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Robert Mrowicki

Robert Mrowicki, PhD Student

BA (Hons) Biological Sciences (1st Class), 2005, University of Oxford

MSc Marine Environmental Protection, 2006, University of Wales, Bangor


Contact Information

Tel: +44 (0)28 9097 2030 (Direct line)

Fax: +44 (0)28 9097 5877


Room: Medical Biology Centre – 6.38


Research Interests

Using intertidal rocky shore communities as model ecosystems, my research is focused on determining how relationships between biodiversity and ecosystem functioning vary with environmental context. I am primarily concerned with the influence of shore exposure, habitat type and temperature on producer-consumer interactions across multiple trophic levels, and employ field- and mesocosm-based approaches.



Mrowicki, R.J., O’Connor, N.E. & Donohue, I. (in press). Temporal variability of a single population can determine the vulnerability of communities to pertubations. Journal of Ecology.

Mrowicki, R.J., Maggs, C.A. & O’Connor, N.E. (2015). Consistent effects of consumer species loss across different habitats. Oikos. 124: 1555-1563.

Mrowicki, R.J. & O’Connor, N.E. (2015). Wave action modifies the effects of consumer diversity and warming on algal assemblages. Ecology. 96: 1020-1029.

Mrowicki, R.J., Maggs, C.A. & O’Connor, N.E. (2014). Does wave exposure determine the interactive effects of losing key grazers and ecosystem engineers? Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology. 461: 416-424.

Frontier-Madagascar (2008) Mrowicki, R.J. & Fanning, E. (eds) Benthic Community Structure and Sea Urchin Distribution: The Bay of Diego-Suarez. Frontier-Madagascar Environmental Research Report 21. Society for Environmental Exploration, UK and Institut Halieutique et des Sciences Marines, Toliara. 30pp.

Houldcroft, E., Smith, C., Mrowicki, R.J., Headland, L., Grieveson, S., Jones, T.A. & Dawkins, M.S. (2008) Welfare implications of nipple drinkers for broiler chickens. Animal Welfare 17: 1-10.

Mrowicki, R.J. (2007) The abundance and distribution of holothurians (Echinodermata: Holothuroidea) in the shallow coastal lagoon of Rodrigues, Mauritius. SPC Bêche-de-Mer Information Bulletin No. 25: 43.