Achievements

Research Profile: Rowan Trebilco, Biological Sciences

April 29, 2011
Print

Rowan Trebilco was awarded a Vanier Canada Graduate PhD Scholarship in 2009 to pursue his research at Simon Fraser University’s Department of Biology.

Originally from Australia, Rowan also received a Rhodes Scholarship for Tasmania in 2006, and completed his Masters of Biodiversity Conservation and Management at Oxford University in 2008.

His research project title is Sizing Up the Role of Predatory Fish in Reef Foodwebs. He says, “My work aims to tease apart the role that large predators play in structuring temperate and tropical reef foodwebs. There’s a general consensus that predators are very important for healthy and productive ecosystems, but little appreciation of how this might work on reefs. I’m tackling these questions using size-based approaches, which focus on the body sizes in a community rather than the species. These size-based approaches are quite a different way of looking at things to how people have traditionally studied reefs, but recent work by British scientists working in the North Sea has shown that they hold a lot of promise.”

His case studies take place at Kiritmati atoll (in the tropical Pacific) and Haida Gwaii (northern BC), and ultimately, his research aims to help guide management strategies that account for the role of large predators in healthy and productive reef ecosystems worldwide.

No comments yet

Recent Blog Posts

  • Alexander von Humboldt Foundation Presentation October 16, 2017
    Dr. Chris Orvig will be visiting the SFU Burnaby campus to present on the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation of Germany. The foundation has extremely generous programs for both postdocs and faculty members, sponsoring stays in Germany for many research fields.

  • SFU-ARC Calls to Action Presentation October 16, 2017
    Witness the presentation of the SFU-ARC calls to action for reconciliation to SFU President Andrew Petter, October 16, 2017.

  • Professional Photo Shoot October 2017 October 13, 2017
    Get your professional portrait taken by SFU's official photographer on October 24, 2017. Free for grad students and postdocs!

View Posts by Category