne, Peter Mumby (2013) Macroalgal associations of motile epifaunal invertebrate communities on coral reefs. Marine Ecology 34:409-419 (pdf)

George Roff & Peter Mumby (2012)  Global disparity in the resilience of coral reefs. Trends in Ecology and Evolution 27:404-413 (pdf)

Kefu Yu, Jian-xin Zhao, George Roff, Matthew Lybolt, Yuexing Feng, Tara Clark, Shu Li (2012) High-precision U-series ages of transported coral blocks on Heron Reef (southern Great Barrier Reef) and storm activity during the past century. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 337-338 : 23-36 (pdf)

Hu He, Renata Ferrari, David McKinnon, George Roff, Peter Mumby, Ryan Smith, Ben Upcroft (2012) Measuring reef complexity and rugosity from monocular video bathymetric reconstruction. Proceedings of the 12th International Coral Reef Symposium 1-5 (pdf)

George Roff, Mary Ledlie, Juan Ortiz, Peter Mumby (2011) Spatial Patterns of Parrotfish Corallivory in the Caribbean: the Importance of Coral Taxa, Density and Size.PLoS ONE 6(12): e29133 (pdf)

George Roff, Charlotte Kvennefors, Maoz Fine, Juan Ortiz, Joanne Davy, Ove Hoegh-Guldberg (2011) The ecology of ‘Acroporid white syndrome’, a coral disease from the Southern Great Barrier Reef. PLoS ONE 6(12): e26829 (pdf)

Charlotte Kvennefors, Eugenia Sampayo, Caroline Kerr, GenyessViera, George Roff,  Andrew Barnes (2011) Regulation of bacterial communities through antimicrobial activity by the coral holobiont. Microbial Ecology (pdf)

Charlotte Kvennefors, George Roff (2009) Evidence of cyanobacteria-like endosymbionts in Acroporid corals from the Great Barrier Reef. Coral Reefs 28(2) 547  (pdf)

Guillermo Diaz-Pullido, Laurence McCook, Sophie Dove, Ray Berkelmens, George Roff, David Kline, Scarla Weeks, Richard Evans, David Williamson, Ove Hoegh-Guldberg (2009) Doom and Boom on a resilient reef: Climate change, algal overgrowth and coral recovery. PLoS ONE 4(4): e5239 (pdf)

George Roff, Sophie Dove, Simon Dunn (2008) Tactile cleaning of substrates by coral mesenterial filaments. Coral Reefs 28(1) 79 (pdf)

Stacy Jupiter, George Roff, Guy Marion, Meegan Henderson, Verena Schramayer, Ove Hoegh-Guldberg (2008) Linkages between coral assemblages and coral-based proxies of terrestrial exposure along a cross-shelf gradient of the Great Barrier Reef. Coral Reefs 27(4) 887-903 (pdf)

George Roff, Charlotte Kvennefors, Karin Ulstrup, Maoz Fine, Ove Hoegh-Guldberg (2008) Coral disease physiology: the impact of Acroporid white syndrome upon Symbiodinium. Coral Reefs 27(2) 373-377 (pdf)

Tracy Ainsworth, George Roff, Maoz Fine, Ove Hoegh-Guldberg (2008) Bacteria are not the primary cause of mass coral bleaching. Revisiting the bleaching of the Mediterranean coral Oculina patagonica. Journal of the International Society for Microbial Ecology 1 1-7 (pdf)

George Roff, Karin Ulstrup, Maoz fine, Peter Ralph, Ove Hoegh-Guldberg (2008) Spatial heterogeneity of photosynthetic activity within diseased corals from the Great Barrier Reef. Journal of Phycology 42(2) 526-533 (pdf)

George Roff (2007) Corals on the move: morphological and reproductive strategies of reef flat corals. Coral Reefs. 27(2) 343-344 (pdf)

Oded Yarden, Tracy Ainsworth, George Roff, Willian Leggatt, Maoz Fine, Ove Hoegh-Guldberg (2007) Increased prevalence of ubiquitous ascomycetes in an Acroporid coral (Acropora formosa) exhibiting symptoms of brown band syndrome and skeletal eroding band. Applied and Environmental Microbiology 73:2755-2758   (pdf)

Maoz Fine, George Roff, Tracy Ainsworth, Ove Hoegh-Guldberg (2006) Phototrophic microendoliths bloom during coral “white syndrome” Coral Reefs 25:577-581 (pdf)

George Roff, Maoz Fine, Ove Hoegh-Guldberg (2006) Intra-colonial response to Acroporid ‘‘white syndrome’’ lesions in tabular Acropora spp. (Scleractinia). Coral Reefs 25:255-264 (pdf)