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Alexander Buck

Alexander Buck


PhD candidate


M.Sc, James Cook University (2015), B.Sc, Università degli Studi di Milano - Bicocca (2013)


CoTS Busters Research Group


James Cook University



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Research Interests:

Crown-of-Thorns Starfish (CoTS, Acanthaster spp.)

Coral Reef Ecology

Coral Reef Conservation and Restoration

Microbiology

Project Title:

Investigating population collapses of the Crown-of-Thorns Starfish (CoTS, Acanthaster planci)

Alex is a PhD student under the supervision of Prof. Morgan Pratchett (ARC CoE Coral Reef Studies) and Lone Høj (AIMS). The scope of  this project is to investigate the actual causes that lead to population collapses of the Crown-of-Thorns Starfish (CoTS, Acanthaster planci) often observed following an outbreak of this pest species. Is it scarcity of preferred coral prey that leads to declines in health conditions of the starfish? And does this weakness lead to an outbreak of an epidemic disease within the starfish’s population that rapidly decimates CoTS? What are the environmental and physiological conditions that affect CoTS health the most? Answering these questions will hopefully help improve management of this pest species in the future.

Publications:

Pratchett, M. S., Caballes, C. F., Wilmes, J. C., Matthews, S., Mellin, C., Sweatman, H. P., Nadler, L. E., Brodie, J., Thompson, C. A., Hoey, J., Bos, A.R., Byrne, M., Messmer, V., Fortunato, S. A., Chen, C. C., Buck, A. C., Babcock R. C., Uthicke, S. (2017). Thirty Years of Research on Crown-of-Thorns Starfish (1986–2016): Scientific Advances and Emerging Opportunities. Diversity, 9(4), 41.

Caballes, C. F., Pratchett, M. S., & Buck, A. C. (2017). Interactive Effects of Endogenous and Exogenous Nutrition on Larval Development for Crown-Of-Thorns Starfish. Diversity9(1), 15

Buck, A. C., Gardiner, N. M., & Boström-Einarsson, L. (2016). Citric acid injections: an accessible and efficient method for controlling outbreaks of the Crown-of-Thorns Starfish Acanthaster cf. solarisDiversity8(4), 28

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ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies
James Cook University Townsville
Queensland 4811 Australia

Phone: 61 7 4781 4000
Email: info@coralcoe.org.au