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Dr Justin Lathlean

Dr Justin Lathlean


Queen’s University, Belfast



Benthic Ecology

Justin is a marine ecologist whose research focuses on the thermal biology and demography of benthic organisms and communities across broad to fine spatial scales. He is particularly interested in understanding how changing temperatures will alter the strength of species interactions and the impact this will have on ecological communities.

He has been brought into the MERP project to undertake empirical experiments and field validations aimed at predicting the growth, grazing pressure, breakage and detrital uptake of coastal macroalgae under future climate change scenarios.

Selected Publications

Lathlean JA, Seuront L, McQuaid CD, Ng TPT, Zardi GI, Nicastro KR (2016) Cheating the locals: invasive mussels steal and benefit from the cooling effect of indigenous mussels. PLoS ONE 11(3): e0152556. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0152556

Fraser CML, Seebacher F, Lathlean JA, Coleman RA (2016) Facing the Heat: Does Desiccation and Thermal Stress Explain Patterns of Orientation in an Intertidal Invertebrate? PLoS ONE 11(3): e0150200. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0150200

Lathlean JA, McWilliam R, Ayre DJ, Minchinton TE (2015) Biogeographic patterns of rocky shore community structure in southeast Australia: effects of oceanographic conditions and heat-stress. Journal of Biogeography. 42: 1538-1552.

Lathlean JA, Seuront L (2014) Infrared thermography in marine ecology: methods, previous applications and future challenges. Marine Ecology Progress Series. 514: 263-277

Lathlean JA, Ayre DJ, Coleman RA, Minchinton TE (2014) Using biomimetic loggers to measure interspecific and microhabitat variation in body temperatures of rocky intertidal invertebrates. Marine and Freshwater Research.

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