Danielle Denley

Postdoctoral Fellow, School of Resource and Environmental Management, Faculty of Environment, SFU, and MEOPAR Postdoctoral Fellowship Award 2020-21 recipient

I am interested in how cumulative impacts of anthropogenic stressors can lead to unforeseen changes in community structure and ecosystem function. My research spans both temperate and tropical marine ecosystems. I have examined cumulative effects of climate change and invasive species on kelp forest ecosystems in the northwest Atlantic Ocean, as well as, interacting effects of global (climate change) and local (overfishing, pollution) anthropogenic stressors on coral reefs in the Solomon Islands. Ultimately, I am driven by the pressing challenge to maintain human-derived benefits from marine ecosystems while preserving biodiversity and ecosystem function. As a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Coastal Marine Ecology and Conservation Lab at Simon Fraser University, I am working in partnership with the Central Coast Indigenous Resource Alliance (CCIRA) and the Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions (PICS) to examine the effect of increasing ocean temperature on the interaction between an epiphytic bryozoan and its kelp host off the coast of BC. Through this collaborative research, we hope to determine whether strategic adaptive management of traditional community-based kelp harvest and related fisheries practiced by the Central Coast First Nations can minimize the negative impact of temperature-induced bryozoan outbreaks on kelp and enhance the resilience of kelp forest ecosystems, and the coastal communities that rely on them, to climate change.