Centre for Integrative Ecology
Deakin University, Queenscliff campus
2A Bellarine Hwy, Queenscliff VIC 3225
Paul’s research career has a focus on environmental science that sits at the interface between high-quality research and science-based management of ecosystems. From further developing the science to offset carbon emissions through wetland restoration and protection, to the management of resilient coastal ecosystems. Paul has developed strong skills in experimental design and data analysis that underpins all of his work.
Paul also has a strong background in fieldwork on marine and freshwater ecosystems, including seagrass, mangroves, saltmarsh, kelp forests and inland wetlands. It is in these coastal and inland wetland habitats, that Paul has been leading carbon stock assessments in the Blue Carbon Lab over the last couple of years. Through these projects Paul has developed strong relationships with Parks Victoria, Catchment Management Authorities in Victoria and New South Wales, Greenfleet and The Nature Conservancy.
Carbon stocks, marine & freshwater wetlands, Victoria, restoration
Carnell P, Ierodiaconou D, Atwood T, Macreadie PI. 2020. Overgrazing of seagrass by sea urchins diminish blue carbon stocks. Ecosystems. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10021-020-00479-7
Carnell P & Keough MJ 2019. Reconstructing historical marine populations reveals major decline of a kelp forest ecosystem in Australia. Estuaries and Coasts. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12237-019-00525-1
Carnell P, Windecker S, Brenker M, Baldock J, Maque P, Brunt K, Macreadie PI (2018) Carbon stocks, sequestration, and emission of wetlands in south eastern Australia. Global Change Biology | https://doi.org/10.1111/gcb.14319
Atwood TB, Connolly RM, Almahasheer H, Carnell P, Duarte CM, Ewers C, Irigoien X, Kelleway J, Lavery PS, Macreadie PI, Serrano O, Sanders C, Santos I, Steven A, Lovelock CE (2017). Global patterns in mangrove soil carbon stocks and losses. Nature Climate Change 7: 523-528.
Carnell P and Keough MJ (2015) The influence of herbivores on primary producers can vary spatially and interact with disturbance. Oikos 125: 1273-1283.
Carnell P and Keough MJ (2014) Spatially variable synergistic effects of disturbance and additional nutrients on kelp recruitment and recovery. Oecologia 175: 409–416.
External links to Paul’s research