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Nicolas Evensen

PhD Candidate

Marine Spatial Ecology Lab
School of Biological Sciences
University of Queensland
St. Lucia, QLD 4072

Ph: +61 484 013 062
Email: n.evensen@uq.edu.au

Research Interests

My main research interests are the physiological ecology and population dynamics of tropical reef corals, and the general community ecology of coral reefs. Additionally, I am interested in assessing how the effects of changing climatic conditions on individual corals translate to overall changes in coral community dynamics. My PhD research focuses on the effects of anthropogenic reef degradation on coral recruitment, and how these limit the recovery of coral communities following disturbances.


2015-present | Ph.D. in Marine Ecology, University of Queensland,  Australia. Thesis: Bottlenecks of coral recovery on degraded reefs

2012-2015 | M.Sc. in Biology, California State University, Northridge, USA. Thesis: The effects of ocean acidification on species interactions among scleractinian corals

2008-2011 | B.Sc. (Hons) in Marine Biology, University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, UK


2016-2018 | Tutor/Demonstrator, University of Queensland
2015 | Education Officer, Oceanographic Museum, Monaco
2014 | Teaching Assistant, California State University, Northridge, USA
2012-2014 | Research Assistant, California State University, Northridge, USA
2011-2012 | Research Intern, Radioecology Laboratory, International Atomic Energy Agency, Monaco


Evensen NR, Edmunds PJ (2018) Effect of elevated pCO2 on competition between the scleractinian corals Galaxea fascicularis and Acropora hyacinthus. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology 500:12-17

Doropoulos C, Evensen NR, Gòmez-Lemos LA, Babcock RC (2017) Density-dependent coral recruitment displays divergent responses during distinct early life-history stages. Royal Society Open Science 4:170082

Evensen NR, Edmunds PJ (2017) Conspecific aggregations mitigate the effects of ocean acidification on calcification of the coral Pocillopora verrucosa. Journal of Experimental Biology 220:1097-1105

Comeau S, Tambutté E, Carpenter RC, Edmunds PJ, Evensen NR, Allemand D, Ferrier-Pagès C, Tambutté S, Venn AA (2017) Coral calcifying fluid pH is modulated by seawater carbonate chemistry not solely seawater pH. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 284:20161669

Evensen NR, Edmunds PJ (2016). Interactive effects of ocean acidification and species interactions on the growth of Pocillopora verrucosa. Marine Biology 163:148

Evensen NR, Edmunds PJ, Sakai K (2015). Effects of pCO2 on spatial competition between the corals Montipora aequituberculata and Porites lutea. Marine Ecology Progress Series 541:123–134

Conference Presentations

Evensen NR, Doropoulos C, Morrow KM, Motti CA, Mumby PJ. Inhibition of coral settlement at multiple spatial scales by a pervasive algal competitor. Ecological Society of America Annual Meeting 2018, New Orleans, LA.

Evensen NR, Bozec Y-M, Edmunds PJ, Mumby PJ. Quantifying the effects of ocean acidification on the recovery of coral communities. 13th International Coral Reef Symposium, 2016, Honolulu, HI.

Evensen NR, Edmunds PJ. The effects of ocean acidification on competitive interactions among corals in a simulated coral community. Western Society of Naturalists 2014 Annual Meeting, Tacoma, WA.

Evensen NR, Edmunds PJ. Altered competitive interactions between corals in a high pCO2 environment. Western Society of Naturalists 2013 Annual Meeting, Oxnard, CA.

Miquel JC, Martín J, Gasser J, Tolosa I, Evensen NR, Fiorini S. Carbon Fluxes and Sources of Organic Matter in Late Summer in the Southern Beaufort Sea. International Polar Year Conference 2012 “From Knowledge to Action”. Montréal, Canada.

Fellowships & Awards

2015-2018 | University of Queensland Research Scholarship (UQRS)
2015 | 2nd place at CSUN Annual Student Research Symposium
2014 | California State University, Thesis support Grant
2014 | 2nd place at CSUN Annual Student Research Symposium
2014 | California State University, Associated Students Academic Research Funding