About Dr Brigitte Sommer

My research focuses on understanding patterns and drivers of marine biodiversity. I am particularly interested in subtropical ecosystems, where tropical and temperate species overlap at their range limits, including corals on rocky reefs in NSW and in Japan. My research combines field data with environmental and species trait information to understand the ecology of subtropical reefs and how they will respond to climate change. These biogeographic transition zones are considered climate change hotspots because they are faced with above-average observed and projected warming and are already being transformed by changes in species distributions and interactions. I am also involved in 3D mapping and modelling work from coral colony to reef scale to understand how complex marine ecosystems function.

Dr Brigitte Sommer is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the School of Life and Environmental Sciences

For more information about Dr Brigitte Sommer refer to her Academic Profile Online.