Cassandra A Thompson

Cassandra A Thompson
Australian Institute of Marine Science · Reef monitoring and recovery processes

Bachelor of Science

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Additional affiliations
October 2016 - present
ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies
Position
  • Research Assistant
June 2016 - August 2016
Operation Wallacea
Position
  • Instructor
Description
  • Lecturer for Reef Survey Techniques course. Instructing students and volunteers in methods for surveying coral reefs and identification of marine organisms. Instruction was both theoretical (in classroom) and practical (on SCUBA and snorkel).
December 2015 - April 2016
ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies
Position
  • Research Assistant
Education
March 2017 - March 2020
James Cook University
Field of study
February 2010 - July 2012
James Cook University
Field of study
  • Environmental Science

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Publications (12)
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Coral reef fishes often exhibit specific or restricted depth distributions, but the factors (biotic or abiotic) that influence patterns of depth use are largely unknown. Given inherent biological gradients with depth (i.e. light, nutrients, habitat, temperature), it is expected that fishes may exploit certain depths within their environment to seek...
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The chevron butterflyfish, Chaetodon trifascialis, is among the most specialised coral-feeding fish, and while it is known to be very susceptible to extensive depletion of its preferred coral prey (tabular Acropora spp.), their specific responses to changing coral cover are poorly understood. The purpose of this study was to test for variation in t...
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Australia’s Great Barrier Reef is an iconic ecosystem that has been managed using a multi-use zoning plan over the last four decades. The Long-Term Monitoring Program (LTMP) of the Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS) is one of the world’s longest running and most comprehensive coral reef monitoring programs, having documented the status a...
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Degradation and loss of reef habitat is one of the foremost threats to coral reef fishes, especially for highly specialised species with specific reliance on live corals. Aside from affecting the carrying capacity of local environments, declines in the quality and quantity of critical reef habitats may lead to changes in behaviour, condition and fi...
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Pronounced differences exist in the biodiversity and structure of coral reef assemblages with increasing distance from shore, which may be expected given marked cross-shelf gradients in environmental conditions. Cross-shelf variation in the abundance of coral reef organisms is likely to be caused, at least in part, by differences in demography (e.g...
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Pronounced differences exist in the biodiversity and structure of coral reef assemblages with increasing distance from shore, which may be expected given marked cross-shelf gradients in environmental conditions. Cross-shelf variation in the abundance of coral reef organisms is likely to be caused, at least in part, by differences in demography (e.g...
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Climate-induced coral bleaching poses a significant threat to coral reef ecosystems, causing extensive coral loss and degradation of reef habitats. Moreover, many reef fishes exhibit declines in abundance following severe episodes of coral bleaching, attributable to loss of live coral and/or declines in the structural complexity of reef habitats. T...
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Research on the coral-eating crown-of-thorns starfish (CoTS) has waxed and waned over the last few decades, mostly in response to population outbreaks at specific locations. This review considers advances in our understanding of the biology and ecology of CoTS based on the resurgence of research interest, which culminated in this current special is...
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Research on the coral-eating crown-of-thorns starfish (CoTS) has waxed and waned over the last few decades, mostly in accordance with the occurrence of population outbreaks at key locations, such as Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. This review considers advances in our understanding of the biology and ecology of CoTS based on the latest resurgence o...
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The dispersal potential of crown-of-thorns starfish (CoTS) larvae is important in understanding both the initiation and spread of population outbreaks, and is fundamentally dependent upon how long larvae can persist while still retaining the capacity to settle. This study quantified variation in larval survivorship and settlement rates for CoTS mai...
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The dispersal potential of crown-of-thorns starfish (CoTS) larvae is important in understanding both the initiation and spread of population outbreaks, and is fundamentally dependent upon how long larvae can persist while still retaining the capacity to settle. This study quantified variation in larval survivorship and settlement rates for CoTS mai...

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Applying new technologies and advances in biological research to better understand population dynamics of crown-of-thonrs starfish, specifically comparing among distinct species of Acanthater spp. and looking for changes in key demographic rates in the lead up to population outbreaks.