Professor Nick Graham is Chair in Marine Ecology at Lancaster University, and a Royal Society Research Fellow. He tackles large-scale ecological and social-ecological coral reef issues under the overarching themes of climate change, human use and resilience. He has assessed the impacts of climate induced coral bleaching on coral reef fish assemblages, fisheries and ecosystem stability. He has studied the patterns and processes by which degraded coral reefs recover, and how this can be influenced by management.
In the British Indian Ocean Territory he has determined the high biomass and unique trophic structure of reef fish communities compared to other Indian Ocean sites. Most recently, he has demonstrated how seabirds on islands without rats, bring nutrients from the open ocean, which leach out onto adjacent coral reefs enhancing the productivity and ecological functions performed by fish.