Eleanor Vaughan

PhD student, Associate Lecturer

Research Overview

Ellie is a PhD student studying coral reef ecology at Lancaster Environment Centre. She is interested in the biological responses of coral reef ecosystems to multiple local and global anthropogenic drivers over a range of biological, spatial and temporal scales, as this provides a more holistic understanding of how natural biophysical relationships can be altered by additional drivers. Through her undergraduate and Masters degrees and internships at the Hawai'i Institute of Marine Biology and the Interuniversity Institute for Marine Sciences in Israel, she has previously studied the physiological responses of marine invertebrates (primarily reef-building corals) to the effects of climate change and ocean acidification, as well as how these drivers indirectly affect species interactions, and how these synergistic impacts can have severe consequences for ecosystems, such as shifts in community dynamics and biogeographic ranges.