Adriana Verges

Qualifications

2003 – 2007       PhD Cum Laude, University of Barcelona (Spain)

1998 – 1999       MSc Science Communication (1st Class Honours), Dublin City University (Ireland)

1994 – 1998        BSc (Hons) Marine Science (1st Class Honours), National University of Ireland  Galway (Ireland)

Adriana Vergés leads a research group that focuses on the ecological impacts of climate change and the conservation of the world’s algal forests and seagrass meadows, which are increasingly under threat. She hails from Barcelona originally and has worked in temperate ecosystems and tropical coral reefs from around the world. Much of her research is experimental and takes place underwater with a SCUBA tank strapped to her back. She is passionate about communicating science to the wider public, especially through films, art and new media.

Adriana was awarded the inaugural UNSW Emerging Thought Leader Prize in 2019. She is a founder and chief investigator of ‘Operation Crayweed’, a restoration project that is re-establishing Sydney’s lost underwater forests and which was awarded a Green Globe Award in 2017. She has published more than 60 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters.

Publications

Journal articles
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Layton C; Coleman MA; Marzinelli EM; Steinberg PD; Swearer SE; Vergés A; Wernberg T; Johnson CR, 2020, 'Kelp Forest Restoration in Australia', Frontiers in Marine Science, vol. 7, http://dx.doi.org/10.3389/fmars.2020.00074
2020
Parata L; Nielsen S; Xing X; Thomas T; Egan S; Vergés A, 2020, 'Age, gut location and diet impact the gut microbiome of a tropical herbivorous surgeonfish', FEMS Microbiology Ecology, vol. 96, http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/femsec/fiz179
2020
Coleman MA; Wood G; Filbee-Dexter K; Minne AJP; Goold HD; Vergés A; Marzinelli EM; Steinberg PD; Wernberg T, 2020, 'Restore or Redefine: Future Trajectories for Restoration', Frontiers in Marine Science, vol. 7, http://dx.doi.org/10.3389/fmars.2020.00237
2020
Verges A; Steinberg PD; Marzinelli EM; Campbell AH, 2020, 'Operation Crayweed', in Sustaining Seas: Oceanic Space and the Politics of Care, Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
2020
McGeoch MA; Latombe G; Andrew NR; Nakagawa S; Nipperess DA; Roigé M; Marzinelli EM; Campbell AH; Vergés A; Thomas T; Steinberg PD; Selwood KE; Henriksen MV; Hui C, 2019, 'Measuring continuous compositional change using decline and decay in zeta diversity', Ecology, vol. 100, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/ecy.2832
2019
Evans SM; Griffin KJ; Blick RAJ; Poore AGB; Vergés A, 2019, 'Correction: Seagrass on the brink: Decline of threatened seagrass Posidonia australis continues following protection(PLoS ONE ()13:4 (e0190370) Doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0190370)', PLoS ONE, vol. 14, http://dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0216107
2019
Wernberg T; Coleman MA; Babcock RC; Bell SY; Bolton JJ; Connell SD; Hurd CL; Johnson CR; Marzinelli EM; Shears NT; Steinberg PD; Thomsen MS; Vanderklift MA; Vergés A; Wright JT, 2019, 'Biology and ecology of the globally significant kelp Ecklonia Radiata', in Oceanography and Marine Biology, Taylor & Francis, pp. 265 - 324, http://library.oapen.org/handle/20.500.12657/24721
2019
Verges A; Wernberg T, 2019, 'Climate change: underwater forest decline', AUSTRAL ECOLOGY, vol. 44, pp. 941 - 946, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/aec.12730
2019
Verges A, 2019, ''Posidonia australis'(Strapweed), Posidoniaceae', Australasian Plant Conservation: Journal of the Australian Network for Plant Conservation, vol. 28, pp. 24 - 26, https://search.informit.com.au/documentSummary;res=IELHSS;dn=630042361970103
2019
Santini NS; Lovelock CE; Hua Q; Zawadzki A; Mazumder D; Mercer TR; Muñoz-Rojas M; Hardwick SA; Madala BS; Cornwell W; Thomas T; Marzinelli EM; Adam P; Paul S; Vergés A, 2019, 'Natural and Regenerated Saltmarshes Exhibit Similar Soil and Belowground Organic Carbon Stocks, Root Production and Soil Respiration', Ecosystems, vol. 22, pp. 1803 - 1822, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10021-019-00373-x
2019
Wood G; Marzinelli EM; Coleman MA; Campbell AH; Santini NS; Kajlich L; Verdura J; Wodak J; Steinberg PD; Vergés A, 2019, 'Restoring subtidal marine macrophytes in the Anthropocene: Trajectories and future-proofing', Marine and Freshwater Research, vol. 70, pp. 936 - 951, http://dx.doi.org/10.1071/MF18226
2019
Vergés A; McCosker E; Mayer-Pinto M; Coleman MA; Wernberg T; Ainsworth T; Steinberg PD, 2019, 'Tropicalisation of temperate reefs: Implications for ecosystem functions and management actions', Functional Ecology, vol. 33, pp. 1000 - 1013, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1365-2435.13310
2019
Miranda T; Smith JA; Suthers IM; Mazumder D; Cruz DO; Schilling HT; Searle K; Vergés A; Secor D, 2019, 'Convictfish on the move: Variation in growth and trophic niche space along a latitudinal gradient', ICES Journal of Marine Science, vol. 76, pp. 2404 - 2412, http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/icesjms/fsz098
2019
Lanham BS; Vergés A; Hedge LH; Johnston EL; Poore AGB, 2018, 'Altered fish community and feeding behaviour in close proximity to boat moorings in an urban estuary', Marine Pollution Bulletin, vol. 129, pp. 43 - 51, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.marpolbul.2018.02.010
2018
Layton C; Coleman M; Marzinelli E; Steinberg P; Swearer S; Verges A; Wernberg T; Johnson C, 2018, Restoring kelp habitat in Australia, University of Tasmania, https://www.nespmarine.edu.au/document/role-restoration-conserving-matters-national-environmental-significance-marine-and-coastal
2018
Bonebrake TC; Brown CJ; Bell JD; Blanchard JL; Chauvenet A; Champion C; Chen IC; Clark TD; Colwell RK; Danielsen F; Dell AI; Donelson JM; Evengård B; Ferrier S; Frusher S; Garcia RA; Griffis RB; Hobday AJ; Jarzyna MA; Lee E; Lenoir J; Linnetved H; Martin VY; McCormack PC; McDonald J; McDonald-Madden E; Mitchell N; Mustonen T; Pandolfi JM; Pettorelli N; Possingham H; Pulsifer P; Reynolds M; Scheffers BR; Sorte CJB; Strugnell JM; Tuanmu MN; Twiname S; Vergés A; Villanueva C; Wapstra E; Wernberg T; Pecl GT, 2018, 'Managing consequences of climate-driven species redistribution requires integration of ecology, conservation and social science', Biological Reviews, vol. 93, pp. 284 - 305, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/brv.12344
2018
Evans SM; Griffin KJ; Blick RAJ; Poore AGB; Vergés A, 2018, 'Seagrass on the brink: Decline of threatened seagrass posidonia australis continues following protection', PLoS ONE, vol. 13, http://dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0190370
2018
Vergés A; Doropoulos C; Czarnik R; McMahon K; Llonch N; Poore AGB, 2018, 'Latitudinal variation in seagrass herbivory: Global patterns and explanatory mechanisms', Global Ecology and Biogeography, vol. 27, pp. 1068 - 1079, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/geb.12767
2018
Evans SM; Sinclair EA; Poore AGB; Bain KF; Vergés A, 2018, 'Assessing the effect of genetic diversity on the early establishment of the threatened seagrass Posidonia australis using a reciprocal-transplant experiment', Restoration Ecology, vol. 26, pp. 570 - 580, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/rec.12595
2018
Mcgeoch M; Latombe G; Andrew N; Nakagawa S; Nipperess D; Roige M; Marzinelli E; Campbell A; Vergés A; Thomas T; Steinberg P; Selwood K; Hui C, 2017, 'The application of zeta diversity as a continuous measure of compositional change in ecology', The application of zeta diversity as a continuous measure of compositional change in ecology, http://dx.doi.org/10.1101/216580
2017
Pecl GT; Araújo MB; Bell JD; Blanchard J; Bonebrake TC; Chen IC; Clark TD; Colwell RK; Danielsen F; Evengård B; Falconi L; Ferrier S; Frusher S; Garcia RA; Griffis RB; Hobday AJ; Janion-Scheepers C; Jarzyna MA; Jennings S; Lenoir J; Linnetved HI; Martin VY; McCormack PC; McDonald J; Mitchell NJ; Mustonen T; Pandolfi JM; Pettorelli N; Popova E; Robinson SA; Scheffers BR; Shaw JD; Sorte CJB; Strugnell JM; Sunday JM; Tuanmu MN; Vergés A; Villanueva C; Wernberg T; Wapstra E; Williams SE, 2017, 'Biodiversity redistribution under climate change: Impacts on ecosystems and human well-being', Science, vol. 355, http://dx.doi.org/10.1126/science.aai9214
2017
Evans SM; Vergés A; Poore AGB, 2017, 'Genotypic diversity and short-term response to shading stress in a threatened seagrass: Does low diversity mean low resilience?', Frontiers in Plant Science, vol. 8, http://dx.doi.org/10.3389/fpls.2017.01417
2017
Gribben PE; Kimbro DL; Verges A; Gouhier TC; Burrel S; Garthwin RG; Cagigas ML; Tordoff Y; Poore AGB, 2017, 'Positive and negative interactions control a facilitation cascade', Ecosphere, vol. 8, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/ecs2.2065
2017
Nielsen S; Walburn JW; Vergés A; Thomas T; Egan S, 2017, 'Microbiome patterns across the gastrointestinal tract of the rabbitfish Siganus fuscescens', PeerJ, vol. 2017, http://dx.doi.org/10.7717/peerj.3317
2017
Ainley LB; Vergés A; Bishop MJ, 2016, 'Congruence of intraspecific variability in leaf traits for two co-occurring estuarine angiosperms', Oecologia, vol. 181, pp. 1041 - 1053, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00442-016-3634-1
2016
Guest JR; Tun K; Low J; Vergés A; Marzinelli EM; Campbell AH; Bauman AG; Feary DA; Chou LM; Steinberg PD, 2016, '27 years of benthic and coral community dynamics on turbid, highly urbanised reefs off Singapore', Scientific Reports, vol. 6, http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/srep36260
2016
Marzinelli EM; Leong MR; Campbell AH; Steinberg PD; Vergés A, 2016, 'Does restoration of a habitat-forming seaweed restore associated faunal diversity?', Restoration Ecology, vol. 24, pp. 81 - 90, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/rec.12292
2016
Vergés A; Doropoulos C; Malcolm HA; Skye M; Garcia-Pizá M; Marzinelli EM; Campbell AH; Ballesteros E; Hoey AS; Vila-Concejo A; Bozec YM; Steinberg PD, 2016, 'Long-term empirical evidence of ocean warming leading to tropicalization of fish communities, increased herbivory, and loss of kelp', Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, vol. 113, pp. 13791 - 13796, http://dx.doi.org/10.1073/pnas.1610725113
2016
Hyndes GA; Heck KL; Vergés A; Harvey ES; Kendrick GA; Lavery PS; McMahon K; Orth RJ; Pearce A; Vanderklift M; Wernberg T; Whiting S; Wilson S, 2016, 'Accelerating tropicalization and the transformation of temperate seagrass meadows', BioScience, vol. 66, pp. 938 - 945, http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/biosci/biw111
2016
Evans SM; Sinclair EA; Poore AGB; Bain KF; Vergés A, 2016, 'Genotypic richness predicts phenotypic variation in an endangered clonal plant', PeerJ, vol. 2016, http://dx.doi.org/10.7717/peerj.1633
2016
Basford AJ; Feary DA; Truong G; Steinberg PD; Marzinelli EM; Vergés A, 2015, 'Feeding habits of range-shifting herbivores: tropical surgeonfishes in a temperate environment', Marine and Freshwater Research, vol. 67, pp. 75 - 83, http://dx.doi.org/10.1071/MF14208
2015
Marzinelli EM; Campbell AH; Zozaya Valdes E; Vergés A; Nielsen S; Wernberg T; de Bettignies T; Bennett S; Caporaso JG; Thomas T; Steinberg PD, 2015, 'Continental-scale variation in seaweed host-associated bacterial communities is a function of host condition, not geography', Environmental Microbiology, vol. 17, pp. 4078 - 4088, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1462-2920.12972
2015
Vergés A; Steinberg PD; Hay ME; Poore AGB; Campbell AH; Ballesteros E; Heck KL; Booth DJ; Coleman MA; Feary DA; Figueira W; Langlois T; Marzinelli EM; Mizerek T; Mumby PJ; Nakamura Y; Roughan M; van Sebille E; Gupta ASE; Smale DA; Tomas F; Wernberg T; Wilson SK, 2014, 'The tropicalization of temperate marine ecosystems: climate-mediated changes in herbivory and community phase shifts', Proceedings. Biological sciences / The Royal Society, vol. 281, pp. 20140846, http://dx.doi.org/10.1098/rspb.2014.0846
2014
Marzinelli EM; Campbell AH; Vergés A; Coleman MA; Kelaher BP; Steinberg PD, 2014, 'Restoring seaweeds: does the declining fucoid Phyllospora comosa support different biodiversity than other habitats?', Journal of Applied Phycology, vol. 26, pp. 1089 - 1096, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10811-013-0158-5
2014
Evans SM; Sinclair EA; Poore AGB; Steinberg PD; Kendrick GA; Vergés A, 2014, 'Genetic diversity in threatened Posidonia australis seagrass meadows', Conservation Genetics, vol. 15, pp. 717 - 728, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10592-014-0573-4
2014
Farina S; Arthur R; Pagès JF; Prado P; Romero J; Vergés A; Hyndes G; Heck KL; Glenos S; Alcoverro T, 2014, 'Differences in predator composition alter the direction of structure-mediated predation risk in macrophyte communities', Oikos, vol. 123, pp. 1311 - 1322, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/oik.01382
2014
Vergés A; Tomas F; Cebrian E; Ballesteros E; Kizilkaya Z; Dendrinos P; Karamanlidis AA; Spiegel D; Sala E, 2014, 'Tropical rabbitfish and the deforestation of a warming temperate sea', Journal of Ecology, vol. 102, pp. 1518 - 1527, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1365-2745.12324
2014
Garthwin RG; Poore AGB; Vergés A, 2014, 'Seagrass tolerance to herbivory under increased ocean temperatures', Marine Pollution Bulletin, vol. 83, pp. 475 - 482, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.marpolbul.2013.08.010
2014
Campbell AH; Vergés A; Steinberg PD, 2014, 'Demographic consequences of disease in a habitat-forming seaweed and impacts on interactions between natural enemies', Ecology, vol. 95, pp. 142 - 152, http://dx.doi.org/10.1890/13-0213.1
2014
Campbell AH; Marzinelli EM; Vergés A; Coleman MA; Steinberg PD, 2014, 'Towards Restoration of Missing Underwater Forests', PLoS ONE, vol. 9, pp. e84106 - e84106, http://dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0084106
2014
Bain KF; Vergés A; Poore AGB, 2013, 'Using near infra red reflectance spectroscopy (NIRS) to quantify tissue composition in the seagrass Posidonia australis', Aquatic Botany, vol. 111, pp. 66 - 70, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.aquabot.2013.05.012
2013
Sen Gupta AR; Sen Gupta, A. ; J. N. Brown ; N. C. Jourdain ; Van Sebille ; A. Ganachaud ; A. Vergés , 2013, 'Episodic and non-uniform shifts of thermal habitats in a warming ocean.', Deep Sea Research Part II: Topical Studies in Oceanography, vol. 113, pp. 59 - 72, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.dsr2.2013.12.002
2013
Doropoulos C; Hyndes GA; Abecasis D; Vergés A, 2013, 'Herbivores strongly influence algal recruitment in both coral- and algal-dominated coral reef habitats', Marine Ecology Progress Series, vol. 486, pp. 153 - 164, http://dx.doi.org/10.3354/meps10325
2013
Wernberg T; Dan S; Verges A; Campbell AH; Bayden R; Melinda C; Scott L; Steinberg PD; Craig J; Gary K; Sean C, 2012, 'Macroalgae and temperate rocky reefs.', in Poloczanska ES; Hobday AJ; Richardson AJ (ed.), A Marine Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation Report Card for Australia 2012, edn. Original, CSIRO Marine and Atmospheric Research Ecosciences Precinct, Brisbane, Qld
2012
Verges A; Bennett S; Bellwood DR, 2012, 'Diversity among Macroalgae-Consuming Fishes on Coral Reefs: A Transcontinental Comparison', PLoS ONE, vol. 7, pp. Article numbere 45543, http://dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0045543
2012
Campbell A; Verges A; Harder T; Steinberg PD, 2012, 'Causes and ecological consequences of a climate-mediated disease.', in Lunney D; Hutchings P (ed.), Wildlife and Climate Change: towards robust conservation strategies for Australian fauna, edn. Original, Royal Zoological Society of NSW, Mosman, NSW, pp. 52 - 58
2012
Verges A; Tomas F; Ballesteros E, 2012, 'Interactive effects of depth and marine protection on predation and herbivory patterns', Marine Ecology Progress Series, vol. 450, pp. 55 - 65, http://dx.doi.org/10.3354/meps09599
2012
Verges A; Vanderklift M; Doropoulos C; Hyndes GA, 2011, 'Spatial Patterns in Herbivory on a Coral Reef Are Influenced by Structural Complexity but Not by Algal Traits', PLoS One, vol. 6, pp. 1 - 12, http://dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0017115
2011
Verges A; Alcoverro T; Romero J, 2011, 'Plant defences and the role of epibiosis in mediating within-plant feeding choices of seagrass consumers', Oecologia, vol. 166, pp. 381 - 390, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00442-010-1830-y
2011
Bennett S; Verges A; Bellwood DR, 2010, 'Branching coral as a macroalgal refuge in a marginal coral reef system', Coral Reefs, vol. 29, pp. 471 - 480, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00338-010-0594-5
2010
Verges A; Alcoverro T; Ballesteros E, 2009, 'The role of fish herbivory in structuring the vertical distribution of canopy algae (Cystoseira spp.) in the Mediterranean', Marine Ecology Progress Series, vol. 375, pp. 1 - 11, http://dx.doi.org/10.3354/meps07778
2009
Verges A; Perez M; Alcoverro T; Romero J, 2008, 'Compensation and resistance to herbivory in seagrasses: induced responses to simulated consumption by fish', Oecologia, vol. 155, pp. 751 - 760, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00442-007-0943-4
2008
Martinez-cregp B; Verges A; Alcoverro T; Romero J, 2008, 'Selection of multiple seagrass indicators for environmental biomonitoring', Marine Ecology Progress Series, vol. 361, pp. 93 - 109, http://dx.doi.org/10.3354/meps07358
2008
Prado P; Alcoverro T; Martinez-cregp B; Verges A; Perez M; Romero J, 2007, 'Macrograzers strongly influence patterns of epiphytic assemblages in seagrass meadows', Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology, vol. 350, pp. 130 - 143, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jembe.2007.05.033
2007
Verges A; Becerro M; Alcoverro T; Romero J, 2007, 'Experimental evidence of chemical deterrence against multiple herbivores in the seagrass Posidonia oceanica', Marine Ecology Progress Series, vol. 343, pp. 107 - 114, http://dx.doi.org/10.3354/meps06885
2007
Verges A; Becerro M; Alcoverro T; Romero J, 2007, 'Variation in multiple traits of vegetative and reproductive seagrass tissues inXuences plant–herbivore interactions', Oecologia, vol. 151, pp. 675 - 686, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00442-006-0606-x
2007
Kraan S; Verges A; Guiry MD, 2000, 'The edible brown seaweed Alaria esculenta (Phaeophyceae; Laminariales): hybridization, growth and genetic comparisons of six Irish populations.', Journal of Applied Phycology, vol. 12, pp. 577 - 583, http://dx.doi.org/10.1023/A:1026519030398
2000