Principal Scientist - Decision Support Team, Data Technology and Innovation Program
My key interest is ecosystem resilience and science to support resilience-based management of coral reefs under local and global environmental change. I started my career in 1995 when I pursued a PhD at JCU in coral reef biology. I then evolved from a physiologist to a broad systems ecologist, seeing problems through two lenses: marine science and environmental management. I joined AIMS in May 2011 as team leader for the Climate Change and Ocean Acidification Team. In late 2013 to mid 2015 I led the Healthy and Resilient Great Barrier Reef Program. I am now back at the science bench and focus on developing models for reef resilience and cumulative impacts with a view to guiding the Reef 2050 Long-Term Sustainability Plan. My mission is to work with my team to support managers and policy makers solve critical issues on the GBR, the World Heritage Area and reefs world-wide. We communicate our work to natural resource managers, stakeholders, the public and the science community.
  • 1992: BSc, University of Copenhagen
  • 1993: MSc, Uni Copenhagen
  • 2000: PhD, James Cook University
Current Research Activities
My main focus is on the development of tools to assess risks to the Reef and supporting effective environmental decision-making. In collaboration with my team at AIMS, I am particularly interested in tackling the problem of resilience and vulnerability under combinations of global carbon emission scenarios and local-scale stressors. This ambitious task is possible only through collaboration with a large multi-disciplinary group of excellent and dedicated people, and with collaborators from Australian and international institutions.
Expert Committees and Boards
Senior Leadership Team, AIMS Business Strategy Team (2013-2015);
GBRF Research Consortia
Editor for Functional Ecology, British Ecological Society
Reviewer for >10 international journals (Nat Climate Change, Proc Nat Acad Sci, Glob Change Biol, Global Environmental Change etc).
Reviewer for major funding agencies (ARC, NSF, NOAA etc).
Over 80 science and technical papers in international journals. The following are a selection of recent publications

Google Scholar profile:

Anthony KRN, Marshall PM, Abdullah A, Beeden R, Coauthors 26 (2015) Operationalizing resilience for the adaptive management of coral reefs. Global Change Biology 21:48-61

Mumby, PJ, Anthony KRN (2015) Resilience metrics to inform ecosystem management under global change with application to coral reefs. Methods in Ecology and Evolution. 6:1088-1096.

R Albright, J Benthuysen, N Cantin, K Caldeira, KRN Anthony (2015) Geophysical Research Letters. DOI: 10.1002/2015GL063488

Anthony KRN, Dambacher J, Walshe T, Beeden R (2013) A framework for understanding cumulative impacts, supporting environmental decisions and informing resilience based management of the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area. Final report to the Department of the Environment, Canberra

Anthony KRN, Diaz-Pulido G, Verlinden N, Tilbrook B, Andersson AJ (2013) Benthic buffers and boosters of ocean acidification on coral reefs. Biogeosciences 10(7):4897-4909

Anthony KRN, Marshall P (2012) Coral Reefs. In: Poloczanska E, Hobday A, Richardson A (Eds) Marine Climate Change Report Card for Australia.

Connolly SR, Lopez-Yglesias MA, Anthony KRN (2012) Food availability promotes rapid recovery from thermal stress in a scleractinian coral. Coral Reefs 31:951-960

McLeod E, Green A, Game E, Anthony KRN, Cinner J, Heron SF, Kleypas J et al. (2012) Integrating climate and ocean change vulnerability into conservation planning. Coastal Management 40: 651-672

Anthony KRN, Kleypas J, Gattuso J-P (2011) Coral reefs modify their seawater carbon chemistry - implications for impacts of ocean acidification. Global Change Biology 17: 3655-3666

Anthony KRN, Diaz-Pulido G, Maynard JA, Mumby PJ, Hoegh Guldberg O (2011) Ocean acidification and warming lower coral reef resilience. Global Change Biology 17: 1798-1808

Diaz-Pulido G, Gouezo M, Tilbrook B, Dove SI Anthony KRN (2011) High CO2 enhances the competitive strength of seaweeds over corals. Ecology Letters 14: 156-162

Anthony KRN, Maynard JA (2011) Coral reefs in the emergency room: continued carbon emissions will increase the need for intensive care. Carbon Manag. 2:215-218

Anthony KRN, Kline DI, Diaz-Pulido G, Dove S, Hoegh-Guldberg O (2008) Ocean acidification causes bleaching and productivity loss in coral reef builders. Proceedings of the National Academy of Science 105: 17442-17446

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