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


L. Gooriah, S. A. Blowes, A. Sagouis, J. Schrader, D. N. Karger, H. Kreft, J. M. Chase

(2021): Synthesis reveals that island species–area relationships emerge from processes beyond passive sampling. Global Ecology and Biogeography

Antao, L. H., Bates, A. E., Blowes, S. A., Waldock, C., Supp, S. R., Magurran, A. E., Dornelas, M., Schipper, A. M.

(2020): Temperature-related biodiversity change across temperate marine and terrestrial systems. Nature Ecology & Evolution (in press) *

Blowes, S. A., Chase, J. M., Di Franco, A., Frid, O., Gotelli, N. J., Guidetti, P., Knight, T. M., May, F., McGlinn, D. J., Micheli, F., Sala, E., Belmaker, J.

(2020): Mediterranean marine protected areas have higher biodiversity via increased evenness, not abundance. Journal of Applied Ecology (in press) *

Chase, J. M., Blowes, S. A., Knight, T. M., Gerstner, K., May, F.

(2020): Ecosystem decay exacerbates biodiversity loss with habitat loss. Nature 584(7820) *

Ladouceur, E., Stanley Harpole, W., Blowes, S. A., Roscher, C., Auge, H., Seabloom, E. W., Chase, J. M.

(2020): Reducing dispersal limitation via seed addition increases species richness but not above-ground biomass. Ecology Letters (in press) *

McGlinn, D. J., T. Engel, S. A. Blowes, N. J. Gotelli, T. M. Knight, B. J. McGill, N. J. Sanders, J. M. Chase

(2020): A multiscale framework for disentangling the roles of evenness, density, and aggregation on diversity gradients. Ecology (in press) *

Mentges, A., Blowes, S. A., Hodapp, D., Hillebrand, H., Chase, J. M.

(2020): Effects of site-selection bias on estimates of biodiversity change. Conservation Biology (in press) *

Shalom, H. Y., Granot, I., Blowes, S. A., Friedlander, A., Mellin, C., Ferreira, C. E. L., Arias-Gonzalez, J. E., Kulbicki, M., Floeter, S. R., Chabanet, P., Parravicini, V., Belmaker, J.

(2020): A closer examination of the 'abundant centre' hypothesis for reef fishes. Journal of Biogeography (in press) *

Torres-Pulliza, D., Dornelas, M. A., Pizarro, O., Bewley, M., Blowes, S. A. et al.

(2020): A geometric basis for surface habitat complexity and biodiversity. bioRxiv (in press) *

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.

(2019): The geography of biodiversity change in marine and terrestrial assemblages. Science 366(6463), 339-345 *

Bowler, D. E., Bjorkman, A. D., Dornelas, M., Myers-Smith, I. H., Navarro, L. M., ..., Blowes, S. A., Böhning-Gaese, K., Bruelheide, H., ..., Hines, J., ..., Cabral, J. S., Winter, M., Bates, A. E.

(2019): Mapping human pressures across the planet uncovers anthropogenic threat complexes. bioRxiv (in press) *

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.

(2019): Species richness change across spatial scales. Oikos 128(8), 1079-1091 *

Daskalova, G. N., Myers-Smith, I. H., Bjorkman, A. D., Blowes, S. A., Supp, S. R., Magurran, A., Dornelas, M.

(2019): Landscape-scale forest loss as a catalyst of population and biodiversity change. bioRxiv (in press) *

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.

(2019): Measurement of Biodiversity (MoB): A method to separate the scale-dependent effects of species abundance distribution, density, and aggregation on diversity change. Methods in Ecology and Evolution 10(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.

(2018): Embracing scale-dependence to achieve a deeper understanding of biodiversity and its change across communities. Ecology Letters 21(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.

(2018): BioTIME: A database of biodiversity time series for the Anthropocene. Global Ecology and Biogeography 27(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.

(2018): Macroecology to Unite All Life, Large and Small. Trends in Ecology & Evolution 33(10), 731-44

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

(2017): Global reef fish richness gradients emerge from divergent and scale-dependent component changes. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 284(1867)

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

(2017): Aggression, interference, and the functional response of coral-feeding butterflyfishes. Oecologia 184(3), 675-84

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

(2017): Remarkable size-spectra stability in a marine system undergoing massive invasion. Biology Letters 13(7)
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