Ocean Research and Conservation Group

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Ocean Research and Conservation Group

About the Group

The Ocean Research and Conservation Group is lead by Prof. Alex David Rogers, and based in the Department of Zoology, University of Oxford.

The oceans are under severe threat from direct and indirect human impacts, including the all-encompassing effects of climate change. In order to understand the implications of such threats our work is aimed at understanding how the biodiversity of the oceans is distributed, how marine ecosystems work and the location and magnitude of human impacts. Only through such a holistic approach is it possible to help to plan for future management and conservation of marine ecosystems and their component parts. Inevitably this means that we also address and shape the policies that govern human activities influencing both coastal and oceanic marine ecosystems. 

The scientists of the Ocean Research and Conservation group work from shallow-water coral ecosystems to extreme environments including the deep sea and Antarctica. We employ a range of technologies including:

  • SCUBA and advanced technical diving-based surveys
  • Acoustics
  • Remotely operated vehicles
  • Molecular biology, particularly DNA sequencing and genotyping
  • Microscopy
  • Remote camera monitoring 
  • Advanced modelling

Our scientists have undertaken projects for the UN International Seabed Authority, UN Division of Oceans and Law of the Sea, the International Union for the Conservation of Nature, the G8+5 Global Legislators Organisation for a Balanced Environment (GLOBE) and for non-governmental organisations (NGOs) including Greenpeace, the Pew Foundation, The World Wildlife Fund for Nature and The Deep-Sea Conservation Coalition. Alex D Rogers is also the Scientific Director of the NGO the International Programme on State of the Ocean.

To read more visit: https://oxfordoceanresearch.org

Recent Publications

Gress E, Andradi-Brown DA, Woodall L, Schofield PJ, Stanley K, Rogers AD (2017) Lionfish (Pterois spp.) invade the upper-bathyal zone in the western Atlantic. PeerJ 5:e3683

Laverick JH, Andradi-Brown DA, Rogers AD (2017) Using light-dependent scleractinia to define the upper boundary of mesophotic coral ecosystems on the reefs of Utila, Honduras. PLoS ONE 12(8): e0183075

Andradi-Brown DA, Gress E, Laverick JH, Monfared MAA, Rogers AD, Exton DA (2017) Wariness of reef fish to passive diver presence with varying dive gear type across a coral reef depth gradient. Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom doi: 10.1017/S0025315417001278

Andradi-Brown DA, Grey R, Hendrix A, Hitchner D, Hunt C, Gress E, Madej K, Parry R, Régnier-McKellar C, Jones O, Arteaga M, Izaguirre A, Rogers AD, Exton DA (2017) Depth-dependent effects of culling – do mesophotic lionfish populations undermine current management? Royal Society Open Science 4:170027

Andradi-Brown DA, Head CEI, Exton DA, Hunt CL, Hendrix A, Gress E, Rogers AD (2017) Identifying zooplankton community changes between shallow and upper-mesophotic reefs on the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef, Caribbean. PeerJ 5:e2853

Andradi-Brown DA, Vermeij MJA, Slattery M, Lesser M, Bejarano I, Appeldoorn R, Goodbody-Gringley G, Chequer AD, Pitt JM, Eddy C, Smith SR, Brokovich E, Pinheiro HT, Jessup ME, Shepherd B, Rocha LA, Curtis-Quick J, Eyal G, Noyes TJ, Rogers AD, Exton DA (2017) Large-scale invasion of western Atlantic mesophotic reefs by lionfish potentially undermines culling-based management. Biological Invasions 19:939-954

Young GC, Dey S, Rogers AD, Exton D (2017) Cost and time-effective method for multi-scale measures of rugosity, fractal dimension, and vector dispersion from coral reef 3D models. PLoS ONE 12(4):e0175341 

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