In the spotlight: impacts of artificial light at night on the marine environment

More than 20% of the world’s coastlines are estimated to be exposed to artificial night-time lighting (ALAN). Despite increasing evidence of the immediacy, severity and the phylogenetic breadth of night-time lighting impacts, ALAN is expected to increase globally in both intensity and spatial extent in the coming decades.

However, the potential impacts of this emerging threat on the overall ecology of coastal communities is still largely unknown. This project aims to address these knowledge gaps by assessing how ALAN affects the overall diversity and functioning of coastal urbanised systems.  

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Deputy Director (Undergraduate Teaching) for the Centre of Marine Science and Innovation & Scientia Fellow