Jeneen Hadj-Hammou

PhD student

Current Research

Functional ecology is an increasingly popular and promising field of study. It provides a needed refreshing lens for conservation management. However, there is still much to be researched before meaningful change can be made. My project aims to determine how the functional diversity of the coral reef benthos and fish communities are influenced by Marine Protected Areas (MPAs). This topic encompasses a range of questions including: How does coral reef functional diversity change in MPAs through time?; How does the functional diversity in smaller MPAs diverge from that of unfished wilderness?; How does coral reef functional diversity change in MPAs through major climatic disturbances?; and How does functional diversity respond to the selective removal of certain traits? In order to address such questions, I will be looking at and contributing to a range of datasets on functional diversity, as well as carrying out experiments in a Kenyan MPA.