Shanta Barley

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  • The University of Western Australia (M092), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth

    Australia

  • 46 Citations
  • 4 h-Index
20132018
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Personal profile

Biography

I grew up in Indonesia, where I learnt to dive at the age of twelve and spent many years exploring reefs along the archipelago with my family. At Oxford University, I studied Biological Sciences; my thesis examined the effects of stress on the reproductive fitness of the blue tit. After winning a Natural Environment Research Council scholarship to do an MSc in Oceanography at Southampton University, I worked as a researcher and writer at the BBC for a climate change website called Bloom. I also worked as an environment reporter for New Scientist and wrote articles for the Guardian, Nature and Nature Climate Change, and was awarded in 2011 the Association of British Science Writer’s (ABSW) Richard Gregory Award for Best Newcomer. I then moved to the remote southwest corner of Madagascar to work as a field scientist with Blue Ventures, where I trained volunteers to survey the coral reefs and managed the monitoring program of the critically endangered and endemic spider tortoise. From 2012-2016 I did my PhD on the role of sharks on reefs at the University of Western Australia in Perth, and I am now continuing my research on the ecology of fear as a postdoc.

Roles and responsibilities

Postdoctoral Research Fellow on the Pangaea Initiative: http://www.meeuwig.org/projects/pangaea-initiative/

Funding overview

UWA
Teach Green Foundation (USA)
Outpost Expedition Pacific (OEP)

Previous positions

University of Western Australia - DPhil Marine Ecology (Sep 12 – Feb 16)
Field scientist and Dive Master for Blue Ventures in SW Madagascar (2012-13)
Environment and science journalist - BBC, New Scientist, Guardian, Nature (2008-2012)
University of Southampton, UK - MSc Oceanography (Sep 04 – Jun 05)
University of Oxford, UK (Sep 01 – Jun 04) BSc Biological Sciences

Teaching overview

Demonstrator for SCIE1103 Science, Society and Communication (2013)

Research

Reef sharks are being removed from coral reefs globally yet we do not understand how this loss affects these hotspots of biodiversity. Where sharks are absent, prey may change in terms of abundance, size, behaviour, diet, condition and growth rate, which could have severe knock-on effects on the rest of the ecosystem.
I explore these issues using stereo underwater video systems, stable isotopes and a range of other techniques.

Languages

English
French
Vezo (keli keli avao)

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Research Output 2013 2018

  • 46 Citations
  • 4 h-Index
  • 6 Article
  • 1 Doctoral Thesis
6 Citations (Scopus)

Predator declines and morphological changes in prey: Evidence from coral reefs depleted of sharks

Hammerschlag, N., Barley, S. C., Irschick, D. J., Meeuwig, J. J., Nelson, E. R. & Meekan, M. G., 11 Jan 2018, In : Marine Ecology Progress Series. 586, p. 127-139 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

shark
sharks
coral reefs
coral reef
predator
6 Citations (Scopus)
116 Downloads (Pure)

Diet and condition of mesopredators on coral reefs in relation to shark abundance

Barley, S. C., Meekan, M. G. & Meeuwig, J. J., 1 Apr 2017, In : PLoS One. 12, 4, e0165113.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
File
Coral Reefs
Sharks
Reefs
Nutrition
sharks
14 Citations (Scopus)
trophic structure
size structure
shark
sharks
coral reefs
18 Citations (Scopus)

The Power and the Pitfalls of Large-scale, Unreplicated Natural Experiments

Barley, S. C. & Meeuwig, J. J., 1 Mar 2017, In : Ecosystems. 20, 2, p. 331-339 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

ecology
geology
experiment
Experiments
Ecology

How sharks regulate reef ecosystems: a large-scale, natural experiment

Barley, S. C., 2016, (Unpublished)

Research output: ThesisDoctoral Thesis

File
shark
reef
ecosystem
experiment
trophic cascade