Dr Sally Keith

Lecturer in Marine Biology

Research Overview

I am a quantitative marine ecologist primarily using coral reefs as a model system to understand the diversity and distribution of life on Earth. My primary research question is Why are species where they are? (…and not where they are not?), which I endeavor to address through three key themes: (1) species interactions and behaviour, (2) reproduction and dispersal (early stages of life), and (3) biogeographic history​.

For further information see my research website HERE

Mechanism, Process, and Causation in Ecological Models: A Reply to McGill and Potochnik
Connolly, S.R., Keith, S.A., Colwell, R.K., Rahbek, C. 23/12/2017 In: Trends in Ecology and Evolution. 2 p.

Process, Mechanism, and Modeling in Macroecology
Connolly, S.R., Keith, S.A., Colwell, R.K., Rahbek, C. 11/2017 In: Trends in Ecology and Evolution. 32, 11, p. 835-844. 10 p.
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Animal culture impact species’ response to climate change driven range shifts
Keith, S., Bull, J. 02/2017 In: Ecography. 40, 2, p. 296-304. 9 p.
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A trait-based approach to advance coral reef science
Madin, J., Hoogenboom, M.A., Connolly, S., Darling, E., Falster, D., Huang, D., Keith, S., Mizerek, T., Pandolfi, J., Putnam, H., Baird, A. 06/2016 In: Trends in Ecology and Evolution. 31, 6, p. 419-428. 10 p.
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Coral spawning predicted by rapid seasonal rise in ocean temperature
Keith, S., Maynard, J., Edwards, A., Guest, J., Bauman, A., van Hooidonk, R., Heron, S., Berumen, M., Bouwmeester, J., Piromvaragorn, S., Rahbek, C., Baird, A. 11/05/2016 In: Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences. 283, 1830, 9 p.
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The Coral Trait Database, a curated database of trait information for coral species from the global oceans
Madin, J., Anderson, K., Heide Andreasson, M., Bridge, T., Cairns, S., Connolly, S.R., Darling, E.S., Diaz, M., Falster, D., Franklin, E., Gates, R., Hoogenboom, M.O., Huang, D., Keith, S., Kosnik, M., Kuo, C., Lough, J., Lovelock, C., Luiz, O., Martinelli, J., Mizerek, T., Pandolfi, J., Pochon, X., Pratchett, M.S., Putnam, H., Roberts, T.E., Stat, M., Wallace, C., Widman, E., Baird, A.H. 29/03/2016 In: Scientific Data. 3, 21 p.
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Tracking dispersal: from individual movement to community assembly and global range dynamics
Jønsson, K., Tøttrup, A., Borregaard, M., Keith, S., Rahbek, C., Thorup, K. 03/2016 In: Trends in Ecology and Evolution. 31, 3, p. 204-214. 11 p.
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Differential establishment potential of species predicts a shift in coral assemblage structure across a biogeographic barrier
Keith, S., Woolsey, E., Madin, J., Byrne, M., Baird, A. 12/2015 In: Ecography. 38, 12, p. 1225-1234. 10 p.
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Latitudinal variation in thermal tolerance breadth of early life stages of corals
Woolsey, E., Keith, S., Byrne, M., Schmidt-Roach, S., Baird, A. 06/2015 In: Coral Reefs. 34, 2, p. 471-478. 8 p.
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Coral reproduction on the world's southern-most reef at Lord Howe Island, Australia
Baird, A., Cumbo, V.R., Gudge, S., Keith, S., Maynard, J., Tan, C., Woolsey, E.S. 13/04/2015 In: Aquatic Biology. 23, 3, p. 275-284. 10 p.
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Global diversity of marine macroalgae: environmental conditions explain less variation in the tropics
Keith, S., Kerswell, A.S.P., Connolly, S.R. 05/2014 In: Global Ecology and Biogeography. 23, 5, p. 517-529. 13 p.
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Conservation implications of long-term change detected in the flora of lowland heaths
Diaz, A., Keith, S., Bullock, J., Hooftman, D.A., Newton, A. 11/2013 In: Biological Conservation. 167, p. 325-333. 9 p.
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Faunal breaks and species composition of Indo-Pacific corals: potential influence of plate tectonics, environment, and habitat distribution
Keith, S., Hughes, T.P., Baird, A., Madin, J., Connolly, S.R. 22/07/2013 In: Proceedings of the Royal Society of London. Series B. 280, 1763, 9 p.
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Geographic range extents for Indo-Pacific scleractinian coral species
Hughes, T.P., Connolly, S.R., Keith, S. 1/07/2013 In: Ecology. 94, 7, p. 1659. 1 p.
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Effects of diversity-dependent colonization-extinction dynamics on mid-domain effects
Keith, S., Connolly, S.R. 07/2013 In: Global Ecology and Biogeography. 22, 7, p. 773-783. 11 p.
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What is macroecology?
Keith, S., Webb, T.J., Böhning-Gaese, K., Connolly, S.R., Dulvy, N.K., Eigenbrod, F., Jones, K.E., Price, T., Redding, D.W., Owens, I.P.F., Isaac, N.J.B. 23/12/2012 In: Biology Letters. 8, 6, p. 904-906. 3 p.
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Structure, composition and dynamics of a calcareous grassland metacommunity over a 70-year interval
Newton, A., Walls, R.M., Golicher, D., Keith, S., Diaz, A., Bullock, J. 01/2012 In: Journal of Ecology. 100, 1, p. 196-209. 14 p.
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Individualistic species limitations of climate-induced range expansions generated by meso-scale dispersal barriers
Keith, S., Herbert, R., Norton, P., Hawkins, S., Newton, A. 03/2011 In: Diversity and Distributions. 17, 2, p. 275-286. 12 p.
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Plant metacommunity structure remains unchanged during biodiversity loss in English woodlands
Keith, S., Newton, A., Morecroft, M., Golicher, D., Bullock, J. 02/2011 In: Oikos. 120, 2, p. 302-310. 9 p.
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Non-analogous community formation in response to climate change
Keith, S., Newton, A., Herbert, R., Morecroft, M.D., Bealey, C. 12/2009 In: Journal for Nature Conservation. 17, 4, p. 228-235. 8 p.
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Restoration in the face of climate change: a case study from the Dorset heaths
Diaz, A., Green, I., Keith, S. 1/09/2009 In: Ecological Restoration. 27, 3, p. 257-260. 4 p.
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Taxonomic homogenization of woodland plant communities over 70 years
Keith, S., Newton, A., Morecroft, M.D., Bealey, C., Bullock, J. 22/07/2009 In: Proceedings of the Royal Society of London. Series B. 6 p.
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