Dr Shane Blowes

Biodiversity Synthesis

Research interests


My research interests range from the behaviour of individuals right up to macroecological patterns of biodiversity. In the Biodiversity Synthesis Lab, my focus is on improving our understanding of how the components of species richness (numbers of individuals, species relative abundances and their distribution in space) contribute to patterns of biodiversity along natural (e.g., latitudinal) and other gradients (e.g., those associated with spatial management initiatives such as protected areas). In addition, I am also examining how these components of biodiversity change through time and space as a member of the sChange (sDiv) working group.

Short CV


2016 – ongoing: Postdoc, Biodiversity Synthesis Lab (iDiv) and Marine Ecology & Biodiversity Lab at Tel Aviv University (Jonathan Belmaker)

2010 – 2016: PhD, School of Marine and Tropical Biology, James Cook University (JCU); supervisor: Professor Sean Connolly; co-supervisor: Professor Morgan Pratchett

2005 - 2009 – Bachelor of Science (Marine Biology – Advanced) with Honours (1st Class) James Cook University

1996 - 1999 – Bachelor of Music (Jazz Performance) Adelaide University

Selected publications


Blowes SA, MS Pratchett, SR Connolly. (accepted). Aggression, interference, prey risk and the functional response of coral-feeding butterflyfishes. Oecologia

Blowes SA, MS Pratchett, SR Connolly. 2017. No change in subordinate butterflyfish diets following removal of behaviourally-dominant species. Coral Reefs 36: 213-222

Messmer V, SA Blowes, GP Jones, PL Munday. 2014. Experimental evaluation of diversity-productivity relationships in a coral reef fish assemblage. Oecologia 176: 237-249

Blowes SA, MS Pratchett, SR Connolly. 2013. Heterospecific aggression and dominance in a guild of coral-feeding fishes: the roles of dietary ecology and phylogeny. American Naturalist 182: 157-168

Blowes SA and SR Connolly.  2012.  Risk-spreading, connectivity, and optimal reserve spacing.  Ecological Applications 22:311-321.

iDiv publications


Blowes, S. A., Supp, S. R., Antão, L. H., Bates, A., Bruelheide, H., Chase, J. M., ..., Winter, M., Bjorkman, A. D., Bowler, D. E., ..., Hines, J., Isbell, F., Jones, H. P., Navarro, L. M. et al.

The geography of biodiversity change in marine and terrestrial assemblagesScience366(6463), 339-345

Chase, J. M., McGill, B. J., Thompson, P. L., Antão, L. H., Bates, A. E., Blowes, S. A., Dornelas, M., Gonzalez, A., Magurran, A. E., Supp, S. R., Winter, M., Bjorkman, A. D., Bruelheide, H., Byrnes, J. E. K., Cabral, J. S., Elahi, R., Gomez, C., Guzman, H. M., Isbell, F., Myers-Smith, I. H., Jones, H. P., Hines, J., Vellend, M., Waldock, C., O'Connor, M.

Species richness change across spatial scalesOikos128(8), 1079-1091

McGlinn, D. J., Xiao, X., May, F., Gotelli, N. J., Engel, T., Blowes, S. A., Knight, T. M., Purschke, O., Chase, J. M., McGill, B. J.

Measurement of Biodiversity (MoB): A method to separate the scale-dependent effects of species abundance distribution, density, and aggregation on diversity changeMethods in Ecology and Evolution10(2), 258-69

Chase, J. M., McGill, B. J., McGlinn, D. J., May, F., Blowes, S. A., Xiao, X., Knight, T. M., Purschke, O., Gotelli, N. J.

Embracing scale-dependence to achieve a deeper understanding of biodiversity and its change across communitiesEcology Letters21(11), 1737-51

Dornelas, M., Antão, L. H., Moyes, F., Bates, A. E., Magurran, A. E., Adam, D., Akhmetzhanova, A. A., Appeltans, W., Arcos, J. M., Arnold, H., Ayyappan, N., Badihi, G., Baird, A. H., Barbosa, M., Barreto, T. E., Bässler, C., Bellgrove, A., Belmaker, J., Benedetti‐Cecchi, L., Bett, B. J., Bjorkman, A. D., Błażewicz, M., Blowes, S. A., Bloch, C. P., Bonebrake, T. C., Boyd, S., Bradford, M., Brooks, A. J., Brown, J. H., Bruelheide, H., ..., Jandt, U., et al.

BioTIME: A database of biodiversity time series for the AnthropoceneGlobal Ecology and Biogeography27(7), 760-786

Shade, A., Dunn, R. R., Blowes, S. A., Keil, P., Bohannan, B. J. M., Herrmann, M., Küsel, K., Lennon, J. T., Sanders, N. J., Storch, D., Chase, J.

Macroecology to Unite All Life, Large and SmallTrends in Ecology & Evolution33(10), 731-44

Blowes, S. A., Belmaker, J., Chase, J. M.

Global reef fish richness gradients emerge from divergent and scale-dependent component changesProceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences284(1867),

Blowes, S. A., Pratchett, M. S., Connolly, S. R.

Aggression, interference, and the functional response of coral-feeding butterflyfishesOecologia184(3), 675-84

Buba, Y., van Rijn, I., Blowes, S. A., Sonin, O., Edelist, D., DeLong, J. P., Belmaker, J.

Remarkable size-spectra stability in a marine system undergoing massive invasionBiology Letters13(7),
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Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg

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